Allan Sherman name-dropped Camp Granada in ‘I Can’t Dance’

allanshermanicantdanceAllan Sherman is of course best known for his “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter From Camp,” which is hands down the most popular song about summer camp ever written. Sherman’s song about a letter written home from Camp Granada is an institution. But it’s not the only Sherman song mentioning the famous fictional camp.

In “I Can’t Dance,” a song off Sherman’s 1964 album Allan in Wonderland, he revisits Camp Granada in the form of a girl the song’s not very good dancer met at the camp “last summer.” Since “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” was already a hit, the mention of Camp Granada draws laughter from the audience in the live recording.

I Can’t Dance

Pardon me.
My name’s Jeff.
And I don’t mind if you are tall and skinny.
And those braces on your teeth,
They’re real neat.
Thank you for the compliment, Gee you’re sweet.
Your name is Carlotta.
I met you last summer when we went to Camp Granada.
We oughta try to dance.
Right foot first.
Left foot next.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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