Jitterbug Boy

(Sharing a Curbstone With Chuck E. Weiss, Robert Marchese, Paul Body And The Mug And Artie)(16)

Well, I'm a jitterbug boy(2), by the shoe-shine
Resting on my laurels and my hardys(3) too
Life of Riley(4) on a swing shift(5), girls follow my drift
Once upon a time I was in show biz too

I've seen the Brooklyn Dodgers(6) playing at Ebbets Field(7)
Seen the Kentucky Derby(8) too
It's fast women, slower horses, I'm reliable sources
And I'm holding up a lamp post if you want to know

I've seen the Wabash Cannonball(9), buddy, I've done it all
Because I slept with the lions, and Marilyn Monroe(10)
Had breakfast in the eye of a hurricane
Fought Rocky Marciano(11), played Minnesota Fats(12)
Burned hundred-dollar bills, I've eaten Mulligan stew(13)
Got drunk with Louis Armstrong(14), what's that old song?
I taught Mickey Mantle(15) everything that he knows

So you'll ask me what I'm doing here, holding up a lamp-post
Flipping this quarter, trying to make up my mind
And if it's heads I'll go to Tennessee, and tails I'll buy a drink
If it lands on the edge I'll keep talking to you

Written by: Tom Waits
Published by: Fifth Floor Music (ASCAP), © 1976
Official release: Small Change, Elektra/ Asylum Records, 1976(17)

Known covers:
None

Notes:

(1) Live intro's:

