Get Ready For The Judgement Day

I was looking for Mel Tormé’s version of “Get Happy” to link, couldn’t find it, and saw that one instead:

Don’t get me wrong — disclaimer: I like Judy Garland –– but, on which drugs, or better, under the influence of which combo of substances was the one who is to be held responsible for the setting and the choreography?

If anyone can spot a deeper meaning behind it, please do inform me.

And, is it just me, or does the pose of Garland caring for, (and ignoring, at times,)  the men at her feet resemble the Valkyries’ attitude in Act III? Agreed, in the latter example the men are not at the top of their health, by definition, but still. Proof attached:

But, back to Mel Tormé — I found another goodie instead — enjoy 😉

Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler
Get Happy

Forget your troubles c’mon get happy,
you better chase all your cares away.
Shout hallejulah c’mon get happy
get ready for the judgement day.

the sun is shinin c’mon get happy,
the lord is waitin to take your hand.
shout hallejulah c’mon get happy,
we’re going to the promise land

We’re headin across the river to
wash your sins away in the tide.
it’s all so peaceful on the other side.

Forget your troubles c’mon get happy,
you better chase all your cares away.
shout hallejulah c’mon get happy,
get ready for the judgement day.

Forget your troubles c’mon get happy
chase ya cares away.
hallelu get happy,
before the judgement day.

The sun is shinin c’mon get happy,
the lord is waitin to take your hand.
shout hallejulah c’mon get happy,
we’re gunna be goin to the promise land.

were headin cross the river,
wash you’re sins away in the tide.
it’s quiet and peaceful on the other side.

forget your troubles get happy,
your cares fly away.
shout hallejulah get happy get ready for your judgement day.

c’mon get happy,
chase your cares away.
shout hallejulah cmon get happy,
get ready for the judgment day

The sun is shining c’mon get happy,
lord is waiting to take your hand.
hallejulah c’mon get happy,
we’re going to the promise land.

headin ‘cross the river,
throw your sins away in the tide.
it’s all so peaceful on the other side-

shout hallelujah c’mon get happy,
ya better chase all your cares away.
shout hallejulah c’mon get happy,
get ready-get ready-get ready,
for the judgment day.

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11 thoughts on “Get Ready For The Judgement Day

  1. The choreographer was Charles Walters and the sequence was shot 2 months after thr rest of the film when Garland had undergone hypnosis and lost a lot of weight. She performed the number perfectly in one take but it was her last film for MGM.
    Deep meaning? Video comparison? I guess one is entertainment and the other isn’t! ( IMHO)

  2. I had been looking for that version which I have on CD, but didn’t find it on youtube — there is a sample at amazon you can listen to:
    http://www.amazon.de/Get-Happy/dp/B003X4RT0Y
    I like the “get happy.” It is weird, as the lyrics are somehow contradicting the way it is set to music, on some level — and I love how Tormé performs it. I like him more than Fitzgerald in it tbh.

    But in general, excuse my wild phantasy. I often picture how operas would change if you would exchange arias between them or put in pop songs instead of arias…
    My current favourite fantasy: Cpt. Vere singing “Se all’impero” instead of staying silent before the summary court. Maybe even followed by a duet with Billy: “We can be heroes.”

  3. Amazon site is beyond my schoolgirl German at this time of night and wild fantasies need more consideration than I can give at this hour. I will return on the morrow. Goodnight.

    • I have listened to all 3 versions and have to say my personal favourite is Ella, mainly because of the fabulous Big Band backing – it really swings. The Mel version is clever vocally and has interesting harmonic concepts in the trio accompaniment but I find it on the thin side.
      Now then Ms. Lankin … these wild fantasies, why don’t you tell Dr. Eyes all about it ? ……. 😉

  4. Hmmmm all …. I think no one knows all of those 😉 I have a weird mind as a rule that only with reluctance stays on a specific track, so I make all kind of stupid cross-references, including silly ideas for opera stagings that LUCKILY and HOPEFULLY no one will ever set to reality 😉
    Hmmm an example:
    Bastien und Bastienne: A staging with Bastienne as a bored housewife (blotting the term MILF out for a moment,) and Colas, the wise man, aiding her with marital advice — he is a door-to-door salesman. In Germany they really sell vacuum cleaners a lot that way so that option would be the most natural.
    I cannot think any one in a sane mind would approve of that 😀

    • Who would have thought anyone with a sane mind would have approved Freddy Mercury singing I Want To Break Free in full drag wielding a vacuum cleaner!

    • I have obviously lead a very sheltered life. I had to Google MILF ! So what’s a nice girl like me doing on a blog like this?

  5. 😀 I am quite nice myself, in fact, I just happen to know since I have been titled a MILF myself recently, but along with beeing assured that it was meant as a compliment. That’s gentlemanly behaviour nowadays… *tsts….

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