Sit right down

Today’s Zippy, with Mr. (the) Toad (that icon of selfishness) parodying a jazz standard for modern times:

The original words:

I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
And make believe it came from you
I’m gonna write words, oh, so sweet
They’re gonna knock me off my feet
A lotta kisses on the bottom
I’ll be glad I got ’em

On the song, from Wikipedia:

“I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” is a 1935 popular song with music by Fred E. Ahlert and lyrics by Joe Young. It has been recorded many times, and has become a standard of the Great American Songbook. It is one of several songs from the Harlem Renaissance featured in the Broadway musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.

You can listen to Fats Waller’s 1937 recording here.

And on Waller:

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller (May 21, 1904 – December 15, 1943) was an American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer, whose innovations to the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano, and whose best-known compositions, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” and “Honeysuckle Rose”, were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 and 1999.


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