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Re: Still OK/ Mary Martin

Posted by Word Camel on October 06, 2004

In Reply to: Still OK/ Mary Martin 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

: : : : : : : : :
: : : : : : : : : 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
: : : :

: : :
: : : 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.

: : Note the difference between the Sinatra version and the Fitzgerald lyrics. The queried line is still 'okay.'

: : Track Title: The Lady Is A Tramp
: : Album Title: Rodgers and Hart Songbook, disc 3

: : Prime Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
: : Lyrics by: Lorenz Hart
: : Music by: Richard Rodgers
: : Producer: Norman Granz

: : From the Show: Babes In Arms 1937 (S) 1939 (M)
: : Lyrics:
: : I've wined and dined on Mulligan Stew, and never wished for Turkey
: : As I hitched and hiked and grifted too, from Maine to Albuquerque
: : Alas, I missed the Beaux Arts Ball, and what is twice as sad
: : I was never at a party where they honored Noel Ca-ad (Coward)
: : But social circles spin too fast for me
: : My "hobohemia" is the place to be

: : I get too hungry, for dinner at eight
: : I like the theater, but never come late
: : I never bother, with people I hate
: : That's why the lady is a tramp

: : I don'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 the girls
: : That's why the lady is a tramp

: : I like the free, fresh wind in her hair
: : Life without care
: : I'm broke, it's o'k
: : Hate California, it's cold and it's damp
: : That's why the lady is a tramp

: : I go to Coney, the beach is devine
: : I go to ballgames, the bleachers are fine
: : I find a Winchell, and read every line
: : That's why the lady is a tramp

: : I like a prizefight, that isn't a fake
: : I love the rowing, on Central Park lake
: : I go to Opera and stay wide awake
: : That's why the lady is a tramp

: : I like the green grass under my shoes
: : What can I lose, I'm flat, that's that
: : I'm alone when I lower my lamp
: : That's why the lady is a tramp

: Just another version for the Camel!
: The Lady Is a Tramp/ Mary Martin

: From Babes In Arms
: Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, music by Richard Rodgers
: Lyrics published on The Complete Lyrics of Lorenz Hart
: [Merchandise links] [Discography]

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: VERSE

: I've wined and dined on Mulligan stew
: And never wished for turkey
: As I hitched and hiked and grifted, too,
: From Maine to Albuquerque.
: Alas, I missed the Beaux Arts Ball,
: And what is twice as sad,
: I was never at a party
: Where they honored Noel Ca' ad.
: But social circles spin too fast for me.
: My Hobohemia is the place to be.

: REFRAIN 1

: I get too hungry for dinner at eight
: I like the theater but never come late
: I never bother with people I hate
: That's why the lady is a tramp
: I don't like crapgames with Barons and Earls
: Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
: Won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls
: That's why the lady is a tramp
: I like the free fresh wind in my hair
: Life without care
: I'm broke, it's oke
: Hates California is cold and is damp
: That's why the lady is a tramp

: REFRAIN 2
: I go to Coney-the beach is divine.
: I go to ball games-the bleachers are fine.
: I follow Winchell and read ev'ry line.
: That's why the lady is a tramp.
: I like a prizefight that isn't a fake.
: I love the rowing on Central Park Lake.
: I go to opera and stay wide awake.
: That's why the lady is a tramp.
: I like the green grass under my shoes.
: What can I lose?
: I'm flat! That's that!
: I'm all alone when I lower my lamp.
: That's why the lady is a tramp.

: REFRAIN 3 (reprise)

: Don't know the reason for cocktails at five.
: I don't like flying-I'm glad I'm alive.
: I crave affection, but not when I drive.
: That's why the lady is a tramp.
: Folks go to London and leave me behind.
: I'll miss the crowning, Queen Mary won't mind.
: I don't play Scarlett in Gone With the Wind-
: That' s why the lady is a tramp.
: I like to hang my hat where I please.
: Sail with the breeze.
: No dough-heigh-ho!
: I love La Guardia and think he's a champ.
: That' s why the lady is a tramp.

: REFRAIN 4 (reprise)
: Girls get massages, they cry and they moan.
: Tell Lizzie Arden to leave me alone.
: I'm not so hot, but my shape is my own.
: That's why the lady is a tramp!
: The food at Sardi's is perfect, no doubt.
: I wouldn't know what the Ritz is about.
: I drop a nickel and coffee comes out.
: That's why the lady is a tramp!
: I like the sweet, fresh rain in my face.
: Diamonds and lace,
: No got-so what?

I post at Phrase Finder when it's really late.
Don't notice misspellings, I guess it's my fate.
I'm prone to wander off the point if it's quaint.
That's why this camel needs a clamp

I like the green grass under my hooves.
Prefer caffeine to hard booze.
I choka if it's mocha.
Hate SNL 'cause the humour's too scant.
That's why the camel is a tramp.

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