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Song’s Gotta Come From The Heart, The

Writer(s): Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
With Jimmy Durante
From the movie, “It Happened in Brooklyn”
From the CD Frank Sinatra In Hollywood (1940-1964) Disc 2, track 9
From the MGM Album That’s Entertainment

Jimmy Durante: It doesn’t have to be witty or smart
Just as long as it comes from the heart.
It doesn’t have to be classic or rock,
Just as long as it comes from the heart.
Just put more heart into your voice
And you become the people’s choice
Just make up your mind from the start,
That the song’s gotta come from the heart.
(speaks) Why, only last year the kids asked me to sing in their graduation exercises.
I did, but I made a ghastly mistake, I didn’t sing from the heart,
I sang from the nose.
Frank: How did it sound?
Jimmy: I don’t know, the sound has not come out yet.
(sings) Just make up your mind from the start
That the song’s gotta come from the heart.
(speaks) I could use a longer piano.
Let’s take the world’s great love song.
What makes everybody melt when they hear it?
Ah, for example… (sings a French tune)
You see what I mean, Danny? Now try to follow me.
(Jimmy sings a Russian tune Volga Boatman line by line)
(Frank repeats every line, and then finishes the song by himself.)
Jimmy: Believe me, that’s got heart!
(Frank sings a Russian dance song with gusto)
Jimmy: Don’t be afraid, you’ll made the grade
Why you can sing and have it made
That’s why I say when you start,
That the song’s gotta come from the heart.
(speaks) Sing it, Danny, make me proud!
Frank: Okay, Nick, stand back.
(sings in imitation of Jimmy’s voice)
It does have to be witty or smart
Just as long as it comes from the heart. (Jimmy: Keep going)
It doesn’t have to be classic or rock,
As long as it comes from the heart.
I’ll give them that, I’ll give them this,
I sing away, (Jimmy: Boy, you can’t miss!)
Just put a star on my chart, (Great!)
For my song’s gonna come from the heart.
Just put more heart into your voice
We hope to put your name in lights,
Never stop till you reach the top,
We’ll order our meals a la carte (that’s expensive!)
If the song comes from the heart (we’ll be tremendous!)
If the song comes (ola yo pruebo)
If the song comes from the heart!

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