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He's So Unusual
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Helen Kane - He's So Unusual (1929)


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He's So Unusual

He's So Unusual is a 1929 recording by Helen Kane. The song was written by Al Sherman, Al Lewis and Abner Silver. Released on June 14, 1929, "He's So Unusual" was featured in the motion picture Sweetie, performed by Kane. Shapiro, Bernstein & Co. Inc. are the publishers of record. The song was also recorded by Kate Wright as The Mystery Girl in 1929, as a Helen Kane imitation. Mae Questel entered a Helen Kane contest at the Fordham Theatre, singing "He's So Unusual", and won a $100 prize. After winning first place in the Kane impersonation contest, Questel got to sing the song again to a live audience at Riverside Theatre. The song is referenced in the 1962 Academy Award-nominated animated musical short from Disney, A Symposium on Popular Songs, during the song "Charleston Charlie" which was written by Al Sherman's songwriter sons Robert and Richard Sherman.

"He's So Unusual"

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Lyrics:

You talk of sweeties, bashful sweeties

I got one of those

Oh, he's handsome as can be

But he worries me

He goes to college and gathers knowledge

Hooh! What that boy knows! 

He's up in his Latin and Greek

But in his sheikin', he's weak! 

Cause when I want some lovin

And I gotta have some lovin

He says, Please! Stop it, please!

He's so unusual! 

When I want some kissin

And I gotta have some kissin

He says, "No! Let me go

He's so unusual! 

I know lots of boys who would be crazy over me

If they only had this fellow's opportunity

You know, I would let him pet me

But the darn fool, he doesn't let me!

Oh, he's so unusual that he drives me wild! 

When we're in the moonlight

He says, I don't like the moonlight

Aw, let's not talk in the dark.

Huh, he's so unusual! 

And when we're riding in a taxi

He converses with the chauffeur

Oh, why don't he talk to me?

Oh, he's so different! 

Others would be tickled pink to

Bop-Bop-e-Dop me down

He don't even know what

Bop-A-Dop-Bop-A-Dop's about! 

He says love is hokum, 

Oh, I'd like to choke, choke, choke him! 

Cause he's so unusual that he drives me wild! 

You might as well be by yourself as in his company

When we're out together

I'm as lonesome as can be. 

But still I'm mad about him

And I just can't live without him

Cause he's so unusual that he drives me

Bop-Bop-A-Dop-Bup!

Trivia

  • Was recorded by Cyndi Lauper for her 1983 album She's So Unusual.
  • In song, Kane uses a variety of Bop's, Bup's and sometimes even Lup's a different kind of scat sound to the usual Poop or Boop sounds she made in other songs.
  • Kane recorded two versions of the song, and it was also recorded by Annette Hanshaw.
  • Ginger Pauley (the most recent Boop singer) and the Hoosier Daddys usually perform this number to a live audience.

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