I Won't Dance
Words:Otto Abels Harbach, Jimmy McHugh, Oscar Greenley Clendenning Hammerstein II and Dorothy Fields
Music:Jerome David Kern
Performed By:  Frank Sinatra (1957), Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong
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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
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"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
 
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 me feet do things that they want to do
 
You know what?, you're lovely,
Ring-a-ding-ding, you're 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, I won't dance
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!!
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