George Gershwin

Innocent Ingenue Baby

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(Verse 1)
Dear little maid of sixteen
I'm here confessing
You have me guessing
Never a girl have I seen
So prepossessing
And yet serene
I don't wish to trouble you
For a yes or no
Still, if you see what I mean
It's quite distressing
To wonder so
(Chorus)
Innocent ingenue baby
Say if I fell for you, baby
Would you not love me too, baby
Too?

Flappers are not so few, baby
Equally fair to view, baby
Willing to bill and coo, baby
Too

But there's a something, somewhere, somehow smiling in your smile
That sets me winking, blinking, thinking every little while
Won't you make a trial?

Innocent ingenue baby
Give me some kind of clue, baby
Tell me the answer, do, baby
Do

(Verse 2)
That little slant of your eyes
Is that negation
Or affirmation?
Delicate blushes and sighs
Are they damnation
Or paradise?
Though I seem inquisitive
Tell me, I implore
Are you a vamp in disguise
A mere flirtation
Or something more?
(Chorus)
Innocent ingenue baby
Say if I fell for you, baby
Would you not love me too, baby
Too?

Flappers are not so few, baby
Equally fair to view, baby
Willing to bill and coo, baby
Too

But there's a something, somewhere, somehow smiling in your smile
That sets me winking, blinking, thinking every little while
Won't you make a trial?

Innocent ingenue baby
Give me some kind of clue, baby
Tell me the answer, do, baby
Do

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About "Innocent Ingenue Baby"

This song was written for the 1923 musical revue The Rainbow. It was retitled “Innocent Lonesome Blue Baby” for British audiences, the word “ingenue” being less familiar to the British at that time.

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