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YOU'VE GOTTA EAT YOUR SPINACH, BABY From the film "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1936) (Harry Revel / Mack Gordon) Alice Faye, Jack Haley & Shirley Temple (Film Soundtrack) - 1937 HALEY: I want your cheeks to be rosey Your lips like the colour of wine Darling, the way that people will say that "My but you're looking so fine" FAYE & HALEY: Oooooooooohhhhhhhh FAYE: I want you strong as Apollo A sturdy and masculine sheik Darling, the way that people will say that "My, what a gorgeous physique" If you want to be like I want you to be Follow this carefully You've gotta eat your spinach, baby That's the proper thing to do It'll keep you kind of healthy too And what it did for Popeye it will do for you You've gotta eat your spinach, baby To give you lots of TNT For whenever you're caressing me Then you'll need every vitamin from A to Z Please take my advice Kissing is dangerous, doctors all agree HALEY: I'll take your advice But don't ever kiss anybody but me FAYE: You've gotta eat your spinach, baby If you do you can't go wrong For it's gonna make you nice and strong And the stronger you are, the longer you'll live And the longer I'll have to love you TEMPLE: Pardon me, did I hear you say Spinach FAYE & HALEY: Spinach TEMPLE: I represent all the kids of the nation Who sent me to see you about it I bring the message from the kids of the nation To tell you we can do without it Kindly listen to me I'm not alone in my plea There are dozens and dozens and dozens of us Nephews and nieces and cousins of us They want me to say...... Hallelujah! Hallelujah! No spinach, take away that awful greenery No spinach, give us lots of jelly beanery We positively refuse to budge We'd like lollipops and we like fudge But no spinach, Hosanna! FAYE & HALEY: You've got to eat your spinach, baby TEMPLE: No, no, no, no, I'm singing to you No. no, no, no, Hallelujah! Spinach stay away from my door FAYE & HALEY: We'll tell the bogey man The big big, bad bad, bogey bogey man TEMPLE: Oh, that's just a bluff You know we don't believe that stuff FAYE & HALEY: You gotta eat your spinach, baby Children have to do as they are told TEMPLE: Yes Sir, yes Ma'am FAYE & HALEY: Children shouldn't be so very bold TEMPLE: Yes Sir, yes Ma'am FAYE & HALEY: Or you'll grow up to be a meanie when your old TEMPLE: Yes Sir, yes Ma'am I will to tell all the kids of the nation Who sent me to see you about it Children have to do as they are told HALEY: Umm-hmm TEMPLE: Children shouldn't be so very bold HALEY: Umm-hmm TEMPLE: Or you will be a meanie when you're old So, okay... ALL: Spinach! (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - August 2005)

    


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