How many times have I accompanied the show “Grease” on piano? Dozens. And yet, I still have this question. In “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” the mocking song Rizzo sings about Sandy, she states: “As for you, Troy Donahue, I know what you wanna do, you’ve got your crust, I’m no object of lust, I’m just plain Sandra Dee.”
What does that lyric mean “You’ve got your crust?” I have never heard that word used in that context before. I’ve heard of crusty old men, but I equate that to grizzled and/or grouchy or hardhearted.
That’s another idea, but what about “your”? “You’ve got your crust” seems to mean crust is a physical thing. If it was “You’ve got a crust” it might imply something more akin to “you’ve got a lot of balls.” “Or you’ve got an STD.” I don’t know. Either way, definitely a reach. I am pretty positive none of the Rizzos I ever accompanied knew what the hell they were singing.
I have no idea where this comes from or why I think it, but I’ve always interpreted it to mean “you’re a wealthy person” or someone who’s entitled to get whatever they want, and she’s saying “… but you can’t have me”. Again, absolutely no idea why.