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She Was An Actobat's Daughter

Hyaroo

In 1937, Warner Brothers released a cartoon called She Was An Acrobat's Daughter,  directed by Friz Freleng, whose biggest talent was musical comedies (and who was also the one who developed the Tweety and Sylvester cartoons, not to mention the creator of the cartoon Pink Panther).

The cartoon is basically a comedic send-up of movie theater programs in the 1930s, taking place as it does in a movie theater where the audience in addition to the main feature (The Petrified Florist, a parody of the 1936 film noir movie The Petrified Forest )also get a newsreel and a sing-along. Yeah, people used to go to movie theaters to participate in sing-alongs -- wild, huh?!

It's the sing-along that gives the cartoon its name, as the song is called, yes, She Was An Acrobat's Daughter. The song lyrics are projected on-screen, and the cartoon audience sing;


She was an acrobat's daughter 
Her muscles would swell up like yeast .
One look at her face made guys keep their place
PLEASE DO NOT SPIT ON THE FLOOR
(oops, uh, wrong text projected on the screen, here's the real text:)
 For she feared neither boy, man, nor beast! 

She was an acrobat's daughter 
She used to tame lions besides
One bit her, named Jack, and she bit him right back 
In two days the poor lion died!



It's a catchy little song, and it's easy to see why the cartoon got its name from there. However, this wasn't the last we heard from the song, as nine years later it made a surprise return in the 1946 cartoon Daffy Doodles. In this cartoon, it's Daffy Duck who sings the song as he swings on a rope like a trapeze artist -- but interestingly enough, he uses completely different, and somewhat more dramatic lyrics. Daffy's version goes like this:


She was an acrobat's daughter
She swung by her teeth from a noose
But one matinée, her bridgework gave 'way 
And she flew through the air like a goose!



The song is interrupted there by Porky Pig, who hits him on the head with a club. But this led me to wonder -- was Daffy just parodying the original song by making up his own lyrics... or was he, in fact, singing a hitherto unknown new verse of She Was An Acrobat's Daughter? If the latter is the case, then the song is incomplete --  not only the lyrics, but the tune itself, more than imply that there has to be a final verse to the song, presumably where the final fate of the acrobat's daughter is revealed. 

I haven't been able to find this last verse anywhere, so my guess is that it was either never written, or just never released to the public (since I've never actually heard the song outside those two cartoons). Therefore, I decided to write my own ending to the song, based on what's gone before and how I think the songwriters might have ended it. 

So, here's my version of She Was An Acrobat's Daughter:


She was an acrobat's daughter 
Her muscles would swell up like yeast .
One look at her face made guys keep their place 

 For she feared neither boy, man, nor beast! 

She was an acrobat's daughter 
She used to tame lions besides
One bit her, named Jack, and she bit him right back 
In two days the poor lion died!


Ooohhh...


She was an acrobat's daughter
She swung by her teeth from a noose
But one matinée, her bridgework gave 'way 
And she flew through the air like a goose!

She was an acrobat's daughter
An artist right down to her teeth
Her dentures, intact, stayed to finish the act
As she hit the ground underneath!


What do you think? Too corny?




Comments

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chanpuppy
Aug. 25th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Heh, I like that last verse! Very clever, Roo.
spidra
Nov. 22nd, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
Most excellent!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Acrobat's Daughter
I think the last line should say, "as she fell to the ground underneath." It fits with the music better.
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