– The Lusty Month of May –
Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe
from Camelot, 1960
(orig cast and movie versions mixed)

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It's May! It's May!
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The lusty month of May!
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That lovely month when ev'ryone goes
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Blissfully astray.
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It's here! It's here!
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That shocking time of year
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When tons of wicked little thoughts
G7 . . . . . . C
Merrily appear!

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It's May! It's May!
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That gorgeous holiday
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When ev'ry maiden prays that her lad
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Will be a cad
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It's mad! It's gay!
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Depraved in ev'ry way.
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Those dreary vows that ev'ryone takes,
F
Ev'ryone breaks.
Ab
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes
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The lusty month of May!

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Whence this fragrance wafting through the air?
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What sweet feelings does its scent transmute?
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Whence this perfume floating ev'rywhere?
Dbj7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eb . . . Ab
Don't you know it's that dear forbidden fruit!
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Tra la la la la! That dear forbidden fruit!
Ab . . . . . Eb . . . . . . . . Ab
Tra la la la la! Tra la la la la!
Ab.G . . .Ab.G . . Ab.G.Ab.G.Ab.G.Ab.G
Tra la . . Tra la . . Tra la la la la la la la
– The Lusty Month of May, cont'd –

[chords as first verse, through "merrily appear"]
It's May! It's May!
The lusty month of May!
That darling month when ev'ryone throws
Self-control away.
It's time to do
A wretched thing or two,
And try to make each precious day
One you'll always rue!

[chords as second verse]
It's May! It's May!
The month of "yes you may,"
The time for ev'ry frivolous whim,
Proper or "im."
It's wild! It's gay!
A blot in ev'ry way!
The birds and bees with all of their vast
Amorous past
Gaze at the human race aghast,
The lusty month of May.

[first verse repeated]
It's May! It's May!
The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when ev'ryone goes
Blissfully astray.
It's here! It's here!
That shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts
Merrily appear.

[chords as second verse]
It's May! It's May!
The month of great dismay.
When all the world is brimming with fun,
Wholesome or "un."
It's Mad!  It's gay!
A libelous display!
Those dreary vows that ev'ryone takes,
Ev'ryone breaks.
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes
The lusty month of May!