More Zippy burlesque

Today’s Zippy has Mr. Toad back on the musical burlesque trail:

The model here is “Everything Happens to Me” (Matt Dennis / Tom Adair), a standard that’s been covered by many people (among them Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Rosemary Clooney, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald). The relevant part of the lyrics:

… I make a date for golf – and you can bet your life it rains.
I try to give a party – but the guy upstairs complains.
I guess I’ll go thru life just catching colds and missing trains;
Everything happens to me.

I never miss a thing – I’ve had measles and the mumps.
And every time I play my ace my partner always trumps.

… I telegraphed and phoned, sent an Air Mail Special, too;
You answer was goodbye – there was even postage due.
I fell in love just once, and then it had to be with you,
Everything happens to me…

Mr. Toad, characteristically, turns the rueful song into a triumph for himself.

2 Responses to “More Zippy burlesque”

  1. Allentown riff « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] Over the Rainbow”), “My Funny Serpentine” (“My Funny Valentine”), and “Everything Works Out for Me” (“Everything Happens to Me”). This one diverges pretty far from the original, but the […]

  2. Burlesques, parodies, playful allusions « Arnold Zwicky's Blog Says:

    […] More Zippy burlesque (link): Zippy: “Everything Happens to […]

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