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YOU DON'T HAVE TO KNOW THE LANGUAGE From the film "The Road To Rio" (1947) (Johnny Burke / Jimmy Van Heusen) Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters (Film Soundtrack) - 1947 Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers (with Paul Weston & His Orch.) - 1948 Buddy Clark with Xavier Cugat & His Orch. - 1948 Tex Beneke & The Glenn Miller Orch. (vocal: Moonlight Serenaders) - 1948 Peggy Lee (Radio Transcription) - 1948 Lena Horne - 1958 Anita Gravine - 1986 As recorded by BING CROSBY and THE ANDREWS SISTERS: AS: Mister Sweeney BC: Hello BC: We've a problem that is apt to spoil the trip 'Cause when we get off the ship We know we'll never understand the language We won't be hip! BC: Oh, now, Miss Andrews After due deliberation of your problem All you do is wooin' and wobble Which in any language always means a miss, a kiss AS: And this? BC: Tapontinia (sic) AS: Ay, Amigo, now we know BC: Now they know AS: Yes, we know BC: Now they know AS: Yes, we know BC: Now they know AS: Supposin' you need a vacation Brazil is the place you should be BC: So you can't understand what they're saying Or you can't read a sign that you see ALL: But, you don't have to know the language With the moon in the sky And a girl in your arms And a look in her eyes BC: You stop at the Copacabana With Sugar Loaf Mountain in view AS: So the words on the menu mean nothing You can't ask a soul what to do ALL: But, you don't have to know the language With the moon in the sky And the girl in your arms And a look in her eyes BC: That the good one? AS: No, this one! BC: When she smiles your way What more would you want anyone to say? So you sigh, just sigh ALL: You don't have to mention that Yankee phrase, "Ay-Ay" AS: Perhaps when you end your vacation You bring back a bit of Brazil BC: So you can't understand what she's saying You need an interpreter still ALL: But, you don't have to know the language BC: With the moon in the sky AS: And a girl in your arms BC: And a look in her eye ALL: I know you don't have to know the language If you don't want to say goodbye AS: With the moon in the sky BC: And the girl in your arms AS: It's the look in her eyes ALL: You don't have to know You don't have to know BC: The language isn't necessary ALL: 'Cause the meaning doesn't vary If you got the charm it takes The language isn't necessary BC: When she smiles your way AS: What more would you want anyone to say BC: So you sigh, just sigh ALL: You don't have to mention that Yankee phrase "Ay-Ay" ALL: Perhaps when you end your vacation You bring back a bit of Brazil So you can't understand what she's saying You need an interpreter still ALL: But, you don't even have to know the language BC: With the moon in the sky And the girl in your arms And a look in her eyes AS: Ay-ay-ay-ay ALL: No, you don't have to know the language If you don't want to say goodbye (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - April 2014) ******************** As recorded by LENA HORNE with Lennie Hayton & His Orchestra: Supposin' you need a vacation, Brazil is the place you should be; So you can't understand what they're saying, And you can't read a sign that you see. But you don't have to know the language, With the moon in the sky and a boy in your arms and a look in his eye! You stop at the Copacabana, With Sugar Loaf Mountain in view; So the words on a menu mean nothing, You can't ask a soul what to do! But you don't have to know the language, With the moon in the sky and a boy in your arms and a look in his eye! When he smiles your way, What more would you want anybody to say? So you sigh, just sigh, You don't have to mention that phrase, "Aye-aye!". Perhaps when you end your vacation, You'll bring back a bit of Brazil. So you can't understand what he's saying, You need an interpreter still! But you don't have to know the language, With the moon in the sky and a boy in your arms and a look in his eye! No, you don't have to know the language, If you don't want to say goodbye! When he smiles your way, What more would you want anybody to say? So you sigh, just sigh, You don't have to mention that phrase, "Aye-aye!". Perhaps when you end your vacation, You'll bring back a bit of Brazil. So you can't understand what he's saying, You need an interpreter still! But you don't have to know the language, With the moon in the sky and a boy in your arms and a look in his eye! No, you don't have to know the language, If you don't want to say goodbye! (Transcribed by Peter Akers - April 2014)

    


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