Kalamazoo To Timbuktu – Music by Alec Wilder Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Music by Alec Wilder
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
You can hear the song here
This is a lovely, silly, little  love song with a great melody and some funny lyrics by Marshall.
Registered for copyright on 11-15-1951
Recorded by Mitch Miller

Lyrics

To Timbuktu
To Timbuktu
To Timbuktu
To Timbuktu

There’s a train by the station
In Kalamazoo
And it soon will be leaving
On track number two
I heard the conductor say
It’s going a long long way
It’s going all the way
From Kalamazoo To Timbuktu

Todeli-ho-ho-ho Good-bye
Kalamazoo-o-o Good-bye
Mr. Engineer be sure the track is clear
We’re going all the way from Kalamazoo to Timbuktu

I got a guy in Timbuktu as sweet as he can be
But I left a guy in Kalamazoo who got a claim on me

So Todeli-ho-ho-ho to you
Wonderful guy of Timbuktu
When we say goodbye
Don’t let me see you cry
Just give me one more kiss and then
I’m aiming back to Kalamazoo again

Notes

Kalamazoo ( /ˌkæləməˈzuː/) is the largest city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County.
Timbuktu (pronounced /ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː/; Koyra Chiini:Tumbutu; French: Tombouctou), formerly also Timbuctoo, is a town in the West African nation of Mali situated 15 km (9.3 mi) north of the River Niger on southern edge of the Sahara Desert. The town is the capital of the Timbuktu Region, one of the eight administrative regions of Mali.
Since both cities sounds sounds unusual to English-speaking ears “from Timbuktu to Kalamazoo” has become a metonym for exotic places.

Dancing on the Ceiling (He Dances on My Ceiling) – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for the show Ever Green 1930, the song was also used in “Evergreen” a film adaptation of the musical.
Introduced by Jessie Matthews
At the time of the show the song was banned from the radio in England and in USA because the censors found the lyrics “Underneath my counterpane/But there’s my love” too risqué: they thought that the lyrics could be read as “masturbation”

Lyrics

The world is lyrical
Because a miracle
Has brought my lover to me
Though she’s some other place, her face I see
At night I creep in bed
And never sleep in bed
But look above in the air
And to my greatest joy, my love is there
She dances overhead
On the ceiling near my bed
In my sight
All through the night
I try to hide in vain
Underneath my counterpane
But there’s my love
up there above
I whisper, “Go away, my lover
It’s not fair”
But I’m so grateful to discover
That she’s still there
I love my ceiling more
Since it is a dancing floor
Just for my love

The bigger the figure – Music by Alec Wilder lyrics by Marshall Barer

This song ,based on “largo al factotum” by Giacchino Rossini, was interpolated by Marshall Barer and Alec Wilder for a musical called Once Over Lightly. The entire musical was based on famous arias by Rossini

The musical was a big flop (it closed after a mere 9 performances) but the song was later recorded by Louis Prima (1953) and became a hit.

Lyrics

I’ve got a woman as big as a house yes sir
She’s as big as a two family house with a porch and a fence
You won’t believe what you see when you look at her
She’s enormous colossal tremendous gigantic immense

Why try to deny it
She’s just what I like
If she goes on a diet
I’ll go on strike

The bigger the figure the better I like her
The better I like her the better I feed her
The better I feed her the bigger the figure
The bigger the figure the more I can love

She’s exactly like a watermelon
big and round and sweet
In a party dress
She may be quite a mess
But I love her a lot
So what if she’s not so neat

The bigger the figure the better I like her
The better I like her the better I feed her
The better I feed her the bigger the figure
The bigger the figure the more I can love

If she ever eats me out of money
and we need the rent
That’ll be a cinch
Cuz when we’re in a pinch
I can put her to work under a circus tent

The bigger the figure the better I like her
The better I like her the better I feed her
The better I feed her the bigger the figure
The bigger the figure the more I can love

She’s exactly like a watermelon
big and round and sweet
In a party dress
She may be quite a mess
But I love her a lot
So what if she’s not so neat

