– They Can't Take That Away From Me –
m G. Gershwin, w I. Gershwin)
from the 1937 film Shall We Dance

Our romance won't end on a sorrowful note,
Though by tomorrow you're gone;
The song is ended, but as the songwriter wrote,
The melody lingers on.
They may take you from me,
I'll miss your fond caress.
But though they take you from me,
I'll still possess.

The way you wear your hat
The way your sip your tea
The memory of all that
No, no, they can't take that away from me

The way your smile just beams
The way you sing off key
The way you haunt my dreams
No, no, they can't take that away from me

We may never, never meet again
On the bumpy road to love
Still, I'll always, always keep the memory of

The way you hold your knife
The way we danced till three
The way you changed my life
No, no, they can't take that away from me
No, they can't take that away
Can't take that away
No, they can't take that away from me
– I Got Plenty o' Nuttin –
m George Gershwin, w Ira Gershwin
& DuBose Heyward
from Porgy and Bess, 1935

Oh, I got plenty of nothing
And nothing’s plenty for me
I got no car, got no mule, I got no misery

Folks with plenty of plenty
They’ve got a lock on the door
Afraid somebody’s gonna rob ’em
While they're out making more . . . What for

I got no lock on the door, that’s no way to be
They can steal the rug from the floor
That’s ok with me ’cause the things that I prize
Like the stars in the skies are all free

{refrain}
I got plenty of nothing
And nothing’s plenty for me
I got my gal - got my song
Got heaven the whole day long
Got my gal, got my love, got my song

Oh, I got plenty of nothing
And nothing’s plenty for me
I got the sun, got the moon, I got the deep blue sea

Folks with plenty of plenty got to pray all the day
Seems with plenty you sure got to worry
How to keep the devil away . . . Away

I ain't frettin 'bout hell till the time arrive
Never worry long as I'm well, never one to strive
To be good, to be bad
What the hell, I'm just glad I'm alive
{repeat refrain}
– Sophisticated Lady –
m Duke Ellington, w Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish, 1933

They say into your early life romance came
And in this heart of yours burned a flame
A flame that flickered one day and died away

Then, with disillusion deep in your eyes
You learned that fools in love soon grow wise
The years have changed you, somehow
I see you now

{Bridge:}
Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow, nonchalant,
Diamonds shining, dancing, dining with some man in a restaurant
Is that all you really want?

Oh no, Sophisticated Lady, I know,
You miss the love you lost long ago
And when nobody is nigh you cry
{Repeat from Bridge}