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Yip Harburg & Harold Arlen: Lydia, the Tattooed Lady

I do love a good rhyme. Maybe this was my gateway drug… My brother and I watched the Marx Brothers a lot when we were kids and At The Circus was one of our favorites. 

Here’s Groucho singing ‘Lydia, the Tattooed Lady’. (I mean, let’s talk about the utter genius of rhyming “tell her where” and “Delaware”, not to mention “Amazon” with “pajamas on”…)  You are welcome.

Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby: These Are the Laws Of My Administration

If you haven’t yet seen the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, do yourself a favor and watch it—it’s irreverent, hysterical and (these days) educational.  The lyrics pack a particular punch right now: “If you think this country’s bad off now, just wait ’til I get through with it”… Ouch. Take a listen.

Performed by Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont

Can’t get enough of Groucho?  Check out this other, equally brilliant, song from Duck Soup: ‘This Country’s Going to War’:

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