Song of the Day: Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later than You Think) by Louis Prima & Keely Smith

Friday by PascalCampion

“Enjoy Yourself” is a popular song published in 1949, with music written by Carl Sigman and lyrics by Herb Magidson.

Lyrics:

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink.
The years go by, as quickly as a wink.
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself,
It’s later than you think.

You work and work for years and years
You’re always on the go
You never take a minute off
Too busy makin’ gold
Next year, for sure, you’ll hit the road,
You’ll really get around;
But how far can you travel
When you’re six feet underground?
Oh, enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself,
It’s later than you think.
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink.
The years go by, as quickly as a wink.
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself,
It’s later than you think.

You never go to nightclubs and
You just don’t care to dance
You don’t have time for silly things,
Like moonlight and romance
You only think of dollar bills tied neatly into stack
But when you kiss a dollar bill
It doesn’t kiss you back
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself,
It’s later than you think.
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink.
The years go by, as quickly as a wink.
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself,
It’s later than you think.

You like lasagne, very much
All you do is eating it
But you won’t need go gutser
You’re afraid it’ll break your teeth
You’re afraid that you may bite off more than
You can chew
Don’t be afraid you won’t have teeth
When you reach 92.

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink.
The years go by, as quickly as wink.
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.

Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink.
The years go by, as quickly as wink.
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.

Enjoy yourself!

……

This cover of Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think) by Louis Prima & Keely Smith appears on the album Beepin’ & Boppin’.

  • The 2003 recording by Jools Holland and Prince Buster is used by Simon Mayo as the opening theme to his Drivetime show on BBC Radio 2. The show also occasionally uses the Guy Lombardo recording as an opening theme to the second hour.
  • A group of ghosts dance to this song in a scene in the Woody Allen film Everyone Says I Love You.
  • The recording by Rising Sun Steel Band featured in the film Surf’s Up.
  • The song is the theme tune to both the radio and television versions of the BBC program, I’ve Never Seen Star Wars.
  • A Cantonese version of the refrain was used as the opening theme to Enjoy Yourself Tonight, a popular, long-running variety show in Hong Kong.
  • The Anne Dudek cover of the song is featured briefly in Season 5, Episode 23 of the television series House, “Under My Skin”, while the Louis Prima version is featured at the end of the series finale episode, “Everybody Dies”.
  • A rendition of the song was used to close the first two series’ of The Brian Conley Show, whilst an instrumental version was used for the third.
  • The song is repeatedly referenced by the end of the first episode of the British series Party Animals.

Louis Prima

Birth name Louis Prima
Also known as The King of the Swing
Born December 7, 1910
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died August 24, 1978 (aged 67)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Jazz
Swing
Traditional pop
Occupations Singer, entertainer, trumpeter,bandleader
Instruments Vocals, trumpet
Years active 1936–1975
Associated acts Gia Maione, Keely Smith, Sam Butera
Website Official website

Keely Smith

Birth name Dorothy Jacqueline Keely
Born March 9, 1932 (age 81)
Origin Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Pop music
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Louis Prima
Frank Sinatra

image by PascalCampion

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