Whatever Lola Wants

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PROFILE
Composer Richard Adler
Lyricist Jerry Ross
Year Written 1955
About Whatever Lola Wants
“Whatever Lola Wants” is from the smash 1955 musical Damn Yankees. Based on the Faust legend, the musical is set in the 1950s in Washington, D.C., where, as usual, the New York Yankees dominated their division. A fan of the competing Washington Senators sells his soul to the devil for a long ball hitter that could help the Senators beat the Yankees. It starred Ray Walston and a young Gwen Verdon as Lola. The choreographer was Bob Fosse. Fosse and Verdon would later marry and work together for many years.

Lyrics

Whatever Lola wants
Lola gets
And little man, little Lola wants you
Make up your mind to have no regrets
Recline yourself, resign yourself, you’re through
She’ll always get what she’ll aim for
And your heart’n soul is what she came for

Whatever Lola wants
Lola gets,
Take off your coat
Don’t you know you can’t win?
You’re no exception to the rule,
She’s irresistible, you fool, give in!

She’ll always get what she’ll aim for
And your heart’n soul is what she came for

Whatever Lola wants
Lola gets,
Take off your coat
Don’t you know you can’t win?
You’re no exception to the rule,
She’s irresistible, you fool, give in! Give in. Give in.

1955

“Whatever Lola Wants” was recorded on June 9, 1955 and released that year on Columbia’s All Star Pops. It was arranged by Sid Feller.

This recording released on:

  • 1955: Columbia LP 12″: CL 728 — All Star Pops
  • 1955: Columbia EP: B-2079
  • 1957: Philips 45: JK1008 (for jukebox play only, not available for sale)
  • 2011: Disc #1 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK1) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 1

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