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.
- 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
- 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?
- 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?
- Fred Astaire (1937)
- Chet Baker
- Bing Crosby on his 1956 album "Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings."
- Eric Dolphy
- Bobby Darin recorded a version with the laugh of George Burns on his 1964Winners album.
- Johnny Dankworth — Too Cool For The Blues (2010)
- Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong — Ella and Louis Again (1957)
- Ella Fitzgerald — Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Songbook (1959)
- Yehudi Menuhin & Stéphane Grappelli — Menuhin & Grappelli Play Gershwin (1988)
- Stacey Kent — Let Yourself Go (2000)
- Susannah McCorkle — Someone to Watch Over Me—Songs of George Gershwin (1998)
- Frank Sinatra — Trilogy: Past Present Future (1980)
- Dick Van Dyke
- Sarah Vaughan — Sarah Vaughan Sings George Gershwin (1958)
- Elaine Stritch — Accompanied on piano by Oscar Peterson London (1977)
- Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett on Cheek to Cheek (2014)
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