Judy Garland doesn’t care, and I don’t care either! 1

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I love the insouciant song written for vaudevillian Eva Tanguay in 1906, “I Don’t Care.” It’s my theme song. Here Judy Garland sings it in “I Don’t Care,” from “In the Good Old Summertime” (1943). The anthem is also the arts•meme theme song.

They say I’m crazy
Got no sense
But I don’t care
They may or may not mean offense
But I don’t care
You see, I’m sort of independent
I am my own superintendent
And my star is on the ascendent
That’s why I don’t care
I don’t care, I don’t care
What they may think of me
I’m happy-go-lucky, they say that I’m plucky
Contented and carefree
I don’t care I don’t care
If I do get a mean and stony stare
If I’m not successful
It won’t be distressful
Cause I don’t care
A girl should know her etiquette
Alas, alack
Propriety demands we walk a narrow track
When fellas used to blink at me
I’d freeze ’em and they’d shrink at me
But now when fellas wink at me
I wink at them right back!I don’t care I don’t care
If people frown on me
Perhaps it’s the lone way
But I go my own way
That’s my philosophy
I don’t care I don’t care
if he’s clerk or just a millionaire
There’s no doubt about it,
I’ll sing and I’ll shout it
Cause I don’t careOh, I don’t care, I don’t care
When it comes to happiness,
I want my share
Don’t try to rearrange me
There’s nothing can change me
’cause I don’t care!

Jack Cole super-charged this number for Mitzi Gaynor in the “The I Don’t Care Girl” (1953). What a genius!  The song was written for vaudevillian Eva Tanguay, as part of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1909. Tanguay recorded it in 1922 .

One comment on “Judy Garland doesn’t care, and I don’t care either!

  1. Dana Ross Oct 19,2015 1:09 pm

    That might be the best attitude. Very bold.
    Sally forth with bold insouciance in all things.

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