Words: Sam M. Lewis & Joe Young; Music: Harry Akst (1923)
Is there anyone finer
In the state of Carolina?
If there is and you know her,
Show her to me!
with her dixie eyes blazin’,
How I love to sit and gaze into
The eyes of Dinah Lee.
Why do I shake with fright?
Because my Dinah might
Change her mind about me!
If she wandered to China,
I would hop an ocean liner
Just to be with Dinah Lee.
“Dinah” was introduced by Eddie Cantor in the musical Kid Boots. The song was published in 1925, and was immensely popular with jazz bands and vocalists of the period and beyond.
Here is a recording by Bing Crosby with the fantastic Mills Brothers:
And here is a swinging version by Dean Martin:
And here is the Sing-A-long version for listening to and downloading: