From City of Angels Musical: music by Cy Coleman; lyrics by David Zippel
Summer has officially started in Amsterdam and everybody is happier and smiling more! So for Sportsong of the Week #55 it was only right to do this funny, cheeky song! It's 'The Tennis Song' from the City of Angels musical, on stage first in 1989. It's about tennis, or is it?
City of Angels is a musical comedy with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel. The musical weaves together two plots, the "real" world of a writer trying to turn his book into a screenplay, and the "reel" world of the fictional film. The musical is an homage to the film noir genre of motion pictures that rose to prominence in the 1940s.
This song is part of a scene where character Stone, angry after the beating, confronts Alaura at her mansion and meets several more unsavory characters, including her lustful stepson, her polio-stricken elderly husband, and his quack doctor. Greed and malice hover like smog, but Alaura's charms and bankroll keep Stone on the case (by singing 'The Tennis Song').
It's impossible to miss the suggestive nature of this particular tennis game, so just sit back, listen, smile and use it if needed in the bar this weekend!
Full Lyrics 'The Tennis Song'
STONE: You seem at home on the court
ALAURA: Let's say that i've played around
STONE: Well you don't look like the sort
ALAURA: My hidden talents abound A competitor hasn't been found to defeat me
STONE: I'll bet you're a real good sport
ALAURA: Shall we say the ball is in your court
STONE: I'll bet you like to play rough
ALAURA: I like to work up a sweat
STONE: And you just can't get enough
ALAURA: I'm good for more than one set But i promise i'll show no regret If you beat me
STONE: My backhand is clearly my forte
BOTH: Shall we say the ball is in your court
ALAURA: No one ever plays with me
STONE: I thought your next of kin did
ALAURA: My husband never plays with me He's too easily winded.
STONE: You leave me breathless too
ALAURA: Wait till our match is through
STONE: I may lack form and finesse But i warm up in a jiff
ALAURA: It's not exciting unless The competition is stiff
STONE: I think i understand your racket I'm not in your league
ALAURA: But you can hack it
STONE: This game commences with love
ALAURA: Well i think love is a bore
STONE: Let's give the tempo a shove
ALAURA: And raise the stakes a bit more
BOTH: One thing i'm positive of It's time for someone to score
STONE: Tell me how you like to play
ALAURA: On grass or clay And ev'ry day
STONE: They're both o.k.
ALAURA: But time is running short Darling, let's don't dilly dally