-Singer and actress Pearl Bailey, from her 1968 autobiography, The Raw Pearl.
In the compilation clip below, Pearl Bailey and Frank Sinatra sing A Little Learnin’ is a Dangerous Thing about the lessons they learned from lovers and their treacherous sweet talk.
PEARL – You know it started with a man.
Frank – Uh huh!
PEARL – And the man he was grand.
Frank – Ain’t it the truth.
PEARL – He had a lie that would make a bird sing.
Frank – This kid really came on, I can see that, ‘Cause you were much too smart to be afraid at the start.
PEARL – Frank, a little learnin’ is a dangerous thing.
Frank – Well, I’d like to hear some more.
PEARL – At first he only wanted two.
Frank – To?
PEARL – Then he changed it to few.
Frank – Oh, you mean loot.
PEARL – I even loaned that man my watch and my ring.
Frank – Oh, you lost your head, Pearl, completely, ‘Cause you were hip to the fact that he would pay you right back.
PEARL – Yep, a little learning is a dangerous thing.
Frank – Uh huh. Yes, with his sweet talk, his so discreet talk.
PEARL – Oh Frank, he had me doing things that I shouldn’t do.
Frank – That cad! Ain’t no denying, no sense in trying.