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Sarah Vaughan ft Ernie Wilkins & His Studio Orchestra - An Occasional Man (Mercury Records 1955)

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Uploaded on Aug 4, 2011

"An Occasional Man" is a 1955 song by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane. The song is about an island paradise from the point of view of a woman who treats men as just another fun thing to enjoy on the island, like papayas and peaches. It was featured in the 1955 film Girl Rush starring Rosalind Russell's and performed in the movie by Gloria DeHaven.

Sarah's accompanied by Ernie Wilkins and His Studio Orchestra: Ernie Wilkins, Ernie Royal & Bernie Glow (trumpet), J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (trombone), Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Sam Marowitz (alto), Jerome Richardson (tenor/flute), Jimmy Jones (piano), Turk Van Lake (guitar), Joe Benjamin (bass) and Roy Haynes (drums). Recorded in New York, October 25, 1955 (Mercury Records)

I've got an island
In the Pacific
And everything about it
Is terrific

I've got the sun to tan me
Palms to fan me
And
An occasional man

I love my island
It's very lazy
If I should ever leave it
I'd be crazy

I've got papayas,
Peaches,
Sandy beaches, and
An occasional man

When I go swimmin'
I am always dressed in style
'Cause I go swimmin'
Wearin' just a great big smile

My little island
Was made for pleasure
And in the cool of evening
It's a treasure

And when the hours grow later
What is better than
An occasional man

My little island
Is such a beauty
You may forget
To heed the call of duty

But if you give the slip
To your ship,
Miss the trip,
Take a tip and blame
An occasional day

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