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You Say Potato, I Say Potahto

Came across this masterpiece of a retro musical piece. Two things that totally took me by awe: the lyrics, and the dance on skates. For the former, check the lyrics below (copied shamelessly from Google lyrics) and the video at around 1:00, and for the latter, check the video at roughly 3:00.

And of course, I have this special soft corner for women of the retro western look-and-feel, so may be that's what's keeping me hooked onto this one a little longer than it should. I think this obsession for the vintage-western women started with Rita Hayworth's poster in Shawshank Redemption.



Things have come to a pretty pass

Our romance is growing flat,

For you like this and the other

While I go for this and that,



Goodness knows what the end will be

Oh I don't know where I'm at

It looks as if we two will never be one

Something must be done:



You say either and I say either,

You say neither and I say neither

Either, either neither, neither

Let's call the whole thing off.



You like potato and I like potahto

You like tomato and I like tomahto

Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto.

Let's call the whole thing off



But oh, if we call the whole thing off

Then we must part

And oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart



So if you like pyjamas and I like pyjahmas,

I'll wear pyjamas and give up pyajahmas

For we know we need each other so we

Better call the whole thing off

Let's call the whole thing off.



You say laughter and I say larfter

You say after and I say arfter

Laughter, larfter after arfter

Let's call the whole thing off,



You like vanilla and I like vanella

You saspiralla, and I saspirella

Vanilla vanella chocolate strawberry

Let's call the whole thing off



But oh if we call the whole thing of then we must part

And oh, if we ever part, then that might break my heart



So if you go for oysters and I go for ersters

I'll order oysters and cancel the ersters

For we know we need each other so we

Better call the calling off off,

Let's call the whole thing off.



I say father, and you say pater,

I saw mother and you say mater

Pater, mater uncle, auntie let's call the whole thing off.



I like bananas and you like banahnahs

I say havana and I get havahnah

Bananas, banahnahs havana, havahnah

Go your way, I'll go mine



So if I go for scallops and you go for lobsters,

So all right no contest we'll order lobseter

For we know we need each other so we

Better call the calling off off,

Let's call the whole thing off.


(Written by Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC)