Tangerine (1942)
(w) Johnny Mercer (m) Victor Schertzinger (I) film The Fleet’s In by Jimmy Dorsey Orch., Helen O’Connell & Bob Eberly voc. (P) O’Connell and Eberly No. 1 chart record (CR) Vaughn Monroe (R) 1965 Herb Alpert
[Regular chorus] Tangerine, she is all they claim
With her eyes of night and lips as bright as flame.
Tangerine, when she dances by
Senoritas stare and caballeros sigh.
And I’ve seen toasts to Tangerine
Raised in every bar across the Argentine.
Yes, she has them all on the run, but her heart belongs to just one,
Her heart belongs to Tangerine.

[Parody chorus] Tangerine, she is all they say
With mascara’d eye and shadow by Daché.
Tangerine, with her lips of flame,
If the color keeps, Louis Philippe’s to blame.
And I’ve seen clothes on Tangerine
Where the label says “From Macy’s Mezzanine.”
Yes, she’s got the guys in a whirl, but she’s only fooling one girl,
She’s only fooling Tangerine!