BLAME IT ON THE SAMBA

Música: Ernesto Nazareth
Letra: Ray Gilbert



If your spirits have hit a new low
And they long to hit a new high
One little musical cocktail
Will lift them to the sky

Mix a jigger or rhythm
With the strain of a few guitars
Add a dash of the samba
And a few melodious bars

And then, and there
You take a small "cabaça"
Chi-chi-chi-chi-chi
One "pandeiro"
Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha
Take the "cuica"
Choo-choo-choo-choo
You've got the fascinating
Rhythm of the samba

And if guitars are strumming
Chi-chi-chi-chi-chi
Birds are humming
Cha-cha-cha-cha-cha
Drums are drumming
Choo-choo-choo-choo
Then you can blame it on the
Rhythm of the samba

For there is somethin' 'bout the beat
Your cling to
Not the type of song you sing to
But the kind of thing you swing to
When you get to bouncin'
With the beat in your feet

For when you're bouncin' to the beat
You're reelin'
With the carioca feelin'
But if you want to hit the ceilin'
Here is all you have to do

You take a small "cabaça"
One "pandeiro"
Take the "cuica"
You've got the fascinating
Rhythm of the samba

A pick-a-pocket Casablanca
is a "cuica", choo-choo
And then you really got
the "barorundi" samba
And if you tell a proper guy
that he's "cabaça", chi-chi
Well, then he'll turn around
and tell you I'm "pandeiro", cha cha
And if he doesn't turn around
then he's a "cuica", choo-choo
And then you really got
the "barorundi" samba

A pick-a-pocket Casablanca
is a "cuica", choo-choo
And then you really got
the "barorundi" samba