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A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody

Ziegfeld follies of 1919

Words and music by Irving Berlin

New York: Irving Berlin Inc. (1919)

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I have an ear for music,
And I have an eye for a maid I link a pretty girlie,
With each pretty tune that’s played.
They go together like sunny weather,
Goes with the month of May
I’ve studied girls and music,
So I’m qualified to say:

A pretty girl is like a melody
That haunts you night and day
Just like the strain of a hunting refrain,
She’ll start upon a marathon
And run around your brain,
You can’t escape she’s in your memory,
By morning, night and noon
She will leave you and then come back again,
A pretty girl is just like a pretty tune.


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