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# Title Principal Artiste Composers Lyricist / Date written Place Date recorded Matrix Label&cat.no. Additional Information
596 Was That The Human Thing To Do? Arthur Lally aho Sammy Fain Joe Young `31 London June 1, 1932 GB-4537-2 Dec F-3006 A Hiking Holiday With Bert Feldman - Part 1. (Sam Brown introduces: The Runaway Train-v Maurice Elwin: Was That The Human Thing To Do ? –v Al Bowlly: Can't We Talk It Over ?-v Maurice Elwin : Where's Bill Bailey ?-v Maurice Elwin & chorus). Arthur Lally (clarinet, alto sax, baritone sax, director); probably Max Goldberg + another (trumpets); Tony Thorpe (trombone); ? (clarinet, alto sax); ? (clarinet, tenor sax); Claude Ivy (piano); Alan Ferguson (guitar); Spike Hughes (string bass); Rudy Starita (drums, vibraphone, xylophone); Al Bowlly (vocals). Chelsea, London, June 1, 1932.
Was That The Human Thing To Do?

Was That The Human Thing To Do?


(Sammy Fain / Joe Young)

Arthur Lally and his Orchestra

Never thought that anyone in their right mind
Could ever treat another human so unkind
Didn’t you sneak away and leave a note behind
Was that the human thing to do?

Always thought that yours was such a heart of gold
But after I was sold on all the tales you told
Didn’t you let your kisses turn from hot to cold?
Was that the human thing to do?

Now I’m not trying to patch things up
‘What’s been done must be
Lord, I wouldn’t even treat a pup
The way you treated me

How could anybody be so darned unfair?
You let me hang around until I learned to care
Didn’t you even laugh and leave me cryin’ there
Was that the human thing to do?