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Thread #73707   Message #2245977
Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
27-Jan-08 - 05:29 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Get Your Kicks on Route 66 (Bobby Troup)
Subject: Lyr Add: GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 (from P Como)
While I agree with Joe that the 2 verse version he posted earlier is Troup's original and definitive version (the story of him starting to write it on his trip West, showing his first verse to Nat Cole who was enthusiastic about it and finishing it for Cole to sing is fairly well documented), I'm sure that there have been several additions/rewrites.

Here's the Perry Como version referred to (from – Perry Como: Route 66 - I normally only link to songs on other sites, but the last time I did this with a popular lyrics site someone complained about what the site was trying to do to their machine! I trust my a/v and firewall and I never accept active content, but to avoid the risk for others I'm copying this time).

But still no completion to the original request from Max!



Mister... you may... have traveled near or far,
But you haven't seen the country,
Till you've seen the country by car!

Mister... may I... recommend a royal route?
It starts in Illinois, let me tell you, boy!
If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way; take the highway that's the best!
Get your kicks... on Route 66!

It winds from Chicago to L.A.,
More than two thousand miles all the way!
Get your kicks... on Route 66!

Now, you go through St. Louie, Joplin, Missouri,
And Oklahoma City is a mighty purdy!
You'll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico,
Flagstaff, Arizona, don't forget Winona,
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernardino!

Won't you get hip to this timely tip,
When you make that California trip?
Get your kicks... on Route 66!

Springfield, Illinois ... Springfield, Missouri too!
Seven states, count 'em, seven,
Spread out in front of you!

< instrumental break >

You'll like the aroma, of Tulsa, Oklahoma,
Albuquerque and Tucumcari, make New Mexico extraordinary!
You'll wanna own a piece of Arizona,
Needles, Essex, Amboy, Azusa,
No one in sunny Cal is a loser...

So... get hip to this timely tip,
When you make that California trip!
If any Joe... tells you to go... some other way,
Say nix!
Get your kicks... on Route 66!