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Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) [with Perry Como and the Ray Charles Singers, 1956]

This was high on the charts when I was eight and riding a bicycle to impress a little girl. I am still fond of the song.

If you're hearing Emmanuel Chabrier's España (1883)
you're not wrong O America we serve
hot dogs to the King and Queen of England
and did you know It was Al Jolson
who launched "hot diggity dog"
in the 20s a decade famous for phrases,
the diamond as big as the Ritz,
the Charleston, Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey
Lindbergh across the Atlantic, where ex-pats
gathered in Paris (the poor) or Cannes,
digga digga do, making whoopie.


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark


from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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