Oh Lady Be Good

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PROFILE
Composer George Gershwin
Lyricist Ira Gershwin
Year Written 1924
About Oh, Lady Be Good
Lady Be Good! opened on Broadway in 1924 and featured Fred Astaire and his sister Adele Astaire. The song “Oh, Lady Be Good” is a standard and has had many fine recordings, including those by Ella Fitzgerald, Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards, Artie Shaw and Fred Astaire.

Lyrics

Listen to my tale of woe,
It’s terribly sad but true,
All dressed up, no place to go
Each evening I’m awfully blue.
I must win some handsome guy
Can’t go on like this,
I could blossom out I know,
With somebody just like you. So…

Oh, sweet and lovely lady, be good
Oh, lady, be good to me
I am so awfully misunderstood
So lady, be good to me
Oh, please have some pity
I’m all-alone in this big city
I tell you I’m just a lonesome babe in the wood,
So lady be good to me.
Oh, please have some pity
I’m all alone in this big city
I tell you I’m just a lonesome babe in the wood,
So lady be good to me.
Oh lady be good to me.

Session / Album Information

1971

“Oh, Lady Be Good” was recorded on September 11, 1972 and released that year on the album The Good Things In Life. It was arranged by Robert Farnon.

This recording released on:

  • 1972: MGM LP 12″: MV-5088 — The Good Things In Life
  • 1972: Verve LP 12″: V6 5088 — The Good Things In Life
  • 1972: Philips LP 12″: 6641297 — Spotlight On Tony Bennett (UK)
  • 2011: Disc #45 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK44) The Good Things In Life

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