THE ROONEY – PIDGEON – SKELTON Blues

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.”

 

Judy Garland, (Fred Astaire?)Greer Garson, Betty Hutton, Mickey Rooney, Lucille Ball, Spencer Tracy.

 

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.

JUDY:

      I’m Mickey Rooney’s girl friend.

GREER:

     I’m Walter Pidgeon’s wife.

LUCILLE:

      I’m Red Skelton’s sidekick.

All: And we’re stuck with them for life.

JUDY:

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.

GREER:

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.

LUCILLE:

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.

 

Lucille and Greer

 

(Bob commented below and also highlighted this photo  of all the stars on the war bond tour.)

 

 

16 responses »

  1. It was indeed written in 1943, but can’t find to which tune.

    It is Fred Astaire, but not Spencer Tracy (he wasn’t on the tour) … it’s Harpo Marx (really!)
    Behind Mickey Rooney is Kay Kyser.
    There were 95 stars and technicians on the 11-car train.
    This particular War Bond tour raised an amazing $1,079,568,819

    Among many ideas considered and dropped from “Ziegfeld Follies” (1945) was the three of the them doing this song.
    One of the songs “A Great Lady Has An Interview” was done by Judy after Greer turned it down.

  2. Fascinating, as are the photos. Wonder if there’s any way to hear any, such as “A Great Lady Has an Interview” to figure out why Greer turned it down! but great you found these lyrics!

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