MR. FIVE BY FIVE

by Don Raye and Gene DePaul


Well, twirl my turban, man alive!
Here comes Mister Five by Five
He's one of those big fat bouncing boys
Solid avoirdupois!

Mister Five by Five
He's five feet tall and he's five feet wide
He don't measure no more from head to toe
Than he do from side to side
   
Mister Five by Five
Got fifty chins and a line of jive
He's a mellow old cat, a real hep fat
He be Mister Five by Five

     That man
     Can really jump it for a fat man
     The only trouble is there's no way of knowin'
     Whether he's comin' or ... or goin'

Mister Five by Five
He's slightly plump on his butter side
He don't shake it no more from head to toe
Than he do from side to side

     That man [my, my!]
     Can really jump it for a fat man [fat man!]
     Boys, the trouble is there's no way of knowin'
     Whether he's comin' or ... or goin'

Mister Five by Five
He's five feet tall and he's five feet wide
He don't measure no more from head to toe
Than he do ...
From side to side ...
Mister Five by Five
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Copyright 1942 MCA Inc.

Introduced in the motion pictures "Behind the Eight Ball" (Universal,
     1942) and "Who Done It?" (Universal, 1942)

Recordings:
1. Best-selling record by Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack and His
     Orchestra (Capitol 115, 1942), reissued on the CD "Songs That Got
     Us Through World War II - Vol. 2" (Rhino R2 71718, 199?)
2. Best-selling record by Harry James and His Orchestra (Columbia
     1942)

Note: Jimmy "Mr. Five by Five" Rushing was Count Basie's featured
     vocalist from 1935 to 1948.

Thanks again to WB for clarifying the lyrics on my scratchy 78.
    'Scuse me while I kiss this guy.