Song Lyric Sunday: The Shape I’m In

This week’s prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is Circle/Polygon/Square/Triangle.

And what better way is there to appreciate all things geometric than having the shapely Marilyn Monroe (and Jane Russell!) belting out a homage to square-cut rocks.

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend was written for the 1949 theatrical musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which was turned into a technicolour extravaganza starring Marilyn and Jane in 1953.

Both the play and film derive from a 1925 comic novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Intimate Diary of a Professional Lady by Anita Loos.

There is a ton of information about the various adaptations and sequels to be found on the internet. Click HERE if you have a few hours to spare.

Ready to unleash your inner diva and get a wiggle on?

Look out for a young George Chakiris among the male dancers in Marilyn’s clip and be ready to bump and grind your way through Jane’s take. (Both songs are from the 1953 film).

PS Legend has it Marni Nixon dubbed Monroe’s high notes in the “no, no, no’s” at the beginning of the song and the line, “these rocks don’t lose their shape.”

No! (times infinity)

The French are glad to die for love.
They delight in fighting duels.
But I prefer a man who lives
And gives expensive jewels.

A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental,
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

A kiss may be grand
But it won’t pay the rental
On your humble flat
Or help you at the automat.

Men grow cold
As girls grow old,
And we all lose our charms in the end.
But square-cut or pear-shaped,
These rocks don’t lose their shape.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Tiffany’s!
Cartier!
Black Starr!
Frost Gorm!
Talk to me Harry Winston.
Tell me all about it!

There may come a time
When a lass needs a lawyer,
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

There may come a time
When a hard-boiled employer
Thinks you’re awful nice,
But get that ice or else no dice.

He’s your guy
When stocks are high,
But beware when they start to descend.

It’s then that those louses
Go back to their spouses.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

I’ve heard of affairs
That are strictly platonic,
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

And I think affairs
That you must keep liaisonic
Are better bets
If little pets get big baguettes.

Time rolls on,
And youth is gone,
And you can’t straighten up when you bend.

But stiff back
Or stiff knees,
You stand straight at Tiffany’s.
Diamonds! Diamonds!
I don’t mean rhinestones!
But diamonds are a girl’s best, best friend.

Songwriters: Jule Styne & Leo Robin
© Music Sales Corporation

3 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: The Shape I’m In

  1. The diamond is defined as a rhombus with 5 sides and 5 corners, and it is called a parallelogram. However, this song contains the lyrics, “square-cut”, so it fits the prompt today. Nice choice Ella, as it is always nice to look at Marilyn and hear her sing.

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