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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
 
original unedited version
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 someday
He may buy me
A ring ring a-ling a-ling a-ling a-lingle a-lingle

I've heard that's where it leads
Wearing baubles bangles and beads

Baubles bangles
Hear how they ring jing a-lingle a-lingle
Baubles bangles bright shiny beads
Sparkles spangles
My heart will sing sing a-lingle a-lingle
Wearing baubles bangles and beads

I glitter and gleam so gleam so gleam so
Make somebody dream
So that someday
He may buy me
A ring ring a-ling a-ling a-lingle

I've heard that's where it leads
Wearing baubles wearing bangles and beads

(Lyrics transcription by Roger Nupie)