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Oakey/Dokey

Posted by SR on October 05, 2004

In Reply to: I put a spell on you posted by Henry on October 04, 2004

: : : : : : : : : Lena Horne uses the line "I'm broke, That's oak" in her version of "That's Why the Lady is a Tramp".

: : : : : : : : : Is to say something is oak a real expression or poetic license?

: : : : : : : : I'm broke, that's oke (okay).

: : : : : : : Intersting.

: : : : : : Are you skptical of my interprtation? Well, why not? SS

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: : : : : I'm utterly sincere and not skeptical at all. I'd have never thought to interpret it that way. But it wouldn't be the first time spelling has led me astray. I was guessing "oak", possibly as in solid or for sure, but I'd never heard the expression. Did you find the lyric somewhere?

: : : : Nah.

: : :
: : : It is (or was) presumably a new coining because something had to be found which rhymed with 'broke'.

: : : DFG

: : Those are the lyrics as written.

: I imagine that the spelling is to avoid any doubt about the pronunciation. The song is intended to be performed - when you hear a song, you can't tell how the words are spelled!

Frank-Sinatra's Lyrics - Lady Is a Tramp Lyrics
Writer(s): rodgers/hart

She gets too hungry, for dinner at eight
She loves the theater, but doesn't come late
She'd never bother, with people she'd hate
That's why the lady is a tramp

Doesn't like crap games, with barons and earls
Won't go to harlem, in ermine and pearls
Won't dish the dirt, with the rest of those girls
That's why the lady is a tramp

She loves the free, fresh wind in her hair
Life without care
She's broke, but it's o'k
She hates california, it's cold and it's damp
That's why the lady is a tramp

Doesn't like dice games, with sharpies and frauds
Won't go to harlem, in lincolns or fords
Won't dish the dirt, with the rest of those broads
That's why the lady is a tramp