"Makin' Whoopee!" (Eddie Cantor, 1929)





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Published on Sep 1, 2008

One of several major hits to come out of the Gus Kahn-Walter Donaldson show, "Whoopee!"--Eddie Cantor originated the stage role and reprised it for the early talking picture (see Voglesque89's channel for great clips).


Ev'ry time I hear that march from Lohengrin,
I am always on the outside looking in,
Maybe that is why I see the funny side
When I see a fallen brother take a bride.
Weddings make a lot of people sad.
But if you're not the groom it's not so bad...

Another bride,
Another June,
Another sunny
Another season,
Another reason
For Makin' Whoopee.

A lot of shoes
A lot of rice
The groom is nervous
He answers twice
It's really killin'
That he's so willin'
to make whoopee!

Picture a little love-nest,
Down where the roses cling,
Picture the same sweet lovenest,
Think what a year can bring.
He's washing dishes
And baby clothes
He's so ambitious
He even sews
But don't forget, folks
That's what you get, folks,
for Makin' Whoopee!

Another year
Or maybe less
What's this I hear?
Well, can't you guess?
She feels neglected
And he's suspected
Of Makin' Whoopee!

She sits alone
'Most every night
He doesn't 'phone
Or even write,
He says he's "busy"
But she says "is he?"
He's Makin' Whoopee!

He doesn't make much money
Five thousand dollars, per
Some judge, who thinks he's funny
Says, "You pay six to her".
He says: "Now judge, suppose I fail?"
The judge says, "Budge, right into jail!
You'd better keep her,
You'll find it's cheaper
Than Makin' Whoopee!!"

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