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Buttons And Bows Lyrics

Artist: Dinah Shore


(Spoken:) A western ranch is just a branch of Nowhere Junction to me.
Give me the city where living's pretty and the gals wear finery.

East is east and west is west
And the wrong one I have chose
Let's go where I'll keep on wearin'
Those frills and flowers and buttons and bows
Rings and things and buttons and bows
Don't bury me in this prairie
Take me where the cement grows
Let's move down to some big town
Where they love a gal by the cut o' her clothes
And I'll stand out
In buttons and bows
I'll love you in buckskin
Or skirts that I've homespun
But I'll love ya' longer, stronger where
Yer friends don't tote a gun
My bones denounce the buckboard bounce
And the cactus hurts my toes
Let's vamoose where gals keep usin'
Those silks and satins and linen that shows
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows
Gimme eastern trimmin' where women are women
In high silk hose and peek-a-boo clothes
And French perfume that rocks the room
And I'm all yours in buttons and bows
Comments/Interpretations
by cora benson on 5/16/2008 11:52am
Loved it thanks. it brings back childhood memories of the infancy of TV.
by David on 5/18/2008 6:33pm
Thanks! Wonderful.
by Janet K on 10/24/2008 1:47pm
My memory is of Bob Hope singing it in "Paleface", a wonderful movie!
by Joann on 10/30/2008 11:54am
Loved Bob Hope's performance of the song in "Paleface."
by RUTH L on 12/5/2008 4:31pm
I never knew these clever lyrics were written by Dinah Shore. I thought it was from Annie Get Your Gun. A marvelous ditty!
by Michael Whitty on 12/14/2008 6:31pm
I was born on the day this song came out.
by RUTH M on 1/11/2009 6:57pm
I'm so glad to find these words.

I need them for a performance
by Vicki on 1/16/2009 9:27pm
Thanks for the lyrics, the memories these bring are priceless!
by Huyen on 1/19/2009 5:20am
Oooh, What a good song.
Im only 13 and love this song.
Whenever I show my friends this song they think I'm retarded. ==
by Cora on 2/1/2009 10:41pm
Hi Huyen,
I don't think you're retarded. I used to sing it all the time
when I was younger.
by Steve Dallas on 2/4/2009 10:38am
Check out an episode of Frasier called "Look Before You Leap" and watch the way Kelsey Grammer butchers this song because he's forgotten most of the words. It's drop-dead hilarious.
by Colfax Mingo on 3/25/2009 9:19am
I've always had a hankerin' for Gene Autrey's rendition of this Western gospel.
by DuAnne E Bolt on 4/12/2009 9:30am
Thank you so much Ice Cream truck plays song and I forgot lyrics
by Phil on 4/14/2009 8:23pm
The song was written Jay Livingston and lyrics by Ray Evans. Dinah Shore just sang on her record. It has been sung and recorded on many records all the way up to a rap album in 1999 :D
by Verna on 8/3/2009 10:06pm
I almost got all the words but,,, I am 80 yrs, & love to sing the old ones.
by laura on 1/2/2010 1:39am
oh, the oldies <3 they're so much more timeless than the current rubbish they're churning from hollywood. songs with soul!
by Mary Virginia on 7/2/2010 8:32pm
I learned this song as a teenager from the Dinah Shore Show. I also watched Doris Day as she sang this song in a western movie, the name escapes me. But I am still singing this song and I'm 71 years old!! I love it and am going to teach it to a young girl I know. I had boys and they really are not interested in Buttons 'N Bows. I grew up in the best of times -- in the 50's and sang in a girl's quartet at school. We sang this and many, many other songs and were very popular at school and every other place we sang. The music back then was the very best!!
by Mary on 9/16/2010 1:06pm
I had this song going through my head as I was undergoing some dental work (they used laughing gas); I was humming buttons and bows and thinking of Bob Hope giving the guy the gas before he pulled the wrong tooth. Classic movie.
by Carol on 10/6/2010 3:26pm
Mary VA - You and I are from the same era. I sang this song as a teenager, saw it in "Annie Get Your Gun," sung by Doris Day and loved it. I must teach it to Jory one day--a sweet little girl who would love to enact the motions to accompany the lyrics.
by Pat Flowe on 10/22/2010 4:56pm
Springfield, VA. This song just popped into my head this afternoon but I could only remember a few lines so Google I did and voila! I'm going to suggest this to the leader of our group of singers who sing at retirement homes in the area. This is just the sort of song they love (and sing along with,) Thanks.
by john massey on 12/3/2010 2:49pm
I took this record of Dinah Shore singing to my first grade class and amused the whole class when my teacher Mrs. Hamilton play it. I think even she was slightly amused, because she told my mother who was President of the PTA (PTO now)that she found my taste in music rather unusual, with a slight smile on her face.
by BERET ERWAY on 1/3/2011 1:59pm
Carol: I sang this song as a teenager, saw it in "Annie Get Your Gun," sung by Doris Day and loved it.