- Westchester Jazz Festival, 1976: "You know, I was just thinking about my first Senior Prom, just before I came out here. I tried to perish the thought. I don't know... I took a girl named Margaret Terentino to the Senior Prom. And she wasn't that good looking really... I've seen better legs on a table, but eh... Better teeth on a comb. Better hair on my ass, as a matter of fact. Well, I wasn't... I wasn't any great catch myself! I had hemorrhoids, dandruff, and terminal acne. They used to use me for third base. I took a girl named Margaret Terentino and... Her brother was a big sumo wrestler, and her parents owned an Italian restaurant. And I had to borrow a car. And I was working... It was a dish washing job and a paper route at the same time. Doing a little social climbing. So I drove her all the way to Tijuana, and parked illawstrous right in front of a big sign that said, "Toe-away! No parking! We're not responsible for articles lost or stolen". Well, to make a long story shorter, the car got towed away, I got all juiced and shit, and threw up all over her dress. That was right after she threw up all over my slacks. So I ended up hitch-hiking and I got picked up by a guy named Joe Montelongo, and Joe was a big guy who used to sing in a band, and they did one song, it was 'Walking the Dog'. But they did it for about a half hour or so. So he let us in the car, and we got into a big fight and I dropped her off at a Sanders station, to go in and fix herself up. And I went home. And just about that time was when I ran into Chuck E. Weiss, a partner of mine. And he told me a long story 'bout when he was thirteen years old and he went into a telephone booth, and he found the key in the coinbox. If you think about that it's fascinating, because not only did that key fit in that particular coinbox, but it also fit about seven hundred and fifty other telephone booths. Eh-he... Well, push came to shove, he called up 'bout ten friends in there, and they had to drag him all over the city, and a week later Chuck E was thirteen years old, ridin' a limousine and smokin' Cuban cigars. Eh-he-he... And the headlines in the newspapers said, 'Ma Belle (?) Raided by Mafia'. A real caper. This is 'bout a jitterbug cat I met in the Pennsylvania station at three o'clock in the morning, named Rocky. One of those guys who's been everywhere, knows everything, done everything, you know... I mean, he definitely would sell you a rat's asshole for a wedding ring, and I'll say that without fear of contradiction. He told me he was wearing Hank Williams' boots. And they were loafers, you know... He said, 'Well, I had the tops cut off, cause you know... '
- The Shaboo Inn, Willimantic. November 9, 1976: "Well... I'd like to do eh... Well, this is a new song about an evening I spent in the Pennsylvania station In the wee small hours of the morning in New York City one night I was just trying to get to Philadelphia Cause every now and then you just have to go to Philadelphia That's all there is to it Regardless of whether you know anybody there or not, you just have to go to Philadelphia I woke up in the middle of the night and [?] to get to Philadelphia so I called on the phone to the Pennsylvania station There weren't no trains, there weren't anybody answering the phone I just had to get to Philadelphia, so I ran all the way up to 34th Street Walked inside and the place was just loaded with a veritable convoluted evening compendium And one straggler of a cat named Rocky leaning up outside of the information booth I took one look at him and I knew that he'd probably been involved at some point with an academic institution of higher learning And he was all over me like a cheap suit, eh-he-he-he Couldn't shake him, eh-he-he So we went to a place called Blarney Stone Yeah, so I went to Blarney Stone and drank cheap shots and beer in the memory of a guy named Charlie Denton that died in 1937 And sang songs aaaaall night long I said, I want a girl just like the girl that married dear old Dad [cheers from the audience] You too, huh? When I fall in love it will be forever Or I'll never fall in love [scat sings] Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think Destroy yourself, it's later than you think The girl that I marry will have to be Soft as a kitten and have a whole lot of money Well, at least a Bank Americard and Master Charge As we walked up 8th Avenue he was telling me all about when he used to hang out with... it was him and Mickey Mantle and Igor Stravinski and John F. Kennedy, and... Those were back in the old days... Said, me and Sly was like this... eh-he-he-he Don Drysdale, and I knew him when he was nothing and he hasn't changed a bit So I was sitting around with the Pope one night And who dropped in but Hank Williams, let me tell ya! And Hank was eh... cause those were the days when Hank was hanging out with Louis Armstrong, so they all came in together So we got Charlie Parker on the phone and said, 'You gotta get over here, man' And he looked me right in the eyes ...?... and said I'm the jitterbug boy..."
- One Night Stand, 1976. Version 1:"Somewhere across the sea My love, she waits for me [scat sings] Well, when I fall in love Y'know, it will be forever Or I'll never fall in love Heeey, baby! I wanna know if you'll be my girl Cause wise men say, only fools rush in Well, won't you take me out to the ball game And take me out to the crowd Friendship, friendship Just a perfect friendship When other friendships have been forgotten Ours will still be hot Cause there's a place for us A time and place for us I got plenty of nuttin' And nuttin' is plenty for me I got the sun in the morning And the moon at night Cause I'm a jitterbug boy..."
