Jeepers Creepers (song)
"Jeepers Creepers" is a popular 1938 song and jazz standard. The music was written by Harry Warren and the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, for the 1938 Warner Brothers movie Going Places. It was premiered by Louis Armstrong and has since been covered by many other artists.
This song was featured in the 1938 film Going Places starring Dick Powell, Anita Louise and Ronald Reagan. Louis Armstrong appears in the part of Gabriel, the trainer of a race horse named Jeepers Creepers. Jeepers Creepers is a very wild horse and can only be soothed enough to let someone ride him when Gabriel plays the song "Jeepers Creepers" on his trumpet or sings it to him. Gabriel wrote the song specifically for the horse. (The phrase "jeepers creepers", a slang expression and minced oath euphemism for Jesus Christ, predates both the song and film.)
Although the song was written as a romance, it has garnered a reputation for creepiness in recent years due to its use in the 2001 horror film Jeepers Creepers, in which the song plays each time a demon known as "The Creeper" appears.
The lyrics of the song are under copyright; the most famous pair of lines is:
"Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those peepers?
Jeepers Creepers, where'd ya get those eyes?"
- This song is featured in a 1939 Warner Bros. cartoon short of the same name.
- In the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy, "Jeepers Creepers" is sung by a group of kids who pass by the house of George M. Cohan (played by James Cagney).
- Bing Crosby recorded the song on his 1956 album "Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings."
- The 1957 cartoon short Show Biz Bugs has Daffy Duck performing a tap-dance number to the song.
- Al Caiola recorded an instrumental version of this song.
- Hayley Mills recorded this song in 1962 on the American Buena Vista label (F-395)
- In the 1975 movie The Day of the Locust, the character Faye Greener (Karen Black) sings the song whenever she wants to disturb her father. Louis Armstrong's recording of the song plays over the film's closing credits.
- In 1988, "Peek-a-Boo", the first single from Siouxsie and the Banshees's ninth studio album Peepshow, was found to be too similar to the lyrics of "Jeepers Creepers". To remedy the situation and to avoid legal action, Siouxsie and the Banshees gave co-songwriting credit on "Peek-a-Boo" to Warren and Mercer.
- Mr. Show features an extended musical sequence involving the Gospel of Jeepers Creepers.
- In the 1997 Friends episode "The One With the Dirty Girl", Mrs. Burkart (Gretchen Wyler) sings the song at her husbands funeral.
- The song and title was featured prominently in the 2001 horror movie Jeepers Creepers when The Creeper is nearby (it was released by United Artists, which at one point held the rights to Going Places).
- A recording of the song was made by The Puppini Sisters on their 2006 debut album Betcha Bottom Dollar.
- The Hi-Lo's included the song on their 2006 A Musical Thrill album.
- "JEEPERS CREEPERS". ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
(Les Brown used a part of the lyrics in the TV series F-Troop Season 2)