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March 26th, 2009
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Hate California? That's Why The Lady is a Tramp

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From:mofic
Date:March 26th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
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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 :-).
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From:executrix
Date:March 26th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I like to think of the President singing the "I still like Roosevelt" version.
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From:mofic
Date:March 26th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
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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
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From:executrix
Date:March 26th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
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He's certainly getting plenty of prize fights that aren't a fake, so I hope he enjoys them!
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