Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A HurryWords & Music by Victor Schertzinger & Johnny Mercer
Recorded by Betty Hutton, 1942
From the Movie "The Fleet's In
A E G Life was so peaceful at the laundry, Gdim D B7 Life was so calm and serene. G G/F# Edim E7/6 E7 A F#m B7 Life was trés gay til that unlucky day Cdim Bm7-5 E7 I happened to read that mag - a - zine. A E G Why did I read that advertisement D9 Dm6 A Where it said, “When I rumba, Jim thinks I'm sublime”? D Dm6 Fdim A B7 Why, oh why, did I ever try? F#m C#7 F#m F#m C#7 F#m I didn't have the talent, I didn't have the money, B7 Cdim E7 And teacher did not have the time. Boy! E7 A D9 A Arthur Murray taught me dancing in a hurry. E7 Gdim E7 I had a week to spare; D9 E7 Fdim(III) E7 He showed me the ground work, the walk - a - round work, D9 E7/6 E7 E7/6 A And told me to take it from there. E7 A D9 A Arthur Murray then advised me not to worry, E7 Gdim E7 It would come out all right. D9 E7 Fdim(III) E7 To my way of thinkin', it came out stinkin' -- D9 E7/6 E7 E7/6 A I don't know my left from my right. D Dm6 A A D9 A The people around me can all sing, “A-one and a-two and a-three.” D Dm6 F#m B7 Cdim E7 Any resemblance to waltzin' is just coincidental with me. E7 A D9 A Arthur Murray taught me dancing in a hurry, E7 Gdim E7 And so I take a chance. D9 E7 Fdim(III) E7 To me it resembles the nine - day trembles, D7 Dm7 Fdim E7 A But he guarantees it's a dance. Coda: E7 A A7 D Dm6 Turkey trot, or gavotte, don't know which, don't know what, E7 A A7 D Dm6 Jitterbug, bunny hug, long as you cut a rug, E7 A A7 D Dm6 Walk the dog, do the clog, Lindy Hop til you drop, E7 A A7 D Dm6 Ball the jack, back to back, cheek to cheek til you're weak, D9 E7 Fdim(III) E7 You've heard of Pavlova, well, Jack, move over, D Dm6 E A Make way for the queen of the dance.
*Thanks to lyrics guru Ron Hontz for helping me sort out the parts that I couldn't!