SNL Transcripts: Peter Boyle: 02/14/76: Al Jarreau performs “We Got By”


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 1: Episode 13

75m: Peter Boyle / Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau performs “We Got By”

…..Peter Boyle
…..Al Jarreau

Peter Boyle: This is a very pleasurable occasion for me, to be able to introduce the following gentleman. He’s a friend, and a wonderful singer. Here’s a valentine for your ears – Al Jarreau!

[ Boyle steps away, as a flattered Jarreau approaches the microphone ]

Al Jarreau:
“I hardly had a bellyful
Never knew a new bicycle
Hand-me-down books and shoes
They brought the yule tides in July.

I rode a bus, a train and sometimes
Strolling for miles to a movie show
Singing a song – “Shoobedoo”
While birds and rich folks flew
right on by.

But we got by
We got by, yes
Lord knows we got by.

Winter wishes wait ’til June
We brightened July with that hot dog fun
Tell your mama you’re with Sue, baby
You’ll bring the beans, girl, and I’ll find the wine
And them neon lights were bright ’til 2:00
And sneaking back home with this girl named Jo
We hurried down to say “I do.”
And I stared my first man-child in the eye.

But we got by
We got by, yeah, yes
Lord knows we got by.

And sometimes I miss singing
Doo doo doo doo..

And now baby’s got his bellyful
And finally here’s that new bicycle
Working, praying, June to June
And mama’s got L.A. gleaming in her eye.

Oh, and we got by
We got by, yeah, let me tell you
We got by
Lord knows we got by.

You see, we kept on walking and talking and hawking
And ooing, and cooing, and wooing
Loving, and tugging, and hugging
And rubbing, and sugging and fugging
Laying, and praying, and swaying
And Letting, and fretting, begetting
And lying, and flying, and trying, and sighing, and dying.”

[ scat to finish ]

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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