- One Night Stand, 1976. Version 2: "And I dream of Jeannie with the light brown hair Cause when I fall in love, it will be forever Or I'll never fall in love Because the girl that I marry will have to be Soft as a kitten and have a whole lot of money And then you can take me out to the ball game Take me out to the crowd You know, one of these days I'm gonna get me a little place down there on Primrose Lane Life's a holiday on Primrose Lane Such a holiday on Primrose Lane And I got the sun in the morning And the moon at night Cause I'm a jitterbug boy..."
- WNEW radio. December 14, 1976: "This is a song about eh... a cat I met at eh Pennsylvania station eh real late one night and eh... his name's Rocky... It seems there's always a guy named Rocky at Pennsylvania station... or any station for that matter. If there isn't you know eh, they usually have a (...?...) and rent one. And eh... The guy'd been everywhere, done everything. I was going to Philadelphia. He said: "Man, I'm going to Philadelphia." He said: "I'm gonna take a train." I said: "Well you know eh, don't take a train, let the train take you.". Huh, huh... "
- Roslyn, Long Island, New York, October 10, 1977: "Somewhere across the sea my love, she waits for me... There's a place for us. A time and place for us. On a bicycle built for two. Well, you can take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the crowd. Well, the girl that I marry will have to be soft as a kitten and have a whole lot of money. Because when I fall in love it will be forever or I'll never fall in love. Friendship, friendship just a perfect friendship. When other friendships have been forgotten ours will still be hot. Cause I'm a jitterbug boy..."
- Sydney. March, 1979: "Well, this is a little song about a buddy-wuddy of mine. His name is Chuck E. Weiss. Chuck E. Weiss is the kind of guy that would steal his own car. Eh-he-he-he... And I'm a jitterbug boy..."
- Kansas City, 1979: "Well... thank you. It's really nice to be here. The only time I ever had any honest affiliation with Kansas City was when a friend of mine named Montclair de Havilland drove here over the weekend in a powder blue Lincoln Continental, just to get himself a can of Falstaff and some orange pants. Eh-he-he-he-he-he. Eh-he-he. He said, 'Man, this is the only city in the United States where you can get orange pants!' Eh-he-he-he... Eh-he-he... [With a voice from hell:] All right, calm down back there! Well, I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hair Flowing like a river Oh, but Jeanie won't talk to me anymore And I've got plenty of nuttin' And nuttin's plenty for me And I've got the sun in the morning And the moon at night Cause I'm a jitterbug boy..."
- Storming Heaven Benefit, Healdsburg. August 11, 1996: "Good evening. Thank you! I know: what have I been doing? Well, I've gone back to school... traffic school. I don't have to pick a major right away, that's what I loved about it. I'm gonna go with something really light at first, just like "seven units", and "failure to yield", something like that. Actually, I ran into somebody just the other day that I went to traffic school with, and I said 'Jeff! How are you?' And we exchanged greetings. And he was the guy that first told me that there are only two things that you can throw out the window of a moving vehicle on the freeway without getting arrested. And I know what those two things are. The first one is easy. [someone in the audience yells 'Water'] Water, exactly! The second one's a little tougher. Are you ready for this? Feathers! Think about that for a while. Now that's without the bird. That's why I got arrested. I assume. I argued... I'm a jitterbug boy..."
- Draken Theatre. Stockholm, Sweden. November, 1987: "This is about when I lived in a hotel. I lived in a hotel for a long time and... Long beyond the time necessary for me to stay in a hotel. I had an analyst who insisted that I'd stay in a hotel under all circumstances. And under no circumstances was I to move out of this hotel. And I was paying him a lot of money, so I thought I'd better take his advice. So I stayed in this hotel, forever! And there was a nice little cigarette machine in the lobby, and a swimming pool that was painted black. It matched my mood in the water most of the time. It was a thrilling place. And my analyst is now living in that hotel. And he pays ME three hundred dollars, so it all balances out. Actually, I get asked a lot of questions. I guess that the question I get asked the most... well, I mean I get asked often enough that I would remark on it to you tonight. In fact, somebody just today came up to me and asked me... [somebody in the audience yells 'How's the wife and kids?'] That's the one! Thank you very much, Sir! Everybody wants to get in the act! How long have you been out of prison now, Sir? See, that's what happens when cousins marry. Anyway, you're still working out at the airport, right? Okay, we'll be seeing you bright and early! Actually, the question I get asked the most is... and somebody today, just... I mean, out of the clear blue sky, somebody came up to me and said 'Tom, is it possible for a girl to get pregnant without intercourse?' I get that all the time. I mean, I get asked that all the time! Anyway... I said, for the answer to this we're gonna have to go all the way back to the civil war. Apparently a stray bullet... This is the truth! A stray bullet actually pierced the testicle of a Union soldier, and then it went on to lodge itself in the ovaries of an eighteen year old girl who was standing two hundred, maybe three hundred feet from him at the time. They'd never even met! How's that for luck! Anyway, you know, she was very happy of course, cause there was something kind of immaculate about the conception, and she did a lot of interviews and that type of thing, and people flew in, and she was on the cover of a lot of magazines at the time. The baby was healthy. Of course, the soldier was pissed off, wouldn't you be? It's actually a FORM of intercourse, but I don't think it's for everybody. Unless you like action. I like action! This is a little song about eh... I got it right out of the encyclopedia..."

