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ARTHUR MURRAY TAUGHT ME DANCING IN A HURRY from "The Fleet's In" film 1942 sb Betty Hutton & Eddie Bracken w Jimmy Dorsey & his Orch Victor Schertzinger (m) Johnny Mercer (l) Helen O'Connell w Jimmy Dorsey & his Orch rec 10/12/41 New York also - The King Sisters '41 Mildred Bailey Susannah McCorkle '77 And one and two and - And one and two and - Aw shucks, I can't dance! Life was so peaceful at the laundry, Life was so calm and serene, Life was tres gay Till that unlucky day I happened to read that magazine! Why did I read that advertisement, Where it says, "Since I rumba, Jim thinks I'm sublime!? Why, oh why Did I ever try When I didn't have the talent, I didn't have the money, And teacher did not have the time? Boy! Arthur Murray Taught me dancin' in a hurry; I had a week to spare, He showed me the ground work, The walkin' around work, And told me take it from there! Arthur Murray Then advised me not to worry; It would come out all right! To my way of thinkin' My dance is stinkin', I don't know my left from my right! The people around me can all sing, "A-one and a-two and a-three", But any resemblance to waltzing Is just coincidental with me! 'Cause Arthur Murray Taught me dancin' in a hurry; Andf so I take a chance. To me it resembles The nine day trembles, But he guarantees it's a dance! My tango resembles a two-step, My rumba makes people turn pale, My conga goes into a goose-step, Till the FBI is doggin' my trail! 'Cause Arthur Murray Taught me dancin' in a hurry; Maybe the stars were wrong, If I ain't a menace To Ruth St Dennis, I'll do until one comes along! Turkey trot Or gavotte? Don't know which, Don't know what. Jitterbug? Bunny hug? Long as you Cut a rug! Walk the dog, Do the frog, Lindy hop Till you drop! Ball the jack Back to back, Cheek to cheek Till you're weak. You've heard of Pavlova' Well Jack, move over! Make way for the queen of the dance! (Contributed by Peter Akers - March 2008)


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