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EADIE WAS A LADY From the Broadway Musical "Take A Chance" (1932) (Music; Richard Whiting & Nacio Herb Brown / Lyrics: Buddy De Sylva) Ethel Merman (Broadway Production) - 1932 Paul Whiteman & His Orch. (vocal: Ramona Davies) - 1932 Cab Calloway & His Orch. - 1932 Dick Robertson & His Orch. - 1933 Casani Club Orch. (vocal: Cecile Petrie) - 1933 Willie Freeman & His Dance Orch. (vocal: Harry Bentley) - 1933 Lilian Roth (Film Soundtrack) - 1933 Sam Browne - 1933 Lew Stone & His Band (vocal: Al Bowlly) - 1933 Harry Roy & His Orch. (vocal: Harry Roy) - 1933 Joe Taub & The Melodians - 1933 Ethel Merman - 1947 Lilian Roth - 1954 Mary Martin & Ethel Merman - 1953 Gretchen Wyler - 1959 Bill Jacoby - 1961 Ethel Merman - 1972 (Re-recording) Jack ‘Jive’ Schafer & Melody Anne - 1983 As recorded by RAMONA DAVIES with Paul Whiteman & His Orch., 8th December 1932: Maud and Mabel, seated at a table Talking over bygone days Mabel, sporty, fat and over forty Said, "Remember Edith Hayes" Eadie was a sucker for a bottle and glass But in spite of everything that gal had class Then one summer, she wed a corset drummer Struck with her refined-like ways But Eadie was a lady (Eadie was a lady) Though her past was shady (Though her past was shady) Eadie had class, with a capital K (She was a lady, Eadie was a lady) Though her life was merry (Though her life was merry) She had savoir fairey (Lots of savoir fairey) And Eadie did things in the ladylike way (She was a lady, Eadie was a lady) She would have a golden toothpick handy After meals she’d flash it about Remember how she used to drink her brandy With her finger sticking well out Eadie was a lady (Eadie was a lady) Ask P. I. O’Grady (Not P. I. O’Grady?) Eadie had class, with a capital K Eadie was a lady (Eadie was a lady) Though her past was shady (Though her past was shady) Eadie had class, with a capital K (She was a lady, Eadie was a lady) Though her life was merry (Though her life was merry) She had savoir fairey (Lots of savoir fairey) And Eadie did things in the ladylike way (She was a lady, Eadie was a lady) When in her cups she’d get her local eggs crossed She’d pick the ones that seldom paid But you’d never catch her with her legs crossed In the wagon after the raid Oh, Eadie was a lady (Eadie was a lady) Ask P. I. O’Grady (Not P. I. O’Grady?) Eadie had class, with a capital K (Eadie was that lady, though her past was shady) (Ask P.I. O'Grady) Eadie was a lady! (Transcribed by Bill Huntley & Mel Priddle - March 2007) ******************** As performed by LILLIAN ROTH & Chorus in the 1933 film "Take A Chance": I've had playmates, night and day mates Way back since the bygone days Some were sporty, fat and over forty But none was quite like eadie Hayes Now, Eadie was a sucker for a bottle and a glass But in spite of everything, the gal had class Then one summer, she wed a corset drummer Struck with her refined-like like ways Oh, Eadie was a lady (Eadie was a lady) Though her past was shady (Though her past was shady) Eadie had class with a capital K (She was a lady, Eadie was a lady) Though her life was merry (Though her life was merry) She had savoir fairey (Lots of savoir fairey) Eadie did things in a ladylike way (She was a lady, Eadie was a lady) She would have a golden toothpick handy And after meals she'd flash it about I remember how she used to drink her brandy With her finger sticking well out Oh, Eadie was a lady (Eadie was a lady) Ask P. I. O’Grady (Not P.I. O'Grady?) Eadie had class, with a capital K (Eadie was the belle of the levee) (They say she was some tasty dish) (She handed out politeness just as heavy) (As an Astor or a Stuyvesant fish) (Now, without this mask of elegant refinement) (Why, Miss Eadie would never have made the grade) (Say, when she got crossed in one of her assignments) (Why, she’d just call a spade a lowdown dirty spade) (Now, Eadie could get plastered, she'd call a guy a scoundrel) (And still be very dignified and dainty) (She'd been living on her morals, now she's resting on her laurels) (And her tombstone reads 'Here lies a perfect lady') There really is no moral to my story Poor Eadie has long since gone to her glory She's still a lady down in purgatory now (Eadie was a lady) Eadie was a lady (Though her past was shady) Though her past was shady Eadie had class, she was classy (Eadie was a lady) (Though her past was shady) (Ask P.I. O'Grady) Eadie was a lady! (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2017) ******************** ALTERNATE/EXTRA VERSES: Friends and mourners, praisers and scorners Bring around your funeral praise Let’s get next to, pay our respects to A solid sister, Eadie Hayes Now, Eadie was a lady who was bold as brass But in spite of everything, the gal had class So don’t make merry with her obituary Just say she had refined like ways Why Eadie could get tricky and slip a guy a mickey And still be very dignified and dainty Like an Oklahoma twister, she could blister any mister And mister she was still a perfect lady When it came to clothes, she was the worst one Everything she wore was just right Eadie used to always be the first one In the bathtub Saturday night There really is no moral to my story Poor Eadie has long since gone to her glory She still lays in her grave so cold and hoary (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2017)

    


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