Pick Yourself Up

 

Lyrics by:  Dorothy Fields

Music by:  Jerome Kern

Arranged by:  Neal Hefti

From the Album:  Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

From the Film:  Swing Time  (1936)

Label:  Reprise Records

Recorded:  April 11, 1962

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[He]

Please teacher, teach me something,

Nice teacher, teach me something.

I'm as awkward as a camel, that's not the worst,

My two feet haven't met yet,

But I'll be teacher's pet yet,

'Cause I'm gonna learn to dance or burst.

 

[She]

Nothing's impossible I have found,

For when my chin is on the ground,

I pick myself up,

Dust myself off,

Start All over again.

 

Don't lose your confidence if you slip,

Be grateful for a pleasant trip,

And pick yourself up,

Dust yourself off,

Start all over again.

 

Work like a soul inspired,

Till the battle of the day is won.

You may be sick and tired,

But you'll be a man, my son!

 

Will you remember the famous men,

Who had to fall to rise again?

So take a deep breath,

Pick yourself up,

Dust yourself off,

Start all over again.

 

[He]

I'll get some self assurance

If your endurance is great.

I'll learn by easy stages

If you're courageous and wait.

 

To feel the strength I want to,

I must hang on to your hand,

Maybe by the time I'm fifty

I'll get up and do a nifty.

 

[Both]

Nothing's impossible I have found,

For when my chin is on the ground,

I pick myself up,

Dust myself off,

Start all over again.

 

Don't lose your confidence if you slip,

Be grateful for a pleasant trip,

And pick yourself up,

Dust yourself off,

Start all over again.

 

Work like a soul inspired,

Till the battle of the day is won.

You may be sick and tired,

But you'll be a man, my son!

 

Will you remember the famous men,

Who had to fall to rise again?

So take a deep breath,

Pick yourself up,

Dust yourself off,

Start all over again.