Monday, March 16, 2009

I won't dance...don't ask me

by Jamie Hill, Frank Sinatra and Forrest Gump

Lyrics by: Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by: Dorothy Fields
Music by: Jerome Kern
Arranged By: Nelson Riddle – Neal Hefti
From the Album: A Swingin' Affair (1957)
From the Film: Roberta (1935)
Label: Capitol – Reprise
Recorded: 11/15/56 – 10/2/62

(The lyrics were first written by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach for the London musical "Three Sisters", which premiered in 1934. Then when RKO released the screen version in March of 1935, Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh changed the lyrics of the song, only keeping the title which Oscar Hammerstein II originated.)

"I won't dance, don't ask me
I won't dance, don't ask me
I won't dance, Madame, with you
My heart won't let my feet do things that they should do

You know what? you're lovely
You know what? you're so lovely
And, oh, what you do to me
I'm like an ocean wave that's bumped on the shore

I feel so absolutely stumped on the floor
When you dance, you're charming and you're gentle
'specially when you do the Continental
But this feeling isn't purely mental

For, heaven rest us, I am not asbestos
and that's why
I won't dance, why should I?
I won't dance, how could I?
I won't dance, merci beaucoup
I know that music leads the way to romance,
So if I hold you in arms I won't dance..."

"That's all I have to say about that." ~ Forrest Gump


  1. I knew there was a reason I shouldn't check the blogs before I left for work in the mornings (apart from the fact it makes me late!)

    I've had this song going around and around in my head the whole time I've been out :)

  2. I'll take this as an 'I don't dance' statement. LOL

    It's like anything else, some of us adore it, others can't be bothered. A good post, Jamie and I really appreciate your honesty.


  3. Hey Kim,

    Sorry to stick you with such a pesky song. Put it out of your head so you can come up with your own take on dancing.

    Good luck with that. *G*

  4. Hi Jude,

    Not that I can't be bothered, just not particularly interested. Dancing with the Stars is a popular show here in the states, and I've never seen it once. Couldn't care less. LOL




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