On the Good Ship Lollipop
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|"On The Good Ship Lollipop"|
|Music by||Richard A. Whiting|
|Lyrics by||Sidney Clare|
|Published||1934, Sam Fox Publishing Company|
|Performed by||Shirley Temple, Mae Questel|
"On the Good Ship Lollipop" was the trademark song of child actress Shirley Temple. Temple first sang it in the 1934 movie Bright Eyes. The "ship" in the song is an aircraft; the scene in Bright Eyes where the song appears takes place on an American Airlines Douglas DC-2 which is taxiing. It was especially popular because Shirley herself had choreographed it. In the song, the "Good Ship Lollipop" travels to a candy land. There is a direct reference to an aeroplane in the song: "Someday I'm going to fly/I'll be a pilot, too...". The song was composed by Richard A. Whiting and the lyric was supplied by Sidney Clare. 500,000 copies of the sheet music, published by Sam Fox Publishing Company were sold, and a recording by Mae Questel (the cartoon voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl) reputedly sold more than 2 million copies.
Cover versions and other uses in music
Tiny Tim recorded a version for his Grammy-nominated 1969 album "For All My Little Friends", a single and demo version of which also appear on the Rhino Records box set "God Bless Tiny Tim".
Susan Olson as Cindy Brady on the Brady Bunch sang the song to a talent agent.
References in popular culture
William Riker references the song in the Star Trek the Next Generation episode Arsenal of Freedom. When confronted by a holographic version of the captain of the USS Drake, who asks "What is your ship?", a question the captain should have known, Riker responds "The Lollipop, it's a good ship."
In the 'King Homer' segment of the Treehouse of Horror III episode of The Simpsons, a parody of King Kong, Homer smashes through the wall of a New York theatre where Temple is performing "On the Good Ship Lollipop", enjoys the song for a few seconds, then eats her.
In the British show It Ain't Half Hot Mum, the characters perform "On the Good Ship Lollipop".
The song was ranked at #69 on the list of AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs.
The song was a puzzle on the October 12, 2011 episode of Wheel of Fortune.
In Shrek The Third, when Gingy's life flashes before his eyes, he is left babbling the song.
The band Current 93 made the title as one of their lyrics in their song "Let the Bloodbells Chime"