Elie's Expositions

A bereaved father blogging for catharsis... and for distraction. Accordingly, you'll see a diverse set of topics and posts here, from the affecting to the analytical to the absurd. Something for everyone, but all, at the core, meeting a personal need.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Cinco De Sherman

To mark today's fiesta, I bring you the Mexican Hat Song parody by the late, great, inimitable Allen Sherman. Enjoy, muchacho-bubbaleh!

Oh Americans dance on a dance floor.
And the Spaniards, they dance on a table.
And the Russians, they dance on a saber.
But the Mexicans dance on their hats.

Oh they dance on hot coals in Calcutta.
In Wisconsin they dance on fresh buttah,
Which they squeeze from one cow or an uddah.
Yes, the Mexicans dance on their hats.

There are Mexicans dancing on derbies.
There are Mexicans dancing on caps.
They just throw their fedoras
Wherever the floor is
And start doing horas and taps.

They won't quit! They go on!
It's a Mexican custom,
To take hats and bust 'em,
By doing a dance thereupon.

Oh the reason they shot Poncho Villa
Was he danced on his mother's mantilla.
And the message did not reach Garcia.
He was out somewhere dancing on hats.

There's a fellow in West Acapulco,
The most elegant man you could meet.
He does sambas on homburgs
To tunes of Sig Romberg's,
And sometimes the Nutcracker Suite.

So take care! So beware!
Or they'll put castanets on
And ruin your Stetson,
'Cause they all think they're Fred Astaire!

If you're ever in Mexico proper,
And you're wearing a straw hat or topper,
When the band starts to play, call a copper,
'Cause by now you should know
That they'll grab your chapeau,
And they'll stomp till it's flat,
And that's that!

That's what Mexicans do on your hat.


At 5/5/07, 10:04 PM, Blogger torontopearl said...

Shavuah Tov, Elie.

Maybe instead of that final "Ole," it should say "OY VEY!" (I do, after all, have a Yiddishe kop!)

At 5/7/07, 2:50 PM, Blogger Miriam L said...

I've always liked that song. Never saw all the lyrics before.


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