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Friday, February 20, 2009

I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket

By Irving Berlin
1936

Irving Berlin and Fred Astaire. Perhaps never was there a more fortuitous working relationship in the history of popular music. Berlin composed this ode to monogamy for Astaire and Ginger Roger's 1936 musical Follow the Fleet, the very same movie that also gave us "Let Yourself Go" and "Let's Face the Music and Dance".

Lyrics:

I've been a roaming Romeo,
My Juliets have been many.
But now my roaming days have gone.
Too many irons in the fire
Is worse than not having any.
I've had my share, and from now on...

I'm putting all my eggs in one basket,
I'm betting everything I've got on you.

I'm giving all my love to one baby,
Heaven help me if my baby don't come through.

I've got a great big amount
Saved up in my love account,
Honey, and Ive decided
Love divided in two
Won't do.

So I'm putting all my eggs in one basket,
I'm betting everything I've got on you.

Recorded By:

Stacey Kent
Ella Fitzgerald
Louis Armstrong
Carmen McRae
John Pizzarelli

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