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Re: Oakey/Dokey

Posted by Word Camel on October 05, 2004

In Reply to: Oakey/Dokey posted by SR on October 05, 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!

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: 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
:

I'm impressed you found the lyrics. I couldn't find them. I've notices the lyric can vary a bit depending on who is performing. I have Lena, Mel and Frank and I'd almost swear each is a little different. Sadly the words aren't written down.