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OFF THE RECORD From the Broadway show "I'd Rather Be Right" (Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers) James Cagney Verse It's really a wonderful job For fellows like George, Abe and me, too It's great to shake hands with the mod, And hold every kid on your knee, too. Ev'ry word that I speak goes into the headlines; When I speak all the papers hold their deadlines But I've found a way of dropping a hint, Or a glint of the truth That the boys cannot print. For instance... For instance... Refrain 1 When i was only a governor and just a good-time Charlie A certain party came to me - he said his name was Farley. Don't print it - It's strictly off the record He sat right down and talked to me till i was in a stupor And ended up by selling me the works of Fenimore Cooper. Don't print it - It's strictly off the record I said, "you're quite a salesman; You've been sent here by the fates If you can sell these dreary books Which ev'rybody hates, Then maybe you can sell me the whole United States!" But that's off the record Refrain 2 My messages to the Congress are a lot of Boola-boola I'm not so fond of Bankhead, but i'd love to meet Tallulah Don't print it - It's strictly off the record I sit up in my bedroom reading books like Silas Marnner, and Sears and Roebuck catalogues to get away from Garner Don't print it - It's strictly off the record If i'm not re-elected and worst comes to the worst, I'll never die of hunger and i'll never die of thirst. I've got one boy with Du Pont and another one with Hearst But that's off the record Refrain 3 When i go up to hyde park it is not just for the ride there It's not that i love Hyde park, but i love to park and hide there Don't print that - It's strictly off the record Oh, sing a song of Boulder Dam, but what's a little song worth? We'll use it to throw razor blades, and maybe Alice Longworth Don't print it - It's strictly off the record And now I'd like to talk about some folks I used to know - Mr. John L. Lewis and His famous C.I.O. "Frankie and Johnnie were sweethearts" But that's off the record Refrain 4 My speeches on the radio have made me quite a hero I only have to say "My friends" and stocks go down to zero Don't print it - It's strictly off the record The radio officials say that I'm the leading fellow Jack Benny Can be President and I'll go on for Jell-O Don't print it - It's strictly off the record It's pleasant at the White House, but I'll tell you how i feel: The food is something terrible - just sauerkraut and veal If Eleanor would stay at home I'd get a decent mean But that's off the record

    


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