I Like to Lead When I Dance


Written by:  Sammy Cahn

Written by:  Jimmy Van Heusen

Arranged By:  Nelson Riddle

From the Album:  Complete Reprise Studio Recordings

Label:  Reprise Records

Recorded:  April 8, 1964



A little voice, keeps talking to me from way down deep inside,

What does this voice, keep saying to me?  It says: "pass this affair and pass it wide."

You may be a puzzle, but I like the way the parts fit.

Still that little voice says: "Go get your track shoes -put them on and git."

We could go the distance, and find us romance,

I like your persistence, your style and your stance.

There's only one problem, the tiniest problem, I like to lead when I dance.

Your eyes do the speaking, they talk with each glance,

My will-power's creaking, I might take a chance.

And though you're the charmer who could bend my armor

I like to lead when I dance.

I like to steer the car whenever I drive, and hold the door ajar when we arrive.

So if it's decided that this is romance, my sweet, I'll repeat in advance,

I like to lead when I dance.

(musical interlude)

I like to lead when I dance.

When Adam bit the fruit, as fashions were then

He got that fig-leaf suit, for which. Amen.

So if it's decided I'm wearing the pants, then Eve, I'd say we've got romance

I like to lead, I set the speed, I like to lead when I dance.

When I dance, when I dance, when I dance.