Who Sang You're the Top? Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong I've Got the World on a String / Louis Under the Stars cover art
Credits
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Cole Porter
release date: 1999
genres: Jazz Folk, World, & Country
styles: Swing/Vocal
length: 2:33
arranger: Russell Garcia
vocal: Louis Armstrong
conductor: Russell Garcia
orchestra: Russ Garcia & His Orchestra
composer: Cole Porter
lyricist: Cole Porter
At words poetic, I'm so pathetic
That I always have found it best,
Instead of getting 'em off my chest,
To let 'em rest unexpressed,
I hate parading my serenading
As I'll probably miss a bar,
But if this ditty is not so pretty
At least it'll tell you
How great you are.

You're the top!
You're the Coliseum.
You're the top!
You're the Louver Museum.
You're a melody from a symphony by Strauss
You're a Bendel bonnet,
A Shakespeare's sonnet,
You're Mickey Mouse.
You're the Nile,
You're the Tower of Pisa,
You're the smile on the Mona Lisa
I'm a worthless check, a total wreck, a flop,
But if, baby, I'm the bottom you're the top!

Your words poetic are not pathetic.
On the other hand, babe, you shine,
And I can feel after every line
A thrill divine
Down my spine.
Now gifted humans like Vincent Youmans
Might think that your song is bad,
But I got a notion
I'll second the motion
And this is what I'm going to add;

You're the top!
You're Mahatma Gandhi.
You're the top!
You're Napoleon Brandy.
You're the purple light
Of a summer night in Spain,
You're the National Gallery
You're Garbo's salary,
You're cellophane.
You're sublime,
You're turkey dinner,
You're the time, the time of a Derby winner
I'm a toy balloon that's fated soon to pop
But if, baby, I'm the bottom,
You're the top!

You're the top!
You're an arrow collar
You're the top!
You're a Coolidge dollar,
You're the nimble tread
Of the feet of Fred Astaire,
You're an O'Neill drama,

You're Whistler's mama!

You're camembert.

You're a rose,
You're Inferno's Dante,

You're the nose
On the great Durante.
I'm just in a way,
As the French would say, "de trop".
But if, baby, I'm the bottom,
You're the top!

You're the top!
You're a dance in Bali.
You're the top!
You're a hot tamale.
You're an angel, you,
Simply too, too, too diveen,
You're a Boticcelli,
You're Keats,
You're Shelly!

You're Ovaltine!
You're a boom,
You're the dam at Boulder,
You're the moon,
Over Mae West's shoulder,
I'm the nominee of the G.O.P.

Or GOP!

But if, baby, I'm the bottom,
You're the top!

You're the top!
You're a Waldorf salad.
You're the top!
You're a Berlin ballad.
You're the boats that glide
On the sleepy Zuider Zee,
You're an old Dutch master,

You're Lady Astor,
You're broccoli!
You're romance,
You're the steppes of Russia,
You're the pants, on a Roxy usher,
I'm a broken doll, a fol-de-rol, a blop,

But if, baby, I'm the bottom,
You're the top!

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 When Your Lover Has Gone
  • 2 You're the Top
  • 3 You Turned the Tables on Me
  • 4 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  • 5 Little Girl Blue
  • 6 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  • 7 We'll Be Together Again
  • 8 I've Got the World on a String
  • 9 Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
  • 10 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  • 11 You Turned the Tables on Me - Mono Master Take
  • 12 Little Girl Blue - Mono Master Take
  • 13 You Turned the Tables on Me - (alternative take)
  • 14 You Turned the Tables on Me - Alternative Take (2)
  • 15 You Turned the Tables on Me - Incomplete Takes
  • 16 I've Got the World on a String - (alternative take)
  • 17 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - Incomplete Takes
  • 18 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues - Alternative Takes
    CD 2
  • 1 Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails
  • 2 Have You Met Miss Jones?
  • 3 I Only Have Eyes for You
  • 4 Stormy Weather
  • 5 Home
  • 6 East of the Sun
  • 7 You're Blase
  • 8 Body and Soul
  • 9 East of the Sun - Mono Master Take
  • 10 Body and Soul - Mono Master Take
  • 11 Stormy Weather - Alternate Take 1
  • 12 Stormy Weather - Alternate Take 2
  • 13 Stormy Weather - Incomplete Take 1
  • 14 Stormy Weather - Incomplete Take 2