Lydia The Tattooed Lady
From: John Blair Subject: m/marx_groucho/lydia_the_tattooed_lady.crd Lydia The Tattooed Lady Music by Harold Arlen Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg As sung by J. Cheever Loophole (Groucho Marx) in "At the Circus" Note: MP2 and WAV versions of this song can be found at: http://mems.ee.cornell.edu/~mbw/lydia.html Transcription and any errors by firstname.lastname@example.org (Intro dialog) Chico: Folks, I wanna you should meet my pal, my *best* friend. (What's your name again?) Groucho: Loophole. Chico: Glad to know ya. Groucho: It's your pleasure. Ah this meeting brings back memories-- childhood days! lemonade!! romance! My life was wrapped around the circus-- her name was Lydia. I met her at the World's Fair in 1900, marked down from 1940. Ah Lydia. (ad lib sung/spoken) She was the most glorious creature under the sun. Weiss(?)!, DuBarry(?)! Garbo! Rolled into one. Ahhhhh... C Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia? G Lydia the tattooed lady F C F C She has eyes that folks adore so F Dm F Dm And a torso even more so C Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclo-pidia F Oh Lydia, the queen of tattoo Dm On her back is the Battle of Waterloo F Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus, too C F And proudly above waves the red, white and blue C G C You can learn a lot from Lydia C (la la la, la la la) C (la la la, la la la) Eb When her robe is unfurled, she will show you the world Bb If you step up and tell her where For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paree Eb Or Washington crossing the Delaware Eb (la la la, la la la) C (la la la, la la la) C Ah Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia? G Oh Lydia the tattooed lady F C F C When her muscles start relaxin' F Dm F Dm Up the hill comes Andrew Jackson C Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclo-pidia F Oh Lydia, the queen of them all Dm For two bits she will do a mazurka in jazz F With a view of Niagara that nobody has C F And on a clear day, you can see Alcatraz C G C You can learn a lot from Lydia C (la la la, la la la) Eb (la la la, la la la) Eb Come along and see Buffalo Bill with his lasso Bb Just a little classic by Mendel Picasso Here is Captain Spaulding exploring the Amazon Eb Here's Godiva but with her pajamas on Eb (la la la, la la la) Eb (la la la, la la la) Eb Here is Grover Whelan unveilin' the Tri-lon Bb Over on the west coast we have Treasure Isle-on Here's Nijinski a-doin' the rumba Eb Here's her social security numbah Eb (Whistling instead of singing la la la...) C (Whistling instead of singing la la la...) C Ah Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclo-pidia F Oh Lydia, the champ of them all Dm She once swept an admiral clear off his feet F The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat C F And now the old boy's in command of the fleet C G C For he went and married Lydia C I said Lydia He said Lydia They said Lydia We said Lydia La-la!