Mo (mofic) wrote,

Hate California? That's Why The Lady is a Tramp

Okay, so I was listening to some "standards" radio show on our local public radio station and they played a Sinatra recording of "The Lady is a Tramp" by Rogers and Hart and it gave me a terrible ear bug. Figuring I'd do something educational with this malady :-) I looked up a bunch of different versions of the song - both looking at lyrics and listening to recordings (thank you, Rhapsody). So now I've got 15 different versions (including one sung by Kevin Spacey - who knew?) and a persistent question.

Here are the Sinatra lyrics, as an example. Different versions are shorter or longer, and they all have topical references that vary a bit by when they were recorded (e.g. the older ones say "I follow Winchell and read every line") but they all have lots of New York City references. These include:

Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
I love Coney, the beach is divine
I like the rowing on Central Park lake

Some of the versions have references to LaGuardia (the mayor, not the airport) and NYC restaurants.

So anyway, although the lady does "tramp" around ("I've hitched and hiked and grifted, too, from Maine to Albuquerque") she seems to be based in New York City and loves it. Which makes me completely perplexed by this line:

"Hate California, it's cold and it's damp."

WTF? Surely New York City is colder and damper than California.

ETA: The plurality view is that it refers to Northern California in the summer. LJ flists know everything.

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