"Minnie the Moocher" as written by Irving Mills, Cab Calloway and Clarence Gaskill....
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

Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi (hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi)
Whoa-a-a-a-ah (whoa-a-a-a-ah)
Hee-dee-hee-dee-hee-dee-hee (hee-dee-hee-dee-hee-dee-hee)
He-e-e-e-e-e-e-y (he-e-e-e-e-e-e-y)

She messed around with a bloke named Smokey
She loved him though was cokey
He took her down to Chinatown
And he showed her how to kick the gong around

Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi (hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi)
Whoa-a-a-a-ah (whoa-a-a-a-ah)
He-e-e-e-e-e-e-y (he-e-e-e-e-e-e-y)
Oh-oh-oh-oh (oh-oh-oh-oh)

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 a p-la-ti-num wheel

Hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi (hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi)
Ho-dee-ho-dee-ho-dee ho (ho-dee-ho-dee-ho-dee ho)
Skip-de-diddly-skip-de-diddly-diddly-oh (skip-de-diddly-skip-de-diddly-diddly-oh)
Bour'rrigy-bour'rrigy-bour'rrigy-oh (bour'rrigy-bour'rrigy-bour'rrigy-oh)

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-dee hi (hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi)
Whoa-a-a-a-ah (whoa-a-a-a-ah)
He-e-e-e-e-e-e-y (he-e-e-e-e-e-e-y)
Whoa-a-a-a-ah (whoa-a-a-a-ah)

Poor Min, poor Min, poor Min


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

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    Lyric CorrectionMissing significant number of verses. Should end like this (after "...a million times" and the "hi de hi" bit after):

    Now Min and Smokie, they started jaggin'
    They got a free ride in a wagon
    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
    And Deacon Lowdown yelled, "Lord save my soul!"

    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
    Now poor Min's kicking up those daisies
    You've heard my story this is her song
    She was just a good gal, but they done her wrong

    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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    General CommentThe meaning for the full version as posted by MinuteWalt:

    It's a story about a woman called Minnie. She was a hoochie-coocher, a kind of provocative dancer, and the first verse says that even though she was all rough and tough she was very kind.The guy she was in love with was a coke head, and he took her to Chinatown and taught her how to smoke Opium. She had dreams about a man who could buy her everything she wanted, and she would have so much free time that she could sit around all day and count the piles of money she'd have. Minnie and Smoky started driving around and smoking marijuana, I guess they stole a car and got arrested. Minnie gave him money to pay her bail but he ran off with it and left her in jail. (A rhyme, yay :P)She met a religious man, and he told her to rethink her life. She tried to tempt him with her body. Needless to say, it didn't work. Then she was put into a mental asylum, where she died.
    Basically the whole song is saying Minnie is a poor girl who got in with the wrong crowd and made some bad decisions, but at heart she was kind, and we should feel sorry for her.
    IchigoAmuon May 31, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe version I have doesn't have the additional verses.
    the version I have was also featured in a Betty Boop episode where I think it gained its popularity
    other than its morbid lyrics it's very fun.
    minuetteon August 19, 2012   Link

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