Strictly U.S.A.

Writer(s): Betty Comden / Adolph Green / Roger Edens
Sung by Frank Sinatra and the cast in the movie
“Take Me Out To The Ball Game”

Oh look away, look away, look away!
Look away, look away,
It’s a lovely day today in the USA.
Like a great big strawberry short-cake,
Or a turkey on Thanksgiving Day
Like the Fourth of July or apple pie,
It’s strictly USA.
Like a hotdog covered with mustard,
Or an amateur home talent play,
Like a circus parade or lemonade,
It’s strictly USA.
Go to a picnic, go to clambake,
Go to a bar tent, or county fair,
You’ll see the happy resident,
Raising a kid to be the future president,
Take a man like Abraham Lincoln,
Take a state like I-O-Way
Take a sugar-cured ham, a candied yam,
Or take your favorite Uncle Sam,
And shout a big hooray, it’s strictly USA.

You never can know a country
Till you know the folks, see them
In their own native locales.
If you wanna see young acorns
Growing into oaks, you gotta
See the fellas and gals.
As the sweetest extra special,
A bunch of merchandise,
The all-American Gal wins the prize.
Your All-American Man is a hunk of a man,
He is a handy man in a pinch,
Maybe he can’t make love
Like a Latin can,
Till he gets his gal in a clinch.
All-American Man may not get what he wants,
For the All-American Girl wears the pants.

Like the bell on the little red schoolhouse
Or a vote on election day,
Like a brass spittoon, and Daniel Boone,
It’s strictly USA.
Back East, it’s Hey Bud! Down South it’s y’all,
Cowboys say Howdy, Indians say How
No matter where you’re meeting folks.
It’s the real American way of greeting folks.
Bring your gal to the rodeo in Reno
Or to the beach in Chesapeake Bay
Like the ice cream cones, or Casey Jones (the mythical railroad engineer),
Like Mr.Tambo and Mr. Bones (characters in the minstrel show)
They’re really here to stay, but strictly USA.

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