Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (song)

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Sheet Music cover for Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Sheet Music Cover
Sheet music copyright 1925 by Leo Feist, Inc. Music by Ray Henderson, Lyrics by Sam M. Lewis & Joseph Widow Young. Ukulele arrangement by May Singhi Breen.

"Has Anybody Seen My Girl? (Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue)" is an American popular song that achieved its greatest popularity in the 1920s. It is sometimes known simply as "Has Anybody Seen My Girl?" and sometimes simply as "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue"; the 1925 Leo Feist, Inc. sheet music gives both of these.

Origin[edit]

Accounts of who originally composed "Has Anybody Seen My Girl?" vary, particularly since the song, especially its lyrics, was often modified. Some sources state that Percy Weinrich wrote the music and Jack Mahoney the lyrics, in 1914.[1] Credit for the most popular version of the song, though, is given to Ray Henderson for the music, and Sam M. Lewis and Joseph Widow Young for the lyrics. It was this version that was recorded by The California Ramblers in 1925.

Recordings[edit]

The song was first recorded by The California Ramblers in 1925, and has been covered by many other artists since, including Shane Fenton and The Fentones, Arthur Fields, Guy Lombardo, Mitch Miller, Dean Martin, Freddy Cannon, Mickey Gilley, and Milla Jovovich. Nick Lucas sang the song in a recording that was used in the 1974 movie The Great Gatsby.

Television[edit]

The song was used as the theme song for The Ina Ray Hutton Show during the 1950s. Lucille Ball performs this song in an episode of I Love Lucy, and also in the episode of The Lucy Show entitled "Lucy's College Reunion", in both performances playing the ukulele.

Lyrics[edit]

The Jack Mahoney lyrics (1914) are the same as the chorus used in the Sam M. Lewis & Joseph Widow Young version (1925). Minor variations exist in recorded versions: for example "pearls" and "hers" instead of "fur" and "her".

Five foot two, eyes of blue,
But oh! what those five foot could do,
Has anybody seen my girl?
Turned-up nose, turned-down hose,
Flapper, yes sir, one of those, [or Never had no other beaus,] [or All dressed up in fancy clothes,]
Has anybody seen my girl?

Now if you run into a five-foot-two
Covered with fur,
Diamond rings, and all those things,
Bet your life it isn't her,
But could she love, could she woo,
Could she, could she, could she coo!
Has anybody seen my girl?

References[edit]

  1. ^ They are so credited at International Lyrics Playground.