Song Lyric Sunday: Not a Frappe or Macchiato

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is Cappuccino/Coffee/Expresso/Latte/Mocha.
The song must contain one of these words in either the title or the lyrics.

We’re going back in time, to 1940 with the Java Jive by the Ink Spots. This is a song about the love of coffee, but none of this fancy pants modern stuff with a half-caf breve, no foam, skinny Frappuccino with 10 pumps of mocha wocka chocca. For a start, that isn’t a hot beverage, it’s a word salad. Besides, it wouldn’t scan in the song.

But real caffeine addicts of old didn’t mess around with gooey syrups or ice, they (allegedly) drank their cup-o-joe with a slice of onion and a raw egg.

If Steve Martin can do it, so can you – come on in and join the Java Jive.

I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

I love java, sweet and hot
Whoops, Mr Moto, I’m a coffee pot
Shoot me the pot and I’ll pour me a shot
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

Oh, slip me a slug from the wonderful mug
I’ll cut a rug ‘til I’m snug in a jug
A slice of onion and a raw one, draw one
Waiter, waiter, percolator

I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

Boston beans, soy beans
Green beans, cabbage and greens
I’m not keen about a bean
Unless it is a cheery, cheery bean

I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup

I love java, sweet and hot
Whoops, Mr. Moto, I’m a coffee pot
Shoot me the pot and I’ll pour me a shot
A cup, a cup, a cup, yeah!

Oh, throw me that slug from the wonderful mug
And I’ll cut a rug ‘til I’m snug in a jug
Drop a nickel in my pot, Joe, takin’ it slow
Waiter, waiter, percolator

I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, boy!

Songwriters: Milton Drake / Ben Oakland
© WB Music Corp., Sony/ATV Tunes LLC

PS Don’t tell the PC brigade, but here’s a coffee related clip from Airplane.

11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Not a Frappe or Macchiato

  1. I love that scene from “Airplane!” We’ve already established that we chose the same song. As Grandma said, dirty minds run in the same gutter… Good choice!

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