The bigger the figure

The better I like her
The better I like her
The better I feed her

The better I feed her the bigger the figure
The bigger the figure the more I can love

The bigger the figure the better I like her
The better I like her the better I feed her
The better I feed her the bigger the figure
The bigger the figure the more I can love

Thou Swell – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Hart
From A Connecticut Yankee 1927 the song was also used in the revival of the show in 1943
This funny and witty love song was the first song performed in the first act of the musical but was listed third in the program since the first two songs were performed in the prologue.
Introduce by William Gaxton (Martin) and  Constance Carpenter (The Demoiselle Alisande la Carteloise)
The music of the song is featured in the film “All About Eve” (1950). It is played on the piano at the party when Margo tells her friends to “fasten their seat belts”.

Lyrics

He: Babe, we are well met as in a spell met, I lift my helmet
Sandy, you’re just dandy for just this here lad
You’re such a fistfull, my eyes are mistful
Are you too wistful to care to say you care to say
“Come near, lad.”

You are so graceful, have you wings?
You have a face full of nice things
You have no speaking voice, dear with ev’ry word it sings

Refrain:
Thou swell! Thou witty! Thou sweet! Thou grand!
Wouldst kiss me pretty? Wouldst hold my hand?
Both thine eyes are cute too; what they do to me
Hear me holler I choose a Sweet lollapaloosa in thee
I’d feel so rich in a hut for two
Two rooms and kitchen I’m sure would do
Give me just a plot of not a lot of land
And Thou swell! Thou Witty! Thou Grand!

She:
Thy words are queer, Sir, unto mine ear, Sir
Yet thou’rt a dear, Sir, to me
Thou could’st woo me now could’st though try, Sir
I’d murmur “Swell”, too and like it well too
More thou wilt tell to Sandy, thou art dandy
Now art though my knight
Thine arms are martial; thou hast grace
My cheek is partial to thy face
And if they lips grow weary, mine are resting place

Notes

Since the song was written for the musical version of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” Larry wrote several songs for that show blending archaic english and modern american slang.
thou: Used to indicate the one being addressed, especially in a literary, liturgical, or devotional context. Middle English, from Old English, second person nominative sing
wouldst: Archaic Second person singular past tense of will.
to holler: to cry aloud; shout; yell 1690–1700, Americanism ; var. of holla
lollapalooza: SLANG something or someone very striking or exceptional.
unto: an archaic word for “to”

thou’rt: thou art i.e. you are in archaic informal singular

I’m Just a Country Boy – Music by Fred Brooks Lyrics byMarshall Barer

A.K.A. Country Boy

Music by Fred Brooks
Lyrics byMarshall Barer
Pop song written for Harry Belafonte.

The song was a huge success and was recorded by several artists.
Harry Belafonte -1954
George McCurn – 1963
Sam Cooke – 1964
Jim Ed Brown – 1965
Ronnie Laine – 1974
Don Williams – 1977
Also recorded by: Jimmy Witherspoon; Roger Whittaker; David Ball; John Holt; The Brothers Four; Bobby Vinton.
Julie Felix crecorded this song as “I’m Just a Country Girl” in the LP  Songs from “The Frost Report” Part 2

Lyrics

I ain’t gonna marry in the fall
And I ain’t gonna marry in the spring
For I’m in love with a pretty little girl
Who wears a diamond ring

For…..I’m just a country boy
Money have I none
But I’ve got silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold in the morning sun

I’m never gonna kiss those ruby red lips
Of the prettiest girl in town
I’m never gonna ask her if she’d marry me
‘Cause I know she’d turn me down

‘Cause…..I’m just a country boy
Money, money have I none
But I’ve got silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold in the morning sun

I Never could afford a store-bought ring
With a sparkling diamond stone
All I could afford was a loving heart
The only one I own

‘Cause…..I’m just a country boy
Money, money have I none
But I’ve got silver, silver in the stars
And gold in the morning sun
And gold in the morning sun

A Lady Must Live – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Written for the musical America’s Sweetheart 1931
Introduced by  Jeanne Aubert (Denise Torel)

