"Let's Put Out the Lights (And Go to Sleep)"

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Possibly the sweetest song ever written, "Let's Put Out the Lights" tells the story of a couple relaxing after a successful party. Legend has it that the song was originally intended to be titled "Let's Put Out the Lights (And Go To Bed)," but the reference to a bed, especially with the racy joke in the last lyric, was too much for the time.

Ben Bernie, "The Old Maestro," was a bandleader in the 1920s and 1930s. Bernie was co-author of "Sweet Georgia Brown" and hosted a popular radio show.

Listen to an excerpt from "Let's Put Out the Lights (And Go To Sleep)"

Lyrics to "Let's Put Out the Lights (And Go To Sleep)"
Didn't we have a lovely evening?
Our party was a great success.
Oh, didn't Mrs. Smith look stunning?
Did you notice Mrs. Jones' new dress?
What did Mr. Brown say to Uncle Benny?
Just one of those things, you know he had a few too many.
Sure was a hungry crowd.
They didn't leave a scrap for Rover.
We ought to feel real proud,
and mighty glad the darned thing's over.

No more company to feed.
No more papers left to read.
What do to about it?
Let's put out the lights and go to sleep.

No more anything to drink.
Leave those dishes in the sink.
What to do about it?
Simply nighty-night and so to sleep.

You're waiting now for me to say
I love you more, and more, and more, dear.
You're looking younger every day, and so I'll say
you never were so sweet before, dear.

No more money in the bank
No cute baby we can spank
What to do about it?
Let's put out the lights and go to sleep.

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