Song Lyric Sunday: “Scotch and Soda”/”Something Cool”

When I saw today’s prompt, “freeze/cold/ice,” my mind took a detour that took me far away from those specific terms, and presented me with two songs about drinking. Hey, cocktails have ice (at least some of them do), and most are served cold, at least in this part of the world, right?

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I decided to present both songs for your listening pleasure. I’m almost positive no one will have wanted to choose either.

The first is “Scotch and Soda.” It was written by Dave Guard of The Kingston Trio and appeared on their eponymous album from 1958. Wikipedia tells us

“Scotch and Soda” was discovered by the Trio through the parents of the baseball player Tom Seaver, who had first heard it in a hotel piano lounge in 1932 when on their honeymoon in Phoenix, Arizona. They liked it so much that they had the piano player write it down for them so it would be “their song.” One member of the trio (Dave Guard) was dating Seaver’s older sister (Katie) at that time, and heard the song on a visit to the Seaver home. Although it is credited to Guard, the trio never discovered the real songwriter’s name, though they searched for years.

From their The Final Concert album, The Kingston Trio, “Scotch and Soda.” I love the way this starts…

The lyrics, via Metrolyrics:

Scotch and Soda
Mud in yer eye
Baby do I feel high oh me oh my
Do I feel high

Dry martini
Jigger of gin
Oh what a spell you’ve got me in, oh my
Do I feel high

People won’t believe me
They’ll think that I’m just braggin’
But I could feel the way I do
And still be on the wagon

All I need is one of your smiles
Sunshine of your eye oh me oh my
Do I feel higher than a kite can fly
Give me lovin’ baby I feel high

People won’t believe me
They’ll think that I’m just braggin’
But I could feel the way I do
And still be on the wagon

All I need is one of your smiles
Sunshine of your eye oh me oh my
Do I feel higher than a kite can fly
Give me lovin’ baby I feel high

Today’s second tune is “Something Cool.” Written by Billy Barnes, it appeared on June Christy’s 1954 album of the same name. She recorded it with her husband, saxophonist Pete Rugolo, and his orchestra. It established Miss Christy as a solo singer after years working with Stan Kenton. The song has been recorded by Julie London, Jane Monheit, Diamond Rio, and many others. Miss June Christy, “Something Cool.”

The lyrics, courtesy of SongMeanings:

Something cool,
Something cool,
Something cool,
I’d like to order something cool!

Something cool, (something cool)
I’d like to order something cool, (something cool)
It’s so warm here in town,
And the heat gets me down,
Yes, I’d like something cool! (something cool)

My! It’s nice to simply sit and rest awhile,
Now I know it’s a shame,
I can’t think of your name,
I remember your smile!

I don’t ordinarily drink with strangers,
I most usually drink alone.
You were so awfully nice to me,
And I’m so terribly far from home.

Like my dress? I must confess it’s terribly old,
But it’s simple and neat,
It’s just right for the heat,
Save my furs for the cold!

A cigarette? Well I don’t smoke them as a rule,
but I’ll have one,
It might be fun
With something cool!

I’ll bet you couldn’t imagine
That I one time had a house
With so many rooms I couldn’t count them all!
I’ll bet you couldn’t imagine
I had fifteen different beaus
Who would beg and beg to take me to a ball.

I’ll bet you couldn’t picture me
The time I went to Paris in the Fall,
And who would think the man I loved was quite so handsome,
Quite so tall?

Well it’s true, (something cool)
It’s just a memory I have, (something cool)
One I almost forgot
‘Cause the weather’s so hot!
And I’m feeling so bad (something cool)
About a date,
Oh wait!
I’m such a fool!
He’s just a guy
Who’s stopped to buy
Me something cool!

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for April 14, 2019.

18 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Scotch and Soda”/”Something Cool”

    1. They were both altos and sang the same sort of songs. June was maybe a little more cheery-sounding, but I’d sit in a dark, smoky nightclub late at night listening to either one of them.

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  1. Both great choices! On a side note: “eponymous” must be the word of the day. You’re the 3rd or 4th person, including me, who used it to describe the album their chosen song came from. LOL

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  2. I always loved Scotch And Soda by the Kingston Trio. Can’t believe that they never could find who wrote it. You’d think someone, somewhere, would hear it on the radio and say, ” Hey, I wrote that song! “

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    1. A lot of jazz players like “Scotch and Soda” because of that open, with all its extended and altered chords. It works really well as an instrumental.

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