Thursday, June 13, 2013


Coffee and Tea Songs
The Coffee Song 
"The Coffee Song" (occasionally subtitled "They've Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil") is a novelty song written by Bob Hilliard and Dick Miles, first recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1946.
The song caricatures Brazil's coffee surplus, claiming (among other things) that no other beverages are available, and that a politician's daughter was fined for drinking water. Snowclones on this phrase have been used in analyses of the coffee industry, and of the Brazilian economy and culture.
Sinatra re-recorded the song in 1961 for his inaugural Reprise release, Ring-a-Ding-Ding!

 "The Coffee Song" lyrics
Way down among Brazilians
Coffee beans grow by the billions
So they've got to find those extra cups to fill
They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil

You can't get cherry soda
'cause they've got to fill that quota
And the way things are I'll bet they never will
They've got a zillion tons of coffee in Brazil

No tea or tomato juice
You'll see no potato juice
'cause the planters down in Santos all say "No, no, no"

The politician's daughter
Was accused of drinkin' water
And was fined a great big fifty dollar bill
They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil

[instrumental break]

You date a girl and find out later
She smells just like a percolator
Her perfume was made right on the grill
Why, they could percolate the ocean in Brazil

And when their ham and eggs need savor
Coffee ketchup gives 'em flavor
Coffee pickles way outsell the dill
Why, they put coffee in the coffee in Brazil

No tea, no tomato juice
You'll see no potato juice
The planters down in Santos all say "No, no, no"

So you'll add to the local color
Serving coffee with a cruller
Dunkin' doesn't take a lot of skill
They've got an awful lot of coffee
An awful lot of coffee
Man, they got a gang of coffee in Brazil!!

Notable cover versions
The song has been performed by (among others) Louis Prima, Sam Cooke, Rosemary Clooney,Eydie Gorme, Mike Doughty, Stan Ridgway, Soul Coughing, Osibisa 

and the Muppets; Bob Dorough recorded the song for inclusion on Too Much Coffee Man, a CD of music based on the eponymous Shannon Wheeler character. The Muppets performed the song as the opening number of a 1997 episode of Muppets Tonight.

Koffie, koffie, lekker bakkie koffie
Coffee is the favorite hot drink in the Netherlands, with the average Dutch coffee drinker consuming a few cups of coffee per day. Fresh ground coffee is the largest category in volume terms, with most consumers drinking their coffee black.
So thats why the Netherlands also have a coffee song.

Hendrika Sturm, better known as Rita Corita (Amsterdam, 24 november 1917 - Beekbergen, december 24, 1998) was a Dutch singer. In 1958, she scored a hit with Koffie, koffie, lekker bakkie koffie, a song that would haunt her throughout her life.

Tea Songs
Tea for Two
"Tea for Two" is a song from the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Irving Caesar. It is a duet sung by Nanette and Tom (Louise Groody and Jack Barker) in Act II as they imagine their future.
The earliest recordings of the song were by Marion Harris (Brunswick 2747), Ben Bernie (Vocalion 14901) and the Benson Orchestra of Chicago (Victor 19438), in 1925.
In October 1927, the conductor Nikolai Malko challenged Dmitri Shostakovich to do an arrangement of a piece in 45 minutes. His "Tea for Two" arrangement, Opus 16, was first performed on 25 November 1928. It was incorporated into Tahiti Trot from his ballet The Golden Age first performed in 1929.
two versions less known ... c. 1943 (studio recording), 1952 (live, start at 2:35)
"Tea for Two" became a jazz standard and was recorded by numerous bands and instrumentalists. Early notable performances and a recording of the song were made by jazz virtuoso Art Tatum in 1939. Pianist Thelonious Monk knew the song well, reharmonizing the song and recording it with a bebop-style melody in 1952 with the name "Skippy" and returning to the original melody with a charming arrangement for his 1963 album Criss Cross. Anita O'Day's rendition of the song at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival was considered one of the festival's highlights.

and also a dutch song about tea..................... ;-)

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