"The Lady Is A Vamp" as written by Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson....
Elvis was a coola shaker
Marley, Ziggy, melody makers
She's a Bond babe, kick some ass
Doctor No, this girl's got class
Charlies Angels, girls on top
Handbags, heels, their pistols rock
"Baby Love", so glam queen
Sing the blues, a love Supreme
Sixties, Twiggy set the pace
Way back then she had the face

That's all in the past, legends built to last
But she's got something new
She's a power girl in a nineties world
And she knows just what to do

'Cause the lady is a vamp, she's a vixen not a tramp
She's a da da da da da da
Come on fellas, place your bets, 'cause you ain't seen nothing yet
She's the top of the top, she's the best, yes

Jackie O., we loved her so
So did Mr. President, as far as we know
Norma Jean had a seven-year itch
Some like it hot to a fever pitch
Sandy, Danny, summer love
Pink Ladies, T-birds, the moon above

That's all in the past, legends built to last
But she's got something new
She's a power girl in a 90's world
Shes a down town swinging dude

'Cause the lady is a vamp, she's a vixen not a tramp
She's a da da da da da da
Come on fellas, place your bets, 'cause you ain't seen nothing yet
She's the top of the top, she's the best, yes!

Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh, Sporty, yes, now that's your lot
We're the Spice Girls, ready to go
Ladies and gents can you please take your seats
And we hope that you enjoy the show

Thank you very much!


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"The Lady Is a Vamp" as written by Victoria Aadams Melanie Chisholm

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    General Commentwicked song to end the album on ;)
    simsfreqon January 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti'm in agreeance my friend
    bananahamockon June 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentokay, let's break it down:

    "Elvis was a coola shaker" - i'm gonna guess they mean Presley, and the band, Kula Shaker, (it's said he's in the background at the beginning of "Last Farewell")

    "Marley, Ziggy Melody Maker" - Ziggy Marley (Bob Marley's son (i think)) and the Melody Makers are a reggae band

    "She's a bond babe, kick some ass" - James Bond (series of action novels/movies created by Ian Fleming, an English writer)

    "Doctor No [not "Nom", typo perhaps?], this girl's got class" - Doctor No, enemy of James Bond

    "Charlie's Angels, Girls on top" - Charlie's Angels is a TV show from the 70s (?) (correct me if i'm wrong about the decade), as for Girls on top, *shrugs* it's a band, it's a club, it's a movie... they might have just meant it literally... or metaphorically...

    "Handbags, heels, their pistols rock" - think there's a fair chance it's referring to the previous line

    "Baby Love are so glam queen"
    "Sing the blues a love supreme" - ...uh... "Baby Love" is a song sung by The Supremes, it's reportedly the only song by The Supremes which reached #1 in the UK (where the Spice Girls are from) blues is a music genre... if somebody else wants to sort those two lines out, feel free to do so...

    "Sixties Twiggy set the pace"
    "Way back then she had the face" - i believe Twiggy was a particularly petite model which i'd guess has something to do with her (nick)name & apparently the 60s were her "prime" or something

    "That's all in the past, legends built to last"
    "But she's got something new"
    "She's a power girl in the 90s world"
    "And she knows just what to do" - takes it to what i think is the theme of this song: the female

    "Cos the lady is a vamp, she's a vixen not a tramp" - Frank Sinatra had a song, "The Lady is a Tramp"
    "She's a dadadadada da da"
    "Come on fellow raise your bets cos you ain't seen nothing yet"
    "She's the top of the top, she's the best" - again, i think it takes it to the theme: the female (where she's been, where's she's going)

    "Jackie O we loved her so" - i'm gonna go with Jacqueline Onassis here, based on the following lines... Jacqueline Lee Bouvier to begin with, then she married John F. Kennedy, (U.S.A.'s 35th President) after his assassination she married Aristotle Onassis (taking that name)... as for the "we loved her so", she was a stylish, classy, woman or so i'm led to believe... there's probably plenty more on her, but you might have to find that stuff on your own, if you're interested...

    "Sorry Mr. President as far as we know" - based on the following lines (& previous line) i'm gonna assume "Mr. President" is (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)... when Marilyn Monroe sang him happy birthday, i believe that's the name she used - "happy birthday, Mr. President..." ... for more on the affair between Kennedy & Monroe try doing a google search

    "Norma Jean had a 7 year itch" - Norma Jean Baker is Marilyn Monroe's real name... she was in a movie called "7 Year Itch"

    "Some like it hot to a fever pitch" - "Some Like It Hot" is another movie with Marilyn Monroe, as a probably/maybe irrelevant note, AFI has named it the funniest movie of all time... i wouldn't be really surprised if the movie titles serve as puns here...

