They All Laughed (song)

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"They All Laughed" is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, written for the 1937 film Shall We Dance where it was introduced by Ginger Rogers as part of a song and dance routine with Fred Astaire.

Lyrics[edit]

Intro

The odds were a hundred to one against me
The world thought the heights were too high to climb
But people from Missouri never incensed me
Oh, I wasn't a bit concerned
For from hist'ry I had learned
How many, many times the worm had turned

1st verse

They all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound
They all laughed at Wilbur and his brother when they said that man could fly
Why, they told Marconi wireless was a phoney - it's the same old cry
Why they laughed at me, wanting you - said I was reaching for the moon
But oh, you came through - and now they'll have to change their tune
They all said we'd never get together - they laughed at us and how
For oh, ho, ho - Who's got the last laugh now?

2nd verse

They all laughed at Rockefeller Center - now they're fighting to get in
They all laughed at Whitney and his cotton gin
They all laughed at Fulton and his steamboat - Hershey and his chocolate bar
Ford and his Lizzie kept the laughters busy - that's how people are
Why they laughed at me, wanting you - said it would be "Hello - Goodbye"
But oh, you came through - and now they're eating humble pie
They all said we'd never get together - darling, let's take a bow
For oh, ho, ho, Who's got the last laugh -
Hee, hee, hee, Let's have the last laugh -
Ha, ha, ha, Who's got the last laugh now?

[1] [2] Clip of the film the song was written for ("Shall We Dance" 1937) with Rogers singing the original lyrics.

Notable recordings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "They All Laughed - Lyrics". songlyrics.com. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_Wl83o9HTs.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.bobbydarin.com/theyalllaughed.html