Saturday, February 26, 2011

nurghophonic jukebox: "Teach Me Tonight" by Jo Stafford

Written By: Gene De Paul & Sammy Cahn
Released: 1955 (Written 1953)
Single?: A standard, released by many charting artists, for a highest rank of #2 on Billboard.

This was on one of the many "hits of the '50s" collections I got from my father. The De Castro Sisters scored biggest with it, but I frankly don't think that version holds a candle to Stafford's 1955 take, which made it to #15 on Billboard. Stafford's mature vocals offset the jailbaiting lyrics.

Did you say (that) I've got a lot to learn
Well don't think I'm trying not to learn
Since this is the perfect spot to learn
Teach me tonight

Starting with the ABC of it
Getting right down to the XYZ of it
Help me solve the mystery of it
Teach me tonight

The sky's a blackboard high above you
And if a shooting star goes by
I'll use that star to write "I love you"
A thousand times across the sky

One thing isn't very clear my love
Should the teachers stand so near my love
Graduation's almost here my love
Teach me tonight

I've played loves scenes in a flick or two
And I've also met a chick or two
But I still can learn a trick or two
Hey teach me tonight

I who thought I knew the score of it
Kind of think I should know much more of it
Off the wall, the bed, the floor of it
Hey teach me tonight

The midnight hours come slowly creeping
When there's no one there but you
There must be more to life than sleeping
Single in a bed for two

What I need most is post graduate
What I feel is hard to articulate
If you want me to matriculate
You'd better teach me tonight

What do you get for lessons
Teach me - come on and teach me
- teach me tonight

Here's a bonus version from Amy Winehouse, made back before she became a meth-head cartoon raccoon:

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