Tuesday 25 July 2017

Yiddish Nostalgia: "SKITTISH DOLL"

Post #146
ORIGINAL SONG: "Satin DollMusic written in 1953 by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, lyrics composed years later by Johnny Mercer. Recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., etc. The second verse of the original lyrics contain the words ... "Speaks Latin, my Satin Doll."
So, could it hurt if she spoke Yiddish?  
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2017.
SONGLINK: The editors confess that the first parody they wrote using this original song involved a 'latin doll', and can be found via this link to a recent post on this blog here.

Couple dancing at their son's Bar Mitzvah party in 1958.


(to the tune of "Satin Doll") 

Chicken soup served with gold ladles,
Live band, ice sculpture, sweet tables;
Speaks Yiddish, my skittish doll.

Cousin's Bar Mitzvah, ... wire lift dress,
Built kind of zaftig -- a 'princess',
Speaks Yiddish, my skittish doll.

Uncle Seymour is right:
When I'm near, she's uptight as can be;
Cause she's noticed me drool
And she ain't cool 'bout fooling with me

After the dinner, candle lighting,
Alone in the corner, looks inviting,
Fingers wander, but that is all.
Slaps hand back, my skittish doll.
Can't mess with ... my skittish doll.


 (Click on any chord-chart slide to move to 'song-presentation mode'; then navigate through thumbnails at bottom of page.)

Prospects for Bar Mitzvah celebrations during the 50s.