from 1954 film "Red Garters"
(Jay Livingston (m) Ray Evans (l) 1954)
Rosemary Clooney & Chorus
with The Paramount Pictures Orchestra
Hiya Pete! Hiya Jim!
Howdy Joe! Howdy Slim!
We know what you've been missin'
While you've been on the trail,
We're mighty glad you're back in town
And keepin' out o' jail!
Put the red eye down and drop your gun,
We're gonna have a little fun,
And it's comin' to ya!
Hey all you roarin' cowboys, you got a treat tonight,
Red garters on a dancin' girl, what a pretty sight!
Come on you busy drinkers and blow away the foam,
Red garters on a dancin' girl you'll never see at home!
I'm feelin' friendly and full o' spice,
But don't grab the package or touch the merchandise!
Hey all you men from Leadville and you from Laramie,
Red garters on a dancin' girl, got 'em from Paree!
Red garters on a dancin' girl are what you came to see!
Started off in Yonkers, dressed from head to toe,
Then I dropped my bustle off south of Buffalo.
Took off a dozen petticoats in Altoona Penn,
It got so hot in Illinois , dropped another ten!
In Kansas let my hair down, same in Io-way,
Finally got in in fightin' shape in Californi-ay!
And here I wear the minimum, garters hooray!
And to see the maximum they come from miles away!
Hey you tobacco drummers, who says this house is tame?
Red garters on a dancin' girl, aren't you glad you came
I've never been to Broadway, I just don't fit the part,
Red garters on a dancin' girl, now that's what I call art!
Don't tell the sheriff I'm breakin' laws,
'Cause you'll find the sheriff leadin' the applause!
I know your eyes'll bug out, your chest is gonna heave,
I'm gonna toss my garters out, snap 'em on your sleeve!
Red garters on a dancin' girl,
That's the main event
Red garters on me!
(Transcribed by Peter Akers - October 2020)