You’re The Cream in My Coffee

Lyrics and Music by B.G. De Sylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson (1923)

You’re the cream in my coffee,
You’re the salt in my stew
You will always be my necessity,
I’d be lost without you.

You’re the starch in my collar,
You’re the lace in my shoe
You will always be my necessity,
I’d be lost without you.

Most men tell love tales,
And each phrase dovetails
You’ve heard each known way,
This way is my own way:

You’re the sail in my loveboat,
You’re the captain and crew,
You will always be my necessity
I’d be lost without you.

You’re the cream in my coffee,
You’re the salt in my stew
You will always be my necessity,
I’d be lost without you.

You’re the starch in my collar,
You’re the lace in my shoe
You will always be my necessity,
I’d be lost without you.

You give life savor,
Bring out its flavor,
So this is clear, dear,
You’re my worcestershire, dear!

You’re the sail in my loveboat,
You’re the captain and crew,
You will always be my necessity,
I’d be lost without you.

You will always be my necessity
I’d be lost without you.

Originally published in 1923.
Recorded by the Ben Selvin Orchestra, and singer Ruth Etting on January 14, 1929 in New York City for Columbia Records.
Originally issued on Columbia 1707 D (Matrix W147779)
From the films Hold Everything and The Cockeyed World.
Charted in the Top 100 on Billboard for 1929

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Vintage
Recorded:  1927-1930 - Transfer made from rare disks

2 Responses to You’re The Cream in My Coffee

  1. Deborah says:

    I’d love to find the chords to You’re the Cream in my Coffee. Can anyone help?

  2. Dan says:

    Deborah, I found the song in several music books. The one I have is a Hal Leonard book called Big Band Era. It offers a two page rendition of the song in Eb. It matches well on my guitar capoed up one fret and played in D. Try Googling Hal Leonard and Big Band Era or go to the SheetMusicPlus website.

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