Hernando's Hideaway
Ella Fitzgerald Lyrics


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I know a dark, secluded place
A place where no one knows your face!
A glass of wine, a fast embrace
It's called Hernando's Hideaway, a-way!

All you see are silhouettes
And all you hear are castanets
And no one cares how late it gets
Not at Hernando's hideaway, a-way!

At the Golden Finger Bowl or anyplace you go
You will meet your Uncle Max and everyone you know
But if you go to the spot that I am thinking of
You will be free to gaze at me and talk of love
Just knock three times and whisper low
That you and I were sent by Joe
Then strike and match and you will know
You're in Hernando's hideaway, a-way!

I know a dark, secluded place
A place where no one ever knows your face!
Wine is fine with a fast embrace
Hernando's Hideaway -away!

At the Golden Finger Bowl or anyplace you go
You will meet your Uncle Max and everyone you know
But if you go to the spot that I am thinking of
You will be free to gaze at me and talk of love
Just knock three times and whisper low
That you and I were sent by Joe




Then strike and match and you will know
You're in Hernando's hideaway!

Overall Meaning

The song "Hernando's Hideaway" by Ella Fitzgerald is a fun and flirtatious piece that tells a story of a secret and secluded place where individuals can seek refuge from their daily lives. The lyrics describe a dark and remote place with limited interaction from others, allowing individuals to connect without the judgment of society. The lyrics suggest a retreat for couples to meet, drink wine, and indulge in a quick embrace.


Fitzgerald's rhyming lyrics create a captivating rhythm as she describes the ambiance of Hernando's Hideaway. The mention of silhouettes and castanets set the mood for a dance floor, where couples can connect through the rhythm and energy of the music. The song describes the fun and excitement of escaping daily routines to find pleasure in an unknown location.


In summary, "Hernando's Hideaway" is a playful tune with subtle implications of a romantic getaway. It paints a vivid picture of a dimly lit, secluded place, where couples can escape and lose themselves in each other's company.


Line by Line Meaning

I know a dark, secluded place
I am aware of a dim, isolated spot


A place where no one knows your face!
A spot where no one recognizes you!


A glass of wine, a fast embrace
A beverage and a quick hug


It's called Hernando's Hideaway, a-way!
This location is termed Hernando's Hideaway! -away!


All you see are silhouettes
You only observe dark figures


And all you hear are castanets
There are only sounds of castanets


And no one cares how late it gets
Nobody worries about the time passing by


Not at Hernando's hideaway, a-way!
Especially at Hernando's Hideaway -away!


At the Golden Finger Bowl or anyplace you go
Whether at the Golden Finger Bowl or any other location you visit


You will meet your Uncle Max and everyone you know
You will come across Uncle Max and every person you know


But if you go to the spot that I am thinking of
But if you travel to the location in my mind


You will be free to gaze at me and talk of love
You will have the freedom to look at me and have a love chat


Just knock three times and whisper low
Knock three times and talk quietly


That you and I were sent by Joe
Say that Joe sent you and me


Then strike and match and you will know
Strike a match to discover


You're in Hernando's hideaway, a-way!
That you are now actually in Hernando's Hideaway! -away!




Lyrics © Kanjian Music, BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Songtrust Ave, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Jerry Ross, Richard Adler

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@AmigoKandu

Richard Adler & Jerry Ross wrote "Hernando's Hideaway" for the Warner Brother's 1957 movie "The Pajama Game"

Hernando's Hideaway, located north of Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis, Tennesee, started as a country store in 1891. The next generation of owners made it into a "jukebox joint" on weekends during WW2.

Elvis and other Rockabilly music stars sang here.
Jerry Lee Lewis called it his "office" since he played their so often.

The facility closed in 2006, but in 2019 musician Dale Watson re-opened Hernando's Hideaway on Old Hernando Road.

Today, it is a restaurant pub with a busy live music stage. (see reviews on Google Maps)

Ella Fitzgerald's version is excellent, her skills and charisma shine through in every performance.



All comments from YouTube:

@AmigoKandu

Richard Adler & Jerry Ross wrote "Hernando's Hideaway" for the Warner Brother's 1957 movie "The Pajama Game"

Hernando's Hideaway, located north of Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis, Tennesee, started as a country store in 1891. The next generation of owners made it into a "jukebox joint" on weekends during WW2.

Elvis and other Rockabilly music stars sang here.
Jerry Lee Lewis called it his "office" since he played their so often.

The facility closed in 2006, but in 2019 musician Dale Watson re-opened Hernando's Hideaway on Old Hernando Road.

Today, it is a restaurant pub with a busy live music stage. (see reviews on Google Maps)

Ella Fitzgerald's version is excellent, her skills and charisma shine through in every performance.

@sevtaptincer8194

She is superb, so we sould get a great version from her all the time

@RobertSilvestri86

First Lady of Song + a great orchestral arrangement.

@JaneFrieman

I totally agree with your assessment of Ella Fitzgerald and the musical arrangement. 🎶

@FranBarrett1945

So many memories of my father singing this in the '50's!

@laureanavazquez4474

Me encanta la canción y la interetacion de la Reina del blues Elle Fitzelleral gracias gracias gracias

@oregondave5362

LOve the tuba!

@GrigPit

Fantastic!!

@johannabarker7980

Fabulous, Miss Ella

@johnfilak177

Does anyone know who did the arrangement?

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