A Couple of Swells

Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, Judy Garland Buy

About A Couple of Swells

"We're a Couple of Swells" is an American comedy duet song performed by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire in the film Easter Parade (1948). It was written by Irving Berlin. Berlin originally wrote the song Let's Take an Old-Fashioned Walk for the scene but the film's producer, Arthur Freed, convinced Berlin to change this for a song that would highlight Garland's comedic talent. Berlin wrote the song in about an hour drawing on his experience as a Tin Pan Alley popular songwriter.  


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2001
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We're a couple of swells
We stop at the best hotels
But we prefer the country 
far away from the city smells

We're a couple of sports
The pride of the tennis courts
In June, July and August 
we look cute when we're dressed in shorts

The Vanderbilts have asked us up for tea
We don't know how to get there, no sirree
No, sirree

We would drive up the Avenue but we haven't got the price
We would skate up the Avenue but there isn't any ice
We would ride on a bicycle but we haven't got a bike
So we'll walk up the Avenue
Yes, we'll walk up the Avenue
And to walk up the Avenue's what we like

Wall Street bankers are we
With plenty of currency
We'd open up the safe 
but we forgot where we put the key

We're the favorite lads
Of girls in the picture ads
We'd like to tell you who we kissed 
last night but we can't be cads

The Vanderbilts are waiting at the club
But how are we to get there? that's the rub
That's the rub

We would sail up the Avenue but we haven't got a yacht
We would drive up the Avenue but the horse we had was shot
We would ride on a trolley car but we haven't got the fare
So we'll walk up the Avenue
Yes, we'll walk up the Avenue
Yes, we'll walk up the Avenue 'til we're there

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Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz; May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987) was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film career spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical films. He was named the fifth Greatest Male Star of All Time by the American Film Institute. He is particularly associated with Ginger Rogers, with whom he made ten films. more »

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