It was one of nine songs George Gershwin wrote for the movie A Damsel in Distress, in which it was performed by Fred Astaire with backing vocals provided by The Stafford Sisters.
A version of this song was used during the opening credits of the 1995 to 1998 CBS sitcom Cybill, starring Cybill Shepherd, who performed the song herself. The song was included in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Crazy for You and lent its name to the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Holdin' hands at midnight 'neath a starry sky Nice work if you can get it And you can get it if you try
Strollin' with the one girl Sighin' sigh after sigh Nice work if you can get it And you can get it if you try
Just imagine someone Waiting at the cottage door Where two hearts become one Who could ask for anything more?
Loving one who loves you And then takin' that vow Nice work if you can get it And if you get it, won't you tell me how?