Was pleased to find this ditty sung by Greer Garson, Judy Garland and Lucille Ball during a WW2 war bond rally, possibly in 1943. The lyrics were supposedly penned by the gals themselves, and it was dubbed “The Rooney-Pidgeon-Skelton Blues.”
A comedy plea against typecasting.
Not sure what tune was used, though the first line can go with “Three Little Maids” from “The Mikado.”
All: We’re three little maids from Hollywood ,
We want to do things we never should,
They never let us have our fling
We always do the same old thing.
I’m Mickey Rooney’s girl friend.
I’m Walter Pidgeon’s wife.
I’m Red Skelton’s sidekick.
All: And we’re stuck with them for life.
I sing to Mr Gable but he’s never really there
I’m longing to enchant him with sophisticated flair
But every time I turn I turn around , Andy Hardy’s in my hair.
I’d like to go cavorting with some charming Mr. Deeds, and slink around in gowns with several modern well-placed beads.
But all I get is a bustles-flannel nighties- widows’s weeds!
All: There’s no escape – you’re stuck with that for life.
I’d love to play dramatic roles with diction terse and clipped,
To chew the scenery into shreds with stark and sombre script,
But I’m always with Red Skelton, being flipped and tripped and stripped!
All: What good is versatility when we can’t show our ability, To do the sort of thing we would enjoy.
Greer: I’m stuck with domesticity.
Lucille: And I with burlesquicity.
Judy: And I’m so gosh darned busy being coy.
All: Three girls who are tired of it all.we can’t get away from those three leading men. We finish up a picture, then we’re with them again.
Greer: In aprons!
Lucille: In spangles!
Judy: In socks!
- I’m Garson
- I’m Garland
- I’m Ball.
If only it had been recorded. Maybe it was! Bloodhounds at the ready.
(Bob commented below and also highlighted this photo of all the stars on the war bond tour.)