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Helen Kane

Lyrics

What follows are the lyrics to most of Helen Kane's songs - all 22 that she recorded between the years 1928 and 1930, and one from the 1950s. In most cases I figured out the lyrics on my own, so some of them may be incorrect. If you find any errors, please bring them to my attention.

Asterisks (*) indicate that I don't know what word or line belongs there. Again, if you know the words, please write to me.


GET OUT AND GET UNDER THE MOON

What do you do in the evening, when you donít know what to do?
Read a book, play a game, every night itís just the same.
Whatíll you say if I tell you
How to keep from feeling blue?
My advice is good to take, and itís easier to do...
When youíre all alone, any old night
And youíre feeling mighty blue
Pick up your hat, close up your flat
Get out, get under the moon
Underneath the bright, silvery light, youíll be feeling better soon
Pick up your hat, close up your flat
Get out, get under the moon.
Da-da-da-da-da-da
Look, look, look at those stars above
Ah, look, look, look at those sweeties love.
Oh boy, give me a night in June!
I mean it
When youíre all alone, any old night
And youíre feeling out of tune 
Pick up your hat, close up your flat
Get out, get under the moon.
When you make a date, any old nightó
Ya gonna meet your sweetie soon?  Are ya?  Hmm?
Well then pick up your hat, close up your flat
Get out, get under the moon
Underneath that bright, silvery light
Youíll be feeling better soon
Pick up your hat, close up your flat
Get out, get under the moon
Da-da-da-da-da-da
Walk, walk, kiss and then walk again and
Talk, talk, kiss and then talk again
Oh boy, sweethearts are out in June!
I mean it
When itís raining out, oh stay in your flat
But on a lovely night in June
Pick up your hat, close up your flat
Get out, get under the moon
[Interjections, boop-boop-a-doops, etc.]

THAT'S MY WEAKNESS NOW

Love, love, love, loveólook what youíve done to me!
The things I never missed
Are things I canít resist
Oh love, love, love, loveóisnít it plain to see?
I just had a change of heart
What can it be?
Heís got eyes of blue
I never cared for eyes of blue
But heís got eyes of blue
And thatís my weakness now.
Heís got curly hair
And I never cared for curly hair
But heís got curly hair
So thatís my weakness now
Oh my, oh me
Oh I should be good, and I would be good, but÷gee
He likes to bill and coo
And I never cared to bill and coo
But he likes to bill and coo
So thatís my weakness now.
He likes a saxophone
I never cared for a saxophone
But he likes a saxophone
So thatís my weakness now.
He likes those rainy days
And I never cared a rainy day
But he likes those rainy days
So thatís my weakness now.
Oh let it rain, let it pour
Cause I think he knows just what itís raining for
He likes a long goodnight
And I never had a long goodnight
But he likes a long goodnight
So thatís my weakness now.
And he likes boop-boop-a-doop
And I never cared for a boop-boop-a-doop
But he likes a boop-boop-a-doop
So thatís my weakness now.
And he likes [Various interjections, boop-boop-a-doops, etc.]
And I never cared for a [Interjections]
But he likes boop-boop-a-doop
So thatís my weakness now
Whatís more, whatís more
Oh, I think what bup-bup-bup is for
He likes a boop-boop-a-doop
And I never cared for a boop-boop-a-doop
But he likes a boop-boop-a-doop
So thatís my weakness now.
So thatís my weakness now!

I WANNA BE LOVED BY YOU

Many thanks to the anonymous Helen Kane fan who provided the correct lyrics to this song.

I'm not - one of the greedy kind
All of my wants are simple
I know what's on my mind
I'm not - resting until I find - what could make your eyes glisten - 
with joy
Now listen - big boy
I wanna be loved by you, just you, nobody else but you
I wanna be loved by you - alone
Boop-boop-a-doo
I wanna be kissed by you, just you, and nobody else but you
I wanna be kissed by you - alone
Bop-op
I couldn't aspire - to anything higher
Than filled with desire - to make you my own
Bop-op-bump-a-deedle-a-boomp-a-doo
I wanna be loved by you, just you, nobody else but you
I wanna be loved by you - alone
{Musical Interlude}
Love!  Bop-op-a-doo
{Musical Interlude}
Bahda-lahda-la-dahmp
I couldn't aspire - to anything higher
Than filled with desire - to make you my own
Bop-a-diddle-op-boop-oop-a-doop
I wanna be loved by you, just you, and nobody else but you
I wanna be loved by you
Ba-dumpa-dumpa-dumpa-dump-boop-oop-a-doop

IS THERE ANYTHING WRONG IN THAT?

