You Took Advantage Of Me

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In the spring when the feeling was chronic
And my caution was leaving you flat,
I should have made use of the tonic
Before you gave me that!
A mental deficient you'll grade me.
I've given you plenty of data.
You came, you saw and you slayed me,
And that-a is that-a!

I'm a sentimental sap, that's all.
What's the use of trying not to fall?
I have no will,
You've made your kill
'Cause you took advantage of me!
I'm just like an apple on a bough
And you're gonna shake me down somehow.
So what's the use,
You've cooked my goose
'Cause you took advantage of me!

I'm so hot and bothered that I don't know
My elbow from my ear.
I suffer something awful each time you go
And much worse when you're near.

Here am I with all my bridges burned,
Just a babe in arms where you're concerned,
So lock the doors
And call me yours
'Cause you took advantage of me.

When a girl has the heart of a mother
It must go to someone, of course;
It can't be a sister or brother
And so I loved my horse.
But horses are frequently silly-
Mine ran from the beach of Kailua
And left me alone for a filly,
So I-a picked you-a.

I'm a sentimental sap, that's all.
What's the use of trying not to fall?
I have no will,
You've made your kill
'Cause you took advantage of me!
I'm just like an apple on a bough
And you're gonna shake me down somehow.
So what's the use,
You've cooked my goose
'Cause you took advantage of me!

I'm so hot and bothered that I don't know
My elbow from my ear.
I suffer something awful each time you go
And much worse when you're near.

Here am I with all my bridges burned,
Just a babe in arms where you're concerned,
So lock the doors
And call me yours
'Cause you took advantage of me.

You Took Advantage Of Me (unreleased cover)
Written byRichard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Performed byElvis Costello

Only known performance:
July 11, 2014, Swansea, Wales
     (1 known performance)


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Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
 Joyce Barbour & Busby Berkeley  1928 Present Arms (1928 Broadway musical - not recorded)
 Irving Kaufman & Vaughn De Leath  1928
 Paul Whiteman's Orchestra with Bing Crosby  1928
 Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli  1937
 Judy Garland  1954 A Star Is Born
Ella Fitzgerald  1956 Sings The Rodgers & Hart Songbook Wikipedia
Billie Holiday  1959 Last Recordings (a.k.a. Billie Holiday)
 Rosemary Clooney  1960 Rosie Solves The Swingin' Riddle!
Tony Bennett  1973 Sings... More Great Rodgers & Hart
Linda Ronstadt  1984 Lush Life
many others

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