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The Scat Song

    (Parish-Perkins-Calloway)

Transcribed from Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, recorded February 29, 1932.
From Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1931-1932; The Chronogical Classics 526.

Note: Scat varies with every verse. Supply your own!

When your sweetie tells you, everything'll be okay,
Just skeep-beep de bop-bop beep bop bo-dope skeetle-at-de-op-de-day!

If you feel like shoutin', advertise it just this way:
And skeep-beep de bop-bop beep bop bo-dope skeetle-at-de-op-de-day!

Don't give a hang what words you use at any time,
Sing this silly language, without any reason or rhyme.

When you face the preacher, there's only one thing to say:
Just skeep-beep de bop-bop beep bop bo-dope skeetle-at-de-op-day!

[Scat chorus]


Transcribed from Cab Calloway and His Orchestra, recorded December 18, 1933.
From Cab Calloway and His Orchestra 1932-1934; The Chronogical Classics 544.

[Starts with impressive scatting, then:]

Spoken: [Bennie Payne?] Say, what you doin', boy? [Cab] Oh, man, I'm just scatting and going right on to town, Satchmo!

When your sweetie tells you, everything'll be okay,
Just: [Instrumental]

If you feel like shoutin', advertise it just this way:
And  [Instrumental]

Don't give a hang what words you use at any time,
Sing this silly language, without any reason or rhyme.

When you face the preacher, there's only one thing to say:
Just [Instrumental]

[Followed by incredible scat-singing!]


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Go to Old Man of the Mountain to read about The Scat Song in the Betty Boop Cartoon.
 

Published 12/29/98.
Updated 8/9/99.


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