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SAGA OF JENNY, THE from "Lady In The Dark" 1941 musical New York Kurt Weill (m) Ira Gershwin (l) 1941 as recorded by Helen Forrest with Benny Goodman & his Orchestra January 28th 1941 There once was a girl named Jenny Whose virtues were varied and many, Exceptin' that she was inclined Always to make up her mind, And Jenny points a moral With which you cannot quarrel, As you will find! Jenny made her mind up when she was three, She herself was gonna trim the Christmas tree! Christmas Eve she lit the candles, tossed the tapers away; Little Jenny was an orphan on Christmas Day! Jenny made her mind up when she was twelve, That into foreign languages she would delve, But at seventeen to Vasser; it was quite a blow That in twenty seven languages she couldn't say no! Oh poor poor Jenny, Hot as a penny, Her equal would be hard to find! To Jenny I'm beholden, Her heart was big and golden, But she would make up her mind! Jenny made her mind up at twenty two, To get herself a husband was the thing to do! She got herself all dolled up in her satins and furs, And she got herself a husband, but he wasn't hers! Jenny made her mind up at thirty nine, She would take a trip to the Argentine; She was only on vacation but the Latins agree, Jenny was the one who started the good neighbour policy! Jenny made her mind up at fifty one, She would write her memoirs before she was done. The very day her book was published, history relates, There were wives who shot their husbands in thirty three states! Poor poor Jenny, Bright as a penny, Her equal would be hard to find! She could give cards and spadies To many othe ladies, But she would make up her mind! Jenny made her mind up at seventy five, She would live to be the oldest woman alive! Gin and rum and destiny play funny tricks, And poor Jenny kicked the bucket at seventy six! Jenny points a moral With which you cannot quarrel, Makes a lot of common sense! Jenny and her saga Proves that you are gaga If you don't keep sittin' on the fence! Jenny and her story Point the way to glory To all man and woman kind. Anyone with vision Comes this decision, Don't make up, You shouldn't make up, You mustn't make up, Never make up! Anyone with vision Comes this decision, Don't make up your mind! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - July 2013)

    


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