(2) Jitterbug
- n.: adj. One who, though not a musician, enthusiastically likes or understands swing music; a swing fan.. A devotee of jitterbug music and dancing; one who follows the fashions and fads of the Jitterbug devotee (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner).
- [1960s] (US Black) a youth who lives a street life but is not invariably a criminal [app. coined 1934 by US band leader Cab Calloway (1907-44)] (Source: "Cassell's Dictionary Of Slang". Jonathon Green. Cassel & Co., 1998. ISBN: 0-304-35167-9)

(3) Resting on my Laurels and my Hardys: To rest on ones laurels, referring to the comical Hall Roach duo: Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.

(4) Life Of Riley: The good life. William and Mary Morris, in "Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins", conclude that this phrase arose when the vaudevillian Pat Rooney sang a song called "Are You the O'Reilly" during the late 19th century. The audience would sing along with this song, which dealt with what it would be like to be wealthy. The lyrics included such lines as `A hundred a day will be small pay' and `on the railroads you'll pay no fare.' However, H. L. Mencken attributes the origin of the phrase to "The Best in the House is None Too Good for Reilly," popular at the turn of the century. (Submitted by Ulf Berggren. eGroups Tom Waits Discussionlist. March, 2000)

(5) Swing shift n.: A work period or shift between the standard day and night shifts, usu. beginning in the afternoon and ending in the evening, but sometimes beginning in the early morning and ending in the afternoon; a work crew or group of workers who work during these hours (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner)

(6) Brooklyn Dodgers: The Brooklyn Dodgers was a New York baseball team that much to the dismay of the Brooklyn people moved to LA and became the LA Dodgers. When still in New York they played their home games at Ebbets Field. In the movie 'Blue in the Face' you can hear talk about how nothing was ever the same in Brooklyn after they left.(Submitted by Ulf Berggren. eGroups Tom Waits Discussionlist. March, 2000)

(7) Ebbets Field: Once the home arena for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Not to be confused with the Ebbets Field Nightclub in Denver where Waits has played in the seventies

(8) Kentucky Derby: The Kentucky Derby stands as the oldest, consecutively held Thoroughbred race in America. The first Kentucky Derby was held May 17, 1875. Further reading: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/kderby/history/index.html (Submitted by Ulf Berggren. eGroups Tom Waits Discussionlist. March, 2000)

(9) Wabash Cannonball
- A train. It ran for years along the Wabash River between St. Louis and Detroit. It was a steam engine that carried people, supplies, and food. The last run was in March of 1971 (Submitted by Cheryl Dillis. Tom Waits eGroups discussionlist. September, 2000)
- Train, made famous by Roy Acuff's hit country song in the 40's. Wabash,a river flowing from W Ohio through Indiana, along part of the boundary between Indiana and Illinois, into the Ohio River (Submitted by Gary Duncan. Raindogs Listserv discussionlist. September, 2000)

(10) Monroe, Marilyn
- Norma Jean Mortenson. Born Los Angeles/ Cal. 01-06-1926. Died Brentwood/ Cal. 05-08-1962. American actress and sex-symbol. Was married to Joe Dimaggio for a while.
- Also mentioned in A Sweet Little Bullet, 1978: "I'd rather die before I wake like Marilyn Monroe" and Hold On, 1999: "With charcoal eyes and Monroe hips she went and took that California trip"

(11) Marciano, Rocky: American actor and undefeated heavyweight champion of the world. Real name Rocco Marchegiano. Born: Brockton, Ma, September 1 1924 - Died: near Des Moines, Lo, August 31 1964.

(12) Minnesota Fats: Born Rudolf Wanderone Jr., Minnesota Fats was known as New York Fats early in his career, and adopted the nickname Minnesota Fats after the 1961 movie "The Hustler". Known to fans as "the sultan of stroke", "dean of the green", and the "bank shot bandit", Minnesota Fats was probably the most famous player ever to play the game of billiards. Fats could shoot pool with either hand, but more importantly, he could entertain while doing it. Minnesota Fats had his own television show called "Celebrity Billiards Show", on which he played. Fats shot pool competitively well into the 1980's. (Submitted by Ulf Berggren. eGroups Tom Waits Discussionlist. March, 2000)

