The American public went crazy for the duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the mid-1930s. Their RKO musicals were the perfect escapist fare, showing how the “other half lived” during the tough days of the Depression. Astaire (dressed to the nines, suave and debonair) and Rogers (coquettish and elegantly clad in evening attire) along with superb music and choreography made these films sure-fire hits.
Top Hat was Berlin’s second musical for Astaire/Rogers. “Cheek to Cheek” is one of the best songs he wrote for their films. In typical Berlin fashion, part of the tune had already been written with a working title of “Moon Over Napoli” and intended for an un-produced Broadway show titled More Cheers. Berlin effortlessly reworked the number into “Cheek to Cheek.” In Edward Jablonski’s biography, Irving Berlin: American Troubadour, Berlin related the effect Astaire had on him: “He’s a real inspiration for a writer. I’d never have written Top Hat without him.”
Heaven, I'm in heaven And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak And I seem to find the happiness I seek When were out together dancing cheek to cheek
Heaven, I'm in heaven And the cares that hung around me through the week Seem to vanish like a gamblers lucky streak When were out together dancing (swinging) cheek to cheek
Oh I love to climb a mountain And reach the highest peak But it doesnt thrill (boot) me half as much As dancing cheek to cheek
Oh I love to go out fishing In a river or a creek But I dont enjoy it half as much As dancing cheek to cheek
(Come on and) dance with me I want my arm(s) about you That (those) charm(s) about you Will carry me through...
(Right up) to heaven, I'm in heaven And my heart beats so that I can hardly speak And I seem to find the happiness I seek When were out together dancing, out together dancing (swinging) Out together dancing cheek to cheek