Roller Coaster Blues – Lyrics by Marshall Barer music by Dean Fuller

Cover of "I Wonder What Became of Me"

A.k.a. Rollercoaster Blues
This song was written for the musical Walk Tall. The musical opened July 12, 1954 in Houston, Texas and never reached Broadway. The song was cut during the try-out. Eventually Diana Dors recorded it and the song had a moderate success.

Stephen Holden (NY Times) called this song a “little-known, obscure, sexy gem”

Lyrics

Oh your eyes are lighted windows
There’s a party going on inside
Yes, your eyes are lighted windows
There’s a party going on inside
Your mouth’s a rollercoaster
Baby, I wanna take a ride.

When you look me over baby
Makes my face turn cherry red
When you look me over baby
Makes my face turn cherry red
Cos your mouth’s a rollercoaster
But your mind is just a big brass bed.

Your mouth’s a rollercoaster
I wanna take a ride
Please let me buy a ticket
Let me slip and slide
On your crazy rollercoaster
Where the wind blows free
You spoiled me baby
And now the carousel’s too tame for me.

You could be gentle as a raindrop
Sweet as rock and rye
Tender as the inside of a caterpillar’s thigh
But you’re slick and evil
Just like your patent leather shoes
Your mouth’s a rollercoaster
I’ve got those rollercoaster blues.

Oh your eyes are lighted windows
There’s a party going on inside
Your mouth’s a rollercoaster
And I truly wanna take a ride
Baby when will you decide
To let me take a little ride
So I can lose these wailing, crying
Terrifying
Big four poster
Rollercoaster
Blues.

Discography

The Time Has Come!: The Songs Of Marshall Barer, CD/Painted Smiles PSCD-123 (Marshall Barer accompanied by Norman Paris)
Live At The Café Carlyle, CD/Collectables 771 (Bobby Short with rhythm accompaniment)
I Wonder What Became Of Me, Epic N-3280 (Anita Ellis) [reissued as CD/Collectables 6891]
Swinging Dors, Columbia (S) CS-8232 (Diana Dors with orchestra directed by Wally Stott) [reissued as CD/Castle Music CMFCD1554]