When Liberace Winks at Me
Bobby Gimby and Johnny Wayne
Toronto: BMI Canada, 1954
One day I'm arguing with a friend that earlier times weren't necessarily "more innocent times", the next I come across this sheet music in a local shop.
Gimby was the first musician I could name. His "Ca-na-da" took root in my four-year-old brain and, like all good commercial jingles, has proven to be a hardy perennial.
And make no mistake, "Ca-na-da" was a commercial jingle; something to sell the centennial.
"Respectfully dedicated to LIBERACE, America's favorite performer", "When Liberace Winks at Me" is just as catchy. I found it here in this "Liberace Medley". The song begins at 6:49, but you'll want to see the whole thing.
Dear "Fan Club President",I'm dropping you this line,I'm sorry to have to tell youI really must resign.I've found another idol,He's as charming as can be,I really can't describeThe strange effect he has on meI start to shake,I start to shiver,Every fibre in me really starts to quiver.It's a feeling very close to ecstacy.That's what happens when Liberace winks at me.You can't compare his charming mannerWith an ordinary Jerry, Joe or Jim.And when he sits there at the pianaNo one can hold a candelabra to him.I never work,Just dilly dally,Since I fell under the spell of this Svengally,I just sit there spellbound facing my T.V.That's what happens when Liberace winks at me.I start to blush,I start to stammer,And my pulses start a pounding like a hammer.I'm bewitched as any fool can plainly see.That's what happens when Liberace winks at me.It's really very, very simple,'cause he makes me feel just like a royal queen.And when he winks and shows that dimple,I start to hug and kiss my television screen.I go beserk,I start to tingle,And I'm so gosh darned glad that I'm still single.When he drops that eyelid, I just shout WOE-EE!!That's what happens when Liberace winks at me.I start to whirl,I'm getting dizzy,I'm in a haze, I'm in a haze, I'm in a tizzyI'm a victim of a strange new sorcery.That's what happens when Liberace winks at me.
International readers and those too young to have been exposed to "Ca-na-da" may be interested in the clip below, which was shot one chilly spring day at Expo 67. A 48-year-old man in robes, dubbed "The Pied Piper of Canada", leading skipping schoolchildren in song...
Seems like a more innocent time.
Trivia: "When Liberace Winks at Me" was one of several songs Gimby wrote with comedian Johnny Wayne (of Wayne and Schuster). The Canadian Encyclopedia tells us that they had their greatest success with something called "The Cricket Song" (1956) , recorded by Ray Bolger.
Q: How many times can I mention Bobby Gimby in one month?