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Have you seen the well-to-do, up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare, with their noses in the air
High hats and Arrowed collars, white spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime, for a wonderful time
If you're blue and you don't know where to go to
Why don't you go where fashion sits,
Puttin' on the ritz.
Different types who wear a daycoat, pants with stripes
And cut away coat, perfect fits,
Puttin' on the ritz.
Dressed up like a million dollar trouper
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper (super duper)
Come let's mix where Rockefellers walk with sticks
Or umbrellas in their mitts
Puttin' on the Ritz

Tips his hat just like an english chappie
To a lady with a wealthy pappy (very snappy)
You'll declare it's simply topping to be there
And hear them swapping smart titbits
Puttin' on the ritz!

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    UnregisteredMay 21, 2012 at 3:53 am
    It's a very above-it-all tune that portrays the higher living of that time. Superficiality seems to play a large part, as it hints that people are personified by their clothing. Genius rhymes and clever rhymic syncopation make this song absolutely over the top wonderful! I'm 13 and i'd choose this type of song over today's music any day. We applaud you, irving berlin!
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    UnregisteredFeb 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm
    "come lets mix were rockafellers walk with stick or umbrellas in there mitts... " my favorite line ever! I love this song. Very poised and snooty! Cool!
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    UnregisteredDec 27, 2013 at 5:15 am
    Technically this song is, in a sense, mocking the people that are not rich, but pulls it off that they are from spending almost everything they have to look higher than their social status. A nice, short funny song.
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    UnregisteredJan 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    How cool is this song?
    It is so cool!!! It is in my top ten favourite songs ever!
    I also love top hat white tie and tails!!
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    UnregisteredApr 4, 2014 at 11:51 am
    This is a fantastic song. I am into early 30's to late 80's music and this is a great piece of music. Fred Astaire keeps the pompous funny look about him. His personality looked so lovable. He had great charisma during his dances and songs. Jumping up and clicking his tap shoes!

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