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    "Hey Good Lookin'" Lyrics

    Ethel Merman

    When there's a sun above
    I always find
    Romantic thoughts of love
    Never enter my mind
    But when the day is done
    I find that instead
    I just love ev'ryone
    And as Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said

    Hey, good-lookin'
    Say, what's cookin'?
    Do you feel like bookin'

    Some fun tonight?
    He, hey, hey, hey, good-lookin'
    If you're not already tooken
    Could you meet me soon
    In the moon
    Light?
    Why don't we two go roamin'
    Through the gloamin'
    While the stars are combin'
    The skies above?
    Hey, hey, hey, hey, good-lookin'
    Give in and we'll begin cookin'
    That delish
    Little dish
    Called love

    Your voice, Miss Ovaltine
    Has me impressed

    You're the missing link between
    Lily Pons and Mae West
    But I must warn you, Ma'am
    If later you're free
    That I'm half wolf, my lamb
    And as the famous Tallulah muttered to me

    Hey, good-lookin'
    Say, what's cookin'?
    Do you feel like bookin'
    Some fun tonight?
    He, hey, hey, hey, good-lookin'
    If you're not already tooken
    Could you meet me soon
    In the moon
    Light?
    Why don't we two go roamin'
    Through the gloamin'
    While the stars are combin'
    The skies above?
    Hey, hey, hey, hey, good-lookin'
    Give in and we'll begin cookin'
    That delicious
    Little divine
    That so appetizing
    That delightful
    Itty-bitty-bite-full
    Called love
    This song was submitted on August 16th, 2013 and last modified on January 17th, 2017.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Warner/chappell Music, Inc..
    Written by Cole Porter.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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    "Hey, Good Lookin'" is a 1951 song written and recorded by Hank Williams, and his version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. Since its original 1951 recording it has been covered by a variety of artists.

    The Hank Williams song is a variation of another song by the same title, which was written by Cole Porter in 1942. The lyrics for the Williams version begin as a come on using double entendres related to food preparation ("How's about cookin' somethin' up with me?"). By the third and fourth verses, the singer is promising the object of his affection that they can become an exclusive couple ("How's about keepin' steady company?" and "I'm gonna throw my date book over the fence").

    Williams was friendly with musician Jimmy Dickens. Having told Dickens that Dickens needed a hit record if he was going to become a star, Williams said he'd write it, and penned "Hey Good Lookin'" in only 20 minutes while on a plane with Dickens, Minnie Pearl, and Pearl's husband Henry Cannon. A week later Williams recorded it himself, jokingly telling Dickens, "That song's too good for you!"

    "Hey, Good Lookin'" was recorded on March 16, 1951 at Castle Studio in Nashville. The same session also produced the single's B-side "My Heart Would Know" as well as another pair of tunes that would be released as singles: "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)" and "Howlin' at the Moon," released on April 27, 1951. The "Hey, Good Lookin'" single would follow on June 22. Williams was backed on the session by members of his Drifting Cowboys band, including Jerry Rivers (fiddle), Don Helms (steel guitar), Sammy Pruett (electric guitar), Jack Shook (rhythm guitar), Ernie Newton or "Cedric Rainwater," aka Howard Watts (bass), and either Owen Bradley or producer Fred Rose on piano. As author Colin Escott observes, "On one level, it seemed to point toward rock 'n' roll (hot rods, dancing sprees, goin' steady, and soda pop), but the rhythm plodded along with a steppity-step piano, and Hank sounded almost dour."

    Williams performed the song on the Kate Smith Evening Hour on March 26, 1952; the appearance remains one of the few existing film clips of the singer performing live. He is introduced by Roy Acuff and banters with a young June Carter. He is wearing his famous white cowboy suit adorned in musical notes. He performed "Hey, Good Lookin'" and joined in with the rest of the cast singing his own "I Saw The Light." The rare clip displays the singer's exuberance on stage while performing an up-tempo number, and he appears at ease in the relatively new broadcast medium of television. The kinescope from this show would provide the footage for the Hank Williams, Jr. video "There's A Tear In My Beer" some 37 years later.

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