Lyrics

Verse
Some women are colder then still
From such a fate Heaven preserve us!
Some women repress what they feel
And that’s why some women are nervous
A Woman is just like a plum
That ripens and falls very soon
But what she refuse to succumb
She swiftly dries up like a prune

Refrain 1
Life is love and know that
Love is life and so that
Should make you forgive
For a lady must live
When no love is calling
All the joy start falling
Like sand through a sieve
For a lady must live
I’ve never thought that holding your hand meant
Throwing your soul away
Had mother Eve obeyed that commandment
Where would we be today?
Why have lips why waste them?
Is you want to taste them,
You ought to forgive
For a lady must live

Refrain 2
How can love be vicious
When is so delicious?
So you must forgive
For a lady must live
With my John and my Max
I can reach the climax
That’s proof positive
That a lady must live
If she’s not a cold-blooded person,
What’s a girl to do?
But if i look like Aimee McPherson,
I’d be a good girl too
What the siren song for?
What’s my chaise lounge for?
So you must forgive
For a lady must live

Notes

Aimee Semple McPherson (October 9, 1890 – September 27, 1944), also called Sister Aimee, was a Los Angeles, California evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Normandy – Music by Mary Rodgers Lyrics by Marshall Barer

Written for the Broadway musical “Once Upon A Mattress”
Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Introduced by Minstrel, Matt Mattox (Jester), Anne Jones (Lady Larken)

Minstrel: Beyond the wall which you must climb…
Larken: Climb?
Minstrel: It’s twenty-two feet and covered with slime.
Larken: Slime?
Minstrel: And infested with spiders!
Larken: Spiders?
Minstrel: Oh, the spiders are sweet compared to the snakes!
Larken: Snakes?
Minstrel: On the other side!
Jester: Well, they won’t hurt you, unless of course you insist on leaving alone… and now!
Larken: Well, I did. But if I’d known it was so terrible out there…
Minstrel: Then you’d think a second thought and come with me.
I know all the secret ways to set you free, over the hills and to the open sea!
Larken: Open sea? But where?
Minstrel: Normandy…
Larken: Normandy? But why?
Jester: Because… it’s out of the castle. Out of the country.
And safe, where no one knows you.
Larken: Safe!
Jester: And besides…
Minstrel & Jester: Normandy is fine and fair so Normandy is where we’ll go!
Minstrel: I can show you a beach where the peach blossom blows,
Jester: And I know how to reach a man who knows
Minstrel & Jester: A man who knows a cozy inn,
Minstrel: A friendly place
Minstrel & Jester: With rows of windows facing the sea!
This time of year the air I hear is rare and clear and warm in
Normandy!
Minstrel: I know a meadow covered with mustard flowers golden as the sun,
Jester: Where a wond’rous thing can happen when an April day is done.
Minstrel: There’s a moment after the twilight
Minstrel & Jester: When the sky is suddenly green,
and the world stands hushed and waiting for the first white stars to convene.
Minstrel: When you see that emerald sky,
Jester: (echo) When you see that emerald sky,
Minstrel: You’ll know to reason why
Jester: (echo) And know the reason why
Minstrel: There’s not another
Jester: (echo) No other
Minstrel & Jester: Place I’d rather be! Keep your el dorado… and to hell with burgundy!
Come fly with me, come try those wings, come swift for we have things to do…
Larken: Is there truly a beach where the peach blossom blows?
Are you sure you can reach that…
All three: …Man who knows that man who knows

Larken:
That cozy inn?
Minstrel:
There’s Jessamine and…
That friendly Place
Jester:
White lilac lace and…

With Minstrel & Jester:
Rows of windows Rows of windows
Facing the sea… Facing the sea…

All three: This time of year the air I hear is rare and clear and warm…

Minstrel & Jester: Don’t be afraid!
Larken: It’s warm…
Minstrel & Jeste: Heaven was made

All three: In Normandy
Jester: In Normandy
Minstrel: In Normandy
Larken: In Normandy
All three: In Normandy!