Harry "The Hipster" Gibson was a flamboyant singer-songwriter and pianist at his peak in the 1940s with his unusual and whacky songs, such as Get Your Juices at the Deuces; Handsome Harry the Hipster; Who put the Benzadrine in Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine; and our all-time favourite Who's Going Steady With Who?
So far as we know, the full lyrics of Who's Going Steady With Who? are not on the Internet. But now they are.....
WHO'S GOING STEADY WITH WHO?
Now there's a funny situation in our neighbourhood
I hope I'm able to make myself understood
It's about the boys and girls down the avenue
The question is Who's going steady with who?
Well right now...
I'm going steady with Betty
And Betty's going steady with me
Now Betty used to run around with little Eddie
But Eddie broke her heart, you see.
I was very shy with Vi
Beside Eddie he was the apple of her eye
And Betty's big brother Freddie
He didn't like little Eddie
Now Eddie's going steady with Vi
He calls her Vee
And Betty's going steady with me.
Now I took Betty to a party just the other night
Everybody there got to feeling kinda bright
I looked around to see if Freddie was watching me
But Freddie was holding hands with my sister Dee
Dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee...
Now my other sister Heddy
She had an eye on Fred
I was eyeing Vi and Betty had eyes for Ed
Eddie was watching Dee
And oh gosh oh gee
This is how it turned out to be...
Now Freddie's going steady Heddy
And Heddy is my sister, you see
(Well I know that, I know that!)
Long as Freddie kept running around with Heddy
Well that was great for little Betty and me
(I was doing all right with that kid)
But Freddie had to fall in love with Nelly
Nelly happens to be the sister of Ed
So now Freddie's letting Betty go steady with Eddie
Vi's going steady with Ted
He calls her Vee
And I's going steady
Just getting ready
I's going steady with me oh my
I don't know what it's all about
Tell me do you
Who's going steady with who?
(I don't know...)
The song is available in a live performance on compilation album Ice Cream on Toast 1937-47.
Harry was also an accomplished boogie woogie and rock and roll pianist (even before rock and roll!) as he demonstrates in this YouTube video from the 1940s......