(13) Mulligan stew
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n.: A stew made of any available meat(s) or vegetable(s). Orig. hobo use, perhaps from "salmagrundi". Often used facetiously about any stewlike food, however excellent (Source: Dictionary Of American Slang, Wentworth/ Flexner).
- A hobo dish containing just about anything you have handy. How to make just like they make it at the yearly hobo convention in Britt. Iowa. "Britt Mulligan Stew" = 450 lbs. of Beef, 900 lbs. of Potatoes, 250 lbs. of carrots, 35 lbs. of green peppers, 300 lbs. of cabbage, 100 lbs. of turnips, 10 lbs. of parsnips, 150 lbs. of tomatoes, 20 lbs. of chili peppers, 25 lbs. of rice, 60 lbs. of celery, 1 lb bay leaves, 24 gallon of mixed vegetables, 10 lbs. of kitchen bouquet flavoring, about 400 loaves of bread are served, a total of 5000, 8 oz. cups ordered to serve the stew. (Submitted by Ulf Berggren. eGroups Tom Waits Discussionlist. March, 2000).
- Might also refer to the famous verse from "Babes In Arms" (Rodgers and Hart, 1937): "I've wined and dined on Mulligan stew, and never wished for turkey."
- Also mentioned in "Whistin' Past The Graveyard": "Cooked up a mess of Mulligan and got into a fight."

(14) Armstrong, Louis
- Born in New Orleans on Aug. 4, 1901, Louis grew up in the poorest part of the city. Armstrong began to play with jazz groups and brass bands in New Orleans, developing quickly. In 1925 he began his remarkable series of Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings. In 1928 Armstrong led the Savoy Ballroom Five. "West End Blues", was considered by many (including Louis himself)to be his greatest recording. During the next decade he became a household name, making two acclaimed visits to Europe during 1932-34, appearing in small but memorable roles in movies and leading a swing-oriented big band. By the mid-'40s Louis Armstrong was considered out of style. His orchestra had declined and his own solos and clowning sounded at odds with his younger more bop-oriented sidemen. But after appearing with a variety of veteran players in the Hollywood film "New Orleans "and having success playing at an acclaimed Town Hall concert in 1947, Armstrong broke up his big band and formed the All-Stars. His sextet was an immediate success, and Armstrong began a schedule of nearly non-stop travelling.After a few years the routines became fairly predictable and critics tired of them while some in the Civil Rights community thought of Armstrong as an Uncle Tom. However when he died on July 6 1971, there was no jazz musician who could approach him in popularity.
- Tom Waits
(1998): "...You always hear him smiling in his songs. I heard that the biggest disappointment for him was that he was never asked to sing the National Anthem at the opening game of the World Series. It was his big dream, and they never asked him." (Source: "Mixed Bag, WNEW New York". Interview on WNEW FM. October 1998)

(15) Mantle, Mickey
- Mickey Charles Mantle. Born: Spavinaw, Ok, October 20 1931 - Died: Dallas, Tx, August 13 1995. A famous American baseball player in the 1950's (successor of Joe DiMaggio with the New York Yankees). He was a friend of Whitey Ford. In 1969 he resigned from professional baseball.
- Also mentioned in A Sight For Sore Eyes, 1977: "That we toast to the old days and Dimagio too and old Drysdale and Mantle, Whitey Ford and to you."

