Thou Swell

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"Thou Swell"
Song from A Connecticut Yankee
Composer(s)Richard Rodgers
Lyricist(s)Lorenz Hart

"Thou Swell" is a show tune, a popular song and a jazz standard written in 1927.[1]


The music was written by Richard Rodgers, with words by Lorenz Hart, for the 1927 musical A Connecticut Yankee. The lyric is notable, as indicated by the title, for its mix of archaic English and modern slang as the story takes place in both contemporary times and in King Arthur's court.


  • An early recorded version featured The Broadway Nitelites conducted by Ben Selvin with vocals by Franklyn Baur (Columbia 1928).
  • The music of the song is featured in the film All About Eve (1950). It is played on the piano at the party when Margo tells her friends to "fasten their seat belts."


  1. ^ "Thou Swell (1927)". Retrieved 4 December 2017.

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