Friday, November 9, 2012

How To Be Charming While Avoiding Marriage (Lost Lyrics Friday, vol. 6)

Allan Sherman learned how to do it, and so can you.

He learned out of necessity. It's hard to believe, but in college Sherman was a catch.

"He wasn't physically attractive," explained a college girlfriend (and a 1943 hottie), "but I thought he was very, very bright and clever."

Part of the magic was Sherman's trick of wooing while pretending to be cagey about the custom of "pinning," which until the very early 1960s was a college custom that often led to marriage. (The custom involved a woman wearing her boyfriend's fraternity pin.)

Here's some of Sherman's "Don't Take My Pin" (to the tune of "Don't Fence Me In")

If I should drink and you should think that I'm thinking of romance
Don't take my pin
Although you're swell, what the hell, give the other girls a chance
Don't take my pin.

I know I'm the guy and there is no other, 
I know you'd like to take me home to mother
But can't you get a pin from my fraternity brother?
Don't take my pin.

2 comments:

  1. In the book, you mention that this parody sustained a long life at Rutgers and Illinois Wesleyan. Is this verse all that survives?

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  2. If I should drink and you think that I'm thinking of romance,
    don't take my pin
    I know I'm swell, what the hell, give the other guys a chance,
    don't take my pin
    I know that I am the one and there is no other
    I know you'd like to take me home to mother
    but can't you get a pin from my fraternity brother,
    don't take my pin
    Oh take my heart and some flowers you can while away the hours at a picture show with me
    Oh take the change from my pocket or a sterling silver locket or a branch from my family tree.
    Oh take my gray Chevrolet with the... windshield wipers
    Take Tommy Dorsey and the Four Pied Pipers
    But if you take my pin I'm going to lose my diapers,
    Ra,da,da,da Don't take my pin
    Oh No, Baby don't you take my pin....Ra Da!

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