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MY VERY GOOD FRIEND THE MILKMAN (Music: Harold Spina / Lyrics: Johnny Burke) Fats Waller & His Rhythm - 1935 Dorsey Brothers' Orch. (vocal: Kay Weber & Bob Eberle) - 1935 George Hall & His Orch. (vocal: Dolly Dawn & Sonny Schuyler) - 1935 Anson Weeks & His Orch. - 1935 Jack Jackson & His Orch. - 1935 Joy & Dave - 1960 Johnny Angel - 1960 Cliff Adams Singers - 1976 George Melly - 1979 Maxine Sullivan - 1981 Maxine Daniels - 1988 Terry Blaine - 1999 Eric Clapton - 2010 Paul McCartney - 2012 As originally recorded by FATS WALLER, June 24th 1935 My very good friend the milkman says That I've been losing to much sleep He doesn't like the hours I keep He suggests that you should marry me Ah, turn it loose! My very good friend the mailman says That it would make his burden less If we both had the same address And he suggests that you should marry me Then there's a very friendly fellow who prints All the latest real estate news And every day he sends me blueprints Of cottages with country views My very good friends and neighbours say They've been watching little things I do And they believe that I love you So I suggest that you should marry me (Instrumental Break) Aah Yes! Here's that boy with the real estate news, baby How d'ya like them blueprints, huh? Like them cottages with country views? Well, let's get one there My very good friends and neighbours say They've been watching little things I do And they believe that I love you So I suggest that you should marry me Let the band play "Here Comes The Bride" Hah-hah, end of song, baby ******************** As recorded by the DORSEY BROTHERS ORCh. with vocals by KAY WEBER, BOB EBERLE and band members, August 1st 1935: KAY: Certain people of my acquaintance Seem very concerned about you and me They're trying to be nice They're going out of their way They offer me advice There must be something in what they say My very good friend the milkman says That I've been losing too much sleep He doesn't like the hours I keep So he suggests that you should marry me BOB: My very good friend the mailman says That it would make his burden less If we both had the same address So he suggests that you should marry me KAY: Then there's the very friendly fellow who prints All the latest real estate news BOB: And every day he sends me blueprints Of cottages with country views KAY: My very good friends the neighbours say That they've been watching things I do And they believe that I love you BOB: Well I suggest that you should marry me (I'm your very good friend the milkman, Kay) (And each four a.m. when I call) (I find you kissing in the hall) (Now, I suggest that you should marry him) (I'm your very good friend the mailman, Bob) (And I've walked blisters on my feet) (Delivering love notes to your street) (So I suggest that you should marry her) (And I'm the very friendly fellow who sells) (The cottages with country views) (And you'll agree that it will excel) (Lonely rooms on different avenues) BOTH: Our very good friends the neighbours say That they've been watching things we do And they believe that I love you (So we suggest that you two should be wed) ******************** As recorded by JACK JACKSON & HIS ORCH. with an unidentified female singer, 4th October 1935: JACK: Certain people of my acquaintance Seem very concerned about you and me (Who me?) They're trying to be nice They're going out of their way They offer me advice There must be something in what they say My very good friend the milkman says That I've been losing too much sleep He doesn't like the hours I keep And he suggests that you should marry me (That may be right) My very good friend the postman says That it would make his burden less If we both had the same address And he suggests that you should marry me (Shall we help him?) Then there's the very friendly fellow who prints All the latest real estate news (About what?) Every day he sends me blueprints Of cottages with country views My very good friends the neighbours say That they've been watching things I do And they believe that I love you So I suggest that you should marry me, what d'you say? (Sounds good) GIRL: Oh, my very good friend the parson says He's seen us walking out of late He wants to make a future date And he suggests that you should marry me (Oh, he did?) And my very good friend the baker says "I guarantee that I could bake A very scrumptious wedding cake" (Yum! Yum!) He suggests that you should marry me (Not a bad idea) And there's my friend who runs the travel bureau (What'd he say?) He told me to come again soon And next time bring my lucky hero To plan a perfect honeymoon (Uh-oh!) Oh, my very good friend the neighbour says That she has seen stuff at the store (Yes?) To help me fill my bottom draw (Umm!) So I'll give in and you shall marry me (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2017)

    


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