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If you knew Susie

April 11, 2015

My wife’s birthday is coming up but you’ll have to guess what her name is. Not quite as in the song – she’s an ENTJ – but no one does indeed know Susie like I know Susie. The song makes me happy inside, just as does Susie herself. The right spelling too. In full, Susie Kates.

Here are the lyrics as recorded by Eddie Cantor in 1925

I have got a sweetie known as Susie,
In the words of Shakespeare, “She’s a wow!”.
Though all of you
May know her too,
I’d like to shout right now;

If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh, oh, oh what a girl!
There’s none so classy
As this fair lassie,
Oh, oh, oh my goodness what a chassis!

We went riding, she didn’t balk;
From the country,
I’m the one that had to walk!
If you knew Susie
like I know Susie,
Oh, oh what a girl!

Susie has a perfect reputation,
No-one ever saw her on a spree!
Nobody knows
Where Susie goes,
Nobody knows but me!

If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh, oh, oh what a girl!
She wears long tresses
And nice tight dresses,
Oh, oh, what a future she possesses!

Out in public, how she can yawn;
In a parlour, you would think the war was on!
If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh, oh what a girl!

She’ll spend Sunday praising The Lord,
But on Monday, she’s as dizzy as a Ford!
If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh, oh what a girl!

I had a moustache, and trained it like a pup,
She’s got such hot lips, she kissed me once and burned it up!
If you knew Susie
Like I know Susie,
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh , what a girl!

TRIVIA: Apparently Jolson disliked this song, possibly because it had been badly received by Broadway audiences for the show “Big Boy”, and he gave it to Eddie Cantor to record. “If You Knew Susie” became one of Cantor’s biggest hits and has ever since been associated with him. Jolson is reported to have told Cantor later, “Eddie, if I knew it was that good, I’d never have given it to you!”

And the real Susie:

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