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Lyr Req/Add: Button Up Your Overcoat

GUEST,DrWord 08 Feb 18 - 02:26 PM
GUEST,John Bowden (not a typo!) 08 Feb 18 - 02:48 PM
GUEST,DrWord 08 Feb 18 - 03:03 PM
GUEST,John Bowden (not a typo!) 08 Feb 18 - 03:12 PM
Joe Offer 08 Feb 18 - 03:51 PM
GUEST,DrWord 08 Feb 18 - 05:32 PM
Joe Offer 09 Feb 18 - 03:08 AM
GUEST,jim bainbridge 10 Feb 18 - 08:18 AM
GUEST,Ebor Fiddler 10 Feb 18 - 02:56 PM
Joe Offer 10 Feb 18 - 03:28 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Button up your overcoat
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 02:26 PM

Maybe that is not the title. DT did not find that button. So, dear catters, help me out here. Leaving my music with the frail elderly today, thought of this dear old song. It is twenty below today ~ zero degrees for folk still on Fahrenheit. I did button up.   Post lyrics pretty please. Or a link to same. With thanks, and
keep on pickin
dennis.   Got server error on power search ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Button up your overcoat
From: GUEST,John Bowden (not a typo!)
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 02:48 PM

All you needed to do was google "Button up your overcoat" - took 10 seconds!

https://genius.com/Ruth-etting-button-up-your-overcoat-lyrics


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Button up your overcoat
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 03:03 PM

Saved me ten seconds John. Thanks. I lost my cookie six or eight computers ago but I browse this forum pretty routinely and rarely post. This lyric belongs in the DT. Cheers
dennis


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Button up your overcoat
From: GUEST,John Bowden (not a typo!)
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 03:12 PM

You're welcome! There's a nice (the original?) recording here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UliCMEdTFE


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Subject: ADDPOP: Button up your overcoat
From: Joe Offer
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 03:51 PM

"Button Up Your Overcoat"

Listen, big boy,
Now that you got me made,
Goodness, but I'm afraid,
Somethin's gonna happen to you!
Listen, big boy,
You gotta be hooked, and how,
I would die if I should lose you now!

Button up your overcoat,
When the wind is free,
Oh, take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

Eat an apple every day,
Get to bed by three,
Oh, take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

Be careful crossing streets, ooh-ooh,
Cut out sweets, ooh-ooh,
Lay off meat, ooh-ooh,
You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum!

Wear your flannel underwear,
When you climb a tree,
Oh, take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

Button up your overcoat,
When the wind is free,
Oh, take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

When you sass a traffic cop,
Use diplomacy;
Just take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

Beware of frozen funds, ooh-ooh,
Stocks and bonds, ooh-ooh,
Dockside thugs, ooh-ooh,
You'll get a pain and ruin your bankroll!

Keep the spoon out of your cup,
When you're drinking tea,
Oh, take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

Don't sit on hornet's tails, ooh-ooh!
Or on nails, ooh-ooh!
Or third rails, ooh-ooh!
You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum!

Keep away from bootleg hooch
When you're on a spree,
Oh, take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

This purports to be a transcription of Nancy Sinatra version, but it's actually closer to the 1929 Helen Kane recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o99mMiCVmys. I'm hoping we can find something closer to the original, and post it here with corrected lyrics.
Source: https://search.azlyrics.com/search.php?q=button+up+your+overcoat

Wikipedia says the song was published in 1928, and first recorded in 1928 by Ruth Etting. Helen Kane came out with a popular recording of the song in 1929.

Nancy Sinatra recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PugAotmLMg


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Button up your overcoat
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 08 Feb 18 - 05:32 PM

And cheers to Joe as well for this wonderful followup. (That is why I ask catters before the ooglie fellow, John. Twenty minutes rather than 10 sec, but compare the quality responses, from you AND Joe). Ten cents a dance days. Hope it will resonate with folk, if I make an arrangement suitable for performance
Keeping lyrics here, and the discussions too, is what will keep me visiting as long as I am able. Long may the Mudcat Caf? Music Foundation prosper.
keep on pickin
dennis


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Subject: ADDPOP: Button Up Your Overcoat (original)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Feb 18 - 03:08 AM

The Nancy Sinatra version I posted above was from one of "those" Websites. This is from a far more credible source.


BUTTON UP YOUR OVERCOAT
(Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson)

VERSE 1
Listen, Big Boy,
Now that I've got you made,
Goodness, but I'm afraid,
Something's gonna happen to you.
Listen, Big Boy,
You've got me hooked, and how!
I would die if I should lose you now.

REFRAIN 1
Button up your overcoat
When the wind is free,
Take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!
Eat an apple every day,
Get to bed by three,
Take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!
Be careful crossing streets, oo-oo!
Don't eat meats, oo-oo!
Cut out sweets, oo-oo!
You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum!
Keep away from bootleg hooch
When you're on a spree.
Take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

VERSE 2
Listen, girlfriend!
You've knocked me off my feet.
I think you're very sweet,
Making such a fuss about me.
Listen, girlfriend!
Now that I'm fond of you,
I'm afraid I'm gonna worry too.

REFRAIN 2
Button up your overcoat
When the wind is free,
Take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!
Wear your flannel underwear
When you climb a tree.
Take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!
Don't sit on hornet's tails, oo-oo!
Or on nails, oo-oo!
Or third rails, oo-oo!
You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum!
Don't go out with college boys
When you're on a spree.
Take good care of yourself,
You belong to me!

Source: Reading Lyrics (page 176), by Robert Gottlieb and Robert Kimball (Pantheon Books, New York, 2000).

Wikipedia says the song was published in 1928, and first recorded in 1928 by Ruth Etting. Helen Kane came out with a popular recording of the song in 1929.



Ruth Etting Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UliCMEdTFE



Helen Kane recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o99mMiCVmys


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Button Up Your Overcoat
From: GUEST,jim bainbridge
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 08:18 AM

Flowers & Frolics used to do a very 'traditional style' version in the seventies, but don't think they recorded it


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Button Up Your Overcoat
From: GUEST,Ebor Fiddler
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 02:56 PM

Wasn't it also recorded by the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band?


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Subject: RE: req/ADD: Button Up Your Overcoat
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 03:28 PM

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