Dodgy lyrics from the Great American Songbook

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Had a very jarring moment with the former example in which all I could think of was a couple of tater tots.

New York Review of Wooks (swim), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:04 (two months ago) link

Not sure if this counts as "dodgy" but have always found "They Can't Take That Away from Me" slightly unsettling due to the implication that someone is trying to erase the memories of the protagonist.

New York Review of Wooks (swim), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:08 (two months ago) link

"My Funny Valentine" is not so funny in its negging

Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?

Brad C., Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:12 (two months ago) link

That lyric is amazing, come on.

Sequel to Sadness (Sund4r), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:19 (two months ago) link

I'm broke
It's oke
Hate California...
("The Lady Is a Tramp," Lorenz Hart)

Oke? Did people say this word at any point in the past?

― Josefa, Wednesday, October 6, 2021

I remember seeing "oke" a couple of times in old comic strips -- Skippy by Percy Crosby, maybe? -- and thinking it was a weird spelling of "okay," so this is a new wrinkle on my brain.

Profiles in Liquid Courage (WmC), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:24 (two months ago) link

I'm broke
It's oke
Hate California...

Amusingly repurposed by MES in the 2000 song W.B. I suspect it further serves as a metonym for "Cold and Damp" referring to London. Took several years for the fall online community to dig up the borrowing, we thought "amazing hilarious rhyme".

mig (guess that dreams always end), Thursday, 7 October 2021 19:55 (two months ago) link

The Lady is a Tramp bugs me for many reasons. So she doesn’t like to eat dinner late, so you slut shame her?

And of course the worms! (Boring, Maryland), Friday, 8 October 2021 00:46 (two months ago) link

I've got you
Under my skin
I've got you
Deep in the heart of me
You're so deep in my heart
That I'm tachycardic and sick
and you probably should leave
Please get out
from under my skin

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:00 (two months ago) link

The Lady is a Tramp bugs me for many reasons. So she doesn’t like to eat dinner late, so you slut shame her?

I think you have it backwards?

juristic person (morrisp), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:07 (two months ago) link

Babes in Arms taking a beating ITT

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:10 (two months ago) link

part of the problem though innit, really. both songs had a context in the musical they were in that is generally forgotten because they endured as standards afterwards.

like My Funny Valentine for instance is sung to a male named Valentine in Babes in Arms.

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:11 (two months ago) link

(to be clear, though, Babes in Arms sucks dick and is a shit musical)

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:12 (two months ago) link

And this one is maybe not strictly from the Songbook, but "Cry Me a River" has the infamous line:

Told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me, an'...
(Arthur Hamilton)

Wikipedia says this song could've been introduced not by Julie London but by a different singer, and on the Columbia label, but label honcho Mitch Miller had a problem with the word "plebeian."

Josefa, Friday, 8 October 2021 01:20 (two months ago) link

I’ve never seen it, but it does contain “Where or When” which is one of my favorites.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:21 (two months ago) link

xp

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:22 (two months ago) link

definitely responsible for a lot of classic music, i'll give it that.

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:22 (two months ago) link

funny meet cute, the main couple meets at the door within the first 5 minutes, and kiss within 35 seconds of meeting

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:23 (two months ago) link


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