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Joe Offer Origins: Was Blue Moon a hymn? (12) ADDPOP: The Bad in Every Man (Rodgers & Hart) 12 May 19


But wait! There's a third song with the tune:

THE BAD IN EVERY MAN
(Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart)

VERSE
Sitting all alone
In moving picture theatres
Is ev'ry night's pleasure!
Walking on my own
When working hours are over,
I've nothing but leisure.
Am I a fool? I wonder.
Marriage is one way out.
But I'm afraid to blunder.
I sit home and doubt.

REFRAIN
Oh, Lord!
What is the matter with me?
I'm just permitted to see
The bad in ev'ry man.
Oh, hear me, Lord!
I could be good to a lover,
But then I always discover
The bad in ev'ry man.
They like to tell you that they love you only.
And you believe it though you know you're wrong.
A little hallroom can be awfully lonely
And a night can be so very long.
Oh, Lord!
Perhaps I'll alter my plan
And overlook if I can
The bad in ev'ry man!


Manhattan Melodrama was also responsible for the third setting of the "Prayer"/"Blue Moon" tune. Under its new title, "The Bad in Every Man," it was sung by Shirley Ross in the film and was registered for copyright as an unpublished work by Metro-Gokiwyn-Mayer, May 9, 1934, four days after the picture opened in New York.


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