Makin’ Whoopee

Composer Walter Donaldson
Lyricist Gus Kahn
Year Written 1928
About Makin’ Whoopee
This song was written for the 1928 musical Whoopee!, which starred Eddie Cantor and who introduced the song. It does, of course, refer to sexual intimacy and lists all the things that follow from that (wedding, honeymoon, babies, etc.). It has been widely recorded over the years.


Every time I hear that dear old wedding march
I feel rather glad I have a broken arch
I have heard a lot of people talk
And I know that marriage is a long long walk

To most people
Weddings mean romance
But I prefer
A picnic or a dance

Another bride, another groom
Another sunny honeymoon
Another season, another reason
For making whoopee

The chorus sings, “Here comes the bride”
Another victim is by her side
He’s lost his reason ’cause it’s the season
For making whoopee

Down through the countless ages
You’ll find it everywhere
Somebody makes good wages
Somebody wants her share

She calls him “Toodles” and rolls her eyes
She makes him strudles and bakes him pies
What is it all for?
It’s so he’ll fall for making whoopee

Another year or maybe less
What’s this I hear, well, can’t you guess?
She feels neglected, so he’s suspected
Of making whoopee

She sits alone most every night
He doesn’t phone or even write
He says he’s busy, but she says, “Is he?”
He’s making whoopee

He doesn’t make much money
Five thousand dollars per
Some judge who thinks he’s funny
Says, “You’ll pay six to her”

He says, “Now judge, suppose I fail?”
The judge says, “Budge right into jail”
You better keep her, you’ll find it’s cheaper
Than making whoopee

Session / Album Information

ca. 2003

“Makin’ Whoopee” was recorded as a duet with Cyndi Lauper; the song was released on her album Cyndi Lauper: At Last in 2003. The recording features Lee Musiker (piano), Gray Sargent (guitar), Paul Langosch (bass) and Clayton Cameron (drums).

Makin" Whoopee (with Tony Bennett)

Listen to Makin" Whoopee (with Tony Bennett) on Spotify. Cyndi Lauper, Tony Bennett · Song · 2012.

This recording released on:

  • 2011: Disc #2 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK2) Rarities, Outtakes & Other Delights, Vol. 2

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