Posted tagged ‘Astaire’

Puttin’ on the Ritz

September 2, 2019

Here’s a little bit more I have added to my FB post on the subject. The song was written by Irving Berlin. Darn, he had a way with lyrics.

First version is the one done by Fred Astaire. Some of you children might not remember him.

Anyway, here’s the video:

Okay, now that you’ve watched that piece, here’s the one by Peter Boyle and Gene Wilder in “Young Frankenstein”:

And finally, here are the lyrics:

Have you seen the well-to-do
Up and down Park Avenue
On that famous thoroughfare
With their noses in the air

High hats and narrow collars
White spats and lots of dollars
Spending every dime
For a wonderful time

Now, if you’re blue
And you don’t know where to go to
Why don’t you go where fashion sits
Puttin’ on the ritz
Different types who wear a day coat
Pants with stripes and cutaway coat
Perfect fits
Puttin’ on the ritz

Dressed up like a million dollar trooper
Trying hard to look like Gary Cooper
Super-duper

Come, lets mix where Rockefellers
Walk with sticks or umberellas
In their mitts
Puttin’ on the ritz

Tips his hat just like an English chappie
To a lady with a wealthy pappy
Very snappy

You’ll declare its simply topping
To be there and hear them swapping
Smart tidbits
Puttin’ on the ritz