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Black Strap Molasses

Song lyrics to Black Strap Molasses– performed by Danny Kaye, Groucho Marx, Jimmy Durante, and Jane Wyman

Black Strap Molasses is a novelty song by Carmine Ennis and Marilou Harrington, released in August 1951. It was recorded by Groucho Marx, Jimmy Durante, Jane Wyman, and Danny Kaye, with chorus and orchestra directed by Sonny Burke.  The song was a popular success, reaching number 29 on the Billboard charts.

[ALL]
Black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread
Makes you live so long you wish you were dead
You add some yogurt and you’ll be well fed
With black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread

[JANE WYMAN]
My grandpa’s older than the old grey mare
He sits a-rockin’ in his rockin’ chair
But now he’s got a smile that he can’t lose
Grandma’s sittin’ knittin’ baby shoes

[ALL]
From eatin’ black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread
Makes you live so long you wish you were dead
You add some yogurt and you’ll be well fed
With black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread

[JIMMY DURANTE]
I gave up cherry pie and T-bone steak
Chicken fricassee and ice cream cake
I don’t need vitamins or pills at all
I even mix it with my Hadacol

[ALL]
I’m eatin’ black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread
Makes you live so long you wish you were dead
You add some yogurt and you’ll be well fed
With black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread

[GROUCHO MARX]
My nerves were jumpy and I’d walk the floor
I never got to sleep till after four
But since I’m eatin’ right I feel okay
I’m sleepin’ every night and half the day

[ALL]
From eatin’ black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread
Makes you live so long you wish you were dead
You add some yogurt and you’ll be well fed
With black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread

[DANNY KAYE]
Now I was thinner than a pencil line
Had no muscles and I had no spine
But now I’m friskier than a pup
All you have do is prop me up

[ALL]
Just feed me black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread
Makes you live so long you wish you were dead
You add some yogurt and you’ll be well fed
With black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread

[GROUCHO MARX]
I know a fella who is ninety-two
[JANE WYMAN]
Doctors told the guy that he was through
[DANNY KAYE]
But now that the doctor has been proven wrong
[JIMMY DURANTE]
He’s got more hop in him than Hopalong

[ALL]
From eatin’ black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread
Makes you live so long you wish you were dead
You add some yogurt and you’ll be well fed
With black strap molasses and the wheat germ bread

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