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Personality / Vocal and Piano by Clyde Semler / x.iv.xii

Personality

Music: Jimmy Van Heusen

Lyrics: Johhny Burke

Added Lyrics: Clyde Semler

 

Click here for full length version: www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOu4FQ4a1J0

 

The two added bridges and coda (IN LARGE CAPS) are my copyrighted additions and may not be published or performed without my permission.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?

 

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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?

NO DOUBT!

 

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

PERSONALITY!

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Taken on April 10, 2012