Jeepers Creepers (song)

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"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.[1]

Overview[edit]

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,[citation needed] 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?"

Popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JEEPERS CREEPERS". ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2011-10-04.