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"One Letter Words" Lyrics
by Craig Conley with Jonathan Caws-Elwitt


One-letter words,
oh what I'd give for
a de-cluttered phrase.

To hear those
one letter words,
that's all I'd live for
the rest of my days.

And the feelings in my heart,
they tell sincerely.
No other words can tell it
half so clearly.

One-letter words,
twenty-six letters
which simply mean 'I love you.'

One-letter words.
Though I may stutter
or sound quite verbose,

I use those
one letter words,
lest I should utter
a phrase grandiose.

And the feelings in my heart,
they tell sincerely.
No other words can tell it
half so clearly.

One-letter words,
six vowels for vowing
my unfettered love for you.

One-letter words:
Compact concordance
To passions so strong

I can find no better words
Hence the importance
Of singing along!

And though the lingo of my love
Is alphabetic
Don’t ever think that I am
Apathetic

One-letter words
Words of one letter
That spell out my love for you!

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A Key to the Voices (In order of appearance)

Stilted 1920s-era tenor

Stilted tenor + his brother

Rex Harrisonesque talk-singer

Stock brash American voice (complete with brash percussion)

Ed Wynn

Jimmy Durante

Stilted tenor again

1960s-style homage to 1920s-style "show girl" chorus

Bobby Darrin (backed by hack piano player who has listened to one side each of Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols)

"Show girls" again (or are they the Chipmunks?)

Tom Jones (imitating Steve Marriott?); "mod" female-vocalist trio on answer back