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Lyr Req: Weekend of a Private Secretary (Mercer/Ha

Q (Frank Staplin) 05 Feb 11 - 01:32 PM
GUEST,claire 04 Feb 11 - 03:43 PM
GUEST,2 feathers 25 Feb 01 - 08:19 AM
Jon Freeman 25 Feb 01 - 07:55 AM
GUEST,2feathers 25 Feb 01 - 07:37 AM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I went to Havanah on one of those cr
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Feb 11 - 01:32 PM

Brings back memories. Thanks for digging it up. It would be nice to have all of the Mercer songs here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I went to Havanah on one of those cr
From: GUEST,claire
Date: 04 Feb 11 - 03:43 PM

thanks so much for this. i remembered all but the refrain at the end. I've always loved this song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: I went to Havanah on one of those cr
From: GUEST,2 feathers
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 08:19 AM

Muchos gracias Jon! Johnny Mercer? of course, one of the old great lyricists! 1938, eh? I was all of fourteen then. I will besinging this Thursday night at a group of singer wannabes in Florida, average age is 80 I think. I've got to try Google! Again, THANKS.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WEEKEND OF A PRIVATE SECRETARY
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 07:55 AM

Found this using Google:

WEEKEND OF A PRIVATE SECRETARY
(Johnny Mercer, Bernie Hanighen, 1938)

I went to Havana
On one of those cruises
For forty-nine fifty,
To spend a few days.
I went to Havana,
To look at the natives,
To study their customs,
Their picturesque ways.

In searching for some local color,
I ran across a Cuban gent;
And he was such a big sensation,
I forgot the population.

He showed me the city,
He taught me the customs;
My trip to Havana
Was quite a success.

We had Bacardi;
I forgot the clock,
So we were tardy
In returning to the dock.

Though' I delayed it,
Even dropped my shawl,
The Cuban made it
As they gave the final call.
Darn it all!

I'm back in the office,
I'm punching the time clock;
But you can bet my mind
Is not on my work.
Instead of Bacardis,
I'm ordering Bromos,
Instead of the Cuban
I'm stuck with a clerk.

The other girls can go to Europe
And marry into royalty,
And they can get an Earl or Pasha
Or a gent with lots of cash-a…

But when I get married
And settle in Brooklyn,
He may be a slicker,
He may be a hick or a Ruben,
But you can bet that he'll be Cuban.
Si, si, si!


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Subject: I went to Havanah on one of those cruise
From: GUEST,2feathers
Date: 25 Feb 01 - 07:37 AM

Woke up with this old song in my head and need the missing links: "I went to Havanah on one of those cruises for $49.50 to spend a few days. I went to Havanah to look at the natives to study their customs and picturesque ways..." I know more, but spotty lyrics especially toward the end. I know this was more than 50 yers ago, the $49.50 for a weekend in Cuba is a tip-off. I age, I age...


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