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Lyr Req: She Looks Helen Brown (Fisher, Rose)

GUEST,vclortho@hotmail.com 01 Oct 01 - 10:42 PM
Joe Offer 01 Oct 01 - 10:53 PM
Joe Offer 03 Oct 01 - 12:53 AM
Jim Dixon 05 Dec 09 - 02:51 PM
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Subject: She looked pretty good in pink...
From: GUEST,vclortho@hotmail.com
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 10:42 PM

Dear All:

The above line is to a song my uncle used to play on his ukelele.

It was a song about a woman, Helen Brown (I believe it was set to Sweet Georgia Brown) and the last line ends in a nice pun, to wit:

"I thought she looked pretty good in Pink/ But she looks like Helen Brown."

Any hep would be appreciated.

Regards,

G. Bergen


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Subject: ADD: She Looked Like Helen Brown
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Oct 01 - 10:53 PM

Hi - this page says it's a vaudeville song George Burns sang on the Johnny Carson Show:
Helen Brown, Helen Brown
Prettiest girl in the whole darn town
She knocked 'em dead
When she wore red
But she looked like Helen Brown

Sounds like it would fit the tune of "Abilene" better.
-Joe Offer- (e-mail sent)


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Subject: She Looked Like Helen Brown
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 12:53 AM

I got a note of thanks from the requestor. He says the George Burns verse is exactly what he was looking for.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: Lyr Req: SHE LOOKS LIKE HELEN BROWN (Fisher, Rose)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 05 Dec 09 - 02:51 PM

I found one verse in 2 books:
Dear George: Advice & Answers from America's Leading Expert on Everything by George Burns (Boston, Mass.: G. K. Hall, 1986, ©1985), page 158; and
The Most of George Burns by George Burns (New York: Galahad Books, 1991), page 745:


SHE LOOKS LIKE HELEN BROWN
Fred Fisher and Billy Rose

Oh, she looks like Helen Brown.
She's the best-dressed gal in town.
Got the skin you love to touch.
Never lets you touch it much.
Oh, she won a beauty crown
In her new red satin gown.
She knocked the boys dead
When she wore red
But she looked like Helen Brown.

[These lyrics from International Lyrics Playground:]

................, and how.
There he met a dame
Who took his watch and chain.
Well, to the sheriff he went right away,
Said "You gotta find that gal today."
When they asked him how she looked,
They all heard him say:

Oh, she looks like Helen Brown.
Oh, she looks like Helen Brown:
Rosy cheeks and eyes of blue.
When she smiles, I'm tellin' you
She looks like Helen Brown.
She's the hottest gal in town.
When she goes by, the boys all cry:
She looks like Helen Brown.

She looks like Helen Brown.
Yes, she looks like Helen Brown.
When she's dressed in green or gray,
Scotsmen throw their dough away.
She looks like Helen Brown.
She's the hottest gal in town.
Oh, she looks all right when she's dressed in white,
But she looks like Helen Brown.

(Oh, she looks like Helen Brown.) And how!
She looks like Helen Brown.
When that baby starts to strut,
Ev'rybody loves her, but—
(She looks like Helen Brown.) Yes sir!
She's the hottest gal in town.
She knocks 'em dead dressed up in red,
But she looks like Helen Brown.

[Recorded by:
Paul Specht & His Orchestra, Columbia 997 d, 3/23/27.
Ross Gorman & His Virginians, Harmony 372-H, 2/2/27.
Pete Daily's Chicagoans, Capitol 57-60008, 1949.
Oregon Jazz Band, LP, "Saloon Serenade", 197-?
Norrie Cox & His New Orleans Stompers, "Live at the Illiana", 2002.
And several others.]


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