Button up Your 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 song, Button up Your Overcoat, is essentially a warning from a lover to her partner, urging him to take good care of himself, with the underlying fear of losing him. The first verse sets the tone for the entire song, where she expresses her apprehension about something happening to him now that she has him, following up with her love and commitment to him. The chorus and other verses contain a lengthy series of instructions on how to take good care of himself, some serious but many of them hilariously exaggerated, such as "Beware of frozen funds" and "Keep away from bootleg hooch." The song culminates in the repetition of the chorus, and Murphy ends the song with a trademark "Boop-boop-a-doop."


Button up Your Overcoat was originally composed in 1928 by Ray Henderson, with lyrics by B.G. DeSylva and Lew Brown. The song had initially been written for the musical comedy, Follow Through, and was performed by singer Ruth Etting. However, it became popular when it was sung and recorded by singer Ruth Etting. The song is light and upbeat, with a jazzy, snappy tune that makes it an enjoyable listen to this day.


Line by Line Meaning

Listen, big boy
Pay attention, dear


Now that you got me made
Now that you have me, you can't let go


Goodness, but I'm afraid
I'm scared for what could happen to us


Somethin's gonna happen to you
Something could go wrong if you're not careful


You gotta be hooked, and how
You have to be into me, and you are


I would die if I should lose you now
If I were to lose you, it would be unbearable


Button up your overcoat
Button your coat up to keep warm


When the wind is free
During cold, windy weather


Take good care of yourself
Stay safe and healthy


You belong to me
You're important to me


Eat an apple every day
Fruit is good for your health


Get to bed by three
A good night's sleep is important


Be careful crossing streets, ooh, ooh
Pay attention when walking across the street


Cut out sweets, ooh, ooh
Avoid eating too many candies


Lay off meat, ooh, ooh
Eating too much meat is not good for you


You'll get a pain and ruin your tum-tum
Eating poorly can lead to stomach troubles


Wear your flannel underwear
Dress warm in cold temperatures


When you climb a tree
Be careful when climbing


When you sass a traffic cop
Don't disrespect authority


Use diplomacy
Handle things with tact and politeness


Beware of frozen funds, ooh, ooh
Be cautious of financial instability


Stocks and bonds, ooh, ooh
Invest wisely


Dockside thugs, ooh, ooh
Watch out for criminals


You'll get a pain and ruin your bankroll
Mismanagement of money can lead to financial troubles


Keep the spoon out of your cup
Don't overindulge in tea


Don't sit on hornet's tails, ooh, ooh
Avoid dangerous situations


Or on nails, ooh, ooh
Watch where you're sitting


Or third rails, ooh, ooh
Keep away from dangerous things, like live train tracks


Keep away from bootleg hooch
Steer clear from illicit substances


When you're on a spree
When you're having a good time


Boop-boop-a-doop
A playfully suggestive phrase


Oh, take good care of yourself
Stay safe and healthy


You belong to me
You're important to me




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: George Gard Buddy 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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