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Tangerine Lyrics

Artist: Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra
Male vocalist: Bob Eberly
Female vocalist: Helen O'Connell
Words by Johnny Mercer; Music by Victor Schertzinger
#1 from the week of May 9, 1942 through the week of June 13, 1942

(Male singer)
She is all they claim
With her eyes of night and lips as bright as flame
When she dances by
Senoritas stare and caballeros sigh
And I've seen
Toasts to Tangerine
Raised in every bar across the Argentine
Yes, she has them all on the run
But her heart belongs to just one
Her heart belongs to Tangerine

(Female singer)
She is all they say
With mascara'd eye and chapeaux by Dache.
With her lips of flame
If the color keeps, Louis Philippe's to blame.
And I've seen
Clothes on Tangerine
Where the label says "From Macy's Mezzanine".
Yes, she's got the guys in a whirl
But she's only fooling one girl
She's only fooling Tangerine!

Transcribed by: Samantha Stevens


by Mike Duncan on 2/4/2011 10:00pm
Great lyrics ; one of my favorite jazz standards !!
by Max Frazier on 2/14/2011 4:31pm
My all-time favorite lyrics, and that melody!
by Tom McInerny on 5/25/2011 5:19pm
One of my Dad's (and so, mine) all-time favorites.
by Bill on 1/20/2012 2:32pm
We're all looking for Tangerine.
by Kenneth Clarke on 1/23/2012 2:11pm
That's it!
by Biff on 1/31/2012 12:32am
I know chapeaux by Dache means a hat by famous French designer Lilly Dache but what exactly does she mean when she says Louis Phillipe's to blame? Was/is Louis Phillipe a famous lipstick manufacturer?
by EZ on 5/10/2012 9:34am
Yes Biff, Louis Phillipe was a brand name for a make up line in the pre-war and WW2 era. They were noted for their various shades of red lipstick.
by Alan on 8/27/2012 1:49pm
So what is this song about exactly..... a girl with red hair?
by Paula on 9/9/2012 12:08pm
No, she doesn't necessarily have red hair, although that would be a good reason to be named or nicknamed "Tangerine" I guess. Judging by her descriptions and her being well-known in bars throughout Argentina, she is apparently an entertainer or just a woman who makes money by, ummm, being escorted by men. Since she is described as being eyed by caballeros and seņoritas, but not described as a seņorita herself, perhaps she is more European in appearance than most, introducing a racial element to both female rivalry and male attraction. There is also a possIble class issue, as the (blond Anglo) female singer deconstructs Tangerine's appeal by referring both to designers that may be more prestigious, and Macy's, which I think would have been more middle-class at most.
by Tony on 1/18/2014 12:52pm
Was there a person by the name of tangerine
by DEREK on 11/8/2015 5:44am
Like Tony, I would like to know if Tangerine was real or fictitious.
by Tom T on 4/14/2018 11:47pm
Paula, you are a very perceptive lady. There is more to this story than meets the eye. I am certain though that Tangerine is as much an enigma as the Girl from Ipanema.
by Seywhut on 6/14/2018 6:27am
The song is about a woman being fake. The guys all think she's first class but if you look down deep into the average clothing labels and cheap accessories she's just another girl. It could also be a woman gossiping saying Tangerine thinks to much of herself. It could be that she and Tangerine are interesting the same men and the singer is jealous.

It's what ever spin you want to put on it.

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