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Q: 1940s Song Information ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: 1940s Song Information
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: jrbingo-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 30 Mar 2004 11:46 PST
Expires: 29 Apr 2004 12:46 PDT
Question ID: 322508
I'm looking for the title, author, and full lyrics for a song which
was sung (possibly by a noted Hungarian torch singer--I kid you
not--though I could be wrong) in London in the 1940s. I know -some- of
the lyrics, but think that even the lyrics I know aren't perfectly
correct. That is, they're recognizably similar to the real lyrics, but
are different enough that I don't know if they can be used as accurate
search terms.

The lyrics I know:

I've got a cozy heated flat,
There's a rack to hang your hat.
I'll shrug on my negigee gown.
You know I know my stuff,
And if baby that ain't enough,
I've got the best bomb shelter in town.
Subject: Re: 1940s Song Information
Answered By: kriswrite-ga on 30 Mar 2004 12:36 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Jrbingo~

As a WWII music buff, I knew instantly which song you were referring
to; it?s a hard one to forget! It is ?The Deepest Shelter In Town,?
written by W.W. Massie and originally sung by Florence Desmond. The
lyrics are:

?Don?t run away, mister,
Oh stay and play, mister.
Don?t worry if you hear the siren go.
I?m not a lady of the highest virtue,
I wouldn?t dream of letting anything hurt you.
And so before you go,
I think you ought to know

I got a cozy flat,
There?s a place for your hat.
I?ll wear a pink chiffon negligee gown.
And do I know my stuff?
But if that?s not enough,
I?ve got the deepest shelter in town.

I?ve got a room for two, 
A radio that?s new,
An alarm clock that won?t let you down.
And I?ve got central heat,
But to make it complete,
I?ve got the deepest shelter in town.

Ev?ry modern comfort
I can just guarantee.
If you hear the siren call,
Then it?s probably me.

And sweetie, to revert,
I?ll keep you on the alert.
I won?t even be wearing a frown.
So you can hang around here
Until the ?all clear,?
In the deepest shelter in town.

Now, honey, I don?t sing
Of an Anderson thing,
Climbing in one, you look like a clown.
But if you came here to see
Why Sir John would agree
I?ve got the deepest shelter in town.

Now Mr. Morrison
Says he?s getting things done,
And he?s a man of the greatest renown.
But before it gets wrecked,
I hope he?ll come and inspect
The deepest shelter in town.

Now, I was one of the first
To clear my attic of junk.
But when it comes to shelters,
Now-a-days, it?s all bunk.

So, honey, don?t get scared,
It?s there to be shared!
And you?ll feel like a king with a crown.
So please don?t be mean,
Better men than you have been
In the deepest shelter in town.

You?ll find a recording in the CD collection ?Songs That Won The War?
volume 4, or in ?Remember Pearl Harbor? (Cinephiles Store: )


Researcher?s personal knowledge
jrbingo-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Fantastic! I was -certain- that this would go unanswered! Thanks so
much, Kriswrite--you saved me untold hours of frustration. (God knows
where I got 'Hungarian torch singer,' though!) Very glad that this was
an easy one for you, too, because it was proving impossibly hard for

Subject: Re: 1940s Song Information
From: kriswrite-ga on 30 Mar 2004 15:12 PST
Jrbingo, I'm very happy to help out a fellow music lover :)


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