Pinwheel of Death

Sam M. Lewis


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Writers Harry Akst, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1936

Lyrics verse 1:
CAROLINA
GAVE ME DINAH
I'M THE PROUDEST ONE
BENEATH THE DIXIE SUN.
NEWS IS SPREADING
ABOUT A WEDDING,
I HEAR CHURCH BELLS
RINGING.
HERE'S THE SONG
MY HEART KEEPS SINGING:

Chorus:
DINAH,
IS THERE ANYONE FINER
IN THE STATE OF CAROLINA?
IF THERE IS
AND YOU KNOW HER,
SHOW HER TO ME.
DINAH,
WITH HER DIXIE EYES
BLAZIN'
HOW I LOVE TO SIT
AND GAZE IN
TO THE EYES
OF DINAH LEE.

EVERY NIGHT
WHY DO I
SHAKE WITH FRIGHT?
BECAUSE
MY DINAH MIGHT
CHANGE HER MIND
ABOUT ME.

DINAH,
IF SHE WANDERED
TO CHINA,
I WOULD HOP
AN OCEAN LINER,
JUST TO BE
WITH DINAH LEE!

verse 2:
SOME DESIGNER
MODELED DINAH,
HE MUST BE THE ONE
WHO MADE
THE GOLDEN SUN.
HEAVEN BLESS HER,
SHE SAID,
YES, SIR,
ALL DAY LONG
I'M PRAYING,
EVEN IN MY DREAMS
I'M SAYING:

Chorus:
DINAH,
IS THERE ANYONE FINER
IN THE STATE OF CAROLINA?
IF THERE IS
AND YOU KNOW HER,
SHOW HER TO ME.
DINAH,
WITH HER DIXIE EYES
BLAZIN'
HOW I LOVE TO SIT
AND GAZE IN
TO THE EYES
OF DINAH LEE.

EVERY NIGHT
WHY DO I
SHAKE WITH FRIGHT?
BECAUSE
MY DINAH MIGHT
CHANGE HER MIND
ABOUT ME.

DINAH,
IF SHE WANDERED
TO CHINA,
I WOULD HOP
AN OCEAN LINER,
JUST TO BE
WITH DINAH LEE!
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Writers Ray Henderson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1953

Lyrics FIVE FOOT TWO,
EYES OF BLUE,
BUT OH!
WHAT THOSE FIVE FOOT
COULD DO,
HAS ANYBODY
SEEN MY GIRL?
TURNED UP NOSE,
TURNED DOWN HOSE,
NEVER HAD
NO OTHER BEAUS.
HAS ANYBODY
SEEN MY GIRL?
NOW IF YOU RUN INTO
A FIVE FOOT TWO,
COVERED WITH FUR,
DIAMOND RINGS
AND ALL THOSE THINGS,
BETCHA' LIFE
IT ISN'T HER.
BUT COULD SHE LOVE,
COULD SHE WOO?
COULD SHE,
COULD SHE,
COULD SHE COO?
HAS ANYBODY
SEEN MY GIRL?
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Writers J. Fred Coots, Sam M. Lewis

Genres Standard, Ballad

Recorded 1957

Lyrics verse 1:
SWEETHEART
THE NIGHT IS GROWING OLD,
SWEETHEART
MY LOVE IS STILL UNTOLD,
A KISS
THAT IS NEVER TASTED
FOREVER AND EVER
IS WASTED.

Chorus:
FOR ALL WE KNOW
WE MAY NEVER
MEET AGAIN,
BEFORE YOU GO
MAKE THIS MOMENT
SWEET AGAIN,
WE WON'T SAY, GOODNIGHT
UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE,
I'LL HOLD OUT MY HAND
AND MY HEART
WILL BE IN IT.
FOR ALL WE KNOW
THIS MAY ONLY BE
A DREAM,
WE COME AND GO
LIKE A RIPPLE
ON A STREAM,
SO LOVE ME TONIGHT,
TOMORROW
WAS MADE FOR SOME,
TOMORROW
MAY NEVER COME,
FOR ALL WE KNOW.

verse 2:
WHY SHOULD WE WASTE
A NIGHT LIKE THIS?
WHY SHOULD WE WASTE
A SINGLE KISS?
WHY CAN'T WE LAUGH
AT TOMORROW?
TOMORROW WILL PAY
WHAT WE BORROW.

