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Buttons and Bows by Jay Livingston/Ray Evans



Buttons and Bows
From the film "The Paleface" (1948)
(Jay Livingston/Ray Evans - Won Academy Award for "Best Song")

East is east, and west is west,
And the wrong one I have chose;
Let's go where they keep on wearin'
Those frills and flowers and buttons and bows;
Rings and things and buttons and bows.

Don't bury me in this prairie;
Take me where the cement grows;
Let's move down to some big town
Where they love a gal by the cut o' her clothes,
And you'll stand out, in buttons and bows.

I'll love you in buckskin,
Or skirts that you've homespun,
But I'll love ya' longer, stronger
Where yer friends don't tote a gun.

My bones denounce the buckboard bounce,
And the cactus hurts my toes;
Let's vamoose where gals keep a-usin'
Those silks and satins and linen that shows,
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows.

Gimme eastern trimmin' where women are women
In high silk hose and peek-a-boo clothes,
And French perfume that rocks the room,
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows.

Buttons and bows, buttons and bows.....

Covered by:
Bob Hoope - 1948
Dinah Shore - 1948

Lyric variation as recorded by Dinah Shore:

SPOKEN:A western ranch is just a branch of Nowhere Junction to me.
Give me the city where living's pretty and the gals wear finery.

East is east, and west is west,
And the wrong one I have chose;
Let's go where I'll keep on wearin'
Those frills and flowers and buttons and bows;
Rings and things and buttons and bows.

Don't bury me in this prairie;
Take me where the cement grows;,
Let's move down to some big town
Where they love a gal by the cut o' her clothes
And I'll stand out
In buttons and bows.

I'll love you in buckskin,
Or skirts that I've homespun,
But I'll love ya' longer, stronger where
Yer friends don't tote a gun.

My bones denounce the buckboard bounce,
And the cactus hurts my toes;
Let's vamoose where gals keep usin'
Those silks and satins and linen that shows,
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows.

Gimme eastern trimmin' where women are women
In high silk hose and peek-a-boo clothes;
And French perfume that rocks the room,
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows.

The Dinning Sisters - 1948
Betty Garrett - 1948
Betty Jane Rhodes - 1948
Evelyn Knight - 1948
Gene Autry - 1948
Eddie Fisher - 1955
Ray Conniff Singers - 1959
Connie Francis - 1962
The Bropwns - 1965
David Grisman - 1999
Michael Feinstein & Jay Livingstone - 2001
Also recorded by: Vaughn Monroe; Tommy Bruce;
Clark Sisters; Tak Sindo.
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