"Minnie the Moocher" as written by Clarence Gaskill, Irving Mills and Cab Calloway....
Folks here's a story 'bout Minnie the Moocher,
She was a red hot hoochie coocher,
She was the roughest, toughest frail,
but Minnie had a heart as big as a whale.

Ho-dee ho-dee ho
Ho-dee ho-dee ho
Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi
Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi
Hey-dee hey
Hey-dee hey
Whoah
Whoah

She messed around with a bloke named Smokey.
She loved him though was cokie,
he took her down to Chinatown
and he showed her how to kick the gong around.

Hey-dee hey-dee hey
Hey-dee hey-dee hey
Oy yoi yoi yoi yoi yoi
Oy yoi yoi yoi yoi yoi
Ay yi yi yi yi yi-oh
Ay yi yi yi yi yi-oh
Whoah
Whoah

She had a dream about the King of Sweden,
He gave her things that she was needin',
He gave her a home built of gold and steel,
a diamond car with the platinum wheel.

Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi
Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi
Hey-dee hey-dee hey-dee hey-dee hey
Hey-dee hey-dee hey-dee hey-dee hey

He gave her his townhouse and his racing horses,
Each meal she ate was a dozen courses,
She had a million dollars worth of nickels and dimes,
She sat around and counted them all a million times.

Hi-dee hi-dee hi
Hi-dee hi-dee hi
Whoah
Whoah

Poor Min, poor Min, poor Min.



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"Minnie the Moocher" as written by Clarence Gaskill Cab Calloway

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    General Commentlove that song :D it gets me into my good mood ;)
    Repekon January 09, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningRe: Minnie the Moocher.There are documented 'drug' phrases (cokey, kicking the gong around) in the first two verses but I haven't seen any explanation about 'had a dream about the King of Sweden'. The whole business about the dream and King of Sweden also suggests drug references, to me. For thing, Sweden could conjure up 'white' as either opium or heroin. And a million $ worth of 'nickels and dimes', another rather strange phrase, could also refer to nickel and dime bags of grass. In Calloway's extended version, she and Smokie are arrested and she ends up where 'the crazies go', so it could well be a drug-related mental problem. Does anyone know of a source that explains the strange verses about the King of Sweden?
    RWendellon December 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea about the King of Sweden, I think maybe she was in a drug induced dream?

    Missing significant number of verses from the original. Should end like this (following "...a million times" and the "hi de hi" bit after):

    Now Min and Smokie, they started jaggin' (binging)
    They got a free ride in a wagon (paddy wagon/got arrested)
    She gave him money to pay her bail ()
    But he left her flat in the county jail ()

    Whoooa, yeaaaah
    Hey de he de he he
    Whoa Whoa

    Poor Min met old Deacon Lowdown ()
    He preached to her that she ought to slow down ()
    But Minnie wiggled her jelly roll (made sexual advances)
    And Deacon Lowdown yelled, "Lord save my soul!" (they were quite effective)

    Hi de hi de hi de hi
    Ho de ho de ho de ho
    Skiddley doodley doodly do
    Skiddly diddly day

    They took her where they put the crazies (she was institutionalized)
    Now poor Min's kicking up those daisies (she died)
    You've heard my story this is her song ()
    She was just a good gal, but they done her wrong (society had no way to deal with an addict who was
    also a basically good person)

    Hi de hi de hi de hi
    Skooby de be do
    He de he de he de he
    Whoa, Whoa Whoa

    Poor Min, Poor Min, Poor Min.
    MinuteWalton May 01, 2012   Link

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