Chorus:
FOR ALL WE KNOW
WE MAY NEVER
MEET AGAIN,
BEFORE YOU GO
MAKE THIS MOMENT
SWEET AGAIN,
WE WON'T SAY, GOODNIGHT
UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE,
I'LL HOLD OUT MY HAND
AND MY HEART
WILL BE IN IT.
FOR ALL WE KNOW
THIS MAY ONLY BE
A DREAM,
WE COME AND GO
LIKE A RIPPLE
ON A STREAM,
SO LOVE ME TONIGHT,
TOMORROW
WAS MADE FOR SOME,
TOMORROW
MAY NEVER COME,
FOR ALL WE KNOW.
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Writers Laszlo Javor, Sam M. Lewis, Rezso Seress

Genres Standard, Ballad

Recorded 1940

Lyrics SUNDAY IS GLOOMY,
MY HOURS
ARE SLUMBERLESS,
DEAREST,
THE SHADOWS
I LIVE WITH
ARE NUMBERLESS.
LITTLE WHITE FLOWERS
WILL NEVER AWAKEN YOU,
NOT WHERE
THE BLACK COACH OF SORROW
HAS TAKEN YOU.
ANGELS HAVE NO THOUGHT
OF EVER RETURNING YOU.
WOULD THEY BE ANGRY
IF I THOUGHT OF
JOINING YOU?
GLOOMY SUNDAY!

GLOOMY IS SUNDAY
WITH SHADOWS
I SPEND IT ALL.
MY HEART AND I
HAVE DECIDED
TO END IT ALL.
SOON THERE'LL BE CANDLES
AND PRAYERS
THAT ARE SAD,
I KNOW.
LET THEM NOT WEEP,
LET THEM KNOW
THAT I'M GLAD TO GO.
DEATH IS NO DREAM,
FOR IN DEATH
I'M CARESSING YOU.
WITH THE LAST BREATH
OF MY SOUL,
I'LL BE BLESSING YOU.
GLOOMY SUNDAY!

DREAMING,
I WAS ONLY DREAMING
I WAKE
AND I FIND YOU
ASLEEP
IN THE DEEP
OF MY HEART,
DEAR.
DREAMING,
I WAS LONELY DREAMING
I FELT MY HEART MELT,
WHEN I DREAMT
THAT WE TWO
ARE APART,
FAR APART,
FAR APART,
FAR APART.
DARLING,
I HOPE
THAT MY DREAM
NEVER HAUNTED YOU
MY HEART
IS TELLING YOU
HOW MUCH
I WANTED YOU,
GLOOMY SUNDAY.
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Writers Walter Donaldson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1944

Lyrics "REUBEN, REUBEN, I'VE BEEN THINKING,"
SAID HIS WIFEY DEAR,
"NOW THAT ALL IS PEACEFUL
AND CALM,
"THE BOYS WILL SOON BE BACK
ON THE FARM."
MISTER REUBEN STARTED WINKING
AND SLOWLY RUBBED HIS CHIN.
HE PULLED HIS CHAIR
UP CLOSE TO MOTHER
AND HE ASKED HER WITH A GRIN:

"HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
DOWN ON THE FARM
AFTER THEY'VE SEEN PAREE'?
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
AWAY FROM BROADWAY,
JAZZIN AROUND
AND PAINTIN' THE TOWN.
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
AWAY FROM HARM,
THAT'S A MYSTERY.
THEY'LL NEVER WANT TO SEE A RAKE OR PLOW
AND WHO THE DEUCE CAN PARLEYVOUS A COW?
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM DOWN ON THE FARM
AFTER THEY'VE SEEN PAREE'?"

