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Don'tTakeMyBoopVictor

"Don't Take My Boop-Oop-A-Doop Away" is a song that was written by Sammy Timberg and released by Fleischer Studios Inc as a Betty Boop Cartoon On A Record released by Victor Records. It was first recorded for the Screen Song Musical Justice, where it was performed live by Mae Questel. It was then used in the Betty Boop Talkartoon Boop-Oop-a-Doop, where it was performed by Margie Hines. The song was Betty Boop's original signature song.

Mae Questel - Dont take my Boop Oop a Doop Away01:58

Mae Questel - Dont take my Boop Oop a Doop Away

"Don't Take My Boop Oop a Doop Away", Recording by Mae Questel for Victor.

Boop-Oop-a-Doop (1932)

The song was featured in the Talkartoon Boop-Oop-a-Doop.  After performing "Do Something" on the high wire, Betty returns to her tent, where she is harassed by her boss. Betty begs him to cease his advances and goes into song. After finishing her song and being saved by Koko, she tells Koko that the ringmaster "couldn't take [her] Boop-Oop-a-Doop away".

Lyrics:

You can feed me bread and water

Or a great big bail of hay

Oh, but don't take my Boop-Oop-a-Doop away

You can say my voice is awful

But my songs are too risqué

Oh, but don't take my Boop-Oop-a-Doop away

Oh, help save me!

Help!

Victor Recording

Mae Questel's first recording for Victor was "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away". 

Lyrics:

Aha!

Don't take my Boop-Oop-e-Doop away

Will ya?

I was born with a certain habit that's part of me

It brings me happiness somehow 

And now this habit is right at home in the heart of me

Without it

I'm no good no how

You can feed me bread and water

Or a great big bail of hay

But don't take my Boop-Oop-e-Doop away

You can say my voice is awful

Or my songs are too err...risqué

But don't take my Boop-Oop-e-Doop away

Hmm...I feel like a lonesome barrel without a hoop

If you should deprive me of my 

Boop-Oop-e-Doop

Bop

Boop-Oop-e-Doop

It's the only thing I'll live for

Till the time

I'm old and grey

So don't take my Boop-Oop-e-Doop away

Aww, I feel like a little chicken locked in the coop

If you should deprive me of my 

Boop-Oop-e-Doop

Bop

Boop-Oop-e-Doop

You can throw me to the fishes

Even that would be okay

But don't take my Boop-Oop-e-Doop away

Aha!

Excuse me while I powder my nose!

"Don't Take Our Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away!"

A Message To Helen Kane from Max Fleischer & his Boop a doop girls00:15

A Message To Helen Kane from Max Fleischer & his Boop a doop girls

Mae Questel, Kate Wright, Little Ann Little, Bonnie Poe & Margie Hines perform "Don't take our Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away" in the Fleischer Victory Newsreel, along with Max Fleischer, after winning against Helen Kane's 250,000 lawsuit.

Chorus:

Mae Questel:

You can say our voices are awful or my songs are too risqué

But don't take our...

Margie Hines, Bonnie Poe, Kate Wright, Ann Rothschild:

Boop-Oopy-Doop-Oop!

All together:

Boopy-Doopy-Doopy Doo Boop Oopy Doo!

Mae Questel:

Bop!

Trivia

  • When performed by Mae Questel for her Victor recording, she uses Boop-Oop-"e"-Doop or "Be" instead of Boop-Oop-"a"-Doop.
  • "Don't Take My Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away" is originally supposed to be Betty Boop's official signature song, but for unknown reasons Betty's official phrase/signature song was changed to "I Wanna Be Loved By You" and has been the latter since the 1980s. "I Wanna Be Loved By You" was the original Boop-Boop-a-Doop girl (Helen Kane)'s signature song, which is best known as performed by Marilyn Monroe, who played blonde bombshell Sugar Kane in the film Some Like It Hot.
  • The song can be heard as an instrumental in One More Chance and Betty Boop's Trial.
  • The victory reel version of "Don't Take Our Boop-Oop-a-Doop Away" was directed towards Helen Kane, who had ignored the voices of Betty Boop when they apppeared in court and wanted Betty's cartoons to be stopped by injunction. Mae Questel took the lead, and the various other voices of Betty Boop backed her up.
  • Was performed by Shannon Cullem for the 2004 release Boop-Oop-a-Doin, and was again performed several years later by Sarah Stiles, for Fleischerei.
  • Has also been performed live by Ginger Pauley and the Hoosier Daddys.
  • The Japanese released is titled (私の大切なものを取らないで頂戴) JA-43-A.

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