Writer(s): Leonard Bernstein / Adolph Green / Betty Comden
From the Film: On The Town, 1949
Sung by Frank Sinatra and Betty Garrett)
Betty the taxi driver: First we see the sights, then let’s come to my place
Frank: Oh no, then we will have to go looking for Davey’s girl
Betty: No, then up to my place. Where do you want to go first?
Frank: Well, my grandpa told me, Chip my boy, there’ll come a time when you leave home, and if you should ever see New York, be sure to see the Hippodrome.
Betty: The Hippodrome!
Frank: Yeah, the Hippodrome
Betty: Did I hear right? Did you say the Hippodrome?
Frank Yes, you heard me right, yes, I said the Hippo…
Betty: (applies the brakes)
Frank: Hey what did you stop for?
Betty: It ain’t there any more. They tore it down you know a dozen years ago.
Frank: Oh, I wanted to see that Hippodrome.
Betty: Hey, what year is that guide book anyway?
Frank: Oh, 1905.
Betty: 19 hundred and 5, no wonder. Don’t you realize that a big city like this changes all the time? But there’s one thing that doesn’t change, kid. Come up to my place.
Frank: No. My grandpa saw the girly show that will hold me hot and curly, and told me the hottest show in town is of the Floradora Girl.
Betty: Floradora Girl!
Frank:Yes, the Floradora Girl.
Betty:Did I dig right, was that the Floradora Girl
Frank: Yes. You dug right, that was, that was the Flora….what stop for did you hey?
Betty: You may not feel that way. That girly show folded up forty years ago. Come up to my place.
Frank: No. My grandpa said I’ve seen New York in all its beauty and its power from the city’s highest spot, the famous Woolworth Tower
Betty: Woolworth Tower!
Frank: Yes, the Woolworth Tower
Betty: Hold up, Bozo, did you say the Woolworth Tower?.
Frank: Yes I said the Woolworth Tower…. What’d you stop for hey what?
Betty: It ain’t the highest spot, not since the date they built the Empire State. Let’s go to my place.
Frank, (Betty): Let’s go to Cleopatra’s Needle. (Let’s go to my place)
Let’s see Wanamaker’s store (Let’s go to my place)
Let’s go to Lindy’s, go to Lucha’s (go to my place)
Let’s see Radio City and Harold’s Square (go to my place)
Go to Rueben’s (go to my place), go to Macy’s (go to my place)
Go to Roxy’s (go to my place), Gimbel’s (my place)
Madison Square (My place), (Hippodrome!) (My place!)
Betty: Well, this it, my place.