"RUEBEN, RUEBEN,
YOU'RE MISTAKEN,"
SAID HIS WIFEY DEAR,
"ONCE A FARMER, ALWAYS A JAY
AND FARMERS ALWAYS
STICK TO THE HAY.".
"MOTHER REUBEN, I'M NOT FAKIN',
THO YOU MAY THINK IT STRANGE,
BUT WINE AND WOMEN
PLAY THE MISCHIEF WITH A BOY WHO'S LOOSE WITH CHANGE.

"HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
DOWN ON THE FARM
AFTER THEY'VE SEEN PAREE'?
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
AWAY FROM BROADWAY,
JAZZIN AROUND
AND PAINTIN' THE TOWN.
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
AWAY FROM HARM,
THAT'S A MYSTERY.
THEY'LL NEVER WANT TO SEE
A RAKE OR PLOW
AND WHO THE DEUCE
CAN PARLEYVOUS A COW?
HOW YA GONNA KEEP 'EM
DOWN ON THE FARM
AFTER THEY'VE SEEN PAREE'?"
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Writers Ray Henderson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1953

Lyrics [verse 1]:
DON'T WANT ANY MILLIONS,
I'M GETTING MY SHARE.
I'VE ONLY GOT ONE SUIT,
THAT'S ALL I CAN WEAR.
A BUNDLE OF MONEY
WON'T MAKE YOU FEEL GAY.
A SWEET LITTLE HONEY
IS MAKING ME SAY:

[Chorus]:
I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
JUST ROLLING ALONG,
JUST ROLLING ALONG.
I'M QUITTING
THE BLUES OF THE WORLD,
JUST SINGING A SONG,
JUST SINGING A SONG.

GLORY HALLELUJAH,
I JUST PHONED THE PARSON,
'HEY, PAR,
GET READY TO CALL.'
JUST LIKE HUMPTY DUMPTY,
I'M GOING TO FALL.

I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
JUST ROLLING ALONG,
JUST ROLLING ALONG.

[verse 2]:
SOME PEOPLE HAVE DIAMONDS
AND BEAUTIFUL PEARLS,
WHILE OTHERS HAVE CHILDREN,
JUST KIDDIES WITH CURLS.
KEEP ALL OF YOUR FORTUNES,
KEEP ALL OF YOUR FAME,
I JUST FOUND A SWEETIE
WHO'S CHANGING HER NAME.

[Chorus]:
I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
JUST ROLLING ALONG,
JUST ROLLING ALONG.
I'M QUITTING
THE BLUES OF THE WORLD,
JUST SINGING A SONG,
JUST SINGING A SONG.

GLORY HALLELUJAH,
I JUST PHONED THE PARSON,
'HEY, PAR,
GET READY TO CALL.'
JUST LIKE HUMPTY DUMPTY,
I'M GOING TO FALL.
I'M SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
JUST ROLLING ALONG,
JUST ROLLING ALONG.
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Writers Sam M. Lewis, Mabel Wayne, Joe Young

Genres Standard, Pop

Recorded 1955

Lyrics IN A LITTLE SPANISH TOWN,
TWAS ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS,
STARS WERE PEEK-A-BOOING DOWN,
TWAS ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS.
I WHISPERED, BE TRUE TO ME,
AND SHE SIGHED, SI, SI.
MANY SKIES HAVE TURNED TO GREY
BECAUSE WE'RE FAR APART,
MANY MOONS HAVE PASSED AWAY
AND SHE'S STILL IN MY HEART.
WE MADE A PROMISE
AND SEALED IT WITH A KISS,
IN A LITTLE SPANISH TOWN,
TWAS ON A NIGHT LIKE THIS.
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Writers John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis

Genres Standard

Recorded 1986

Lyrics verse 1:
WE WERE TWO SWEETHEARTS,
BUT WE SAID GOODBYE,
ONE WITH A HANDSHAKE,
AND ONE WITH A SIGH.
WE WERE TWO SWEETHEARTS
BY A SACRED VOW,
WHAT ARE WE NOW?
WHAT ARE WE NOW?

