Project 194, Day 14: The Lady in Daddy’s Pajamas

Watch The Birdie spot illustrationToday’s song asks the musical question “Who Is The Lady In Daddy’s Pajamas?” I’m delighted to present two renditions of this song from Watch The Birdie, the first a video of the irrepressible Michael Doherty in a production mounted by Philly Music Theater Works in 2008. The audio version features David Russell singing it in a 1998 production at UArts.

I go to Daddy’s apartment on Saturday mornings.
Visiting Daddy on weekends is always a treat.
Sometimes Daddy takes me out to a movie,
And after, we go to McDonalds for something to eat.
I went to Daddy’s apartment last Saturday morning.
I waved to the doorman and let myself in with my key.
As I opened the front door, I shouted out “Hi!”
But a strange woman’s voice answered “Hi” in reply
And when I walked into the kitchen,
What did I see?

Who is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas?
Won’t someone introduce us, please?
Why is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas,
And why do I feel funny
Each time she calls me “honey”?
Oh, why is she drinking from the Garfield mug
I bought for Daddy for last year?
Who is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas
And what is she doing here?

I’ve lived in Mommy’s apartment for over a year now.
That’s where my friends are, and that’s where I’m going to school.
I go to visit my Daddy on alternate weekends,
And either my birthday or Christmas, he says that’s the rule
Daddy says no one could be more important than I am.
Nothing can come between us, that’s what he tells me,
But Mommy says Daddy’s a bit of a cad.
(I’m not sure what that is, but I know that it’s bad.)
And I think this lady spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e
(that’s trouble…)

Who is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas?
Won’t someone introduce us, please?
Why is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas,
And why do I feel funny
Each time she calls me “honey”?
Oh, why is she drinking from the Garfield mug
I bought for Daddy for Christmas last year?
Who is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas
And what is she doing here?

Who is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas?
Won’t someone introduce us, please?
Why is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas?
I find it all confusing
And not a bit amusing!
Oh, why is the smile that’s on my Daddy’s face
Appear to be somewhat less than sincere?
Who is the lady in Daddy’s pajamas
And what is she doing here?
Please tell me,
What is she doing here?

Watch The Birdie began as a project in the mid-1990’s, when I realized I had begun to accumulate some trunk songs with the common theme of family life. There were songs from Assassins and BGDF, along with a couple tunes I had written for a cabaret theater project at the American Music Theater Festival, and I supplemented them with a handful of songs written specifically for the show, including the opening title song and this one. I honestly couldn’t tell you where the idea for this song came from; as near as I can recall, the title phrase sprang into my head fully formed as the refrain of an old-time vaudeville number (Like Jolson’s “Where Did Robinson Crusoe go with Friday on Saturday night?”). Neither David Russell nor Mike Doh was the first to sing this song; that honor went to Gary Pagano, who did the three-person version of Watch The Birdie at the Bourse in Philly and Don’t Tell Mama in New York. (I’ve got an audio recording of that too, and eventually I’ll get round to digitizing it – watch out, Gary!)

The performances at Don’T Tell Mama are a whole story unto themselves. The legendary Sidney Myer booked us into that venerable room, known as “an initial stepping stone for anyone who has become anyone in musical theater,” and he gave us an orientation into the world of New York cabaret. For each show, we drove up from Wilmington in our aging Volvo station wagon, unpacked our gear, did the show, then struck, packed up and drove home. The day of the final show, the Volvo gave out on the New Jersey Turnpike; we were towed to a service station, rented a minivan, repacked our gear, and arrived at the venue a half hour after our scheduled starting time; we learned that Wayman Wong had been there with plans to review us, but gave up and left when we were a no-show. It was one of the most stressful days I ever remember having. Just goes to show, that which doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.

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