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Shall We Dance song lyrics

Song lyrics to Shall We Dance, Words by Ira Gershwin, Music by George Gershwin – performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the movie Shall We Dance?

At the conclusion of Shall We Dance, Peter P. Peters (Fred Astaire) wishes to dance on stage with his estranged, newlywed wife (Ginger Rogers). So, he has hired a group of dancers, and given them each a mask to look like her. But, she’s infiltrated the dance group, and starts singing … and Fred has to find her.

Drop that long face
C’mon have your fling
Why keep nursing the blues?
If you want this whole world on a swing

Put on your dancing shoes
Stop wasting time
Put on your dancing shoes
Watch your spirits climb

Shall we dance or keep on moping?
Shall we dance or walk on air?
Shall we give in to despair
Or shall we dance with never a care

Life is short, we’re getting older
Don’t you be an also-ran
You better dance little lady
Dance little man, dance whenever you can