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If You Can't Get A Girl In The Summertime

(You'll never Get A Girl At All)

Word by Bert Kalmar

Music by Harry Tierney

New York: Kalmar & Puck Music Co. (1915)

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[Verse 1]

The cold, cold winter has gone
It passed away, Hurray!
And now the summer is on,
It’s time to play Hurray!
Boys get together and chose your mate,
Now’s the time to get them,
They all want love in the summer time
Your chances then are great.


If you can’t get a girl in the summertime
You’ll never get a girl at all,
Peaches are ripe in the summertime,
And that’s the time they fall
A the beaches there’s a raft of them,
Lovely peaches go right after them,
You’ll hear the wild waves saying
Go get them, go pet them
Don’t miss a kiss in the summertime,
Or you’ll never kiss a Miss in the Fall
And if you can’t get a girl in the summertime
You’ll never get a girl at all.

[Verse 2]

Just look ‘em straight in the eye
Then heave a sigh, Oh my!
And tip your hat to the sky
Another sigh Oh my!
She’ll smile a little bit acting shy,
When she does it’s over,
Don’ waste your time in the summertime
‘Cause summer soon goes by.




The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.