LORELEI, THE George Gershwin (m) Ira Gershwin (l) 1940 as rec by Doris Rhodes w The Joe Sullivan Septet March 26th 1940 New York also rec by Ella Fitzgerald w Nelson Riddle & his Orch '59 Back in the days of knights and armour, There once lived a lovely charmer; Swimming in the Rhine, Her figure was divine! She had a yen for all the sailors, Fishermen and gobs and whalers; She had a most immoral eye, They called her Lorelei. She created quite a stir, And I want to be like her! I want to be like the gal on the river Who sang her songs to the ships passing by; She had the goods and how she could deliver, The Lorelei! She used to love in a strange kind of fashion, With lots of "hey, ho-de-ho, hi-de-hi!", And I can guarantee I'm full of passion, Like the Lorelei! Oh I'm treacherous, ya ya, And I just can't hold myself in check! And I'm lecherous, ya ya, I wanna bite my initials on a sailor's neck! And each affair has a kick and a wallop, For what they crave I can always supply! I wanna be like that other trollop Called the Lorelei! I wanna be like the gal on the river Who sang to the ships passin' by; She had the goods and how she could deliver, The Lorelei! She used to love in a strange kind of fashion, With "hey, ho-de-ho, hi-de-hi!", Guarantee I'm full of passion, Like the Lorelei! Oh I'm treacherous, ya ya, And I just can't hold myself in check! Lecherous, ya ya, I wanna bite my initials on a sailor's neck! And each affair has a kick and a wallop, What they crave I can always supply! I wanna be like that other Lorelei! (Contributed by Peter Akers - July 2009)