Top Hat, White Tie and Tails

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About Top Hat, White Tie and Tails

"Top Hat, White Tie and Tails" is a popular song written by Irving Berlin for the 1935 film Top Hat, where it was introduced by Fred Astaire. The song title refers to the formal wear required on a party invitation: top hat, white tie, and a tailcoat.


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I just got an invitation through the mails: 
"Your presence requested this evening, 
It's formal, a top hat, a white tie and tails." 
Nothing now could take the wind out of my sails. 
Because I'm invited to step out this evening 
With top hat and white tie and tails. 

I'm putting on my top hat, 
Tying up my white tie, 
Brushing off my tails. 
I'm duding up my shirtfront, 
Putting in the shirt studs, 
Polishing my nails, 
I'm stepping out, my dear, 
To breathe an atmosphere 
That simply reeks with class; 
And I trust that you'll excuse my dust 
When I step on the gas, 
For I'll be there, 
Putting down my top hat, 
Mussing up my white tie, 
Dancing in my tails.

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Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was a Russian-born American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He published his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy", in 1907 and had his first major international hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in 1911. more »

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