(16) Sharing a curbstone with Chuck E. Weiss, Robert Marchese, Paul Body and The Mug and Artie:
- Notice this excerpt from It Rains On Me (Chuck E. Weiss, Extremely Cool, 1999): "Louie Lista and Marchese, Everywhere I go it rains on me, Robert Sheehan and Paul Body, Everywhere I go it rains on me."
- Chuck E. Weis: Chicago born musician and longtime friend. Further reading: Chuck E. Weiss.
- Robert Marchese: manager of the Troubadour in the 1970's
- Paul Body: doorman of the Troubadour in the 1970's. "... Paul Body, is active in the music and spoken word and literary community. He's released a solo compact disc, "Love Is Like Rasputin" for New Alliance Records, and participated in the laserdisc collection audio/visual document L.A. JOURNAL released by The Voyager Company. He's also just completed a reading in the July, '95 "Rock and Roll In Literature" series at The MET Theater in Hollywood that featured actors Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, Chloe Webb, Beverly D'Angelo and other musicians and poets. He's also a clerk at Video Journeys and a film fanatic. (Source: "From The B's Nest", Alternative Cinema issue #6 - pgs. 8-9, 1995). "... Paul Body has many claims to fame: poet, writer, accordionist, and longtime friend of Tom Waits. On his album Love Is Like Rasputin, Body lays out his humorous and sometimes-touching thoughts on 1965 Los Angeles in a series of diary entries. Thirty years after witnessing the Watts riots, his mother's death, and the rise of his beloved Rolling Stones, Body is still actively performing across the city where he came of age." (Source: "SXSW Spoken Word: 1996" by Phil West. The Austin Chronicle)
- The Mug: Troubadour barman, blues harmonica player, actor, poet Louie Lista. Name checked in the Blue Valentine linernotes as Louis Lista. "Louie got his start in the field of blues and folk music in the early 1960's when he studied harmonica with the legendary blues musician Taj Mahal. After playing countless shows at such popular venues as the Ash Grove and Troubadour in Hollywood, he helped to found the seminal 1970's powerhouse roots rock group, The Sheiks of Shake. They recorded for Mystic Records and shared stages with such musical "national treasures" as Clifton Chenier and Muddy Waters. In the late 1970's, after David Wulff completed a year long performing stint with the Shieks, Louie and Wulff started playing as an acoustic duo covering a wide range of musical styles from folk to country to blues, jazz and even contemporary popular songs. They shared stages with a "who's who" list of then popular recording artists, including R.E.M., Black Flag, the Circle Jerks, X, and The Knitters. In the 1980's they added electric guitars, bass and drums to the mix, founded the Outer City Allstars and expanded our venues to include such unlikely performance opportunities as opening for Pro Wrestling matches. In the early 1990's, Louie signed with New Alliance Records and showcased his talent as a spoken word artist on two CDs, "To Sleep With the Lights On" and "Walkin' and Talkin'". The first CD contained several songs that David Wulff produced and the second was recorded with longtime friend David Crittendon, a talented singer, pianist and author. As the 1990's progressed, Louie's love of and training in theater (Santa Monica City College) led to a series of high profile acting jobs. He played opposite Emmy award winning Kay Lenz ("Rich Man, Poor Man", "The Big Chill") as Sir Toby Belch in Spike Stewart's modern day tribute to William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" ("The 12th Nite"). He also was a featured actor working alongside none other than Ringo Starr in Century 21 Real Estate's television commercial "Perfect Hook-ups". (Source: "Louie Lista Benefit at La Cañada United Methodist Church", by David Wulff. March 8, 2003)
- Artie: It seems this doesn't refer to Art Fein (The L.A. Musical History Tour/ Art's Poker Party) but to one Artie Leichter, as pointed out by Barney Hoskyns in his 2009 Waits biography “Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits" (Faber/ Broadway, 2009). Artie Leichter was songwriter and lighting man at the Troubadour in the 1970's.

(17) In the late 1970s Waits often used to open this song with a medley quoting from: "Can't Help Falling In Love","Enjoy Yourself","Friendship, friendship","Hey Baby!","I Got Plenty Of Nuttin'","I Got The Sun In The Morning","Primrose lane","Take Me Out To The Ball Game","The Girl That I Marry", "When I Fall In Love"
- Dan Forte (1977): "Of his approach to composing, Tom comments, "I start with a couple of changes, you know. Maybe a single-note melody sometimes. I usually have the lyrics all written; I just have to find something to hang them on. On 'Jitterbug Boy' [from Small Change), I was thinking about George Gershwin's 'I Got Plenty O' Nuthin', Nuthin's Plenty For Me.'" (Source: "Tom Waits - Offbeat Poet And Pianist" Contemporary Keyboard magazine, by Dan Forte. April, 1977)

Quoted at: "Wise men say only fools rush in..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland USA. August 25, 1976)Quoting: Can't Help Falling In Love. Words & music by George Weiss - Hugo Peretti - Luigi Creatore, 1961

Can't Help Falling In Love

Wise men say only fools rush in
but I can't help falling in love with you
Shall I stay would it be a sin
If I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes some things are meant to be, take my hand,
take my whole life too for I can't help falling in love with you

Like a river flows surely to the sea
Darling so it goes some things are meant to be, take my hand,
take my whole life too for I can't help falling in love with you
for I can't help falling in love with you

Quoted at: "Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (Willimantic or New York. May, 1976 - Shaboo version)Quoting: Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think). Written by Carl Sigman and Herb Magidson. Transcribed, as recorded in New York November 28, 1949 by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians

Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)

You work and work for years and years, you're always on the go
You never take a minute off, too busy makin' dough
Someday, you say, you'll have your fun when you're a millionaire
Imagine all the fun you'll have in your old rockin' chair

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

You're gonna take that ocean trip, no matter, come what may
You've got your reservations made but you just can't get away
Next year, for sure, you'll see the world, you'll really get around
But how far can you travel when you're six-feet under ground?

