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Shirley Bassey - Everything's Coming Up Roses (On an Oil Rig!) (1976 Show #6)

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Published on Nov 19, 2011

1976 (The glamorous Shirley Bassey is performing on an oil rig? You bet, and there's a reason for it! Shirley performs the Sondheim / Styne song, 'Everything's Coming Up Roses' from the musical Gypsy. Shirley boards an oil-rig (Zapata Ugland) in the North Atlantic to perform this song. This Rig was one of the first oil platforms to successfully be stationed in these rough seas after oil had been discovered in the north Atlantic. Back in 1976, with such an achievement, everything indeed was coming up roses for the UK and for many other parts of the world and it was a time of celebration. Shirley, the musical volcano powerhouse compliments very nicely with the hard working men employed from around the world who are stationed on and perform the grueling work on that rig and all other oil rigs every day! The day this was filmed happened to be relatively pleasant, but such weather in this area doesn't come along very often. For those not aware, one of the founders of Zapata Co. was former US President, George H.W. Bush.

Shirley recorded and released this song on her 1965 LP titled, 'Shirley Bassey - Belts The Best' - And does she ever!

ABOUT this song:
'Everything's Coming Up Roses' is a song from the 1959 Broadway musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable, with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and music by Jule Styne. It was most famously sung by Ethel Merman. It is notable for its ironic placement in the show, as well its unusual use of musical triplets in the melody.

In Gypsy, the song appears at the end of the first act and is performed by Rose, the main character, whose favorite daughter, June, has just eloped. Her elder daughter, Louise, and her longtime fiancee, Herbie, are relieved that Rose's pursuit of June's stardom is finally over. However, Rose now has plans for Louise to become a star. Rose will live her dream through her daughters at any cost, so the title is really a pun. Besides "roses" representing happiness, it alternately means "Rose's" as in Rose's way or "Rose" as in Rose becoming a star herself, through her daughter.

Jule Styne, who was that musical's composer, wrote music for it, but the director, George Abbott, decided the song didn't fit well into the show, and removed it. When composing Gypsy, Styne decided to re-use the music for what became Everything's Coming Up Roses, with new lyrics by Sondheim.

LYRICS:
(1st 3 lines - Studio Recording Only)
I had a dream, a dream about you, baby.
It's gonna come true, baby.
They think that we're through, but baby,

Things look swell! Things look great!
Gonna have the whole world on the plate!
Starting here, starting now,
honey, everything's coming up roses!

Clear the decks! Clear the tracks!
We've got nothing to do but relax.
Blow a kiss. Take a bow.
Honey, everything's coming up roses!

Now's your inning. Stand this world on it's ear!
Set it spinning! That'll be just the beginning!
Curtain up! Light the lights!
We've got nothing to hit but the heights!
We'll be swell. We'll be great.
I can tell. Just you wait.
That lucky star I talk about is due!
Baby, everything's coming up roses for me and for you!

You can do it, all you need is a hand.
You can do it, Shirley is gonna see to it!
Curtain up! Light the lights!
We've got nothing to hit but the heights!
We'll be swell, we'll be great
I can tell, just you wait

That lucky star I talk about is due!
Baby, everything's coming up roses and daffodils!
Everything's coming up sunshine and Santa Claus!
Everything's gonna be bright lights and lollipops!

Everything's coming up roses....
For me... and for... YOU!

ABOUT Zapata Oil, & President George H.W. Bush:
The company traces its origins to Zapata Oil, founded in 1953 by future-U.S. President George H. W. Bush, along with his business partners John Overbey, Hugh Liedtke, Bill Liedtke, and Thomas J. Devine. Bush and Thomas J. Devine were oil-wildcatting associates. Their joint activities culminated in the establishment of Zapata Oil. The initial $1 million investment for Zapata was provided by the Liedtke brothers and their circle of investors, by Bush's father and maternal grandfather—Prescott Bush and George Herbert Walker, and his family circle of friends. Hugh Liedtke was named president, Bush was vice president; Overbey soon left. The classic Everything's Coming Up Roses features Bassey on the Zapata Ugland, a mobile offshore drilling rig, crooning away like a disco queen while workers got filthy extracting oil. Meanwhile, Bassey is amazingly unscathed, looking like a doctor and then a circus performer as she gets hoisted into the air above the Ugland and then soars above a tanker.

A few years later, the Zapata Ugland rig was in the news when its crew was dispatched to another mobile drilling unit, the Ocean Ranger, which sank in the Grand Banks area off of Newfoundland--all 84 crew members, however, were tragically lost in that February 1982 accident.

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