Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby
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|"Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby"|
"Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby" is a popular barbershop song composed in 1924 by Les Applegate. Its tune is very similar to Texas A&M's Aggie War Hymn, which was written in 1919, while J.V. "Pinky" Wilson was serving his country overseas during World War 1. As was Mr. Wilson's original rendition Coney Island Baby was often included in the repertoire of a barbershop quartet. The lyrics are not related to Coney Island directly, but are about a man abandoning his lover (whom he apparently met at Coney Island) to avoid marriage, the drudgery of which is lamented in the middle section, often known separately as "We All Fall."
In popular culture
- The Be Sharps sing this song in The Simpsons episode, "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"
- The song was also featured at the end of a sixth season episode of Frasier called "Fraiser's Curse".
- In the Emergency! episode, "Firehouse Four", station 51 performed this song, (except Roy), for a barbershop quartet contest for the firefighters picnic.
- The song appears in the soundtrack to the 2014 documentary Famous Nathan, about restaurant entrepreneur Nathan Handwerker.
- The song is performed by actor Kevin Murphy on second episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 season 9, for the 1960 film The Leech Woman.
- The song is performed by Vintage on the soundtrack to the 1991 Paul Mazursky film Scenes from a Mall.
- The song is performed by Tom and Ray Magliozzi on episode "#0831 The Andy Letter" on NPR's weekly radio show "Car Talk."
- The song was performed in one of the later episodes of Happy Days
- on YouTube
- on YouTube, one-man multitrack performance
- Chord charts and verses, arrangements by Jim Bottorff
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