You know how they say you can find anything on the internet?
Well, they LIED.
What you cannot find are the lyrics to “Tanz Mit Mir” from the Broadway Musical Carnival by Bob Merrill. Hell, Wikipedia doesn’t even list the song as being part of the show!
I know this particular number was in the show because when JGHS, lo these many years ago, did Carnival, I, Peggy Pack, Nancy Mayville, and Terry (a tiny bit of a thing with the blondest blond hair you ever saw) – I don’t remember her name – were the Bluebird Girls and our big number was Tanz Mit Mir. Peggy, Nancy and I were all sophomores and Terry was the freshest freshman you ever saw.
And we were GREAT. We were hilarious. We were okay and we didn’t stink up the place.
We wore blue leotards with white tights and had feathers and we sang this song –
Komen, komen, tanz, tanz, tanz mit mir, tanz mit mir.
Ich bin einen voglien.
Ich bir du bist behexen mit meinen tanzin
Zizzy-zing-zing, tanz mit mir
At least, that’s the closest I can come up with. I’m sure I don’t have it exactly right and I challenge you to find it on the internet any-fucking-where.
Anyhow, that’s when I learned I was absolutely fearless on stage. To go out onstage in the middle of those terrible teens, wearing a leotard on what I was sure was the biggest body in the school and dance around the stage being a pure fool – and I loved every second of it.
Hell, if I could do that, I could do anything. And you got applause too.
What’s not to love?