Minnie The Moocher    (1931)

Folks here's a story 'bout Minnie the Moocher
She was a red hot hoochie coocher
She was the roughest, toughest frail
But Minnie had a heart as big as a whale

Hi de hi de hi de hi (Hi de hi de hi de hi)
Ho de ho de ho de ho (Ho de ho de ho de ho)
Hee de hee de hee de hee (Hee de hee de hee de hee)
Ho oo waooo waoooo (Ho oo waooo waoooo)

She messed around with a bloke named Smokey
She loved him though he was cokey
He took her down to Chinatown and showed her
How to kick the gong around

Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi (Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi)
Ho-whooooaaaa-ahhhh-ohh )Ho-whooooaaaa-ahhhh-ohh)
He-de-he-de-hee-de-he (He-de-he-de-hee-de-he)
Ho-oh-ho-oh (Ho-oh-ho-oh)

She had a dream about the king of Sweden
He gave her things, that she was needin'
He gave her a home built of gold and steel
A diamond car, with the platinum wheels

Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi
Ho-de-ho-de-ho-de-ho-de-ho-de-oh
Skeedle-a-booka-diki biki skeedly beeka gookity woop!
A-booriki-booriki-booriki Hoy!

He gave her his townhouse and his racing horses
Each meal she ate was a dozen courses
She had a million dollars in nickels and dimes
She sat around and counted it all, a million times

Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi (Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-hi)
Ho-oh-whoaa-oh-oh-whoa (Ho-oh-whoaa-oh-oh-whoa)
He-de-he-de-hee-de-hee (He-de-he-de-hee-de-hee)
Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-ho (Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-ho)

Poor Min! Poor Min! Poo-oor Min

Lyrics by Irving Mills, Cab Calloway and Clarence Gaskill.
Recorded by Cab Calloway and His Orchestra; many others.

 

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