Words: Jack Yellen; Music: Milton Ager (1927)

Lyrics

Ain’t she sweet?
See her walkin’ down the street.
Now I ask you very confidentially:
Ain’t she sweet?

Ain’t she nice?
Look her over once or twice.
Now I ask you very confidentially:
Ain’t she nice?

Just cast an eye
In her direction.
O me, O my!
Ain’t that perfection?

I repeat:
Don’t you think she’s kinda neat?
So I ask you very confidentially:
Ain’t she sweet?

Background

“Ain’t She Sweet” became popular in the first half of the twentieth century, one of the hit songs that typified the Roaring Twenties. It became a Tin Pan Alley standard, and both Ager and Yellen were elected to membership in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

It’s been said that the song was inspired by Ager’s daughter, Shana, who in her adult life was known as the political commentator Shana Alexander.

Performances

Here is a recording from 1927 by Gene Austin, one of the first “crooners:”

Here is a very different version, recorded by the Beatles (minus Ringo) in 1961:

And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading:

Ain't She Sweet