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IT LOOKS LIKE A BIG NIGHT TONIGHT (Egbert Van Alstyne (m) / Harry Williams (l) ) Arthur Collins / Byron G. Harlan 1908 Also sung by: Billy Murray Ann Sheridan / Bob Murphy / Jack Carson / Dennis Morgan (in the 1944 film ‘Shine On Harvest Moon) Old Peters was a patsy His wife she ruled the day He didn’t dare go out at night Unless she was away. So once he took the family And put them on a boat Then he’d go out and have some fun That I must be the goat. Then Peter dashed uptown And said to bachelor Brown... It looks to me like a big night tonight Big night tonight, big night tonight For when the old cat’s away, why the mice want to play And it looks like a big night tonight. (short bridge) They started out that evening To paint the blooming town Said Peters, let’s be devilish I’m with you sure said Brown. They got some chorus ladies And took them out to dine Then both of them decided They would corner all the wine. And every time it came They’d warble this refrain... It looks to me like a big night tonight Big night tonight, big night tonight I sent the folks out to see But they can’t see through me So it looks like a big night tonight. (short bridge) Old Peter’s like a lily Began to fade away They piled him in a cab And took him home at break of day. But when they turned the corner He gave a fearful shout A light was in the window And his wife was peeking out. Don’t leave me boys said he Your pity I can see... It looks to me like a big night tonight Big night tonight, big night tonight I sent the folks out to see But their home ‘Holy G’ boys... It looks like a big fight tonight. NOTES: During 1903, the recording industry started shifting from piano to orchestra accompaniment and this recording is one example of such a shift. This song was recorded on an Edison Gold moulded record in 1908. Edison produced these between 1902 and 1912 and they were made of metal. They spun at 160 rpm and lasted from 1.5 to 2.5 minutes. This song’s cylinder number was 9985. It was the rule of the day to track recordings in this fashion. These recordings were popularly referred to as Edison Phonograph Music Cylinders. (Transcribed by David Story - December 2013) ******************** As performed by Bob Murphy, Jack Carson, Lynn Martin (as the singing voice of Ann Sheridan), Dennis Morgan & Chorus in the 1944 Warner Bros. film "Shine On Harvest Moon": MURPHY: I saw your show last night and I heard you sing that song..... It looks to me like a big night tonight A big night tonight, a big night tonight For when the old cat's away Then the mice wanta play Oh, it looks like a big night tonight MURPHY: And who are you? CARSON: I am the Great Georgetti MURPHY: We want no magic here CARSON: But with magic I do anything MURPHY: Let's see a can of beer CARSON: I can disappear completely Pull rabbits from cigars I've sawn a lot of things in half But them ain't candy bars MURPHY: Well you don't have to try CARSON: No, am I a lucky guy Woah! It looks to me like a big night tonight A big night tonight, a big night tonight Instead of staying in jail We'll be spending the bail Oh, it looks like a big night tonight MURPHY: Next! Oh, Miss Bayes MARTIN: I sorta like this hoosegow It's comfortable and clean I always went for Irish cops MURPHY: You're a sweet colleen MARTIN: I know that you'll protect me 'Cause you're so brave and large I feel like stepping out tonight Say, how's about it, Sarge MURPHY: I'm helpless to resist This case is now dismissed ALL: Ooh, it looks to me like a big night tonight DRUNK: A big night tonight MURPHY: Go on, you're tight MARTIN: You're with the cream of the crop When you're out with a cop ALL: Oh, it looks like a big night tonight MURPHY: C'mon, Turkey MORGAN: Well here we are together So comfy in the clink We nearly spent the night in here MURPHY: I heard you clipped again MORGAN: We sure enjoyed our visit You've all been very kind But now we're getting out of here That is if you don't mind MURPHY: You're absolutely free MORGAN: Then come along with me ALL: Hooray! It looks to me like a big night tonight A big night tonight, a big night tonight MORGAN: So let the jail tumble down And we'll all go to town ALL: Oh, it looks like a big night tonight (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - December 2013) ********************

    


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