That’s Entertainment

Composer Arthur Schwartz
Lyricist Howard Dietz
Year Written 1952
About That’s Entertainment
This song was written for the 1953 MGM musical The Band Wagon, which starred Fred Astaire. It also served as the theme song for the very popular That’s Entertainment movie, released in 1974, with the greatest MGM musical songs and dances.


The clown with his pants falling down or the dance that’s a dream of romance
Or the scene where the villain is mean.
That’s entertainment!

The lights on the lady in tights or the bride with a guy on the side,
Or the ball where she gives him her all.
That’s entertainment!

The plot can be hot, simply teeming with sex,
a gay divorcee who is after her “ex”.
It can be Oedipus Rex, where a chap kills his father
and causes a lot of bother.
The clerk who is thrown out of work by the boss,
Who is thrown for a loss by the skirt who is doing him dirt.

Session / Album Information


“That’s Entertainment” was recorded in July 1993 and was released that year on Steppin’ Out. It was arranged by Tony Bennett and Ralph Sharon.

That"s Enterainment

Listen to That"s Enterainment on Spotify. Tony Bennett · Song · 1993.

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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