Mutual Admiration Society (Song)

Original Airdate: 12/12/1956
Panel: Just Bill Cullen and Henry Morgan!
Host: Garry Moore

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Introduction

For reasons which are explained in the song, the women aren’t available to be there for this show. Instead, Henry, Garry, and Bill start out with a song, basically just to waste time. It’s a great song though, so I’m not complaining. I think this is a great example of what a great guy Henry was. He was a great sport, and sang the song straight–not being sarcastic at all. He actually looked like he was having fun doing it! Sometimes people think that he refused to participate in things because it just seems foolish, but this shows that he was willing to do all sorts of things.

Lyrics and Transcript

Henry Morgan: Good evening. I’m good old Hank.
Garry Moore: Good evening. I’m…good old Garry.
Bill Cullen: Good evening, I am good old Bill.

Henry, Garry, Bill

Henry Morgan – Garry Moore – Bill Cullen

(Song starts, from now on they’re singing)
All: We belong to a mutual admiration society
Garry: My buddies and me
All: We belong to a mutual admiration society
Garry: (to Bill) You’re just as nice as you can be
Bill: (to Garry) Why Gar you’re twice as nice as me
Henry: (to Garry) No Gar, you’re thrice as nice as we
Garry: Oh what a happy family (to Bill) You’re strong and handsome, brave and true
Bill: And that’s not all, I’m modest too
All: You’re really grand, I’d like to shake your hand

Garry: My buddies and me
All: We belong to a mutual admiration society

Henry, Garry, Bill

Henry, Garry, Bill

Henry: (to Garry) Your dancing is the greatest yet
Garry: (to Henry) You sang divinely at the Met*
Henry: (to Garry) Your jokes are funny, HA HA HA
Garry: (to Henry) So was your trip, to Africa (to Bill) Why Bill you’re Pittsburgh’s pride and joy
Bill: (to Garry) You’re Baltimore’s beloved boy
All: All through the years, we’ll make like musketeers.

Garry: My buddies and me
All: We belong to a mutual admiration society

Henry: (to Garry) Why you’re solid when you play the drums
Garry: (to Henry) You always smile, you’re never glum (to Bill) and you know your wife’s a lovely lovely girl old man
Bill: Oh Garry, she’s your greatest fan!
Henry: (to Garry) Your great commercials stop the show
Garry: (to Henry) You’re a genius!
Henry: How’d ya know?
All: We friendly gents, dispensing compliments

Garry: My buddies and me
All: We belong to a mutual admiration society, my buddies and me…my buddies and me…my buddies and me…my buddies and me…(they walk out of the spotlight, applause, walk back again)

Walking off stage Walking on stage

Walking off stage, then back on again

All: We belong to a mutual admiration society (sounds kind of like “variety” this time, they start laughing)

Garry: Now you may think that we forgot, our lady friends, but we have not
Bill: Faye Emerson is in a show, she can’t be with us, no mo’
Garry: But dear old Jayne, she’d never leave…(camera and spotlight pan over to where Garry is pointing…there’s no one there)
Henry: She’s down in Florida…with Steve
Garry: But please don’t shriek, ’cause she’ll be back next week, Jayne Meadows will be
All: ‘Cause she belongs to our mutual admiration society
Garry: My buddies and me
All: We belong to a mutual admiration society

END OF SONG

* A reference to Henry doing a walk on at the Metropolitan Opera. (Thanks to Dennis [aka willettd] for this!)

Original Lyrics

This was a song originally done by Teresa Brewer. Here are the original lyrics (taken from Top40DB with fixed spelling/syntax)

We belong to a mutual admiration society, my baby and me
We belong to a mutual admiration society
I think he’s handsome and he’s smart
He thinks that I’m a work of art
I say that he’s the greatest man and likewise he’s my biggest fan
I say his kisses are like wine, he says they’re not as good as mine
And that’s the way we pass the time of day, my baby and me
We belong to a mutual admiration society

We belong to a mutual admiration society
We belong to a mutual admiration society

He says, “Oh you’re the sweetest one”
No you’re the sweetest one
He claims that I’m a natural
When I say it’s just the opposite
The only fightin’ that we do is just who loves who more than who
And we go like that from night till dawn, my baby and me

Now I do not exaggerate
I think he’s nothing short of great
He says that kind of flattery will get you any place with me
The way we carry on it tends to just embarrass all our friends
And that is how we’ll still be years from now, my baby and me
We belong to a mutual admiration society, my baby and me
My baby and me

One Response to “Mutual Admiration Society (Song)”

  1. Kat Townsend says:

    Thank you so much for this. My mother and I had big crushes on Henry and Bill and never missed one I’ve got a secret show.

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