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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

You Took Advantage of Me

By Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
1928

The sole hit to emerge from Rodgers & Hart's Present Arms, this song was introduced by Joyce Barbour and Busby Berkeley (yes, the famous director/choreographer). Recently, it was included in the 2007 album Free Again! by Will & Grace star Megan Mullally, and last year on When I Fall in Love, the debut album of up-and-coming crooner Mark Weber (not to be confused with the famous race car driver, actor, rock guitarist or Holocaust denier with the same name.

Lyrics:

I'm a sentimental sap, that's all.
What's the use of trying not to fall?
I have no will,
You've made your kill,
'Cause you took advantage of me!

I'm just like an apple on a bough,
And you're gonna shake me down somehow.
So, what's the use?
You've cooked my goose,
'Cause you took advantage of me!

I'm so hot and bothered that I don't
Know my elbow from my ear.
I suffer something awful each time you go,
And much worse when you're near.

Here I am with all my bridges Linkburned,
Just a babe in arms where you're concerned.
So lock the doors,
And call me yours,
'Cause you took advantage of me.

Recorded By:

Ella Fitzgerald
Linda Ronstadt
Billie Holiday
Art Tatum
Carmen McRae

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