South America, Take It Away Lyrics

Bing Crosby


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Harold Rome
album: Track in album It's Easy to Remember
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genres: Stage & Screen
length: 3:09

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Bing Crosby It's Easy to Remember cover art
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Up here in the land of the hot-dog stand
The atom bomb and the Good Humor Man
We think our South American neighbors are grand
We love 'em to beat the band

South America, baba-loo, ay-yi-yi, baba-loo
One favor you can do, ay-yi-yi, you can do
You beautiful lands below
Don't know what you began
To put it plainly, I'm tired of shakin'
To that Pan-American plan

Take back your Samba, ay!, your Rumba, ay!, your Conga, ay-yi-yi!
I can't keep movin', ay!, my chassis, ay!, any longer, ay-yi-yi!
Now maybe Latins, ay!, in their middles, ay!, are built stronger, ay-yi-yi!
But all this takin' to the quakin'
And this makin' with the shakin' leaves me achin', olé!

First shake around and settle there
Then you shake around and settle here
Then you shake around and settle there
That's enough, that's enough
Take it back, my spine's outta-whack
There's a strange click-clack
In the back of my Sacroiliac

Take back your Conga, ay!, your Samba, ay!, your Rumba, ay-yi-yi!
Why can't you send us, ay!, a less strenu-, ay!, -ous number, ay-yi-yi!
I got more bumps now, ay!, than on a, ay!, cucumber, ay-yi-yi!
While all those Latin drums are cloppin',
like a Jumpin' Jack I'm hoppin' without stoppin', olé!
South America, take it away

First you shake around and settle there (where?)
Then you shake around and settle here (oh, there)
And then you shake around and settle there (why Bing!)
That's enough, that's enough
Take it back, my spine's outta-whack
There's a strange click-clack
In the back of my Sacroiliac
Oh, my achin' back

Take back your Conga, ay!, your Samba, ay!, your Rumba, ay-yi-yi!
Bring back the old days, ay!, of dancing I remember, ay-yi-yi!
My hips are cracking, I am shrieking "Ay-Carumba!", ay-yi-yi!
I got a wriggle and a diddle and a jiggle like a fiddle in my middle, olé!
This fancy swishin' imposition wears out all of my transmission ammunition, olé!
Though I like neighborly relations all these crazy new gyrations try my patience, olé!
South America, take it away


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 I've Got the Girl
  • 2 Muddy Water
  • 3 Side by Side
  • 4 From Monday On
  • 5 Mississippi Mud
  • 6 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So
  • 7 If I Had You
  • 8 Can't We Be Friends?
  • 9 Happy Feet
  • 10 You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
  • 11 Three Little Words
  • 12 I Surrender, Dear
  • 13 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  • 14 Just a Gigolo
  • 15 Out of Nowhere
  • 16 Just One More Chance
  • 17 I'm Through With Love
  • 18 I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
  • 19 Dancing in the Dark
  • 20 Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
  • 21 Dinah
  • 22 St. Louis Blues
  • 23 Sweet Georgia Brown
  • 24 Please
  • 25 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You
    CD 2
  • 1 Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • 2 You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
  • 3 I've Got the World on a String
  • 4 The Last Round-Up
  • 5 Love in Bloom
  • 6 June in January
  • 7 Soon
  • 8 It's Easy to Remember
  • 9 Red Sails in the Sunset
  • 10 Silent Night, Holy Night
  • 11 Moonburn
  • 12 The Touch of Your Lips
  • 13 Pennies From Heaven
  • 14 Shoe Shine Boy
  • 15 The Way You Look Tonight
  • 16 Sweet Leilani
  • 17 Too Marvellous for Words
  • 18 The Moon Got in My Eyes
  • 19 Remember Me
  • 20 Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
  • 21 Don't Be That Way
  • 22 I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
  • 23 You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  • 24 If I Had My Way
  • 25 An Apple for the Teacher
    CD 3
  • 1 Sierra Sue
  • 2 Mister Meadowlark
  • 3 Trade Winds
  • 4 Only Forever
  • 5 Along the Santa Fe Trail
  • 6 Tea for Two
  • 7 Yes Indeed
  • 8 San Antonio Rose
  • 9 The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid
  • 10 The Birth of the Blues
  • 11 You Are My Sunshine
  • 12 Deep in the Heart of Texas
  • 13 Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie
  • 14 White Christmas
  • 15 Moonlight Becomes You
  • 16 Sunday, Monday or Always
  • 17 People Will Say We're in Love
  • 18 San Fernando Valley
  • 19 Swinging on a Star
  • 20 I Love You
  • 21 Night and Day
  • 22 I'll Be Seeing You
  • 23 There'll Be a Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
  • 24 Ral
  • 25 Don't Fence Me In
    CD 4
  • 1 Mine
  • 2 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  • 3 Put It There Pal
  • 4 Baia
  • 5 You Belong to My Heart (Solamente Una Vez)
  • 6 If I Loved You
  • 7 Close as Pages in a Book
  • 8 Along the Navajo Trail
  • 9 It's Been a Long, Long Time
  • 10 I Can't Begin to Tell You
  • 11 Day by Day
  • 12 Sioux City Sue
  • 13 After You've Gone
  • 14 South America, Take It Away
  • 15 A Couple of Song and Dance Men
  • 16 I Still Suits Me
  • 17 Alexander's Ragtime Band
  • 18 Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
  • 19 Embraceable You
  • 20 But Beautiful
  • 21 Sam's Song
  • 22 Autumn Leaves
  • 23 I've Never Been in Love Before
  • 24 If I Were a Bell