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Thread #120265   Message #2614478
Posted By: Jim Dixon
19-Apr-09 - 01:26 PM
Thread Name: ADD: Beauty Is as Beauty Does (Disney?)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Beauty Is as Beauty Does'
It was a Mouseketeer who sang this, probably several of them, probably including Annette Funicello, on The Mickey Mouse Club back in the 1950s. In my part of the world, it was shown weekdays during the after-school, before-supper period. The Sunday program, as I remember it, was called The Wonderful World of Disney and didn't feature Mouseketeers.

I think this song impressed me enough to stick in my memory (somewhat) because I was unfamiliar with the proverb "Beauty is as beauty does" and its meaning puzzled me. At my age, being linguistically naïve, and tending toward literalism, I must have wondered: how can beauty, being an abstract concept, do anything?

Here's the oldest quote I can find, from "The Poor Man's Fish," an unsigned article in the periodical Household Words: A Weekly Journal, "conducted by Charles Dickens", Vol. XIV, No. 347, Saturday, November 15, 1856:Sorry, I can't add anything to your lyrics.