Makin' Whoopee
Louis Armstrong Lyrics


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Another bride, another June
Another sunny honeymoon
Another season, another reason
For makin' whoopee

A lot of shoes, a lot of rice
The groom is nervous; he answers twice
It's really killin'
That he's so willin' to make whoopee

Picture a little love nest
Down where the roses cling
Picture the same sweet love nest
Think what a year can bring

He's washin' dishes and baby clothes
He's so ambitious he even sews
But don't forget, folks
That's what you get, folks, for makin' whoopee

Another year or maybe less
What's this I hear? Well, you can't confess
She feels neglected, and he's suspected
Of makin' whoopee

She sits alone 'most every night
He doesn't phone her; he doesn't write
He says he's busy, but she says, "Is he?"
He's makin' whoopee

He doesn't make much money
Only five thousand per
Some judge who thinks he's funny
Says, "You'll pay six to her"

He says, "Now, Judge, suppose I fail?"
The judge says, "Budge right into jail"
You'd better keep her; I think it's cheaper
Than makin' whoopee

You'd better keep her




I know it's cheaper
Than makin' whoopee

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Makin' Whoopee" by Louis Armstrong and Oscar Peterson tell the story of a couple's journey from their honeymoon to their divorce. The first verse depicts the excitement and joy of getting married, with “another bride, another June, another season, another reason for makin' whoopee.” However, the following verse shows that things aren't always perfect in a marriage. The groom's willingness to make whoopee kills the bride's expectations, and the lyrics then paint a picture of the couple's life together.


The final verse reveals that the couple is headed for a divorce. The husband has been neglecting his wife, and she feels neglected and suspect that he is cheating on her. As a result, she wants a divorce, and the judge orders the husband to pay alimony. The song's final lines, "You'd better keep her / I know it's cheaper / Than makin' whoopee" suggest that the husband should have treated his wife better and saved himself the pain and cost of a divorce.


Line by Line Meaning

Another bride, another June
It's wedding season again and another bride is getting married in the month of June.


Another sunny honeymoon
The newly married couple will be heading to a sunny place for their honeymoon.


Another season, another reason
With every wedding season comes another reason for couples to get married.


For makin' whoopee
The real reason many couples get married is to have sex and start a family.


A lot of shoes, a lot of rice
Weddings involve throwing shoes and rice as a sign of good luck.


The groom is nervous; he answers twice
The groom is nervous about getting married and says 'I do' twice during the wedding ceremony.


It's really killin'
The groom is feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by the whole wedding process.


That he's so willin' to make whoopee
Despite his reservations, the groom is still eager to consummate the marriage and have sex.


Picture a little love nest
Imagine a cozy home for the newlywed couple.


Down where the roses cling
This love nest is surrounded by beautiful roses, adding to the romantic atmosphere.


Picture the same sweet love nest
Now picture the same home, but after a year has passed.


Think what a year can bring
A lot can happen in a year, and it can either strengthen or weaken a relationship.


He's washin' dishes and baby clothes
The husband is doing house chores like washing dishes and doing laundry, even baby clothes.


He's so ambitious he even sews
He's so eager to please his wife that he even learns to sew.


But don't forget, folks
However, there's a catch to this idyllic scene.


That's what you get, folks, for makin' whoopee
All of this work and effort is what you get for getting married to have sex and start a family.


Another year or maybe less
The husband and wife have been married for another year, maybe even less.


What's this I hear? Well, you can't confess
The husband hears rumors of infidelity on his wife's part but can't bring himself to confront her about it.


She feels neglected, and he's suspected
The wife is feeling neglected in the relationship and the husband is being suspected of cheating on her.


Of makin' whoopee
The reason they got married in the first place was to have sex, and now they're both unhappy in the relationship.


She sits alone 'most every night
The wife spends most of her evenings alone, feeling neglected by her husband.


He doesn't phone her; he doesn't write
The husband doesn't make any effort to keep in touch with his wife while he's away.


He says he's busy, but she says, 'Is he?'
The husband claims to be busy, but the wife doesn't believe him and suspects he's cheating.


He's makin' whoopee
The husband is likely cheating on his wife, just as she suspected.


He doesn't make much money
The husband doesn't earn a lot of money.


Only five thousand per
He only earns five thousand dollars a year.


Some judge who thinks he's funny
A judge intervenes in their marital problems, thinking he can solve things with a joke.


Says, 'You'll pay six to her'
The judge orders the husband to pay six thousand dollars to his wife as compensation for their marital problems.


He says, 'Now, Judge, suppose I fail?'
The husband tries to argue with the judge, asking what will happen if he can't pay the amount demanded.


The judge says, 'Budge right into jail'
The judge threatens to send the husband to jail if he can't pay the money owed to his wife.


You'd better keep her; I think it's cheaper
The judge advises the husband to stay with his wife, as he believes it's cheaper than all of the legal battles and payments that will result from a divorce.


Than makin' whoopee
The judge implies that getting married for sex and starting a family isn't worth the trouble that can come from it.




Lyrics © DONALDSON PUBLISHING CO, TOBAGO MUSIC COMPANY, BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn

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Gabriela Grinblat

The Great Satchmo Forever and Ever!! Love!!!

I.M.P

🎶For Making Whoopee 🎶

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Steve Krüse

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?Me: Who do you think?  Satchmo any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Bogdan Ditu

Try playing the song at 1.25 speed :)

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"don't forget foiks, that's what you get folks, for makin' whoopee..."

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