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Artist/Band: Benny Carter
Lyrics for Song: You're The Top
Lyrics for Album: Other Songs - Benny Carter



At words poetic, I'm so pathetic

That I always have found it best,

Instead of getting 'em off my chest,

To let 'em rest unexpressed.

I hate parading my serenading

As I'll probably miss a bar,

But if this ditty is not so pretty,

At least it'll tell you how great you are.



You're the top! You're the Colosseum,

You're the top! You're the Louvre Museum,

You're a melody from a symphony by Strauss,

You're a Bendel bonnet, a Shakespeart sonnet,

You're Mickey Mouse.

You're the Nile, You're the Tow'r of Pisa,

You're the smile on the Mona Lisa.

I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop,

But if, Baby, I'm the bottom,

You're the top!



Your words poetic are not pathetic

On the other hand, boy, you shine

And I can feel after every line

A thrill divine down my spine.

Now gifted humans like Vincent Youmans

Might think that your song is bad,

But for a person who's just rehearsin'

Well I gotta say this my lad:



You're the top! You're Mahatma Ghandi.

You're the top! You're Napolean brandy.

You're the purple light of a summer night in Spain,

You're the National Gall'ry, You're Garbo's sal'ry,

You're cellophane.

You're sublime, You're a turkey dinner.

You're the time of the Derby winner.

I'm a toy balloon that is fated soon to pop.

But if, Baby, I'm the bottom,

You're the top!



You're the top! You're a Ritz hot toddy.

You're the top! You're a Brewster body.

You're the boats that glide on the sleepy Zuider Zee,

You're a Nathan Panning, You're Bishop Manning,

You're broccoli.

You're a prize, You're a night at Coney,

You're the eyes of Irene Bordoni,

I'm a broken doll, a fol-de-rol, a blop,

But if, Baby, I'm the bottom,

You're the top.



You're the top! You're an Arrow collar.

You're the top! You're a Coolidge dollar.

You're the nimble tread of the feet of Fred Astaire,

You're an O'Neill drama, You're Whistler's mama,

You're Camembert.

You're a rose, You're Inferno's Dante,

You're the nost of the great Durante.

I'm just in the way, as the French would say

"De trop,"

But if, Baby, I'm the bottom,

You're the top.



You're the top! You're a Waldorf salad.

You're the top! You're a Berlin ballad.

You're a baby grand of a lady and a gent.

You're an old dutch master, You're Mrs. Aster,

You're Pepsodent.

You're romance, You're the steppes of Russia,

You're the pants on a Roxy usher.

I'm a lazy lout that's just about to stop,

But if Baby, I'm the bottom,

You're the top!



You're the top! You're a dance in Bali.

You're the top! You're a hot tamale.

You're an angel, you simply too, too, too divine,

You're a Botticelli, You're Keats, You're Shelley,

You're Ovaltine.

You're a boon, You're the dam at Boulder,

You're the moon over Mae West's shoulder.

I'm a nominee of the G.O.P. or GOP,

But if, Baby, I'm the bottom,

You're the top!



You're the top! You're the Tower of Babel.

You're the top! You're the Whitney Stable.

By the River Rhine, You're a sturdy stein of beer,

You're a dress from Saks's, You're next year's taxes,'

You're stratosphere.

You're my thoist, You're a Drumstick Lipstick,

You're the foist in the Irish svipstick,

I'm a frightened frog that can find no log to hop,

But if, Baby, I'm the bottom,

You're the top!


Album Lyrics: Other Songs - Benny Carter


Benny Carter
"Other Songs - Benny Carter"


1. (i Don't Stand A) Ghost Of A Chance
2. Diga Diga Doo
3. I'll Remember April
4. If I Had You
5. Jeepers Creepers
6. Love Is Here To Stay
7. Only Trust Your Heart
8. Speak Low
9. Sugar
10. These Foolish Things
11. You're The Top
12. A Foggy Day
13. Ain't She Sweet
14. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
15. Bugle Call Rag
16. Deep Purple
17. Here's That Rainy Day [Dvd]
18. Honeysuckle Rose
19. How Come You Do Me Like You Do
20. Just Friends
21. Just You, Just Me
22. Laura
23. No Greater Love
24. On Green Dolphin Street
25. Pick Yourself Up
26. Sweet And Lovely
27. Tea For Two
28. When Lights Are Low
29. Whispering
30. You Are Too Beautiful
31. You Took Advantage Of Me
32. All Or Nothing At All
33. Bye Bye Blues
34. In A Little Spanish Town
35. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
36. Jeru
37. Mood Indigo
38. Oh, Lady Be Good
39. Prisoner Of Love
40. Stairway To The Stars
41. That Old Black Magic
42. The Girl From Ipanema
43. The Shadow Of Your Smile
44. Unforgettable
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