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American impresario, showman & lyricist (1899-1966)

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repainting.

BILLY ROSE, New York Post, Oct. 26, 1957

It's hard for a fellow to keep a chip on his shoulder if you allow him to take a bow.

BILLY ROSE, attributed, There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics

With the parting of the ways
You took all my happy days
And left me lonely nights.
Morning never comes too soon
I can face the afternoon
But oh, those lonely nights,
I feel your arms around me,
Your kisses linger yet,
You taught me how to love you,
Now teach me to forget!

BILLY ROSE, "Happy Days and Lonely Nights"

Without a song the day would never end
Without a song the road would never bend
When things go wrong a man ain't got a friend
Without a song

BILLY ROSE, "Without a Song"

I wanna be loved with inspiration
I wanna be loved starting tonight
Instead of merely holding conversation
Hold me tight

BILLY ROSE, "I Wanna Be Loved"

It's a barnum and bailey world,
Just as phony as it can be,
But it wouldn't be make believe
If you believed in me.

BILLY ROSE, "It's Only a Paper Moon"

She was selling china, and when she made those eyes
I kept buying china until the crowd got wise, incidently
If you should run into a shower just step inside my cottage door
And meet the million dollar baby from the five and ten cent store

BILLY ROSE, "I Found a Million Dollar Baby"

Way down by the stream
How sweet it will seem
Once more just to dream in
The moonlight
My honey I know
With the dawn
That you will be gone
But tonight
You belong to me

BILLY ROSE, "Tonight You Belong to Me"

Me and my shadow
Strolling down the avenue
Oh, me and my shadow
Not a soul to tell our troubles to
And when it's twelve o'clock we climb the stairs
We never knock 'cause nobody's there
Just me and my shadow
All alone and feeling blue

BILLY ROSE, "Me and My Shadow"


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