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A SWEATER, A SARONG AND A PEEK-A-BOO BANG >From the film "Star Spangled Rhythm" (1942) (Music: Harold Arlen / Lyrics: Johnny Mercer) As performed by PAULETTE GODDARD, DOROTHY LAMOUR, and VERONICA LAKE (dubbed by MARTHA MEARS), with Arthur Treacher, Walter Catlett and Sterling Holloway in the 1942 film: GODDARD, LAMOUR & LAKE: In us you see three very unhappy ladies of the silver screen Our lives should be a wonderful bed of roses, but they're just a routine LAKE: Sleep at ten GODDARD: Wake at dawn LAMOUR: Get up and put the glamour on ALL: In us you see three very unhappy ladies of the silver screen ALL: We came out to make the grade in moving pictures We came out to mingle with the glamour gang But we're sorry that we came For our only claim to fame GODDARD: Is a sweater LAMOUR: A sarong LAKE: And a peek-a-boo bang ALL: Oh, the money that we spent to learn dramatics Oh, the vocal exercises that we sang All went scootin' down the drain When they met us at the train GODDARD: With a sweater LAMOUR: A sarong LAKE: And a peek-a-boo bang LAMOUR: We've played at chases, tender embraces And every sort of scene GODDARD: But the disgrace is, so far our faces Haven't got on the screen LAKE: You can have your picture taken with a panther GODDARD: Or perhaps adopt a small orang-utang LAMOUR: Are you ladies telling me I've been living in a tree In sarongs that aren't as long as a peek-a-boo bang LAKE: All she ever sees is sweaters on a campus GODDARD: All she ever sees is jungles in Panang LAMOUR: Well, we're luckier than she Both of us at least can see GODDARD & LAMOUR: Yes, a sweater must be better than a peek-a-boo bang Yes, a sweater must be better than a peek-a-boo-bang TREACHER, CATLETT & HOLLOWAY: We were bathing beauties in the style of Sennett When they hit you in the kisser with a meringue Throwing pastry is passe So we earn our gold today With a sweater, a sarong and a peek-a-boo bang Once we had our wardrobe made by custom tailors But these outfits seem to add a little tag And the public fairly begs For a chance to see our legs In a sweater, a sarong and a peek-a-boo bang GODDARD, LAMOUR & LAKE: For these costumes that we wear, we take no credit And we'd like to tell you all from whence they sprang Three designers that we know Set the fashion long ago Mussolini, Hirohito and a peek-a-boo bang (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - February 2015)

    


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