Chorus:
JUST FRIENDS,
LOVERS NO MORE.
JUST FRIENDS,
BUT NOT LIKE BEFORE.
TO THINK
OF WHAT WE'VE BEEN
AND NOT TO KISS AGAIN
SEEMS LIKE PRETENDING
IT ISN'T THE ENDING.
TWO FRIENDS
DRIFTING APART,
TWO FRIENDS,
BUT ONE BROKEN HEART.
WE LOVED,
WE LAUGHED,
WE CRIED,
AND SUDDENLY LOVE DIED.
THE STORY ENDS,
AND WE'RE JUST FRIENDS.

verse 2:
WHERE ARE THE SUNBEAMS
THAT WERE IN YOUR EYES?
SOMETIMES I WONDER
IF THEY TOO WERE LIES.
WE WHO WERE LOVERS
ARE NOW ONLY FRIENDS,
THAT'S HOW IT ENDS,
THAT'S HOW IT ENDS.

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Writers Ted Fiorito, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard, Ballad

Recorded 1959

Lyrics LIFE IS A PLAY
AND WE ALL PLAY A PART,
THE LOVER, THE DREAMER,
THE CLOWN.
THE DREAMER AND LOVER
ARE ALWAYS IN TEARS,
THE CLOWN
SPREADS SUNSHINE AROUND.
THE LIFE WITH A SMILE
IS THE LIFE WORTHWHILE,
THE CLOWN
TILL THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN.

EVEN THOUGH
YOU'RE ONLY MAKE BELIEVING,
LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
EVEN THOUGH
SOMETHING INSIDE IS GRIEVING,
LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
DON'T LET YOUR HEART GROW
TOO MELLOW,
JUST BE A REAL PUNCHINELLO, FELLOW.
YOU'RE SUPPOSED
TO BRIGHTEN UP A PLACE
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
PAINT A LOT OF SMILES
AROUND YOUR FACE
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, DON'T FROWN.
DRESSED IN YOUR BEST
COLORED HUMOR,
BE A PALLIETTO
AND LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH!
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Writers Walter Donaldson, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young

Genres Standard, Ballad, Family

Recorded 1947

Lyrics MAMMY, MAMMY,
THE SUN SHINES EAST,
THE SUN SHINES WEST,
BUT I'VE JUST LEARNED
WHERE THE SUN SHINES BEST.
MAMMY, MAMMY,
MY HEARTSTRINGS
ARE TANGLED AROUND ALABAMY.
I'SE A-COMIN',
SORRY THAT I MADE YOU WAIT,
I'SE A-COMIN',
HOPE AND PRAY
I'M NOT TOO LATE,
MAMMY, MAMMY,
I'D WALK A MILLION MILES
FOR ONE OF YOUR SMILES,
MY MAMMY.
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Alt. Title Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody

Writers Sam M. Lewis, Jean Schwartz, Joe Young

Genres Standard

Recorded 1946

Lyrics verse 1:
MAMMY MINE,
YOUR LITTLE ROLLING STONE
THAT ROLLED AWAY,
STROLLED AWAY.
MAMMY MINE,
YOUR ROLLING STONE
IS ROLLING HOME TODAY,
THERE TO STAY.
JUST TO SEE YOUR SMILING FACE,
SMILE A WELCOME SIGN.
WHEN I'M IN
YOUR FOND EMBRACE,
LISTEN, MAMMY MINE:

