Jim Dandy
LaVern Baker Lyrics


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Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy! Go, Jim Dandy!

Jim Dandy on a mountain top.
Thirty thousand feet to drop.
Spied a lady on a runaway horse
Uh huh, that's right, of course.
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy! Go, Jim Dandy!

Jim Dandy met a girl named Sue.
She was feeling kind of blue.
Jim Dandy he's the kind of guy
Never liked to see a little girl cry.
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy! Go, Jim Dandy!

Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy! Go!

Jim Dandy in a submarine
Got a message from a mermaid queen.
She was hanging from a fishing line.
Jim Dandy didn't waste no time!
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy! Go, Jim Dandy!

Jim Dandy wanted to go to Maine.
Got a ticket on a DC plane.
Mr. Dandy didn't need no chute!
He was hip and ready to boot!
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy! Go, Jim Dandy!

Go, go go Jim Dandy
Go, go go Jim Dandy
Go, go go Jim Dandy




So long Jim!
Jim Dandy's gone

Overall Meaning

The song "Jim Dandy" talks about a hero who comes to the rescue of those in need. The song portrays Jim Dandy with the characteristics of a true superhero who can accomplish anything that comes his way. He rises to the occasion and saves a lady who is about to fall from her horse, comforts Sue when she is feeling blue, gets a message from a mermaid queen hanging on a fishing line, and is even willing to jump out of a plane without a parachute. The repetition of the phrase "Jim Dandy to the rescue" throughout the song emphasizes his heroism and reinforces his image as a savior.


The song's upbeat tempo, enthusiastic lyrics, and catchy melody make it an enjoyable and lively song. The song gained massive popularity and played a significant role in LaVern Baker's career in the music industry. It was her biggest hit, reaching No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and remained on the charts for twelve weeks.


Line by Line Meaning

Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Praising the presence of Jim Dandy to save someone in trouble or distress


Jim Dandy on a mountain top.
Jim Dandy is on a mountaintop and sees a lady on a runaway horse


Thirty thousand feet to drop.
The height Jim Dandy is at and the danger if he was to fall


Spied a lady on a runaway horse
Jim Dandy sees a woman struggling while on her horse


Uh huh, that's right, of course.
Affirming the situation he is in and what he must do to help the woman


Jim Dandy met a girl named Sue.
Jim Dandy encounters a girl named Sue who was upset


She was feeling kind of blue.
Sue was down and sad about something


Jim Dandy he's the kind of guy
Jim Dandy is the type of person who helps others in need


Never liked to see a little girl cry.
It pains Jim Dandy to see a young woman upset to the point of tears


Jim Dandy in a submarine
Jim Dandy is in a submarine transporting a message from a mermaid queen


Got a message from a mermaid queen.
There's a need to rescue someone hanging from a fishing line, and he's the only one who can save them


She was hanging from a fishing line.
A woman is suspended from a fishing line and needs help from Jim Dandy


Jim Dandy didn't waste no time!
Jim Dandy springs into action immediately after receiving the message.


Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Jim Dandy is the only one who can step up and save the woman hanging from the fishing line.


Jim Dandy wanted to go to Maine.
Jim Dandy had a desire to go to Maine


Got a ticket on a DC plane.
Jim Dandy secured a seat on a DC plane.


Mr. Dandy didn't need no chute!
Jim Dandy is confident that he does not require a parachute.


He was hip and ready to boot!
Jim Dandy is ready and cool about the plane journey.


Jim Dandy's gone
Jim Dandy has left after all the rescues he had done.




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Written by: LINCOLN CHASE

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@damsonelvira1212

Jim Dandy to the rescue,
Jim Dandy to the rescue,
Jim Dandy to the rescue,
Go, Jim Dandy!
Go, Jim Dandy!

Jim Dandy on a mountain top,
Thirty-five hundred feet to drop,
Spied a lady on a runaway horse,
Uh-huh, that's right, of course--
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy!
Go, Jim Dandy!

Jim Dandy met a girl named Sue,
She was feelin' kinda blue.
Jim Dandy, he's the kinda guy
Never liked to see a little girl cry.
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy!
Go, Jim Dandy!

Jim Dandy to the rescue,
Jim Dandy to the rescue,
Jim Dandy to the rescue,
Go, Jim Dandy,
GO!

Jim Dandy in a submarine
Got a message from a mermaid queen.
She was hangin' from a fishin' line--
Jim Dandy didn't waste no time.
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy!
Go, Jim Dandy!

Jim Dandy wanted to go to Maine,
Got a ticket on a DC plane.
Jim Dandy didn't need no suit--
He was hip, and ready to boot.
Jim Dandy to the rescue!
Go, Jim Dandy!
Go, Jim Dandy!

Go, go, go, Jim Dandy,
Go, go, go, Jim Dandy,
Go, go, go, Jim Dandy,
Go on, Jim Dandy!
Jim Dandy's goin'!



All comments from YouTube:

@ivanmay7890

I finally heard the original version of Jim Dandy after being familiar with only the Black Oak Arkansas cover. And let me tell you, Lavern Baker’s original version of Jim Dandy is a lot more interesting.

@JimmyChishlom

Love this

@hurricanefury439

Jim Dandy isn't the hero we need
but he is the hero we deserve

@johnthrussell1377

One of her best records

@lindaeasley5606

She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991
She was a favorite singer of Elvis Presley's

@shelianicholson5257

Love this song

@spideraxis

An oldie and a real, real, real goodie.

@johnjames4591

Boy you could really break out a sweat jitterbugging to this song - lifting your girl over your shoulders- the song really moves!

@michaelmcgarry7701

Fabulous!

@seamusmacdonald9841

I still remember seeing LaVern Baker, along with a host of others-Little Richard, the Everley Brothers, Clyde McPhatter, Buddy Holly etc etc etc at the Denman Auditorium in Vancouver BC. I guess it must have been !957 or 58. I loved that song.
Some friends of mine had a rock band called the Jim Dandy's, plaid suits and all.

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