From the Broadway musical "Lady, Be Good!"
Music by George Gershwin; Lyric by Arthur Jackson and Ira Gershwin
© 1977 George Gershwin Music and Ira Gershwin Music.
Performed by Fred and Adele Astaire
Up on the top of a snow-covered mountain
There lived an Alpine miss,
And oh! What a sweet little miss was this.
We mean this little Swiss miss.
While down in the valley below-ho-ho,
Lived a boy who loved her so-ho-ho.
He loved her with all his might;
He loved her day and night.
And ev'ry night just to see this miss
He used to risk his scalp,
For the house where she lived was away up high,
And the poor guy didn't know how to fly.
So he jumped from Alp to Alp.
What a chump- to jump from Alp to Alp!
And then beneath her balcony,
He used to stand around and try to make a hit with her.
And he would yodel, "O-lay-o-lee!"
That's the Swiss idea of a melody.
And oh! What a yodeling fool was he-
He shook a wicked yodel.
And one night as he stood there,
The lights were very dim;
While leaning out a bit too far across her balcony,
She fell for him.
He sat with his arms around her, until the night was gone,
And here's the way they carried on:
He said: "Dear I think you're just as sweet as you can be,
You're like a cake of sweet Swiss chocolate to me."
She said: "Oh, my loving one, your talk I can't resist;
I hope you're as steady as the Swiss watch ticking on your wrist."
He said: "How I yearn for you and burn for you- I do! I do!
Oh, lady, oh, I swear it on my knees:
My love for you is just as strong
As a piece of Switzer cheese."