The Lady Is a Tramp

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The Lady Is a Tramp

Music By Richard Rodgers  Lyrics By Lorenz Hart

With its witty, ironic Lorenz Hart lyric and unforgettable Richard Rodgers melody, “The Lady Is a Tramp” has earned a place of honor in the Great American Songbook. A playful satire of New York’s high society, the song embraces simplicity and skewers pretention. Notable artists who have recorded the song include Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Greco, Frank Sinatra and Pat Suzuki. The title even inspired Disney’s 1955 animated film, Lady and the Tramp.

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“The Lady Is a Tramp” LYRICS

I’ve wined and dined on mulligan stew
And never wished for turkey
As I hitched and hiked and drifted, too,
From Maine to Albuquerque.
Alas, I missed the Beaux Arts Ball,
And what is twice as sad,
I was never at a party where they honored Noel C’ad.
But social circles spin too fast for me.
My Hobohemia is the place to be.

I get too hungry for dinner at eight.
I like the theater, but never come late.
I never bother with people I hate –
That’s why the lady is a tramp.

I don’t like crap games with barons and earls,
Won’t go to Harlem in ermine and pearls,
Don’t dish the dirt with the rest of the girls –
That’s why the lady is a tramp.

I like the free, fresh wind in my hair,
Life without care.
I’m broke – It’s oke!

Hate California, it’s cold and it’s damp.
That’s why the lady is a tramp!

I go to Coney – the beach is divine.
I go to ballgames, the bleachers are fine.
I follow Winchell and read every line –
That’s why the lady is a tramp.

I like a prizefight that isn’t a fake.
I like the rowing on Central Park Lake.
I go to opera and stay wide awake –
That’s why the lady is a tramp!

I like the green grass under my shoes
What can I lose?
I’m flat! That’s that!

I’m all alone when I lower my lamp.
That’s why the lady is a tramp!

Girls get massages, they cry and they moan.
Tell Lizzie Arden to leave me alone.
I’m not so hot, but my shape is my own –
That’s why the lady is a tramp.

The food at Sardi’s is perfect, no doubt.
I wouldn’t know what the Ritz is about.
I drop a nickel and coffee comes out –
That’s why the lady is a tramp.

I like the sweet, fresh rain on my face.
Diamonds and lace
No got. So what?

For Robert Taylor I whistle and stamp –
That’s why the lady is a tramp!