Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat

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Something for the weekend.  Stubby Kaye gives a show stopping performance of Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat from the film adaptation of the play Guys and Dolls (1955).  My daughter’s high school is putting on the Guys and Dolls play this semester and my daughter has the role of the Salvation Army General Matilda B. Cartwright.  My wife and I viewed the film a few weeks ago.  It had been decades since I last watched it and I had forgotten just how much fun it is.  A better time in America’s cultural life.

I dreamed last night I got on the boat to heaven

And by some chance I had brought my dice along

And there I stood And I hollered “Someone fade me”

 But the passengers, they knew right from wrong.

For the people all said sit down,

sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat

 
People all said sit down

Sit down you’re rockin’ the boat.

And the devil will drag you under

 By the sharp lapel of your checkered coat,

 Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down,

Sit down you’re rockin’ the boat.

I sailed away on that little boat to heaven

And by some chance found a bottle in my fist

 And there I stood, Nicely passin’ out the whisky

But the passengers were bound to resist

For the people all said beware

 You’re on a heavenly trip

 People all said beware Beware,

 you’ll scuttle the ship.

And the devil will drag you under

 By the fancy tie ’round your wicked throat

Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down

 Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat

And as I laughed at those passengers to heaven (laughs) (gasps!)

 A great big wave came and washed me over board!

 And as I sank And I hollered “someone save me!”

That’s the moment I woke up Thank the lord

And I said to myself, sit down, sit down, You’re rockin’ the boat!

 Said to myself sit down, sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat

And the devil will drag you under

 With a soul so heavy you’d never float,

Sit down, sit down, sit down Sit down,

sit down, sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat

 

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