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Baubles, Bangles and Beads
1953 George Forrest, Robert Wright
From the musical Kismet (1953) and movie with the same title (Vincente Minnelli, 1955). Based on themes by Alexander Borodin.

Recording sessions
1955: Philadelphia (US-PA)
 
1956: Atlantic City (US-NJ) (demo)
 
 
1961: New York
with strings added
Baubles bangles hear how they ring ching-a-lingle
Baubles bangles bright shiny beads sparkles spangles
My heart will sing sing-a-lingle
Wearing baubles bangles and beads

I glitter and gleam so make somebody dream
So that some day he may buy me
A ring a-ling a-ling a-ling a-ling a-ling
A-ling a-ling a-ling a-lingle
I've heard that's where it leads
Wearing baubles bangles and beads

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)
 
original unedited version
Baubles bangles
Hear how they ring ching-a-lingle
Baubles bangles bright shiny beads