Sing Books with Emily, the Blog

Lydia the Tattooed Lady, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: November 4, 2014

Believe it or not, this JEWEL of a comedy/novelty song was written by the same two guys that brought us OVER THE RAINBOW, and another song I first learned on THE MUPPET SHOW RECORD:

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LYDIA THE TATTOED LADY 4SBWE cover only
Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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LYDIA THE TATTOED LADY 4SBWE dressed

Lydia the Tattooed Lady
Words by Yip Harburg
Music by Harold Arlen

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It’s true, you CAN learn a lot from LYDIA

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_the_Tattooed_Lady

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY Muppet wiki
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Lydia,_the_Tattooed_Lady

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BATTLE OF WATERLOO wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waterloo

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NAPOLEON CROSSING THE ALPS
1801 painting by Jacques-Louis David wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Crossing_the_Alps

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WRECK OF THE HESPERUS
Poem by Henry Wadworth Longfellow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wreck_of_the_Hesperus

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SLOOP (detail)
By Robert Moak
http://www.wheelerfolk.org/sloop/s_photos/album.htm

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KANKAKEE, IL wiki:
http://www.citykankakee-il.gov/

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PARIS, FRANCE wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris

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WASHINGTON CROSSING THE DELAWARE
1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze
http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/11417

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ANDREW JACKSON wiki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson

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ANDREW JACKSON AND THE WAR OF 1812, BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_New_Orleans

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Kermit sings LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHXZA_5XMJ4

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Groucho sings LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4zRe_wvJw8

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY
Music by Harold Arlen
Words by E. Y. “Yip” Harburg
Written for the 1939 Marx Brothers film At the Circus
Originally Performed by Groucho Marx
These lyrics as sung by Kermit the Frog

Lydia O Lydia say have you met Lydia
Lydia, the tattooed lady
She has eyes that folks adore so
And a torso even more so

Lydia O Lydia that encyclopedia
Lydia the Queen of tattoo
On her back is the Battle of Waterloo
Beside it the Wreck of the Hesperus too
And proudly above the waves
The Red, White and Blue
You can learn a lot from Lydia

She can give you a view of the world
In tattoo if you step up and tell her where
For a dime you can see Kankakee or Paree
Or Washington crossing the Delaware

Lydia O Lydia, say have you met Lydia
Lydia, the tattooed lady
When her muscles start relaxin’
Up the hill comes Andrew Jackson
Lydia O Lydia that encyclopedia
Lydia, the champ of them all
She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet
The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat
And now the old boy’s in command of the fleet
You can learn a lot from Lydia

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LYDIA THE TATTOOED LADY is featured on THE MUPPET SHOW RECORD


Info about The Muppet Show album, here:
http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Muppet_Show_(album)

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