Den of Iniquity

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Den of Iniquity

Lyrics By Lorenz Hart  Music By Richard Rodgers

Despite the tepid reviews of their new club, Vera and Joey revel in their happy, if unconventional, arrangement. Lorenz Hart’s racy lyric, a daring departure from the virtuous love duets then found in operetta and Broadway, established Pal Joey as a frank, urbane theatrical experience for adults.

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“Den of Iniquity” LYRICS

Vera:
Just two little lovebirds all alone
In a little cozy nest
With a little secret telephone,
That’s the place to rest.

Joey:
Artificial roses ‘round the door –
They are never out of bloom –

Vera:
And a flowered carpet on the floor
In the loving room.

Both:
In our little den of iniquity
Our arrangement is good.

Vera:
It’s much more healthy living here;
This rushing back home is bad, my dear,

Joey:
I haven’t caught a cold all year.

Vera:
Knock on wood!

Both:
It was ever thus, since antiquity,
All the poets agree.

Vera:
The chambermaid is very kind,
She always thinks we’re so refined.

Joey:
Of course, she’s deaf and dumb and blind –

Both:
No fools, we –
In our little den of iniquity.

In our little den of iniquity
For a girly and boy,

Vera:
We’ll sit and let the hours pass,
A canopy bed has so much class,

Joey:
And so’s a ceiling made of glass –
Oh, what joy!

Both:
Love has been that way since antiquity,
Down to you and me.

Vera:
The radio, I used to hate,
But now when it is dark and late
Tchaikovsky’s “1812” sounds great –
That’s for me,

Both:
In our little den of iniquity.
Oh, what joy!

Joey:
We’re very proper folks, you know.

Vera:
We’ve separate bedrooms comme il faut.
There’s one for play and one for show.

Both:
You chase me
In our little den of iniquity.