A Little Birdie Told Me So – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Written for the musical Peggy-Ann (1926)
Published December 1926. Introduced by Helen Ford.
For the London production (1927), the lyric was rewritten by Desmond Carter and called “Country Mouse.”

Lorenz Hart at his best: a funny naughty comedy song plenty of double entendres and catchy rhymes.
“A little birdie told me so” is an idiom meaning something that you say in order to let someone know that you are not going to tell them who gave you the information being discussed. In this song the phrase suggests that the singer knows a lot about the “facts of life”. This phrase is being used for a very long time, in 1711, in ‘Letter to Stella,’ Jonathan Swift came close to the current version: ‘I heard a little bird say so.’

Mother said, “My darling, if you’re going to New York,
I must tell you of the mysteries of life.
In towns like that, a little friendly visit from the stork
Is rather awkward if you’re not a wife!
Although he’s not invited,
He’ll always be delighted
To fly in at a weekend.
Where will that fellow’s cheek end? ”
But I replied, “I know just what to do, dear,
while I roam
I’ll simply tell the stork I’m not at home.”

How did I come to know
Which way the wind would blow?
A little birdie told me so!
A little word called “yes”
Can make an awful mess.
The answer to “Giddap” is “Whoa”.
Don’t pity mother Eve, her weakness was detestable
And soon she learned forbidden fruit was indigestible!

But how did I find out
What it was all about?
A little birdie told me so!

When a handsome stranger says, I think we’ve met before,
There’s more than conversation on his mind.
When he says, “Our souls should meet,” just show him to the door! .
For the meeting that he means is not refined!
He’ll say his love is mental,
And very transcendental.
His talk will soon get boorish,
And very ostermoorish.
He will use poetic words that no one understands,
And illustrate the meaning with his hands.


How did I come to know
Which way the wind would blow?
A little birdie told me so!
So look before you leap
The narrow path is steep.
One little push and down you go!
Of very pure young girls I wouldn’t say there’s none that’s left
The well-known statue called Miss Liberty’s the one that’ s left!
But purest driven snow
Will sometimes drift, you know.
A little birdie told me so!

ostermoorish: it is not very clear what Larry meant with the word ostermoorish. In “The Californian and overland monthly (AN ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE OF THE WEST – 1920)” Caroline Catherine Franklin used the word ostermoorish in a story called “The Black Opal”:  “Such nice eyes gray, my favorite color. And such stunning hair! Sort of Ostermoorish.” Note that in this case the author user the capital O, so problably some one called Oster Moore was famouse for something at the time.


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