It seems like a good day to dip back into the great American songbook, so how about Irving Berlin’s “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody.” Said ABC Radio in 1945: “If the Ziegfield Follies glorified the American girl, it was Irving Berlin who painted her picture in music. Here’s a song that reflects all the beauty and charm of its lovely inspiration.” This one is old enough to be in the public domain, so I can post the full lyrics:
I have an ear for music,
And I have an eye for a maid.
I like a pretty girlie,
With each pretty tune that’s played.
They go together,
Like sunny weather goes with the month of May.
I’ve studied girls and music,
So I’m qualified to say…
A pretty girl is like a melody
That haunts you night and day,
Just like the strain of a haunting refrain,
She’ll start up-on a marathon
And run around your brain.
You can’t escape she’s in your memory.
By morning night and noon.
She will leave you and then come back again,
A pretty girl is just like a pretty tune.
Unlike some of the other songbook standards I’ve posted, this one has not been covered as much recently. But here is a classic recording by Mario Lanza. Fred Astaire also danced to the song in “Blue Skies.”