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  Season 2: Mardi Gras Special




Mardi Gras Special

Randy Newman performs "Sail Away"

from the album: Good Old Boys (1974)

.....Buck Henry
.....Jane Curtin
.....Randy Newman

Buck Henry: Well, Jane, I don't think we can keep it a secret any longer. Do you want to tell them?

Jane Curtin: I guess not, Buck. [ chickens out ] Here is a song from Randy Newman!

[ dissolve to Randy Newman at the Theater of the Performing Arts ]

Randy Newman: [ singing ]
"In America, you'll get food to eat
Won't have to run through the jungle
And scuff up your feet
You'll just sing about Jesus and drink wine all day
It's great to be an American.

Ain't no lions or tigers, ain't no mamba snake
Just the sweet watermelon and the buckwheat cake
Ev'rybody is as happy as a man can be
Climb aboard little wog, sail away with me.

Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay.

In America, every man is free
To take care of his home and his family
You'll be as happy as a monkey in a monkey tree
You're all gonna be an American.

Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay."

[ audience applauds ]

Randy Newman: Thank you very much! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you very much!


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