Your heart of hearts, your dream of dreams, your ravishing brunette
She's left you and she's now become somebody else's pet
Lay down that gun, don't try my friend to reach the great beyond
You'll have more fun by reachin' for a redhead or a blonde

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

You never go to nightclubs and you just don't care to dance
You don't have time for silly things like moonlight and romance
You only think of dollar bills tied neatly in a stack
But when you kiss a dollar bill, it doesn't kiss you back

Enjoy yourself, it's later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it's later than you think

Quoted at: "Friendship, friendship, just a perfect friendship..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland USA. August 25, 1976)Quoting: Friendship. Words and music by Cole Porter. Introduced by Ethel Merman and Bert Lahr in the Broadway musical "DuBarry was a Lady", 1939. Words and music by Cole Porter. Popularized by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra. Also recorded by: Al Jolson, Judy Garland and Johnny Mercer (1940), Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway (1996)

Friendship

If you're ever in a jam, here I am
If you're ever in a mess, S-O-S
If you ever feel so happy, you land in jail; I'm your bail.
It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship

When other friendships have been forgot, Ours will still be hot.
Lah-dle-ah-dle-ah-dle dig, dig, dig.
If you're ever up a tree, phone to me.
If you're ever down a well, ring my bell.
If you ever lose your teeth, and you're out to dine; borrow mine.
It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship

When other friendships have been forgate, Ours will still be great.
Lah-dle-ah-dle-ah-dle, chuck, chuck, chuck.
If they ever black your eyes, put me wise.
If they ever cook your goose, turn me loose.
If they ever put a bullet through your brain; I'll complain.
It's friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship

When other friendships have been forgit, Ours will still be it.
Lah-dle-ah-dle-ah-dle, hep, hep, hep

Quoted at: "Hey baby, I wanna know if you'll be my girl..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland USA. August 25, 1976) Quoting: Hey Baby!. Margaret Cobb And Bruce Channel, 1962

Hey Baby!

Hey, hey, baby, I wanna know
if you'll be my girl;
Hey, hey, baby, I wanna know
if you'll be my girl

When I saw you walking down the street,
I said, "that's the kind of girl I just like to meet."
She's so pretty, lord, she's so fine,
I'm gonna make her mine, mine

I said, "hey, hey, baby, I wanna know
if you'll be my girl."

When you turned and walked away,
that's when I wanna say,
"come on, baby, give me a whirl,
I wanna know if you'll be my girl."

I said, "hey, hey, baby, I wanna know
if you'll be my girl."

When you turned and walked away,
that's when I wanna say,
"come on, baby, give me a whirl,
I wanna know if you'll be my girl."

I said, "hey, hey, baby, - hey, baby!
I wanna know if you'll be my girl."
All right, be my girl

Quoting at: "I got plenty of nuttin' and nuttin's plenty for me..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (Sydney, Kansas City, Austin, 1979) Quoting: I Got Plenty Of Nuttin'. Lyrics by: Du Bose Heyward/ Ira Gershwin. Music by: George Gershwin (b. Jacob Gershwin). Originally performed by Todd Duncan in the jazz opera "Porgy and Bess" in 1935. Early recording by Leo Reisman and his Orchestra. Transcribed from: Ella Fitzgerald / Louis Armstrong

I Got Plenty Of Nuttin'

I got plenty of nothing
And nothing's plenty for me
I got no car - got no mule I got no misery

Folks with plenty of plenty
They've got a lock on the door
Afraid somebody's gonna rob 'em
While there out (a) making more
- what for I got no lock on the door
- that's no way to be
They can steal the rug from the floor - that's OK with me
'Cause the things that I prize - like the stars in the skies - are all free

I got plenty of nothing
And nothing's plenty for me
I got my gal - got my song
(I) Got heaven the whole day long -
Got my gal - got my love - got my song

