Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (1927)
(w) Oscar Hammerstein II (m) Jerome Kern (I) Musical: Showboat by Helen Morgan, Tess Gardells, Norma Terris, Alan Campbell & Jules Bledsoe (P) Helen Morgan (Also 1929 & 1936 film versions by Helen Morgan) (RR) 1951 film version by Kathryn Grayson and Eileen Wilson dubbing for Ava Gardner (RR) 1957 film: The Helen Morgan Story by Gogi Grant dubbing for Ann Blyth (CR) Annette Warren (CR) Billie Holiday (CR) Barbra Streisand
Verse: Oh, listen, sister. I love my mister man.
And I can’t tell you why.
There ain’t no reason why I should love dat man.
It must be somethin’ dat the angels done planned.
The chimney’s smokin’. The roof is leakin’ in.
But he don’t seem to care.
He can be happy with just a sip of gin.
I even loves him when his kisses got gin.

Chorus: Fish got to swim and birds got to fly
I got to love one man till I die
Can’t help lovin’ dat man of mine
Tell me he’s lazy, tell me he’s slow
Tell me I’m crazy, maybe I know
Can’t help lovin’ dat man of mine

When he goes away, dat’s a rainy day
And when he comes back dat day is fine, de sun will shine
He can come home as late as can be
Home widout him, ain’t no home to me
Can’t help lovin’ dat man of mine