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Old 08-26-2004, 11:02 AM
Spectre of Pithecanthropus Spectre of Pithecanthropus is offline
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In "Trading Places", what was that song they sang at the tennis club?

In the Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd movie Trading Places there's a scene where Louis shows up at the tennis club to try to borrow some money from his former friends. Meanwhile the boys are singing a song in close harmony, about making it with a series of girls who all seem to have very preppie type names, in various locations. Although to give an even truer flavor of Northeastern upper class authenticity, I would have thrown in a "Campbell" and "Bailey" as well, giving a nod to the upper Northeastern custom of christening girls with family names.

I'm sorry, I can't remember the lyrics well enough to quote them; you'd have to have seen the movie if you're going to be much help here.

And while we're at it, what is The Wiffenpoof Song?
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:19 AM
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If I recall the scene correctly, the boys at the club were singing a fraternity song to the tune of Gaudeamus Igitur, written in 1781, and traditionally used as a frat drinking song. I believe it's also one of the school songs for Harvard.

Gaudeamus igitur
Juvenes dum sumus
Post jucundum juventutem
Post molestam senectutem
Nos habebit humus.

The Wiffenpoof song ("we are poor little lambs, who have lost our way. . .") was a song for the Wiffenpoof Society at Yale.
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:34 AM
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If I recall the scene correctly, the boys at the club were singing a fraternity song to the tune of Gaudeamus Igitur
So *that's* what Tom Lehrer is saying in "Bright College Days"! I always wondered about that.
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Old 08-26-2004, 11:40 AM
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Meanwhile the boys are singing a song in close harmony, about making it with a series of girls who all seem to have very preppie type names, in various locations. . . .

I'm sorry, I can't remember the lyrics well enough to quote them; you'd have to have seen the movie if you're going to be much help here.
The part I can recall went something like:

"Muffy in a bathroom stall,
Margaret by the lake.
[someone] back in Whitley Hall,
Constance on the make.

Constance Fry, Constance Fry,
Anytime you call,
Constance will fulfill your needs,
Winter, spring, or fall."
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Old 08-26-2004, 09:58 PM
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I don't know the name of the tune, but it's the same one that Betty Childs and the other Pi Delta Pis sing to in Revenge of the Nerds, when they accept the invitation to the nerds' party.
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Old 08-26-2004, 10:03 PM
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the tune also sounds quite a bit like "love me tender" by elvis
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Old 08-27-2004, 04:33 PM
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the tune also sounds quite a bit like "love me tender" by elvis
Holy crap, you're right! I knew the tune was familiar from more than just those movies, but couldn't figure out why. Elvis! It's always Elvis!

(Of course, now I'm wondering if Elvis's melody is really Gaudeamus Igitur...)
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Old 08-27-2004, 05:32 PM
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Actually, Love Me Tender was ripped off a tune by George Poulton called Aura Lee -- which sounds like it was ripped off from something out of 17th century England.
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