Behold the way our fine feathered friend
His virtue doth parade
Thou knowest not, my dim-witted friend
The picture thou hast made
Thy vacant brow, and thy tousled hair
Conceal thy good intent
Thou noble upright truthful sincere
And slightly dopey gent

You're my funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable, un-photographable
Yet you're my favorite work of art

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak, are you smart?
But don't change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine, stay
Each day is Valentine's Day

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak, are you smart?
But don't change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine, stay
Each day is Valentine's Day


Lyrics submitted by Sirene, edited by sussusuususus1, Mellow_Harsher

My Funny Valentine Lyrics as written by Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart

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    My Interpretation

    Wondering if the original intent of this song was about the unconditional love for someone with downs syndrome or autism? What do you think about this? "dim witted friend," "vacant brow," "tousled hair," "Looks laughable," "mouth a little weak" ... "favorite work of art." I think song was written before it was used in "Babes in Arms" so lyricist as other intent for lyrics than what it was used for in the show. What do you think? I would love feedback.

    CindyVaughanon September 01, 2013   Link
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    General Comment

    i can't believe no one posted here.. =\

    i'm in absoulute love iwth this song the lyrics are wonderful

    TheseBootson February 05, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    Many people have done versions of this song. [I can only think of Julie Andrews and Paulson's versions right now though...] Anyway, does anyone know who sang the original one?

    jxnarcoticzon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    I've often wondered who sang it first publicly, it's a great classic written by Rodgers and Hart. I added this version since it has those intro words and I love Ella Fitzgerald!

    Sireneon April 03, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    I adore this song...probably my favourite romantic song ever. Rufus Wainwright sings this version as well and it's absolutely gorgeous. I always assumed that the first bit was describing Cupid, thus "our fine feathered friend." But you never know about Rufus.

    beowolfe03on February 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    I've always thought the first stanza refers to the ugly duckling tale. It's a lovely touch by Ella.

    Sireneon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    I love this song, and I especially love this song when Chet Baker performs it.

    Big.and.Boldon February 18, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    Chet Baker's version was the first version I ever heard this song! The song is great and Ella is great. I love her little "intros". Many many people have performed this song. It's also very popular with instrumentalists.

    Araahielon April 17, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I saw a play called Babes in Arms and this song was featured. It was sang by a woman to her boyfriend Billy Valentine (may not have been his first name). She was telling how much she cared for him despite not being like the other guys and not to change that about himself. SHe was also saying how much she believes in him

    Ihrtmusikon March 10, 2012   Link
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    General Comment

    Beautiful Ella!

    leothelionon May 14, 2012   Link

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