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Put the Blame on Mame

written by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher, sung and danced by Rita Hayworth as Gilda Mundson Farrell (voiced by Anita Ellis) in 1946 unforgettable film "Gilda" directed by Charles Vidor
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Lyrics

[acoustic guitar version] 

When Mrs. O'Leary's cow
Kicked the lantern in Chicago town
They say that started the fire
That burned Chicago down
That's the story that went around
But here's the real low-down.

Put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame.

Mame kissed a buyer from out of town
That kiss burned Chicago down
So you can put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame.

Remember the blizzard, back in Manhattan
In eighteen-eighty-six
They say that traffic was tied up
And folks were in a fix
That's the story that went around
But here's the real low-down

Put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame.

Mame gave a chump such an ice-cold "No"
For seven days they shovelled snow
So you can put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame.

[show version danced by Rita Hayworth]

When they had the earthquake in San Francisco
Back in nineteen-six
They said that old Mother Nature
Was up to her old tricks
That's the story that went around
But here's the real low-down.

Put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame.

One night she started to shim and shake
That brought on the Frisco quake
So you can put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame

They once had a shootin' up in the Klondike
When they got Dan McGrew
Folks were putting the blame on
The lady known as Lou
That's the story that went around
But here's the real low-down.

Put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame.

Mame did a dance called the hoochy-coo
That's the thing that slew McGrew
So you can put the blame on Mame, boys
Put the blame on Mame.



Pictures from video

The story that went around
The story that went around
  Mame gave a chump
Mame gave a chump
 
Kissed a buyer from out of town
Kissed a buyer from out of town
  Was up to her old tricks
Was up to her old tricks
 
The lady known
The lady known
  A dance called the hoochy-coo
A dance called the hoochy-coo
 
So you can
So you can
  Put the blame on Mame
Put the blame on Mame

Reviews from users


Rating 5  Charles Fisher
In 2004, the movie song "Put the Blame on Mame" was ranked #84 in American Film Institute's AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs enriching America's film heritage and captivating artists and audiences today.

Rating 5  Allan Ellis
Anita Ellis provided the singing voice of Rita Hayworth in all but the acoustic guitar version of "Put the Blame on Mame", which Hayworth sang herself. Rita Hayworth had to wear a corset while shooting "Put the Blame on Mame," as she had given birth to her first daughter, Rebecca Welles, months before filming.

Rating 5  Rita Farrell
The song sung by Rita Hayworth at two scenes facetiously credits the amorous activities of a woman named "Mame" as the true cause of three well-known cataclysmic events in American history: The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, Great Blizzard of 1888 in New York City and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Rating 5  Doris Roberts
Gilda (1946) film was noted for cinematographer Rudolph Maté's lush photography, costume designer Jean Louis' wardrobe for Hayworth (particularly for the dance numbers), and choreographer Jack Cole.

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