Guy Marks: Loving You Has Made Me Bananas (1968)

May 24, 2008

This is a song that I got to know in the 60s around the same time that “Winchester Cathedral” came out: “Loving you has made me bananas” — one of those Vaudeville throwbacks like “When I’m 64.” Only today have I learned that it was written by Guy Marks (1923 – 1987) in 1968. This video is from a 1978 performance. Marks was a famous comedian and impressionist. So, is it me? or is Guy gay? or is it just an impression?

LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS
(Words and Music by Guy Marks)

OH, YOUR RED SCARF MATCHES YOUR EYES,
YOU CLOSED YOUR COVER BEFORE STRIKING,
FATHER HAD THE SHIPFITTER BLUES,
LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS,

OH, YOUR RED SCARF MATCHES YOUR EYES,
YOU CLOSED YOUR COVER BEFORE STRIKING,
FATHER HAD THE SHIPFITTER BLUES,
LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS,

OH, YOU BURNT YOUR FINGER THAT EVENING,
WHILE MY BACK WAS TURNED,
I ASKED THE WAITER FOR IODINE,
BUT I DINED ALL ALONE,

OH, YOUR RED SCARF MATCHES YOUR EYES,
YOU CLOSED YOUR COVER BEFORE STRIKING,
FATHER HAD THE SHIPFITTER BLUES,
LOVING YOU HAS MADE ME BANANAS.

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PK May 24, 2008 at 5:44 pm

“From high atop the Hotel Sheets…. !”

Somehow I completely missed the original of this, perhaps the sometime regional differences in radio playlists, still barely extent in 1968, meant Boston (where I was at the time) was not one of its hot spots. I came to know the song backing a night club vocalist in the mid-70s who sang the lyrics slightly differently:

Your red scarf matches your eyes
Please close cover before striking
My father had the shipfitter’s blues, and
Loving you is driving me bananas

in which form it has obviously stuck. I always figured it for a Spike Jones type thing, we played it more as a swing.

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