Thursday, March 20, 2014

Lena Horne, "New Fangled Tango"

Instead of a video of Lena Horne doing this delightful show tune, here's my favorite video based on the song ...

There's a video of Lena Horne co-performing this song here, but she and her partner are not exactly expressing the promises of the song....

Just the audio:

And here are the words! (Harold Karr / Matt Dubey)

Everybody’s mambo crazy Cha-cha happy, but I’m lazy
I don’t dig that frantic Terpsichore.
When I trip the light fantastic I don’t wanna be gymnastic,
That’s not what a dancing floor is for
What I got in mind is a big improvement
With a very minimum amount of movement
Let the other couples push and shove
What I got in mind I think you’re gonna love

I’ve got a new-fangled tango
And there’s nothing to it
You just sort of stand there
And just sort of do it
You stand close together
There’s no wasted motion
A new fangled tango
An old fashioned notion

The floor may be crowded
But that doesn’t matter
It’s not necessary to move (Don’t move, why move?)
It may be crowded
But that’s all the better
It’s just like romancing, while dancing (Who’s dancin’?)

You start off with one step
And cling to each other
And you know how one step
Can lead to another
Oh, there’s nothing wrong with
A waltz or fandango
But oh, what can come from
A new fangled tango

You cling to your partner
And sway to the rhythm
You can’t lose your partner
’Cause you’re right there with him
You don’t have to be worry
About fast or slow steps
The nice part about it
In this dance, you don’t need steps

You don’t have to worry
If your dancing won’t do
It’s not what you do do
It’s more what you don’t do
You don’t need a waltz
Or a fancy fandango
You just need a man
And a new fangled tango

Forget the fandango
Give up the mambo
Do the tango

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