A Shine On Your Shoes

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PROFILE
Composer Arthur Schwartz
Lyricist Howard Dietz
Year Written 1932
About A Shine On Your Shoes
“A Shine On Your Shoes” was written for the 1932 Broadway musical Flying Colors. The same song was used for the 1953 movie The Band Wagon, which starred Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.

Lyrics

When you feel as low as the bottom of a well
Can’t get out of the mood
Do something to perk yourself up
Change your attitude
Give a tug to your tie
Put a crease in your pants
But if you really wanna feel fine
Give your shoes a shine

When there’s a shine on your shoes,
there’s a melody in your heart,
With a singable, happy feeling,
What a wonderful way to start to face the world every day
With a “deedle-um-dee-di-di,”
little melody that is making the world go by.

When you walk down the street with a happy-go-lucky beat,
You’ll find a lot in what I’m repeating
When there’s a shine on your shoes,
there’s a melody in your heart
What a wonderful way to start the day

Session / Album Information

1993

“Shine On Your Shoes” was recorded in July 1993 and was released that year on Steppin’ Out. It was arranged by Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon.

This recording released on:

  • 1993: Columbia CD: CK 57424 — Steppin’ Out
  • 2011: Disc #59 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK58) Steppin’ Out

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