SHANGHAI LIL From the film "Footlight Parade" (1933) (Al Dubin / Harry Warren) James Cagney & Ruby Keeler (Film Soundtrack) - 1933 Al Hibbler - 1956 Elaine St. George - 1998 Also recorded by: Guy Lombardo Orch; Leon Belasco Orch. Temples reaching to the stars, international bazaars Chummy little Chinese ladies, drinking at those dinky bars Balmy breezes rom the sea, blossoms in the cherry tree Everything is so familiar, but where, oh, where is she I've covered every little highway And I've been climbing every hill I've been looking high and I've been looking low Looking for my Shanghai Lil The stars that hang high over Shanghai Bring back the memory of a thrill I've been looking high and I've been looking low Looking for my Shanghai Lil I learned to love her The little devil was just a butterfly But you'd discover something on the level Shining in her eye Oh, I've been trying to forget her But what's the use, I never will I'll be looking high and I'll be looking low Till I find my Shanghai Lil Anxiously I cast an eye on each street throughout Shanghai Plenty Oriental ladies beckon as they pass me by But my mind just can't erase one outstanding lovely face So, until the day I find out, I'll never leave this place I've covered every little highway And I've been climbing every hill I've been looking high and I've been looking low Looking for my Shanghai Lil The stars that hang high over Shanghai Bring back the memory of a thrill I've been looking high and I've been looking low Looking for my Shanghai Lil I learned to love her The little devil was just a butterfly But you'd discover something on the level Shining in her eye Oh, I've been trying to forget her But what's the use, I never will I'll be looking high and I'll be looking low Till I find my Shanghai Lil ***** As performed in the film "Footlight Parade" by James Cagney, Ruby Keeler & Chorus (1933): 1st WOMAN: Looking for your Shanghai Lil? MAN: No, she ain't your Shanghai Lil 2nd WOMAN: Don't give him flowers He'll just take your flowers straight to Shanghai Lil BARTENDER: No, I ain't seen Shanghai Lil SAILOR: Hello, Bill, you old galoot Where'd you get that monkey suit? CAGNEY: Don't tell anyone you saw me Or I'll rap you in the snoot SAILOR: Hey, you jumped ship. Now what's your game? CAGNEY: Oh, just looking for a dame SAILOR: Staying here, you're taking chances CAGNEY: Yeah? Well I'll stay, just the same I've covered every little highway And I've been climbing every hill I've been looking high and I've been looking low, Looking for my Shanghai Lil The stars that hang high over Shanghai Bring back the memory of a thrill I've been looking high and I've been looking low Looking for my Shanghai Lil I learnt to love her The little devil was just a butterfly But you discover something on the level Shining in her eye Oh, I've been trying to forget her But what's the use? I never will I've been looking high and I've been looking low Looking for my Shanghai Lil I've got to have another brandy 1st WOMAN: He's shaking like he's got a chill 2nd WOMAN: I know what it takes To cure him of the shakes 1st MAN: Ah, what he wants is Shanghai Lil 2nd MAN: Oh, she's a fascinatin' heathen 3rd WOMAN: But say! She ain't been through the mill 3rd MAN: Since she met that gob, she's acting like a snob 4th WOMAN: Say, who the heck is Shanghai Lil? 5th WOMAN: That Chinee devil! 6th WOMAN: No, she's on the level, she can't hurt you and me 7th WOMAN: That Oriental dame is detrimental to our industry 8th WOMAN: You said it! 4th MAN: I offered 'er a 'ouse in London 5th MAN: And I a château in the ville 6th MAN: She says she won't be mine for all of Palestine, Oy! 9th WOMAN: They all go for Shanghai Lil SAILOR: Come on, let's drink to Lil He's looking for her still Drink her down to Shanghai Lil ALL: Hey! ALL: Here's to the gal who loves a sailor It's looking like she always will SAILOR: She's every sailor's pal, she's anybody's gal ALL: Drink her down to Shanghai Lil SAILORS: He can knock 'em down And he can lay 'em low Fighting for his . . . CAGNEY: Shanghai Lil! KEELER: I miss you very much a long time I think that you no love me still CAGNEY: I've been looking high and I've been looking low Looking for you, Shanghai Lil KEELER: I think you go with other sweethearts, And very many tears I spill SAILORS: He's been looking high and he's been looking low Looking for you, Shanghai Lil KEELER: I got new lover CAGNEY: You little devil, you're just a butterfly KEELER: I like new lover CAGNEY: You're still on the level, you can't kid this guy KEELER: I pray to Buddha in the joss-house And Buddha, he bring back my Bill SAILORS: He's been looking high and he's been looking low Looking for you, Shanghai Lil KEELER: Oh please, you take me on great big steamboat With you across the sea CAGNEY: I'd like to take you, but that great big steamboat Don't belong to me ALL: The stars that hang high over Shanghai Bring back the memory of a thrill I've been looking high and I've been looking low Looking for my Shanghai Lil I learnt to love her The little devil was just a butterfly But you discover something on the level Shining in her eye Oh, I've been trying to forget her But what's the use, I never will I've been looking high and I've been looking low Till I find my Shanghai Lil