"The Boys from Syracuse" is a musical with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Lorenz Hart, based on William Shakespeare's play, The Comedy of Errors, as adapted by librettist George Abbott. The score includes swing and other contemporary rhythms of the 1930s. The show was the first musical based on a Shakespeare play. The Comedy of Errors was itself loosely based on a Roman play, The Menaechmi, or the Twin Brothers, by Plautus.
The song was written for the show, where it was introduced by Muriel Angelus. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1938. The song is set to a waltz, but the lyrics "remind his listeners of the show's skeptical tone".
I weave with brightly coloured strings To keep my mind off other things; So, ladies, let your fingers dance And keep your hands out of romance.
Lovely witches Let the stitches Keep your fingers under control.
Cut the tread but leave The whole heart whole. Marry maids can sew and sleep; Wives can only sew and weep!
Falling in love with love is falling for make-believe Falling in love with love is playing the fool Caring too much is such a juvenile fancy Learning to trust is just for children in school
I fell in love with love one night when the moon was full I was unwise with eyes unable to see I fell in love with love; with love everlasting But love fell out with me