Just for Fun: Lydia the Tattooed Lady (Groucho Marx from At The Circus)

Just for Fun: Oh Lydia, she was the most gloooorious creature under the sun!  Thais, DuBarry, Garbo rolled into one!

Just sharing this marvelous clip of Groucho Marx singing “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” — a favorite song of mine ever since I was a kid (thanks to my Dad for introducing it, and The Marx Brothers, to me)!

Groucho singing “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” (by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg, 1939) from The Marx Brothers’ film, At The Circus (1939, director Edward Buzzell)

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And the marvelous lyrics…

Oh Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia?
Lydia The Tattooed Lady.
She has eyes that folks adore so,
and a torso even more so.
Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclo-pidia.
Oh Lydia The Queen of Tattoo.
On her back is The Battle of Waterloo.
Beside it, The Wreck of the Hesperus too.
And proudly above waves the red, white, and blue.
You can learn a lot from Lydia!

La-la-la…la-la-la.
La-la-la…la-la-la.

When her robe is unfurled she will show you the world,
if you step up and tell her where.
For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paree,
or Washington crossing The Delaware.

La-la-la…la-la-la.
La-la-la…la-la-la.

Oh Lydia, oh Lydia, say, have you met Lydia?
Lydia The Tattooed Lady.
When her muscles start relaxin’,
up the hill comes Andrew Jackson.
Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclo-pidia.
Oh Lydia The Queen of them all.
For two bits she will do a mazurka in jazz,
with a view of Niagara that nobody has.
And on a clear day you can see Alcatraz.
You can learn a lot from Lydia!

La-la-la…la-la-la.
La-la-la…la-la-la.

Come along and see Buffalo Bill with his lasso.
Just a little classic by Mendel Picasso.
Here is Captain Spaulding exploring the Amazon.
Here’s Godiva, but with her pajamas on.

La-la-la…la-la-la.
La-la-la…la-la-la.

Here is Grover Whelan unveilin’ The Trilon.
Over on the west coast we have Treasure Isle-on.
Here’s Nijinsky a-doin’ the rhumba.
Here’s her social security numba.

La-la-la…la-la-la.
La-la-la…la-la-la.

Oh Lydia, oh Lydia, that encyclo-pidia.
Oh Lydia The Champ of them all.
She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet.
The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat.
And now the old boy’s in command of the fleet,
for he went and married Lydia!

I said Lydia…
(He said Lydia…)
They said Lydia…
We said Lydia, la, la!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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