Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Puttin' On The Ritz II

A bit of a more traditional take on "Puttin' On The Ritz." From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"Puttin' On The Ritz" is a popular song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin. The title derives from the slang expression "putting on the Ritz", meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel. The song gives Gary Cooper as an example of someone who puts on the Ritz.

The original version of Berlin's song referred to the then-popular fad of well-to-do white New Yorkers visiting African-American jazz music venues in Harlem. Berlin later revised the lyrics to be more generally applicable to going out on the town in style.

Here's a sound file with the original flavor, by Harry Richman & Earl Burnett (1930). Below are the lyrics as they're generally sung today.

Irving Berlin - 1929

Have you seen the well-to-do
Up and down Park Avenue?
On that famous thoroughfare
With their noses in the air?

High hats and Arrow collars,
White spats and lots of dollars.
Spending every dime
For a wonderful time!

If you're blue
And you don't know where to go to,
Why don't you go where fashion sits?
Puttin' on the Ritz.

Diff'rent types who
Wear a day coat, pants with stripes
And cutaway coat, perfect fits,
Puttin' on the Ritz.

Dressed up like a million dollar trouper,
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper -

Come let's mix
Where Rockefellers walk with sticks
Or um-ber-ellas in their mitts,
Puttin' on the Ritz.

1 comment:

Trombonology said...

I have always adored the Gary Cooper line -- super duper!

Love your Arrow Collar ads!