The Lady Is a Tramp
Frank Sinatra Lyrics


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She gets too hungry for dinner at eight
She likes the theatre and never comes late
She never bothers with people she'd hate
That's why the lady is a tramp

Doesn't like crap games with barons or earls
Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
Won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls
That's why the lady is a tramp

She likes the free, fresh wind in her hair
Life without care
She's broke and it's ok

Hates California, it's cold and it's damp
That's why the lady is a tramp

She gets too hungry to wait for dinner at eight
She loves the theatre but never comes late
She'd never bother with people she'd hate
That's why the lady is a tramp

She'll have no crap games with sharpies and frauds
And she won't go to Harlem in Lincoln's or Ford's
And she won't dish the dirt with the rest of the broads
That's why the lady is a tramp

She loves the free, fresh wind in her hair
Life without care
She's broke, but it's ok

Hates California, it's so cold and so damp
That's why the lady




That's why the lady
That's why the lady is a tramp

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Frank Sinatra's "The Lady is a Tramp" paint a picture of a woman who is independent and free-spirited. She is someone who doesn't conform to societal norms and expectations of class or gender. The opening lines describe her as too hungry for dinner at eight, which suggests she doesn't follow strict schedules and has a hunger for life. She loves the theatre but never comes late, indicating she enjoys cultural pursuits but doesn't bother with keeping up appearances or being fashionable. The next set of lines talks about how she doesn't like to associate with certain types of people, indicating that she is not worried about pleasing everyone around her.


The following lines further highlight her distaste for conformity and snobbery. She doesn't like crap games with barons or earls, won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls, and won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls. She does not care about social status and prefers to live life according to her own rules. The refrain of the song emphasizes her love for the wind in her hair and her carefree spirit. In contrast, there is a reference to California being cold and damp, suggesting that she doesn't like the conformist mainstream culture of the West Coast.


Overall, the song celebrates individuality, independence, and freedom from societal norms. It's an ode to the person who chooses their own path and enjoys being themselves, rather than trying to fit into a particular mold.


Line by Line Meaning

She gets too hungry for dinner at eight
She has a big appetite and can't wait until eight for dinner


She likes the theatre and never comes late
She enjoys going to the theatre and is always on time


She never bothers with people she'd hate
She avoids negative people and doesn't associate with them


That's why the lady is a tramp
These unconventional habits are why she's dubbed a tramp


Doesn't like crap games with barons or earls
She doesn't enjoy playing games with wealthy or aristocratic people


Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls
She won't wear expensive clothes to fit in with a certain group of people


Won't dish the dirt with the rest of the girls
She won't gossip about other women or their business


That's why the lady is a tramp
Her unconventional habits are the reason why she is considered a tramp


She likes the free, fresh wind in her hair
She enjoys the feeling of the wind blowing through her hair


Life without care
She lives life in a carefree way


She's broke and it's ok
She doesn't have much money but it doesn't bother her


Hates California, it's cold and it's damp
She dislikes California because of the weather


That's why the lady is a tramp
All of these characteristics lead to her being considered a tramp


She gets too hungry to wait for dinner at eight
She has a big appetite and can't wait until eight for dinner


She loves the theatre but never comes late
She enjoys the theatre and is always punctual


She'd never bother with people she'd hate
She avoids negative people and doesn't associate with them


That's why the lady is a tramp
All of these habits are why she's known as a tramp


She'll have no crap games with sharpies and frauds
She won't play games with dishonest people


And she won't go to Harlem in Lincoln's or Ford's
She won't try to fit in with a certain group of people by wearing expensive cars


And she won't dish the dirt with the rest of the broads
She won't gossip about other women or their business


That's why the lady is a tramp
All of these traits are why she's regarded as a tramp


She loves the free, fresh wind in her hair
She enjoys the feeling of the wind blowing through her hair


Life without care
She lives her life without worrying about others' opinions


She's broke, but it's okay
She doesn't have much money but doesn't mind


Hates California, it's so cold and so damp
She dislikes California because of its weather


That's why the lady
All of these traits lead to her being known as the following


That's why the lady
All of these traits lead to her being known as the following


That's why the lady is a tramp
All of these qualities are why she's labeled as a tramp




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers

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@alexandreseynaeve8251

Since I'm European. I've got to admit...honestly : America did provide the world with the best singers (ever).

@jackspry9736

RIP Frank Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998), aged 82
And
RIP Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), aged 79
You both will be remembered as legends.

@tomlaud

No crazy sets, no wind machines, no pyrotechnics, no back up dancers….just pure talent.

@MarCapa-ed5uv

No one half naked lol

@IgnoranceOfLife

hi, you are so right tbh, i completekt agree with your train of thought on this one tbh cvhoo choo thbe train has kleft thge station and it aint cvomingn bCK BABAY AND NO WAY ITS COINGBBA CJK OBA BY TBHJ

@paulmaes6054

Who could hold a candle to Ella...one of the few celebrities ..I asked for an autograph I was a star struck room service busboy. She snarled a little bit me her autograph. I gave the autograph to a man who was a dancer who reminded me of Fred Astaire ..... The Legendary Ella......

@daking589

Ella is sheer perfection. Every vocal choice she makes is always a stunning surprise.

@rosie8126

Ella was and still is the Queen of Jazz. The quality of sound, the pearls given to the mere mortals is a joy to behold that will last a lifetime. Glorious.

@ElizabethOpondo

“Ella Fitzgerald is the only performer with whom I’ve ever worked who made me nervous. Because I try to work up to what she does. You know, try to pull myself up to that height, because I believe she is the greatest popular singer in the world, barring none—male or female.” —Frank Sinatra

@nhatle4291

That's why she was such a tramp for him.

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