Makin' Whoopee
Walter Donaldson
Gus Kahn
January, 1955

"Makin' Whoopee" is a song featured in Frank Sinatra's 1956 album Songs for Swingin' Lovers!. This rendition of the song was featured in the compilation album Tell Her You Love Her.

Sinatra later rerecorded this song under Reprise in his live album, Sinatra at the Sands.

History Edit

"Makin' Whoopee," the title a euphemism for sexual intimacy, [1] is a song that was written by Walter Donaldson with lyricist Gus Kahn. Though the title of the song is a euphemism for sexual intimacy, the actual lyrics of the song focus on how marriage is an "inescapable trap."[2]

The song was initially written to be used in the 1928 musical Whoopee! in which it was song by Eddie Cantor.

Release Edit

Studio recordings
Live performances

Lyrics Edit

Another bride, another June
Another sunny honeymoon
Another season, another reason
For makin’ whoopee

A lot of shoes, a lot of rice
The groom is nervous, he answers twice
Its really killin’ that he’s so willin’ to make whoopee

Picture a little love nest
Down where the roses cling
Picture the same sweet love nest
And think what a year can bring

He’s washin dishes and baby clothes
He’s so ambitious he even sews
But don’t forget folks,
Thats what you get folks, for makin’ whoopee

Other artists Edit

References Edit

  1. [2 "whoopee(2,noun)]". Merriam-Webster Online Retrieved 2006-10-08.
  2. Holden, Stephen (April 19, 2002). "Crooning About the Woes of Whoopee". New York Times. Retrieved 2006-10-08. A review of a James Naughton cabaret performance. "Mr. Naughton pounces on the dire warning to men lurking beneath the song's playful surface: that once the honeymoon is over, marriage can become a trap from which there is no escape."

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