Peel Me a Grape
Anita O'Day Lyrics


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Peel me a grape, crush me some ice
Skin me a peach, save the fuzz for my pillow
Spot me a smoke, talk to me nice
You've got to wine me and dine me

Don't try to fool me bejewel me
Either amuse me or lose me
I'm getting hungry, peel me a grape

Pop me a cork, french me a fry
Crack me a nut, bring a bowl full of bon-bons
Chill me some wine, keep standing by
Just entertain me, champagne me
Show me you love me, kid glove me
Best way to cheer me, cashmere me
I'm getting hungry, peel me grape

Here's how to be an agreeable chap
Love me and leave me in luxury's lap
Hop when I holler, skip when I snap
When I say do it, jump to it

Send out for scotch, boil me a crab
Cut me a rose, make my tea with the petals
Just hang around, pick up the tab
Never out think me, just mink me
Polar bear rug me, don't bug me
New thunder bird me, you heard me
I'm getting hungry, peel me a grape

Here's how to be an agreeable chap
Love me and leave me in luxury's lap
Hop when I holler, skip when I snap
When I say do it, jump to it

Send out for scotch, boil me a crab
Cut me a rose, make my tea with the petals
Just hang around, pick up the tab
Never out think me, just mink me
Polar bear rug me, don't bug me




New thunder bird me, you heard me
I'm getting hungry, peel me a grape

Overall Meaning

Anita O’Day’s “Peel Me a Grape” is a charmingly cheeky, tongue-twister laden love song about a woman who knows what she wants, she wants to be treated like a queen or rather, an equal in her relationship. The request for her lover to “peel me a grape, crush me some ice” sets the tone for the song – an instruction manual for how to win her heart. The repeated refrain “I’m getting hungry, peel me a grape” becomes a metaphor for her desire for love and affection, a playful expression of her needs.


Throughout the song, the singer of the story asks to be treated with respect, charm and grace. Her lover must “wine and dine” her, with no short cuts allowed or she’s lost. Despite her high maintenance personality, the song also suggests that she will reciprocate, if treated right.


The clever use of wordplay within the lyrics displays Anita’s wit and mastery of her art. It was one of the most popular songs recorded in 1952, and is now considered to be one of the greats of jazz songs.



Line by Line Meaning

Peel me a grape, crush me some ice
If you want to please me, peel a grape and crush ice for me


Skin me a peach, save the fuzz for my pillow
Peel the peach and keep its fuzz for my pillow


Spot me a smoke, talk to me nice
Give me a cigarette and talk to me in a pleasing manner


You've got to wine me and dine me
You have to treat me to fancy dinners and wine if you want to impress me


Don't try to fool me bejewel me
Don't try to impress me with jewelry, just make me laugh or leave me alone


Either amuse me or lose me
If you can't make me laugh, then you might as well leave me alone


I'm getting hungry, peel me a grape
I'm getting impatient and want you to please me by peeling a grape for me


Pop me a cork, french me a fry
Open a bottle of wine for me and make me some French fries


Crack me a nut, bring a bowl full of bon-bons
Crack some nuts for me and bring me a bowl filled with candy


Chill me some wine, keep standing by
Keep me company and chill some more wine for me


Just entertain me, champagne me
Entertain me and serve me some champagne


Show me you love me, kid glove me
Show me your affection and handle me with care


Best way to cheer me, cashmere me
If you want to make me happy, wrap me in cashmere


I'm getting hungry, peel me grape
I'm still waiting for you to peel me a grape because I'm hungry


Here's how to be an agreeable chap
Here's how to please me and make me happy


Love me and leave me in luxury's lap
Treat me to luxury and love me, but then leave me alone to enjoy it


Hop when I holler, skip when I snap
Do as I say and make me happy, even if it means hopping or skipping


When I say do it, jump to it
When I tell you to do something, do it without hesitation


Send out for scotch, boil me a crab
Order some scotch for me and prepare a crab for me


Cut me a rose, make my tea with the petals
Cut a rose for me and use its petals to make my tea


Just hang around, pick up the tab
Stay with me and pay for everything


Never out think me, just mink me
Don't try to outsmart me, just spoil me with a mink coat


Polar bear rug me, don't bug me
Cover me with a polar bear rug and don't bother me with your problems


New thunder bird me, you heard me
Buy me a new Thunderbird car, as I said


I'm getting hungry, peel me a grape
I'm still waiting for you to peel me a grape because I'm hungry




Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Dave Frishberg

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Comments from YouTube:

@SeaJay_Oceans

Great voice, and WOW, Johnnie Rae completely owning that vibraphone, EXCELLENT.

@railroaded1000

Music & lyrics by Dave Frishberg who wrote also 'I'm Hip' (Blossom Dearie)

@flenif2247

best rendition.

@calicrafton4229

Wonderful

@bellavia5

I wonder if the little white glove we click on with was borrowed from Anita.?

@mikedavino2400

thanks

@HFritzson

Nastier (and sexier) than Blossom Dearie’s super cool version. What can I say? I love them both.

@kolofs

i started to sing the lyrics in my oms car and I was grounded wtf

@paintpot2

???

@MayChild8

I think she sang "boil me a crab" not "call me a cab"

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