The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #73707   Message #1359394
Posted By: PoppaGator
17-Dec-04 - 02:08 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (Bobby Troup)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Route 66 2nd verse
I just heard more lyrics to this song than I've ever heard before, earlier this evening at Spencer Bohren's annual all-guest-star Christmas concert. Spencer's daughter Corinna sang it to her dad's accompaniment, after they related a story about how they lived on the road in an Airstream trailer when the kids were growing up, and how they collected every different recording of "Route 66" that they could find (since they spent so much time driving back and forth along the highway).

They told us that, believe it or not, their favorite version was Perry Como's -- ?!?! -- and that his was the version they were about to perform. There was a four-line introductory "verse" to a different melody than the familiar one, just as in so many Broadway show tunes, followed by the familar verses quoted above and then one or maybe even two additional verses. I don't think what I heard tonight inlcuded the verse-and-a-half quoted by GUEST Max in the opening message of this thread -- these were *other* additional lyrics. In what I just heard, I do clearly recall mention of Tucumcari, for what it's worth.

At any rate, anyone serious about searching out additional Route 66 lyrics is advised to look into Perry Como's recording(s). You may not want to try singing like Perry, or using his arrangements, but you probably will want to learn his full set of lyrics.