There are certain things that keep me guessing
Though I try real hard to find them out
Well I donít understand, so Iím confessing
That I donít know just what itís all about!
Ya see, I donít know the bad things from the good
Because my mother never told me all she should.
A man showed me a lavaliere
He says, ďItís yours, if you kiss me, dear.Ē
Oh, tell me, was there anything wrong in that?
I kissed him once and he asked for more
Next week heís bringing a jewelry store.
Oh, tell me, was there anything wrong in that?
Now, I was in the parlor with this fellow last night,
And I know why he kissed me, and he squeezed me so tight.
But I donít understand a bit, when he says, ďBaby, you sure have It.Ē
Whatís It?
Was there anything wrong in that?
A man loaned me his Cadillac, and I said that I would bring it back,
Oh, tell me, was there anything wrong in that?
Well, it was so cold in that great big boat
So I just went and took his raccoon coat.
Tell me, was there anything wrong in that?
I took my mother driving on that very same day, 
And she said, ďDear, you must return that car, right away!Ē
But the funniest thing, youíll never guess, 
I forgot his name and his address!
Oh, tell me, was there anything wrong in that?
Oh, tell me, tell me really, was there anything wrong in that?
Now, I ask, was there anything wrong with that?
Such questions drive me crazy, every day, something new!
My poor brain gets hazy, donít know what to do!
[Interjections]
Oh, tell me, was there anything wrong in that?

DON'T BE LIKE THAT

Oh, at last Iíve got you near
Though I can tell you dear
That your funny disposition almost drives me wild
I know that you could be
So nice and sweet to me
But you treat me just as though Iím a child...
I ask you for a kiss
You give me just one kiss
When I want another kiss...
Ah, donít be like that
And when I wanna pet
And I think weíre all set
You play so hard to get
Donít be like that
I wish I knew if you really loved me
The things you do, make me think that you donít think much of me.
You know, weíd make a lovely pair
If you could only care
But youíre a Frigidaire
Ah, donít be like that
I call you on the phone
And I get you on the phone
But you say youíre not home
Ah, donít be like that.
You know, when you call on Sunday night,
And everything is just so nice,
But you let the lights burn bright,
Donít be like that.
You think that I spend my evenings gaily 
When all you try is a tune on your ukulele
You know, another thing Iíve found
When Christmas time comes íround,
Youíre always out of town
Ah, donít be like that.
Ah, donít be like that.
Oh honey dear,
You are so appealing
And when you love, oh you love with such feeling
I love that boop-boop-a-doop,
You love that boop-boop-a-doop,
We love that boop-a-doop-boop,
Ah, donít be like that.

ME AND THE MAN IN THE MOON

Why did my sweetie leave me?
Oh, why did we have to part?
You know, no other sweetie can relieve me of this aching heart.
Why canít I have the sunshine?
The sunshine, instead of gloom?
Why must I have these little shadows creeping in my room?
When the night is dark and peaceful
Loving hearts are all in tune	
Thereís two lonesome people in the whole wide world, 
Itís me and the man in the moon.
When the little birds are nesting
And I listen to them croon
There are two lonesome people in the whole wide world, itís me and the man in the moon.
While I lie there counting sheep
Through my window he comes to peep,
And with each other weíre sympathizing!
Iím looking at those happy people
While they sit around and spoon
Thereís two lonesome people
Oh, but if my sweetie keeps me waiting, ya know what Iím going to do?
Iíll get another sweetie soon.
Because thereís two lonesome people in the whole wide world, 
Itís me and the man in the moon.
Oh, how I miss his ukulele
And the way he strums those tunes
Because thereís two lonesome people in the whole wide world, 
Itís me and the man in the moon.
When the sleepy shadows fall, 
And the boogey man comes to call,
I need two lovable arms around me!
You know, if my sweetie keeps me waiting, you know what Iím gonna do?
Iím gonna get myself a big balloonóa big one!óand Iíll travel through the air,
In that big balloon and have a love affair,
With the man in the moon!

BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT

Listen, big boy
Now that youíve got me made
Goodness, but Iím afraid, somethingís gonna happen to you
Listen, big boy
Youíve got me hooked, and how
I would die if I should lose you now...
Button up your overcoat, when the wind is free
Take good care of yourself, you belong to me
Eat an apple every day, get to bed by three
Take good care of yourself, you belong to me.
Be careful crossing streets, ooh, ooh,
Cut out sweets, ooh, ooh
Lay off meat, ooh, ooh
Youíll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum!
Wear your flannel underwear when you climb a tree
Oh, take good care of yourself, you belong to me!
Button up your overcoat when the wind is free
Oh, take good care of yourself, you belong to me.
Boop-boop-a-doop!
When you sass a traffic cop, use diplomacy.
Take good care of yourself, you belong to me.
Beware of frozen ponds, ooh, ooh,
Stocks and bonds, ooh, ooh,
Peroxide blondes, ooh, ooh
Youíll get a pain and ruin your bankroll!
Keep the spoon out of your cup when youíre drinking tea
Oh, take good care of yourself, you belong to me.
Donít sit on hornetís tails, ooh, ooh,
Or on nails ooh, ooh, 
Or third rails ooh, ooh
Youíll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum
Keep away from bootleg hooch, when youíre on a spree
Oh, take good care of yourself, you belong to me.

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