The song was written for the musical film, Swing Time, where it was co-introduced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Astaire had a major record hit on Brunswick records. However, it was made most famous by Billie Holiday's recording.
A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend this is We should be like a couple of hot tomatoes But you're as cold as yesterday's mashed potatoes
A fine romance, you won't nestle A fine romance, you won't even wrestle I might as well play bridge with my old maid aunt I haven't got a chance This is a fine romance
A fine romance, my good fellow You take romance, I'll take jello You're calmer than the seals in the Arctic Ocean At least they flap their fins to express emotion
A fine romance with no quarrels With no insults and all morals I've never mussed the crease in your blue serge pants I never get the chance This is a fine romance
(* Sinatra's 2nd chorus) A fine romance, with no kisses A fine romance, my friend this is We two should be like clams in the dish of chowder But we just fizz like parts of settless powder
A fine romance with no clinches A fine romance with no flinches You're just as hard to land as the Ile de France I haven't got a chance. This is a fine romance