EMI Music Publishing will license lyrics from classic songs in its more than 1.3 million song catalog to a clothing line operated by the 545-unit UK-based retailer Sainsbury. The merchant's Tu Clothing division, which is featured in 281 of the chain's store's, is launching a new collection for men, woman and children and will feature words from classic songs such as "My Girl," "ABC," "(Theme From) The Monkees," Wild Thing," and "Dancing In The Street."

"Classic songs are part of the fabric of everybody's lives, and we're delighted that people will now be able to wear their favorite songs through this deal," said EMI's head of media licensing Steve Hills said in a statement.

"The people at Sainsbury's and Tu Clothing really understand the importance of music and its legacy, and we're looking forward to bringing lyrics to life through what will hopefully be a long partnership."

Michael Gottlieb- head of licensing of Corporate Creative Licensing, which brokered the deal with Hill and Tu childrens wear buying manager John Carolan- said, "The EMI catalog contains the world's greatest lyrics, and now Sainsbury's customers will be able to wear inspirational clothing featuring some of the most famous words ever written.