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You Dance Divinely

Since childhood, I've had this weird song going through my head. It's not really a song as much as the fragment of a song. Sometimes I'll sing this out loud, trying to make a hip reference, but since nobody remembers the attribution (including myself!) the joke goes flat.

It's a three-note pattern: the same three notes that start out the "My Three Sons" theme song. The only lyric I remember is:

You dance divinely...

Where did I hear this song? I'm guessing cartoons. I found a reference on Google:


Elmer’s Pet Rabbit (Jones, 1941)-Bugs dances with Fudd and addresses him saying, Katherine Hepburn-like, “You dance divinely, really you do.”

Bugs dances with Fudd and addresses him saying, Katherine Hepburn-like, “You dance divinely, really you do.”

This has everything a budding gay boy could want: bugs bunny in drag, and references to an aging female movie star. But this is reported to be a *spoken* line, and I strongly remember the melody being sung. So, I need to keep looking.


An Ed Fisher cartoon in the New Yorker?

"You dance divinely. And, coming from a secular humanist, that's quite a compliment."

I doubt that I was reading The New Yorker in my pre-teen years.. I was a hip child, but not *that* hip.


Stock cartoon

"You dance divinely!"

This one's not even funny. I hate Christans who incorrectly think they have a sense of humor, and this definitely includes C.S. Lewis. Read "The Screwtape Letters"... trust me, you won't even crack a smile in what is the longest unfunny religious screed.


Thomas Hardy's poem "The Supplanter: A Tale"

Quatrain VII

"You dance divinely, stranger swain,
   Such grace I've never known.
O longer stay! Breathe not adieu
   And leave me here alone!
O longer stay: to her be true
   Whose heart is all your own!"

Oh heck yeah. I'm sure this is where I learned the line. I read "Jude the Obscure" at age five.


The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou, p. 453

"Hello. My dear, you dance divinely. Just divine."
Not Marlene Dietrich, I was wrong; she was Veronica Lake with substance, a young Tallulah Bankhead. "And you're so refreshingly young." Her perfume was thick, like the air in Catholic churches.

Obscure. But a great line. How can you not love a quote that mentions Marlene Dietrich, Veronica Lake, *and* Tallulah Bankhead?

Does anybody out there in LiveJournalLand have any ideas where I got this snippet in my head? It's driving me crazy.

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there's no slave like an old slave...

sounds like your memory is failing in your old age. The 'My Three Sons' theme started with a trumpet fanfare follwed by a four-note intro. Maybe you're remembering another show?

I found "Aint that the way it goes" This version:


has the line 'Rose says I dance divinely' at about 1:13, although the lyrics I found have 'you'. Youtube has a few different versions.

so Christians arent allowed to have senses of humor, and just because you dont get the joke you hate them?

Do you actually listen to what you say as you say it?

Now the question at hand...

It opens with a brass section, then the same basic three notes that can be heard in many theme songs, and countless other pieces of music. All of the bugs bunny music is well documented, but being a bit of a fanatic about bugs i can't really recall that minor a note trio as they are usually full and rich orchestrations timed to the cartoon, and Bugs is usually doing a waltz when that comment is used.

Please read what I write, not what you WISH I wrote:

"I hate Christans who incorrectly think they have a sense of humor"

Key word = incorrectly. There are funny Christians. For example, I like Mark Lowry. But C.S. Lewis is a blowhard.

>Do you actually listen to what you say as you say it?

Fucking condescending there, pup.

It's all good Patrick... Besides, I like the line about Christians both ways (the way someone apparently read it and the way you actually wrote it)... *g* But then again, I'm the guy who tells a Jesus up on the cross joke almost everytime I'm well, up on a cross-but the regular type, not the St Andrew's type-those aren't good for Jesus up on the cross jokes...

The phrase from Bugs most certainly - and Bugs got it from Kate Hepburn in Stage Door. And she got it from Hardy. Or rather the screenwriter got it from him. But yeah, you and every other gay man of a certain age got all your best lines through Bugs.

As for the music, I dunno. I can't figure out what's going on in MY head, let alone yours.

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