Makin' Whoopee
The Four Lads 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
Its 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,
Thats what you get folks, for makin' whoopee

He doesn't make much money
Five thousand dollars per;
Some judge who thinks he's funny
Says, "You 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 making whoopee."

Overall Meaning

The Four Lads's song "Makin' Whoopee" is a jazzy, upbeat tune that tells a cautionary tale about the consequences of getting married too quickly without fully considering the long-term implications. The lyrics start off with the singer describing yet another wedding in June, another sunny honeymoon, and another season for maknig whoopee (an old-timey euphemism for sexual activity). The imagery of the wedding harkens back to a more traditional, formal time when weddings were big productions with lots of people in attendance and much hoopla surrounding the bride and groom.


But as the song progresses, we learn that the giddiness and joy of the wedding day don't always translate into a happy, fulfilling marriage. The groom is described as nervous and overly eager to please his new wife, even to the point of helping with the dishes and doing the laundry! While these might seem like admirable traits in a partner, the lyrics suggest that the groom's willingness to bend over backwards for his new bride is actually a sign of his insecurity and naiveté. As the saying goes, he's "so ambitious he even sews," but in the end, he's just setting himself up for heartbreak because he doesn't fully understand the implications of tying the knot.


The song's final verse is perhaps the most telling, as it describes the groom's financial woes after the marriage has gone sour. He doesn't earn much money, but is ordered by the court to pay his ex-wife six thousand dollars in alimony. When he protests that he can't afford it, the judge admonishes him to either pay up or go to jail. In the end, the groom resigns himself to the fact that he's better off staying with his ex-wife than making whoopee with someone else.


Line by Line Meaning

Another bride, another June
Another wedding, another month of June


Another sunny honeymoon
Another happy and bright beginning of a marriage


Another season, another reason
Another period of time, another cause to celebrate


For makin' whoopee
To have sex and enjoy each other's company


A lot of shoes, a lot of rice
A lot of wedding guests and traditions


The groom is nervous, he answers twice
The groom is anxious and confirms his commitment twice


Its really killin' that he's so willin'
It's difficult to accept that he's eager to have sex


To make whoopee
To engage in sexual activity


Picture a little love nest
Imagine a cozy and romantic home


Down where the roses cling
Surrounded by beautiful and fragrant flowers


Think what a year can bring
Imagine how much can change in a year


He's washin' dishes and baby clothes
He's doing household chores typically associated with women


He's so ambitious he even sews
He's particularly motivated and even sews clothing for the family


But don't forget folks,
However, it's important to remember


Thats what you get folks, for makin' whoopee
These are the consequences of engaging in sexual activity and starting a family


He doesn't make much money
He's not a high-earner


Five thousand dollars per;
He earns five thousand dollars each year


Some judge who thinks he's funny
An unsympathetic judge who finds the situation amusing


Says, 'You pay six to her.'
Orders him to pay a higher sum for child support


He says, 'Now judge, suppose I fail?'
He questions the judge about his inability to pay


The judge says, 'Budge, right into jail.
The judge threatens to imprison him


You'd better keep her
It's more cost-effective to stay married


I think it's cheaper
It's less expensive than engaging in sexual activity with other partners and risking the repercussions


Than makin' whoopee.
Than having sex outside of marriage




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

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The Gregola Horology Club

It's a great song but I can't stand that title!

Gon Fr

Thanks

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