Be Cool and Groovy For Me

PROFILE
Composer Duke Ellington, based on a riff by Cootie Williams
Lyricist Tony Bennett
Year Written 1969

Lyrics

If you wanna make a hit with me
Like the ultra-aristocracy
If you want to be the bee to be
Be cool and groovy and for me

If you care to, you can A B C
If you’re pretty, you may X Y Z
When you’re lucky and get 1 2 3
Be cool and groovy and for me

You jump the high fly trip up
Uptown to my playground
Hip city ditty whip up
See-saw the merry-go-round

If you wanna be a down gone kid
Knew your funny and soul-kick bid
Be careful not to flip your lid
Be cool and groovy and for me

If you think that this is something new
I can tell you just the thing to do
Kind of crazy like it’s too cuckoo
Be cool and groovy and for me

Don’t be sorry cause you wish you had
There’s a reason why you should be glad
If and when you ever hit my pad
Be cool and groovy and for me

Session / Album Information

1999

“Be Cool and Groovy For Me” was recorded on May 26, 1999 and features the Ralph Sharon Quartet, with Gray Sargent (guitar), Paul Langosch (bass) and Clayton Cameron (drums). It was arranged by Jorge Calandrelli. This recording is a previously unreleased outtake from Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot and Cool.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

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