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Lyr Add: Nagasaki (Harry Warren and Mort Dixon)

Jim Dixon 25 Mar 11 - 05:53 PM
Charley Noble 25 Mar 11 - 10:12 PM
Q 31 Jul 11 - 01:35 PM
Artful Codger 31 Jul 11 - 04:11 PM
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Q 31 Jul 11 - 04:43 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: NAGASAKI (Warren/Dixon)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Mar 11 - 05:53 PM

Lyrics copied from The International Lyrics Playground and adjusted a bit.


NAGASAKI
Words and music by Harry Warren & Mort Dixon, ©1928

Fellows, if you're on,
I will spin a yarn
That was told to me by able seaman Jones.
Once he had the blues,
So he took a cruise
Far away from night clubs and from saxophones.
He said, "Yo-ho, I've made a certain port,
And when you talk about real he-man sport—

Hot ginger and dynamite,
There's nothing but that at night
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellas chew tobacky
And the women wicky-wacky-woo.
They way they can entertain
Would hurry a hurricane,
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellas chew tobacky
And the women wicky-wacky-woo.

In Fujiyama,
You get a mama,
Then your troubles increase.
In some pagoda,
She orders soda,
The earth shakes, milk-shakes, ten cents a piece.
They kissy and huggy nice.
By jingo! It's worth the price,
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellas chew tobacky
And the women wicky-wacky Woo.

Now when the day is warm
You can keep in form
With a bowl of rice beneath a parasol.
Every gentleman
Has to use a fan
And they only use suspenders in the fall.
That's where the girls don't think of rings and furs.
Gosh, it's the nicest place that ever were.

They give you a carriage free.
The horse is a Japanee,
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellas chew tobacky
And the women wicky-wacky-woo.
They sit you upon the floor.
No wonder your pants get sore,
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellas chew tobacky
And the women wicky-wacky-woo.

With Sweet Kimoner,
I pulled a boner.
I kept it up at high speed.
I got rheumatics,
And then sciatics.
Halitosis, that's guaranteed.
You just have to act your age
Or wind up inside a cage,
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellas chew tobacky
And the women wicky-wacky-woo.

With an ice-cream cone and a bottle of tea,
You can rest all day by the hickory tree,
But when night comes round, oh gosh, oh gee,
Mother, mother, mother, pin a rose on me.

Those pretty mamas
In pink pajamas,
They try to give you a kiss.
Those torrid teases
In B.V.D.ses,
Heaven help a sailor on a night like this!
Not too gentle and not too rough,
But you've got to tell them when you've had enough,
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellas chew tobacky
And the women wicky-wacky-woo.

YouTube has recordings by the following performers:
Cecil Aagard & His Swingsters
Albert Ammons and His Rhythm Kings
Nat Gonella and His Georgians
Fletcher Henderson & His Orch
Ipana Troubadors (S.Lanin)
Gene Krupa and His Orch
Mills Brothers
Don Redman & His Orch
Django Reinhardt & Quintet Hot Club of France, with Freddy Taylor, vocalist
Nat Shilkret & Victor Orch, with Frank Crumit, vocal
Six Jumping Jacks (Harry Reser & His Orch, with Tom Stacks vocal)
Eddie South & His Orch


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nagasaki (Warren/Dixon)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 25 Mar 11 - 10:12 PM

Jim-

I like the way your search engine works!

It's hard to imagine a more bizarre song than this one that you've dredged up. I kind of like it and may revive it at the next gathering of the Press Room crowd. They may well be speechless for several minutes.

Wicky-wacky-woo.,
Charley Noble


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Subject: Lyr Add: Nagasaki
From: Q
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 01:35 PM

NAGASAKI
(Harry Warren and Mort Dixon)

Fellows, if you're arn
I will spin a yarn
That was told to me by Able Seaman Jones.
Once he had the blues
So he took a cruise
Far away from night-clubs and from saxophones.
He said, "Yo Ho, I've made a certain port
And when you talk about real he-man sport":

Hot ginger and dynamite
There's nothing but that at night
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobaccy
And the women wicky-wacky
Woo.

In Fujiama
You get a mama
Then your troubles increase.
In some pagoda
She orders soda
Earth-shake milk-shakes, ten cents a piece
Then kissy and huggy nice
Oh, By Jingo, It's worth the price.
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobaccy
And the women wicky-wacky
Woo.

Now when the day is warm
You can keep in form
With a bowl of rice beneath a parasol.
Every gentle man
Has to use a fan
And they only use suspenders in the fall.
That's where the girls don't think of rings and furs.
Gosh, it's the nicest place that ever weres.

They give you a carriage free
The horse is a Japanee
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobaccy
And the women wicky-wacky
Woo.

They sit you upon the floor
No wonder your pants get sore
Back in Nagasaki
Where the felers chew tobaccy
And the women wicky-wacky
Woo.

With Sweet Kimoner
I pulled a boner
I kept it up at high speed
I got rheumatics
And then psyatics
Halatosis, that's guaranteed.
You just have to act your age
Or wind up inside a cage
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobaccy
Ant the women wicky-wacky
Woo.

With an ice-cream cone and a bottle of tea
You can rest all day by the hickory tree
But when night comes round, oh gosh oh gee,
Mother, mother, mother, pin a rose on me.

Those pretty mamas
In pink pyjamas
That try to give you a kiss
Those fond teases
In B. V. D. ses
Heaven help a sailor on a night like this !
Not too gentle and not too rough
But you've got to tell them when you've had enough.
Back in Nagasaki
Where the fellers chew tobaccy
And the women wicky-wacky
Woo.

Sigh ! They no longer compose deep, meaningful songs like this any more. Inspired for a search by the singing of Bertie Wooster and comments by Jeeves.

These lyrics from lyricsplayground.com. Any corrections?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nagasaki
From: Artful Codger
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 04:11 PM

Written in 1928. One nice thing about the Jeeves & Wooster episode is that Bertie (Hugh Laurie) sings the intro to the song, which is all too often omitted. The song's a great favorite with the ukulele crowd. I'm sure this song must have been

There are many variations on the lyrics, including additional or replacement verses; the above lyrics may not be the original ones. The first verse, at least, coincides with most versions I've heard.

Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagasaki_%28song%29

MANY clips on YouTube, including Jack Kaufman and The Seven Blue Babies (1928), this down-tempo version by Nat Shilkret and the Victor Orchestra (1928; amazing sound), and the Jeeves & Wooster sequence. I have a few recordings, including a great rendition by The Chenille Sisters and the wild, wooly recording by The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nagasaki
From: Artful Codger
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 04:32 PM

See also this thread: http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=136642


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nagasaki
From: Q
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 04:43 PM

Oops! Looks like I duplicated a March post by Jim Dixon.

Too recent to get in the Lyrics Search.
    Threads combined. It's best to use the Filter to find threads by thread name. -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nagasaki (Harry Warren and Mort Dixon)
From: Artful Codger
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 11:09 PM

Q, I find it useful to Google with the qualifier "site:mudcat.org". It finds recent things quite reliably--even when they've been posted on the same day, or even within the same hour! Big Brother is watching...


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