Button Overcoat
Rose Murphy Lyrics


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Listen, big boy
Now that you got me made
Goodness, but I'm afraid
Somethin's gonna happen to you

Listen, big boy
You gotta be hooked, and how
I would die if I should lose you now

Button up your overcoat
When the wind is free
Take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Eat an apple every day
Get to bed by three
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Be careful crossing streets, ooh, ooh
Cut out sweets, ooh, ooh
Lay off meat, ooh, ooh
You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum

Wear your flannel underwear
When you climb a tree
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Button up your overcoat
When the wind is free
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me
Boop-boop-a-doop

When you sass a traffic cop
Use diplomacy
Just take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Beware of frozen funds, ooh, ooh
Stocks and bonds, ooh, ooh
Dockside thugs, ooh, ooh
You'll get a pain and ruin your bankroll

Keep the spoon out of your cup
When you're drinking tea
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Don't sit on hornet's tails, ooh, ooh
Or on nails, ooh, ooh
Or third rails, ooh, ooh
You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum

Keep away from bootleg hooch
When you're on a spree




Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me

Overall Meaning

Rose Murphy’s “Button Up Your Overcoat” is a classic 1920s jazz song that is a playful warning to her love interest. The song begins with her expressing her fear that something will happen to him now that he has her wrapped around his finger. She then advises him to take care of himself because he belongs to her. The rest of the song is a list of comical pieces of advice that include traditional healthy habits such as eating an apple every day and uncommon recommendations, like keeping the spoon out of your cup while drinking tea, avoiding hornet’s tails, and staying away from frozen funds and bootleg hooch. The underlying message of the song is clear: Rose Murphy cares about her man and wants him to stay safe and healthy.


The chorus of “Button Up Your Overcoat” is catchy and easy to sing along with, making it a hit during the 1920s. The song is a reminder of a time when health recommendations were different and humorous warnings were a way of saying “I love you.” The lyrics are a testament to the creativity and humor that was popularized during the Jazz Age, and they continue to be relevant today. Overall, “Button Up Your Overcoat” is a fun and lighthearted song that showcases the classic jazz sound of the era.


Line by Line Meaning

Listen, big boy
Pay attention, my dear


Now that you got me made
Now that you have won me


Goodness, but I'm afraid
Wow, but I'm scared


Somethin's gonna happen to you
Something could happen to you and I am worried


You gotta be hooked, and how
You must already be invested in me


I would die if I should lose you now
It would break my heart if I lost you


Button up your overcoat
Close all your flaps and buttons


When the wind is free
When the wind is wild


Take good care of yourself
Look after yourself


You belong to me
You are mine


Eat an apple every day
Consume a variety of fruits each day


Get to bed by three
Go to sleep early


Be careful crossing streets, ooh, ooh
Be cautious when crossing roads


Cut out sweets, ooh, ooh
Reduce your sugar intake


Lay off meat, ooh, ooh
Reduce your meat consumption


You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum
You may get a stomach ache and ruin your health


Wear your flannel underwear
Dress warmly with proper inner wear


When you climb a tree
When you decide to climb a tree


Button up your overcoat
Close all your flaps and buttons


Oh, take good care of yourself
Always take good care of yourself


When you sass a traffic cop
When you talk back to a traffic cop


Use diplomacy
Be polite and respectful


Beware of frozen funds, ooh, ooh
Be cautious of frozen bank accounts


Stocks and bonds, ooh, ooh
Be cautious when investing in stocks and bonds


Dockside thugs, ooh, ooh
Be cautious around waterfront criminals


You'll get a pain and ruin your bankroll
You could lose your money and suffer a financial loss


Keep the spoon out of your cup
Don't let your spoon touch the cup while drinking


When you're drinking tea
While you are drinking tea


Don't sit on hornet's tails, ooh, ooh
Avoid sitting on hornets' nests


Or on nails, ooh, ooh
Avoid sitting on sharp objects


Or third rails, ooh, ooh
Avoid touching the third rail of an electric train track


Keep away from bootleg hooch
Avoid drinking illegal alcohol


When you're on a spree
While you are out having fun


Oh, take good care of yourself
Always take good care of yourself


You belong to me
You are mine


Boop-boop-a-doop
A playful, flirtatious vocalization




Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: B.G. DESYLVA, LEW BROWN, RAY HENDERSON

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Comments from YouTube:

Angie mind your own

Sounds really great
Love it .x

ANDREW Horton

bless ya

Gramophonic Reevolution

Another beauty. Very nice 🍻

andy staffy man

got this one nice tune andy sounds nice too .

Brian's 78's

Brrr Brrrup.. she was quite a sensation with busy line...which was a massive seller in 1950..first time i heard this version of button tho...i have the Paul Whiteman and Jack Hylton versions..this is kind cute tho..quite like it

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