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Jim Dixon Origins: There's No Business Like Show Business (12) Lyr Add: THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS 04 Mar 20


I've pieced the following lyrics together from 3 different recordings. None of them contains all 3 verses and all 3 choruses, but every line appears in at least 2 of the 3 recordings. You can hear them all at the Internet Archive:

by Mel Tormé and his Mel-Tones and Orchestra under the direction of Ray Linn, Musicraft (15099), 1946.

by Bing Crosby, Dick Haymes, and The Andrews Sisters with orchestra directed by Vic Schoen, Decca (40039 A), 1947.

by Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern, and Keenan Wynn with MGM Studio Orchestra conducted by Adolph Deutsch, MGM (MGM 6071), 1950.


THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS
From the Broadway show "Annie Get Your Gun" by Irving Berlin

The cowboys, the wrestlers, the tumblers, the clowns,
The roustabouts that move the show at dawn,
The music, the spotlights, the people, the towns,
Your baggage with the labels pasted on,
The sawdust and the horses and the smell,
The towel you've taken from the last hotel.

There's no bus'ness like show bus'ness,
Like no bus'ness I know.
Ev'rything about it is appealing,
Ev'rything the traffic will allow.
Nowhere could you have that happy feeling
When you are stealing
That extra bow.
There's no people like show people.
They smile when they are low.
Yesterday they told you would not go far.
That night you opened and there you are.
Next day on your dressing room they've hung a star.
Let's go on with the show!

The costumes, the scenery, the makeup, the props,
The audience that lifts you when you're down,
The headaches, the heartaches, the backaches, the flops,
The sheriff who escorts you out of town,
The op'ning when your heart beats like a drum,
The closing when the customers won't come.

There's no business like show business,
Like no business I know.
You get word before the show has started
That your fav'rite uncle died at dawn.
On top of that, your pa and ma have parted.
You're brokenhearted,
But you go on.
There's no people like show people.
They don't run out of dough.
Angels come from ev'rywhere with lots of jack,
And when you lose it, there's no attack.
Where could you get money that you don't give back?
Let's go on with the show!

The butcher, the baker, the grocer, the clerk
Are secretly unhappy men because
The butcher, the baker, the grocer, the clerk
Get paid for what they do but no applause.
They'd gladly bid their dreary jobs goodbye
For anything theatrical, and why?

There's no business like show business,
If you tell me it's so.
Trav'ling through the country will be thrilling,
Standing out in front on op'ning nights,
Smiling as you watch the benches filling,
And see your billing
Up there in lights.
There's no people like show people.
They smile when they are low.
Even with a turkey that you know will fold,
You may be stranded out in the cold.
Still, you wouldn't change it for a sack of gold.
Let's go on with the show!
Let's go on with the show!


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