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Thanksgiving Day Means Turkey Lurkey Time

Turkey Lurkey Time comes closest to the official Broadway anthem for Thanksgiving.
It is a song with music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David from Act 1 of Promises, Promises, that is far more cherished for the choreography it has inspired — initially by Michael Bennett (now best-known for “A Chorus Line.”)

Below are some video versions, and then one version of the lyrics. At very bottom, a bonus track: The Thanksgiving Song by Adam Sandler

The original Broadway cast at the 1969 Tony Awards TV show, featuring Donna McKechnie

from the 2003 movie Camp

from the 2010 Broadway revival of Promises, Promises

Another version

It’s turkey lurkey time
Tom turkey ran away, but he just came home
It’s turkey lurkey time
He’s really home to stay, never one to roam
Let’s make a wish, and may all our wishes come true…….
A snowy, blowy christmas, a mistletoey christmas
A turkey lurkey christmas to you…
A turkey lurkey christmas to you
It’s loosey goosey time
She was a gadabout, but she’s back again
It’s loosey goosey time
Her time is running out, and we all know when
Let’s make a wish, and may all our wishes come true….
A snowy, blowy christmas, a mistletoey christmas
A loosey goosey christmas to you…
A loosey goosey christmas to you
Turkey lurkey, loosey goosey
Some for uncle joe, some for cousin lucy
Everybody gather round the table
Dig in, dinner is being served
Eat all the turkey you are able
Can’t you see a partridge in a pear tree?
Climb up and bring it down for me
That’s something i would like to see
A snowy, blowy christmas, a mistletoey christmas
A turkey lurkey christmas to you……
Jingle bells, jingle bells

Turkey for me
Turkey for you
Let’s eat the turkey
In my big brown shoe
Love to eat the turkey
At the table
I once saw a movie
With Betty Grable
Eat that turkey
All night long
Fifty million Elvis fans
Can’t be wrong
Turkey lurkey doo and
Turkey lurkey dap
I eat that turkey
Then I take a nap

Thanksgiving is a special night
Jimmy Walker used to say Dynomite
That’s right
Turkey with gravy and cranberry
Can’t believe the Mets traded Darryl Strawberry
Turkey for you and
Turkey for me
Can’t believe Tyson
Gave that girl V.D.

White meat, dark meat
You just can’t lose
I fell off my moped
And I got a bruise
Turkey in the oven
And the buns in the toaster
I’ll never take down
My Cheryl Tiegs poster
Wrap the turkey up
In aluminum foil
My brother likes to masturbate
With baby oil
Turkey and sweet potato pie
Sammy Davis Jr.
Only had one eye

Turkey for the girls and
Turkey for the boys
My favorite kind of pants
Are corduroys
Gobble gobble goo and
Gobble gobble gickel
I wish turkey
Only cost a nickel
Oh I love turkey on Thanksgiving

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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