I Blush – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

A Connecticut Yankee (musical)

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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for “A Connecticut Yankee 1927″
Introduced by: Constance Carpenter in Stamford, Connecticut, tryout. Dropped
before the New York opening. Replaced by “Nothing’s Wrong”
Recorded by Charlotte Rae in “Rodgers and Hart Revisited”

All court conversation
To my observation
Is naughty
And woefully pert;
With joy unabating
The ladies-in-waiting
Are waiting
To dish thee the dirt;
Such talk never charms me,
In sooth, it alarms me
When told by a hoyden or a valet.
Mere greetings and glances
Rouse talk of romances;
Each kiss is a study in scarlet.

Refrain 1
Oh dear, when there’s scandal about the court,
I blush!
Oh dear, at the naughtiness they report,
I blush!

Things they say sound very queer to me,
What they mean is never clear to me,
But it can’t be very nice
The way they hush;
I blush!

Such sights are not fit for a maiden’s view.
I blush!
Oh, dear, I know just what I ought to do,
I blush!

But you see,
I can’t condemn a tale
If its end I do not know.
Oh dear, I blush!
But I love it so!

Refrain 2
Oh dear, but the Queen carries on a bit;
I blush!
Oh, dear, though I breathe not a word of it,
I blush!

Launcelot loveth her beauty well;
As a knight, he doth his duty well;
On the throne, they get very warm,
They burn the plush.
I blush!

Arthur is a rather unwary King;
I blush!
The Queen made Launcelot honorary King;
I blush!
To be sure,
It’s none of my concern
If he kissed her once or twice.
Oh dear, I blush!
But it’s rather nice!

Refrain 3
Tristan told his heart to Isolde in song;
I blush!
Oh dear, but the song was six hours long;
I blush!
What they did was wrong beyond a doubt
If it took so long to sing about;
And the thought can make my lily
Cheek to flush.
I blush!
Oh dear, how they yodeled of love and death;
I blush!
They died not from love but from lack of breath;
I blush!
That it was
A proper way to die
It is, silly to pretend.
I blush, but oh dear,
What a lovely end!

Notes
“A Study in Scarlet” is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first published in 1887. it was the first published story about sherlock Holmes.
In the novel Holmes says “There’s the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.” this speech originates the title. In the context of the song Hart paragons sex to murder with an ironic intend.
Like in “Thou swell” Hart used archaic words such as loveth for loved or doth for did.
Tristan told his heart to Isolde in song/Oh dear, but the song was six hours long: this, of course, refers Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde”

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Thou Swell – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Hart
From A Connecticut Yankee 1927 the song was also used in the revival of the show in 1943
This funny and witty love song was the first song performed in the first act of the musical but was listed third in the program since the first two songs were performed in the prologue.
Introduce by William Gaxton (Martin) and  Constance Carpenter (The Demoiselle Alisande la Carteloise)
The music of the song is featured in the film “All About Eve” (1950). It is played on the piano at the party when Margo tells her friends to “fasten their seat belts”.

Lyrics

He: Babe, we are well met as in a spell met, I lift my helmet
Sandy, you’re just dandy for just this here lad
You’re such a fistfull, my eyes are mistful
Are you too wistful to care to say you care to say
“Come near, lad.”

You are so graceful, have you wings?
You have a face full of nice things
You have no speaking voice, dear with ev’ry word it sings

Refrain:
Thou swell! Thou witty! Thou sweet! Thou grand!
Wouldst kiss me pretty? Wouldst hold my hand?
Both thine eyes are cute too; what they do to me
Hear me holler I choose a Sweet lollapaloosa in thee
I’d feel so rich in a hut for two
Two rooms and kitchen I’m sure would do
Give me just a plot of not a lot of land
And Thou swell! Thou Witty! Thou Grand!

She:
Thy words are queer, Sir, unto mine ear, Sir
Yet thou’rt a dear, Sir, to me
Thou could’st woo me now could’st though try, Sir
I’d murmur “Swell”, too and like it well too
More thou wilt tell to Sandy, thou art dandy
Now art though my knight
Thine arms are martial; thou hast grace
My cheek is partial to thy face
And if they lips grow weary, mine are resting place

Notes

Since the song was written for the musical version of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” Larry wrote several songs for that show blending archaic english and modern american slang.
thou: Used to indicate the one being addressed, especially in a literary, liturgical, or devotional context. Middle English, from Old English, second person nominative sing
wouldst: Archaic Second person singular past tense of will.
to holler: to cry aloud; shout; yell 1690–1700, Americanism ; var. of holla
lollapalooza: SLANG something or someone very striking or exceptional.
unto: an archaic word for “to”

thou’rt: thou art i.e. you are in archaic informal singular