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May 28, 2012

Dean Martin - Sway (1954)

Known as “The King of Cool,” this iconic legend was a television star, movie actor, comedian, and singer. Born in 1917, Dino and his friends Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. made up the core of the ‘60s version of the “Rat Pack”. He is also remembered as the straight man in a comedy act with friend Jerry Lewis (father of Gary Lewis from Gary Lewis and the Playboys). As with all stars of this caliber, his life and legacy couldn’t possibly be summarized here.

This song, originally titled “¿Quién será?,” was a Mexican mambo song by bandleader Pablo Beltrán Ruiz in 1953. This version’s lyrics, in English, were written by Norman Gimbel. It reached number sixteen in the US and number six in the UK. Although it doesn’t fit in with the usual genres of music found on this site, I figured it wouldn’t be a bad thing for a little variety now and again. I hope you’ll agree.

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Dean Martin - Sway (1954)

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Lyrics:

When marimba rhythms start to play
Dance with me; make me sway
Like a lazy ocean hugs the shore
Hold me close; sway me more

Like a flower bendin’ in the breeze
Bend with me; sway with ease
When we dance you have a way with me
Stay with me; sway with me

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sound of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth; sway me now

Other dancers may be on the floor
Dear, but my eyes will see only you
Only you have the magic technique
When we sway I go weak

I can hear the sound of violins
Long before it begins
Make me thrill as only you know how
Sway me smooth; sway me now
(Sway me now)

You know how
Sway me smooth; sway me now

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