FRED ASTAIRE lyrics - Slap That Bass

FRED ASTAIRE
"Slap That Bass"

[From "Shall We Dance"]

[Vocalizations to sound like ship's engine]
Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom,
World is in a mess.
Politics and taxes and people grinding axes,
There's no happiness.

Zoom, zoom, zoom, zoom,
Rhythm be your ale.
Future doesn't upset me,
If I can only get me
Someone to slap that bass.

Happiness and not a little,
When I'm listening to that big bass fiddle.

Slap that bass, slap it til it's dizzy.
Slap that bass, keep the rhythm busy.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, misery, You've got to go!
[Echo:] Misery, you've got to go!

Slap that bass, use it like a tonic.
Slap that bass, keep your philharmonic.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, happiness -

These? would be better off
If they zoomed-zoomed now and then
Today, you can see that
The happiest men all got rhythm.

In that case, if you want to -
Slap that bass, slap away your troubles.
Zoom, zoom, zoom, slap that bass!
(I've got to, got to, got to,
I've got to, got to, got to.)

[More "engine” sounds]

Great Recordings From 1926-1941 (1993)