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Sunday Samples 326

May 12, 2013

With The Great Gatsby coming out this weekend, I thought I’d pull out a song specifically mentioned in Fitzgerald’s novel and used in the 1974 film, but which doesn’t seem to be on the soundtrack of Luhrmann’s new version: Van & Schenck’s “Ain’t We Got Fun?”. I can’t find the version from the 1974 film standing on its own, but it’s on the soundtrack starting here.

As with the rest of Gatsby, it’s almost eerily appropriate to the present day. The rich get rich and the poor get children, indeed.

Bill collectors gather ’round and rather
Haunt the cottage next door
Men the grocer and butcher sent
Men who call for the rent
But within a happy chappy
And his bride of only a year
Seem to be so cheerful; here’s an earful
Of the chatter you hear

“Every morning, every evening
Ain’t we got fun?
Not much money, oh, but honey
Ain’t we got fun?
The rent’s unpaid dear
We haven’t a bus
But smiles were made, dear
For people like us
In the winter, in the Summer
Don’t we have fun?
Times are bum and getting bummer
Still we have fun
There’s nothing surer
The rich get rich and the poor get children
In the meantime, in between time
Ain’t we got fun”

Just to make their trouble nearly double
Something happened last night
To their chimney a gray bird came
Mister Stork is his name
And I’ll bet two pins a pair of twins
Just happen’d in with the bird
Still they’re very gay and merry
Just at dawning I heard

“Every morning, every evening
Don’t we have fun?
Twins and cares dear come in pairs, dear
Don’t we have fun?
We’ve only started
As mommer and pop
Are we downhearted?
I’ll say that we’re not
Landlord’s mad and getting madder
Ain’t we got fun?
Times are bad and getting badder
Still we have fun
There’s nothing surer
The rich get richer and the poor get laid off
In the meantime, in between time
Ain’t we got fun?”

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