Hate California? That's Why The Lady is a Tramp - Mo's Journal
Hate California? That's Why The Lady is a Tramp|
That is a perplexing line!
I didn't really understand this song at all until I listened closely a few years ago and learned the context. She's saying that everyone calls her "tramp" in society circles, not because she is a slut or whatever, but because she doesn't play by society's rules. "I go to opera and stay wide awake," "... the bleachers are fine."
The final punchline is, "I'm all alone when I lower my lamp / That's why the lady is a tramp."
|Date:||March 26th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)|| |
Yeah, it's before "tramp" meant "slut" - when it meant "hobo" or "bohemian." And the lyrics even make a portmanteau word of that - she refers to "hobohemia."
I like all the New York stuff in it. Also how the lyrics changed over time in different versions. There's a line "I still like [insert name] - I think he's a champ" and I have versions where it's LaGuardia, Roosevelt and Kennedy. Ella Fitzgerald adds the line "For Frank Sinatra I whistle and stamp" but Sinatra doesn't sing that :-).
I like to think of the President singing the "I still like Roosevelt" version.
|Date:||March 26th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)|| |
That's a fun image! I can just see him, sort of singing to himself:
I go to Coney the beach is divine
I like a ball game the bleachers are fine
I still like Roosevelt I think he's a champ
That's why I'm in the Democrat camp
He's certainly getting plenty of prize fights that aren't a fake, so I hope he enjoys them!