BallerinaWords & Music by Carl Sigman & Bob Russell
Recorded by Vaughn Monroe, 1947 (#1)*
D Em7 A7 Em6 D D6 Dance, bal - le - ri - na, dance, D A7 D9 G Cdim Em7 A7 Em7 A7 And do your pir - ou - ette in rhy - thm with your ach - ing heart. Em B+ Em7 Em6 Dance, bal - le - ri - na, dance, Em B+ Em7 Em6 Em7 A7 D A7 You mus - n't once for - get a dan - cer has to dance the part. D Em7 A7 Em6 D D6 Whirl, bal - le - ri - na, whirl, D A7 D9 G Cdim Em7 A7 Em7 A7 And just ig - nore the chair that's emp - ty in the se - cond row. Em B+ Em7 Em6 This is your mo - ment, girl, Em B+ Em7 Em6 Em7 A7 D Al - though he's not out there ap - plaud - ing as you steal the show. Bridge: F# F#7 C#m7-5 F#7 Bm Em6 Once you said, "His love must wait its turn." Bm B7 B+ Em B+ E7 Em7 You wan - ted fame in - stead; I guess that's your con - cern -- G/B A7 We live and learn. D Em7 A7 Em6 D D6 And love is gone, bal - le - ri - na, gone, D A7 D9 G Cdim Em7 A7 Em7 A7 So on with your ca - reer -- you can't af - ford a back - ward glance. Em B+ Em7 Em6 Dance on and on and on; Em B+ Em7 Em6 A thou - sand people here have come to see the show Em7 A7 As round and round you go, G/B A7 D Am7 D6 So bal - le - ri - na dance, dance, dance.
*This song was also memorably recorded by Nat King Cole in 1957 when it reached #18. Though it never achieved quite the level of popularity that Monroe's version did, Cole's version has out-lasted Monroe's.