Personality / Vocal and Piano by Clyde Semler / x.iv.xii
Music: Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics: Johhny Burke
Added Lyrics: Clyde Semler
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The two added bridges and coda (IN LARGE CAPS) are my copyrighted additions and may not be published or performed without my permission.
This is one of my favorite hetero-sexist songs. Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke wrote many stylish songs during the mid XXth century -- among them Here's That Rainy Day, Aren't You Glad You're You?, But Beautiful, Imagination, It Could Happen to You and Polkadots and Moonbeams.
The lyrics have a playful male chauvinistic flavor of "guys" and "dolls" typical of the period written. My added lyrics retain some of that flavor, however placing the "doll" in contemporary attire as she strives to find acceptance for her professional skills in a competitive professional world once occupied solely by "guys". Have I succeeded in making an attitudinal adjustment? Or, is that old devil double-entendre still wagging its naughty tail?
Mary Smith had a college education
Sally Jones had a scientific streak
Suzy Brown used to lecture on ancient architecture
Josie Green spoke Latin and Greek
Just forgotten girls with forgotten brains
While history explains --
When Madame Pompadour was on the ballroom floor
Said all the gentlemen obviously
The madame has the cutest personality!
And think of all the books about Dubarry's looks
What was it made her the toast of Paree?
She had a well developed personality!
NOW WHAT DID BONAPARTE SEE IN JOSEPHINE?
OR CHICKEN MAN IN FAIR MAUREEN?
OR BIG KING KONG IN FAY WRAY?
I DARE SAY......HER REPARTEE!
And when Salome danced and had the men entranced
No doubt it must have been easy to see
That she knew how to use her personality!
NOW WHY'S A CUTE INTERN OFFERED SPECIAL PERKS
BY A BOSS WHO VALUES WORK
AND VALUES MORE HER WORKOUT?
So don't you say she's smart
And has the kindest heart
Or what a wonderful sister she'd be
Just tell her how you like her personality!
AT SALES MEETINGS SHE'S A PRO
AND HER SPREADSHEETS CLEARLY SHOW
SHE CAN MAKE YOUR ASSETS GROW
WITH HER WARM AND WILLING,
ALL FULFILLING, SOMETIMES CHILLING