April 18, 2023
This time, Allan Sherman’s mother proudly presents
My son, the celebrity
Oh Americans dance on a dance floor.
And the Spaniards, they dance on a table.
And the Russians, they dance on a saber.
But the Mexicans dance on their hats.
Oh they dance on hot coals in Calcutta.
In Wisconsin they dance on fresh butta,
Which they squeeze from one cow or anutta.
Yes, the Mexicans dance on their hats.
There are Mexicans dancing on derbies.
There are Mexicans dancing on caps.
They just throw their fedoras
Wherever the floor is,
And start doing horas and taps.
They won’t quit! They go on!
It’s a Mexican custom,
To take hats and bust ’em,
By doing a dance thereupon.
Oh the reason they shot Pancho Villa
Was he danced on his mother’s mantilla.
And the message did not reach Garcia.
He was out somewhere dancing on hats.
There’s a fellow in West Acapulco,
The most elegant man you could meet.
He does sambas on hombergs
To tunes of Sig Romberg’s,
And sometimes the Nutcracker Suite.
So take care! So beware!
Or they’ll put castanets on
And ruin your Stetson,
‘Cause they all think they’re Fred Astaire!
If you’re ever in Mexico proper,
And you’re wearing a straw hat or topper,
When the band starts to play, call a copper,
‘Cause by now you should know
That they’ll grab your chapeau,
And they’ll stomp till it’s flat,
And that’s that!
That’s what Mexicans do on your hat.
Written by: Allan Sherman, Lou Busch
Album: My Son, The Celebrity
Allan Sherman was born in November 30, 1924 in Chicago Illinois and died November 20, 1973 in LA, California – 10 days before his 49th birthday. He was a producer and writer, known for Fired Up!, Dr. Seuss on the Loose, and The Cat in the Hat. He was married to Dee Chackes and had 2 children.
~ Author of two books, “A Gift of Laughter”, an autobiography published in 1964, and “The Rape of the APE” (American Puritan Ethic), a critically praised comic history of the sexual revolution published in 1973, a few months before his death.
~ Comedian and song parodist extraordinaire, whose humor albums (“My Son, the Folksinger”, “Allan in Wonderland”) were bestsellers during the 1960s.
~ Said to be one of then-President John F. Kennedy’s favorite comedians. Kennedy could frequently be heard singing Sherman’s parodies.
~ Scored a top-ten hit in 1963 with “Hello, Muddah! Hello, Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp)”.
~ Died while entertaining friends at the piano.
~ Sherman was his mother’s maiden name.
~Served in the United States Army for only a few months in World War II, when he was discharged as medically unfit. The cause, reportedly, was an allergy to Brazil nuts.
~ Attended the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, but was expelled for breaking into a campus sorority house.
~ source: imdb.com
“Nobody ever told me anything about sex.
I was a nice Jewish boy so I knew you shouldn’t do it, whatever it was, to nice girls.
All my life I have been attracted to nice girls – the kind you aren’t supposed to do it to.
And they, too, have been brought up, at least in my generation, that they shouldn’t do it either.
How it gets done between nice people is a mystery to me.
What I think happens is, nice people do it, but their hearts aren’t in it.”
~ Allan Sherman
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