Ella Fitzgerald


I've just finished writing an advertisement

Calling for a boy.

No half-hearted Romeo or flirt is meant;

That's the kind I'd not employ.

Though anybody interested can apply,

He must know a thing to qualify.

For instance:

Refrain 1:


He must be able to dance.

he must make life a romance.

I said a boy wanted,

One who can smile;

Boy wanted,

Lovable style.

He must be tender and true,

And he must know how to woo.

I know we'll get acquainted mighty soon,

Out in a garden 'neath a harvest moon;

And if he proves to be the right little laddie,

I'll make him glad

He'll answer my ad!

Refrain 2:


To be the boy of my choice,

He needn't own a Rolls Royce.

The kind of boy wanted*

Needn't have gold;

Boy wanted,

Mustn't be cold.

If he has oodles of charm,

I'll even life on a farm.

if he fits into my picture of a home,

I'll be so nice he'll never have to roam.**

Yes, if he proves to be the right little laddie,

I'll make him glad

He answered my ad.

Refrain 3:


He must like musical shows,

And he must wear snappy clothes.

Yes, that is my story,

And to it I'll stick;

There's no glory

In having a hick.

He must know how to say "Yes!"***

When I look at a new dress.

Oh, I'll be ready when the right one calls,

And I'll start vamping him until he falls;

And if he subsidises me, oh, sweet daddy!

I'll make him glad

He answered my ad!

Refrain 4:


The movies he must avoid,

He'll know his Nietzsche and Freud.

I said a boy wanted,

One who knows books;

Boy wanted

Needn't have looks.

He must be such a saint,

But, Oh! he dassent say 'ain't.'

I don't care if his bankroll totals naught,

For we can live on love and food for thought.

If he's a scholar, when I see him I'll holler,

'My lad, I'm glad

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Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz vocalist with a vocal range spanning three octaves (D♭3 to D♭6). Often referred to as the "First Lady of Song" and the "Queen of Jazz," she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
Fitzgerald was a notable interpreter of the Great American Songbook. Over the course of her 60-year recording career ... Read More