Interesting, as the song, which won an Oscar, was in "Pale Face" and Betty Hutton starred in the movie version of "Annie get Your Gun." Perhaps Carol is thinking of "Calamity Jane" and "Secret Love"?
by advancesculptor.net on 1/30/2011 9:56pm
This is such a great song and I can not get enough of Bob Hopes Rendition of it from the great classic movie The Pale Face with Jane Russel
by Kathy Shumsky on 4/8/2011 6:26am
I also sang it as a youngster. It drove my father crazy. I just loved Bob Hope's performance.
Thanks for the memories.
by Sally on 4/12/2011 4:20pm
we are doing this in my spring preformance so excited
by btm mass on 8/31/2011 1:58pm
only one in a group of about 8 who answered a triva question about name of song from 'pale face' etc ....of course i was only one born in 1948!
by Grace on 10/10/2011 5:49am
Dinah's version has always been my favorite. so glad to see a 13 year old loves this, too. :)
by Dolores on 1/30/2012 8:11am
This song was number one the day I was born, December 28, 1948. Years later I had a gift basket budsiness I named: Baskets, Buttons and Bows (I didn't know about this song being number one on my birthday at the time, I just found that out today)
by Bec on 2/13/2012 5:38am
There's a video on YouTube of these little girls singing this song. So cute. Search for Ittie Bitties.
by Ardeth on 3/24/2012 2:08pm
We had the sheet music for this song (four sisters)on our piano and most of us learned to play it. Most of us still sing in occasional spontaneous moments of reverie.
by Rick 45yo from Missouri on 2/20/2013 12:01am
Love the song!
by Susan on 4/7/2013 7:04pm
I still have my red Minnie Mouse music box which still plays "Buttons and Bows" - I think my parents gave it to me to keep from having to sing this early childhood favorite song multiple times before I'd consent to go to sleep, when I was a toddler!
by Barbara in Florida on 8/18/2013 6:45am
This tune popped into my head and I couldn't remembr all the words...THANKS
by timmeh on 9/1/2013 1:35am
Frasier's version was better.
by Marlene on 10/19/2013 12:58pm
I believe I saw the movie. The song popped into my head the other night and my daughter said, "I've never heard that one." I told her
it was written before I left grade school.
by Peg on 1/14/2014 11:55am
I was born Dec.7th 1948'but all my life I hear "If your dad would of had his way he would of called you Buttons and Bows".Well needless to say my dad lost my mother named me after my grandmother who was actually Maggie. I thought of this today,so I went online to look for the words which it is cool now I got to get the music to hear it.Interesting
by Old Jubilee on 3/9/2014 2:54pm
Love the lyrics and the phrasing. I like both the Gene Autry and Dinah Shore versions.
by AnnDanton on 10/14/2014 10:51pm
sang it as a young girl but never did get the line "my bones denounce the buckboard bounce" now at 78 I understand it
by sinead woods on 11/19/2014 7:05am
i sang this song for the parish priests visit to the national school in dublin about 1950 to the nuns horror and my mothers when she was told. i now sing it for my family in full voice for laughs. must pay attention to the exact words ! thank you


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