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THE HALF OF IT, DEARIE, BLUES From the Broadway musical "Lady Be Good" (1924) (George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin) Fred Astaire & Kathlene Martyn (Broadway Production) - 1924 Fred Astaire & Irene Russell (London Production) - 1926 Fred Astaire with George Gershwin - 1926 Percival Mackey's Band (vocal: Percival Mackey) - 1926 Oscar Levant (feat. in the film "An American In Paris") - 1951 Ella Fitzgerald - 1959 Also recorded by: Joyce Breach; Jack Gibbons; Mary Cleere Haran; Dick Hyman; Kings Singers; George Shearing; Sarah Walker; George Masso; Judy Kaye: ...... and others. ****** As originally performed in 1924: ASTAIRE: Each time you trill a song with Bill or look at Will I get a chill, I'm gloomy I won't recall the names of all the men who fall It's all appalling to me Of course, I really cannot blame them a bit For you're a hit where're you flit I know it's so, but dearie, oh! You'll never know the blues that go right through me I've got the you-don't-know-the-half-of-it-dearie blues The trouble is you have so many from whom to choose If you should marry Tom, Dick, or harry, Life would be the bunk, I'd become a monk I've got the you-don't know-the-half-of-it-dearie blues! MARTYN: To Bill and Ben I'd pay attention now and then But really men would bore me When I'd begun to think I'd run and be a nun I met the one man for me And now just when the sun is starting to beam Along comes a girl, zip goes a dream! What will I do away from you? I feel the future will be blue and stormy I've got the you-don't-know-the-half-of-it-dearie blues It may be my heart isn't broken, but there's a bruise. Through you I've known some days that were lonesome Though you say that i'm flirting all the time I've got the you-don-t know-the-half-of-it-dearie blues! BOTH: I've got the you-don't-know-the-half-of-it-dearie blues Oh, how i wish you'd drop an anchor and end your cruise You're just a duffer who makes me suffer All the younger set says your heart's to let I've got the you-don't-know-the-half-of-it-dearie blues! ****** As recorded by Ella Fitzgerald: I've got the "You don't know the half of it, dearie" blues Oh how I wish you'd drop that anger, and end your cruise You're just a duffer, who makes me suffer All the younger set, says your heart's to let I've got the "You don't know the half of it, dearie" blues Mmmm (scat) (instrumental bridge) I've got the "You don't know the half of it, dearie" blues Although I know that love's a gamble, I hate to lose Life will be duller, we'll have no color Jill without a Jack, makes the future black I've got the "You don't know the half of it, dearie" blues Mmmm (scat) I've got the "You don't know the half of it, dearie" blues ****** As recorded by Percival Mackey: I've got the "You don't know the half of it, dearie" blues The trouble is you have so many from whom to choose If you should marry Tom, Dick or Harry Life would be debunked, I'd become a monk I've got the "You don't know the half of it, dearie" blues (Transcribed by Bill Huntley - September 2005) ******

    


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