Monday, August 31, 2009

Forgotten 'FUNNY GIRL!'

Prior to its 1964 Broadway run, FUNNY GIRL did indeed have a title tune that ultimately did not make it to the great white way. (No - not the same title song that made it into the film version. This earlier effort is very different - and far more entertaining if you ask us.)

It was recorded on the flip side of Streisand's pre-opening Columbia 45' of "People" and got quite a bit of airplay as far south as D.C. when the show was trying out in Philadelphia. Ultimetly, the show didn't need the song but the single also got a brief and obscure lp release on a multi-performer anthology disc called "The Headliners '65," Columbia Record Club (S) DS-80.

Here's the lyric:
A fella loves to be with a funny girl.
The evening flies when he's with a funny girl.
Female gigglers do better than wigglers.
Fancy dancers are fast on their feet but slow with the answers.

The boys don't want the tragic and teary kind,
They've got a thousand problems to cloud their mind.
Some ladies find when they've lost their guys,
They should have made faces and crossed their eyes.
Debutants would give up the social whirl,
To be a funny, funny girl.

The boys don't want the tragic and teary kind,
They've got a thousand problems to cloud their mind.
But if true love should decide to come,
You'd better keep those laughs to a minimum.
And when his lips feel softer than bunnies,
Show him that you'll do more than make funnies.
Tell him it's real, if he ever leaves, you'll die.
I said "No jokes, funny girl."
Even funny girls can cry.

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