Ballerina – Vaughn Monroe / Buddy Clark / Bing Crosby

July 29, 2021

Today’s song of the day is “Ballerina,” made famous by Vaughn Monroe, Buddy Clark, and Bing Crosby.

Fun Facts

  • Ballerina was initially written by Bob Russell and Carl Sigman, but Carl Sigman also wrote an instrumental version of this song.
  • The song was first recorded by Vaughn Monroe.
  • Vaughn Monroe’s recording of the song ended up being No. 1 on the charts for a total of 5 weeks after its release in October of 1947.
  • Bing Crosby recorded his version of the song in December of 1947, followed by Buddy Clark’s recording in 1948.
  • Bing Crosby was known as one of the most popular and influential musicians in the 1900’s. He was also the first multimedia star.
  • Buddy Clark died in an airplane crash in October of 1949 at the age of 37.
  • Bing Crosby’s recording of the song was titled DANCE BALLERINA DANCE.
  • The most recent release of the song “Ballerina” was in 2017 by Gregory Porter.

Lyrics 

(Musixmatch)

And do your pirouette in rhythm with your achin’ heart

You mustn’t once forget a dancer has to dance the part

Whirl, ballerina, whirl

And just ignore the chair that’s empty in the second row

This is your moment, girl

Although he’s not out there applauding as you steal the show

Once you said his love must wait it’s turn

You wanted fame instead

I guess that’s your concern

We live and learn

And love is gone, ballerina, gone

So on with your career, you can’t afford a backward glance

Dance on and on and on

A thousand people here have come to see the show

As ’round and ’round you go

So ballerina, dance

Whirl ballerina

Once you said his love must wait it’s turn

You wanted fame instead

I guess that’s your concern

We live and learn

And love is gone, ballerina, gone

So on with your career, you can’t afford a backward glance

Dance on and on and on

A thousand people here have come to see the show

As ’round and ’round you go

So ballerina, dance

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2 Comments

  1. Prudence Blyth

    This really answered my problem, thank you!

    Reply
  2. Sepi Abed

    I always get confused by these song lyrics 🙁

    Reply

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