Friday, April 23, 2010

Magpie Entry #11

Song: "Puttin' On My Top Hat"


(With belated and somewhat insincere apologies to Irving Berlin)

The message was clear: “Your presence tonight, it’s formal.” I knew what that meant: a top hat, white tie and cane.


[CHORUS]
I’m puttin’ on my top hat,
Tyin’ up my white tie,
Dustin’ off my cane.
Gotta dude my shirt front,
Put in all the shirt studs,
Check that weathervane!
I’m steppin’ out, my dear,
To breathe an atmosphere
That simply reeks with class.
And I have to trust
You’ll excuse my dust
When I step on the gas!
For I’ll be there
Puttin’ down my top hat,
Mussin’ up my white tie,
Twirlin’ with my cane!

33 comments:

Dedene said...

I love this song, and I love the Astair/Rogers film. I'll be humming this to myself all night long.

chiccoreal said...

I got to download this song. I keep getting mixed up with the Fred Astaire classic "Puttin' On The Ritz". I love Irving Berlin! I would love to go out on the town with you Berowne! But you didnt ask!

Peggy Jo said...

Berowne,
What a tune! Thanks for the lyerics. You are a topper :).

mothersparrow said...

I enjoyed this very much. We were watching the dancing stars show this week and they had a bit with top hats, tails, and taps. I, however, could not get Peter Boyle as Frankenstein's monster out of my head. Hee hee.

ds said...

I can hear the tap shoes now...

Chhaya said...

can u hear my foot tapping? :)

Madame DeFarge said...

Every time I hear this I always think of the section in 'Young Frankenstein' with the monster and Gene Wilder. Cracks me up.

Derrick said...

Always knew you cut a dash, Berowne!

Berowne said...

Peggy Jo: "Thanks for the lyerics. You are a topper." :)

"Topper" -- another classic film from the past. :-)

Berowne said...

chiccoreal: "I would love to go out on the town with you, Berowne!"

I'm all for it. But I have to confess: I don't have a top hat. Would a reversed baseball cap be okay? :-)

Berowne said...

My thanx to Dedene, Peggy Jo, mothersparrow, ds, Chhaya, Mme DeFarge and Derrick for their encouraging comments.

Yemalla said...

I love it! So up beat and cheerful and fun!

Bossy Betty said...

I'll be humming this song all day! Thanks!

willow said...

Mr. B, you reek with class!

This and That said...

Very clever use of the prompt! I remember that song!

Berowne said...

willow: "Mr. B, you reek with class!"

I wondered what that odor was. :-)

Star said...

Very well illustrates the pictures, Berowne.
Star

Catalyst said...

Berowne, that song popped into my head the minute I saw the prompt. But I resisted. I'm glad you didn't!

Suz said...

Sachmo Berowne

Brian Miller said...

wonderful...what a fun jazzy feel to this one...so nice.

Berowne said...

Great to have visits by Yemalla, Bossy Betty, This and That, Star, Catalyst, Suz and Brian Miller -- thanx.

Queenmothermamaw said...

OMG dear Berowne This is just up your alley. I picture you so suave and debonair. Love that song and dance routine. HH and I can't tap but we could sure cut a mean rug in our day to tunes such as that. Great job. I would feel beautiful on your arm with that hat and cane.
QMM

Berowne said...

A wonderful, friendly response. Thanks, QMM.

Mama Zen said...

Well done!

Tumblewords: said...

An absolute delight that lingers in the mind and draws a smile. Love it!

joanny said...

Well here in the North West even the governor wears jeans as formal attire,,, so you would fit right in reversed baseball cap and the cane and off we go dancing the night away....a happy lyric -- made my day, although I confess I would love to dress up like Ginger wonder how that would look?

Joanny

Peter Goulding said...

That'll be in my head for a week now! Fits the prompt exactly!

C.M. Jackson said...

I bet you enter a room, any room, with style, sir! kudos!

Berowne said...

joanny: "I confess I would love to dress up like Ginger; wonder how that would look?"

It worked for her; no reason why it shouldn't work for you. :-)

Berowne said...

C.M.Jackson: "I bet you enter a room, any room, with style, sir!"

Though unfortunately often forcibly escorted out because of an inability to pay the bill. :-)

little hat said...

Top hat and cane. Every man should have one.

R. Burnett Baker said...

Oh yeah, gotta love anything that "reeks with class". LOL! You're a card, Berowne!

Rick

Helen said...

You have with your post ... made me want to raid my closet, find a flirty/swingy dress, pull out my dancing shoes and go find a dreamy partner!

 
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