Chorus:
ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY
WITH A DIXIE MELODY.
WHEN YOU CROON,
CROON A TUNE
FROM THE HEART OF DIXIE.
JUST HANG MY CRADLE,
MAMMY MINE,
RIGHT ON
THAT MASON-DIXON LINE,
AND SWING IT
FROM VIRGINIA
TO TENNESSEE
WITH ALL THE LOVE
THAT'S IN YA.
WEEP NO MORE,
MY LADY,
SING THAT SONG
AGAIN FOR ME
AND OLD BLACK JOE,
JUST AS THOUGH
YOU HAD ME
ON YOUR KNEE.
A MILLION BABY KISSES
I'LL DELIVER
THE MINUTE THAT YOU SING
THAT SWANEE RIVER.
ROCK-A-BYE
YOUR ROCKABYE BABY
WITH A DIXIE MELODY.

verse 2:
ANY TIME
I HEAR A MAMMY
SING HER BABE TO SLEEP
SLUMBER DEEP.
THAT'S THE TIME
THE SHADOWS AROUND MY HEART
BEGIN TO CREEP,
AND I WEEP.
WONDER WHY
I WENT AWAY,
WHAT A FOOL I'VE BEEN,
TAKE ME BACK
TO YESTERDAY,
IN YOUR ARMS AGAIN.

Chorus:
ROCK-A-BYE YOUR BABY
WITH A DIXIE MELODY.
WHEN YOU CROON,
CROON A TUNE
FROM THE HEART OF DIXIE.
JUST HANG MY CRADLE,
MAMMY MINE,
RIGHT ON
THAT MASON-DIXON LINE,
AND SWING IT
FROM VIRGINIA
TO TENNESSEE
WITH ALL THE LOVE
THAT'S IN YA.
WEEP NO MORE,
MY LADY,
SING THAT SONG
AGAIN FOR ME
AND OLD BLACK JOE,
JUST AS THOUGH
YOU HAD ME
ON YOUR KNEE.
A MILLION BABY KISSES
I'LL DELIVER
THE MINUTE
THAT YOU SING
THAT SWANEE RIVER.
ROCK-A-BYE
YOUR ROCKABYE BABY
WITH A DIXIE MELODY.
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Writers Sam M. Lewis, Victor Young

Genres Standard, Ballad, Big Band Era

Recorded 1975

Lyrics verse 1:
MIDNIGHT,
YOU HEAVY LADEN,
IT'S MIDNIGHT.
COME ON
AND TRADE IN YOUR OLD DREAMS
FOR NEW,
YOUR NEW DREAMS
FOR OLD.
I KNOW WHERE THEY'RE BOUGHT,
I KNOW WHERE THEY'RE SOLD.
MIDNIGHT,
YOU'VE GOT TO GET THERE
AT MIDNIGHT,
AND YOU'LL BE MET THERE
BY OTHERS LIKE YOU,
BROTHERS AS BLUE,
SMILING
ON THE STREET OF DREAMS.

Chorus:
LOVE LAUGHS AT A KING,
KINGS DON'T MEAN A THING
ON THE STREET OF DREAMS.
DREAMS BROKEN IN TWO
CAN BE MADE LIKE NEW
ON THE STREET OF DREAMS.
GOLD, SILVER AND GOLD,
ALL YOU CAN HOLD
IS IN THE MOONBEAMS
POOR,
NO ONE IS POOR
LONG AS LOVE IS SURE
ON THE STREET OF DREAMS.

verse 2:
MIDNIGHT,
LOOK AT THE STEEPLE,
IT'S MIDNIGHT.
UNHAPPY PEOPLE,
IT'S RINGING WITH JOY,
IT'S RINGING WITH CHEER,
'CAUSE YESTERDAY'S GONE,
TOMORROW IS NEAR.
MIDNIGHT,
THE HEART IS LIGHTER
AT MIDNIGHT,
THINGS WILL BE BRIGHTER
THE MOMENT YOU FIND
MORE OF YOUR KIND,
SMILING ON THE STREET OF DREAMS.

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