    "Sandy Denny summer love"

    "And Grady's t-birds to the moon above"

    ...uh... i think i'm a bit lost here, easy for somebody to not hear right, or say it's "Sandy Danny summer love" (like it's posted here) then explain it as naming the main characters in the movie Grease, but it's not, i have the album, & the lyrics are included, & it's definitely printed "Sandy Denny" which is an artist, but other then that i don't know what else there is to these two lines...

    "That's all in the past, legends built to last"
    "But she's got something new"
    "She's a power girl in a 90s world"
    "She's a downtown swinging dude" - mostly a repeat from before, except for that last line

    "Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh, Sporty, yes now that's your lot" - the Spice Girls introduce themselves into this, Scary = Melanie Brown, Baby = Emma Bunton, Ginger = Geri Halliwell , Posh = Victoria Adams (Beckham), Sporty = Melanie Chisholm

    "We're the Spice Girls, ready to go"
    Ladies and gents can you please take your seats"
    "And we hope that you enjoyed the show" - the closing of this

    "Thank you very much" - a line Elvis Presley is known for, sorta brings the whole thing full circle doesn't it?

    there might be some connections i missed, (for instance, some of "Dr. No" (also being the title of one part of the James Bond series (1958)) is set in Jamaica, which is a place i believe Marley has some roots or that Frank Sinatra socialized with JFK & Marilyn Monroe)
    mysteryon September 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe part about "Sandy Denny Summer Love".......I dont think that is what they are saying....lol. They are probably saying "Sandy, Danny, Summer love, Pink Lady's, T-Birds the moon above" Well, for anyone that has watched Grease should know that the main characters are Sandy and Danny. Sandy was a part of the Pink Ladies and Danny was apart of the T-Birds.
    TowerOfTerrorFreakon February 01, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningIf you're wondering how I found these meanings in the song.. watch the photo shoot scene in “Spice World”, they act out the people they're singing about.

    Elvis was a coola shaker, [Elvis Presley, known as the King of Rock 'n Roll. Shook his hips a lot. (Not sure, but that's what I took it to mean)]
    Marley, Ziggy, melody makers. [Bob Marley and Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie's androgynous alter ego. In the photo shoot scene, he is the one with the eye patch.. obviously). Were melody makers, as in they wrote and sang songs.]

    She's a Bond babe, kick some ass,
    Dr. No, that girl's got class! [Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder in Dr. No]

    Charlie's Angels, girls on top,
    Handbags, heels, their pistols rock! [Charlie's Angels was a popular TV show in the 1970's. More recently, a series of films was made starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu]

    Baby Lover, soul glam queen,
    Sing the blues or love supreme. [Diana Ross of The Supremes, who made the hit song “Baby Love”]

    60's Twiggy set the pace,
    Way back when she had the face. [Twiggy was a very skinny, petite model in the 1960's. Later she became an actress]

    That's all in the past, legends built to last
    But she's got something new
    She's a power girl in a 90's world
    And she knows just what to do

    'Cause the lady is a vamp,
    She's a vixen, and a tramp,
    She's a dadadadadadada.
    Come on fellas, place your bets,
    'Cause you ain't seen nothing yet.
    She's the talk of the town,
    She's the best of the best.
    YES!

    Jackie O, we loved her so,
    So did Mr. President, as far as we know. [Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, widow of President John F. Kennedy, went on to marry Greek tycoon Aristotle Onasis]

    Norma Jean had a Sever Year Itch,
    Some Like it Hot to a Fever Pitch! [Norma Jean aKa Marilyn Monroe, starred in the movies Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot, and Fever Pitch]

    Sandy, Danny, Summer love,
    Pink Ladies, T-Birds, and the moon above! [Homage to the 1978 (correct year?) movie Grease, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta]

    That's all in the past, legends built to last,
    But she's got something new.
    She's a power girl in a 90's world,
    And she knows just what to do.

    'Cause the lady is a vamp,
    She's a vixen, and a tramp,
    She's a dadadadadadada.
    Come on fellas, place your bets,
    'Cause you ain't seen nothing yet.
    She's the talk of the town,
    She's the best of the best.
    YES!

    Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh, Sporty, [The names of the Spice Girls]
    Yes, now that's your lot.
    We're the Spice Girls ready to go!
    Ladies and gents, can you please take your seats?
    And we hope that you enjoyed the show.

    Thank you very much! [A famous line, said by Elvis]
    GoodGollyMissMolly523on May 12, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is the coolest song. It's like taking previous "legends" in the world and then BAM! it's the Spice Girls coming in on the last lyric
    shakespeare109on January 18, 2008   Link

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