Quoted at: "I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (several shows in mid/ late 70's). Quoting: I Got The Sun In The Morning. Words and music by Irving Berlin. Introduced by Ethel Merman in the musical "Annie Get Your Gun". Sung by Betty Hutton in the 1950 film version

I Got The Sun In The Morning

Taking stock of what I have and what I haven't,
What do I find?
The things I've got will keep me satisfied.
Checking up on what I have and what I haven't
What do I find?
A healthy balance on the credit side

(chorus)
Got no mansion, got no yacht, Still I'm happy with what I've got;
I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
(I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.)
Got no silver, got no gold,
What I've got can't be bought or sold;
I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
(I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.)

Sunshine gives me a lovely day
Moonlight gives me the Milky Way
Got no checkbooks, got no banks,
Still I'd like to express my thanks;
I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.
(I've got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.)
And with the sun in the morning and the moon in the evening,
Why I'm all right!

Quoted at: "A little place down there on Primrose Lane..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy-2 (Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, USA. August 25, 1976) Quoting: Primrose Lane. Writers: George Callender and Wayne Shanklin, 1959. Top chart position reached: # 8 in 1959. Re-made by O. C. Smith at # 86 in 1970

Primrose Lane

Primrose Lane, life's a holiday on Primrose Lane
Just a holiday on Primrose Lane with you
Can't explain when we're walkin' down the Primrose Lane
Even roses bloomin' in the rain with you
Sweet perfume
Those little old roses bloom

And I want to walk with you my whole life through Primrose Lane,
life's a holiday on Primrose Lane
Just a holiday on Primrose Lane with you
Sweet perfume
Those little old roses bloom

And I want to walk with you my whole life through Primrose Lane,
life's a holiday on Primrose Lane
Just a holiday on Primrose Lane with you
With you
With you
With you

Quoted at: "Won't you take me out to the ball game..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (several shows in mid/ late 70's). Jack Norworth, who wrote the lyrics to baseball's anthem in 1908, knew the game but never saw a major league game until 34 years later. His composer was Albert Von Tilzer, who himself never saw a major league game until 1928. The song is now in the public domain

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Katie Casey was baseball mad
Had the fever and had it bad
Just to root for the home town crew
Every soul Katie blew
On a Saturday her young beau
Called to see if she'd like to go
To see a show, but Miss Kate said ... No,
I'll tell you what you can do

(Chorus:)
Take me out to the ball game
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack
I don't care if I ever get back
Let me root, root, root for the home team
If they don't win it's a shame
For it's one, two, three strikes you're out
At the old ball game

Katie Casey saw all the games
Knew the players by their first names
Told the umpire he was wrong
All along, good and strong
When the score was just two to two
Katie Casey knew what to do
Just to cheer up the boys she knew
She made the gang sing this song

Chorus.

Quoted at: "The girl that I marry will have to be soft as a kitten..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (Willimantic or New York, May, 1976 - Shaboo version). Quoting: The Girl That I Marry (Annie Get Your Gun, 1946). Irving Berlin

The Girl That I Marry

The girl that I marry will have to be
As soft and as pink as a nursery

The girl I call my own
Will wear wear satins and laces and smell of cologne

Her nails will be polished and in her hair
She'll wear a gardenia and I'll be there
'Stead of flittin', I'll be sittin'
Next to her and she'll purr like a kitten

A doll I can carry
The girl that I marry must be

Quoted at: "When I fall in love, it will be forever..." Performed as part of: Jitterbug Boy (several shows in mid/ late 70's). Quoting:When I Fall In Love. Words by Edward Heyman, music by Victor Young. Prime artist: Nat King Cole (whose recording, released as a single, did not chart) - Doris Day's version hit #20 in 1952 and the Lettermen's went to # 7 in 1962

When I Fall In Love

When I fall in love it will be forever
Or I'll never fall in love
In a restless world like this is
Love is ended before it's begun
And too many moonlight kisses
Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun

When I give my heart it will be completely
Or I'll never give my heart
And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too
Is when I fall in love with you.
And the moment I can feel that you feel that way too
Is when I fall in love with you