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The Windy City from Calamity Jane (1953)

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Uploaded on Jan 5, 2008

Calamity Jane (Doris Day) sings "The Windy City" to her comrades upon her return from Chicago, where she had gone to entice the actress Adelaide Adams to perform at the local theatre. It's a beautiful number that reveals both her pride for Deadwood City and its people, as well as how sheltered she has been in the comfort of her little town. Coming down from a realization of how her masculine behaviour is perceived by other people, and how other women act and behave in other places, she may also be trying make a defensive claim about who and what she is.

Lyrics:

I just blew in from the Windy City
The Windy City is mighty purty
But they ain't got what we got, no sirree

They've got shacks up to seven stories
Never see any Morning Glory's
But a step from our doorway...
We got 'em for free!

They've got those minstrel shows,
Purty ladies in the big chapeaux
Private lawns, public parks...
For the sake of civic virtue,
They've got fountains there that squirt you!

I just blew in from the Windy City
The Windy City is mighty purty
But they ain't got what we got
I'm tellin' ya, boys...
We got more life in Deadwood City
Than in all of Illinois!

On the street was a dancing fellar
All dressed up in a suit of yellar
And the dance that he did there
Went something like this:

[tap dances]

You should-a seen me a-wind'er shoppin'
A-wind'er shoppin' with eyes a-poppin'
At the sights that you see there, yes sirree
Press a bell and a moment later,
Up you go in an elevator
Just as fast as a polecat a-climbin' a tree

I heard claim hundreds came
To a thing they call a baseball game
Cigar stores, revolving doors
Men wear sideburns, and they ought'er
'Cause a haircut costs a quarter!

I just blew in from the Windy City
The Windy City is mighty purty
But they ain't got what we got.
I'm tellin' ya, boys
I ain't a-swappin' half of Deadwood
For the whole of Illinois


**Note: The content of this video belongs exclusively to Paramount Studios and all the people involved in its construction and distribution. I'm just a huge fan.

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