Novelty Song Friday #5 — “I’m Tired” by Madeline Kahn

Today’s novelty song comes from a movie that is almost 50 years old. It is one of the funniest movies in Mel Brooks’ stable of hilarious movies.

Blazing Saddles is a 1974 American satirical black comedy-western film directed by Mel Brooks. Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, the film was written by Brooks, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Norman Steinberg and Alan Uger, and was based on Bergman’s story and draft. The film received generally positive reviews from critics and audiences, was nominated for three Academy Awards and is ranked No. 6 on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list.

Brooks appears in three supporting roles, Governor William J. Le Petomane, a Yiddish-speaking Native American chief and “a director” in line to help invade Rock Ridge (a nod to Hitchcock); he also dubs lines for one of Lili von Shtupp’s backing troupe. The supporting cast includes Slim Pickens, Alex Karras and David Huddleston, as well as Brooks regulars Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Harvey Korman. Bandleader Count Basie has a cameo as himself, appearing with his orchestra.

The film satirizes the racism obscured by myth-making Hollywood accounts of the American West, with the hero being a black sheriff in an all-white town. The film is full of deliberate anachronisms, from the Count Basie Orchestra playing “April in Paris” in the Wild West, to Slim Pickens referring to the Wide World of Sports, to the German army of World War II.

In 2006, Blazing Saddles was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The song I’m choosing to highlight from the film is “I’m Tired,” written by Mel Brooks and sung by the fabulous Madeline Kahn.

Madeline Gail Kahn (born Madeline Gail Wolfson; September 29, 1942 – December 3, 1999) was an American actress, comedian, voice actress, and singer, known for comedic roles in films directed by Peter Bogdanovich and Mel Brooks, including What’s Up, Doc? (1972), Young Frankenstein (1974), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World, Part I (1981), and her Academy Award–nominated roles in Paper Moon (1973) and Blazing Saddles (1974).

For Blazing Saddles, she was … nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In the April 2006 issue of Premiere magazine, her performance as Lili von Schtüpp in Saddles was selected as number 74 on its list of the 100 greatest performances of all time.

The choreographer for “I’m Tired” was Alan Johnson. “I’m Tired” is an homage to and parody of Marlene Dietrich’s singing of Cole Porter’s song “I’m the Laziest Gal in Town” in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1950 film, “Stage Fright.”

 

 

Here I stand, the goddess of Desire
Set men on fire
I have this power
Morning noon and night it’s drink and dancing
Some quick romancing
And then a shower
Stage door johnnies always surround me
They always hound me
With one request
Who can satisfy their lustful habits
I’m not a rabbit
I need some rest

I’m tired
Sick and tired of love
I’ve had my fill of love
From below and above
Tired, tired of being admired
Tired of love uninspired
Let’s face it
I’m tired

I’ve been with 1000’s of men
Again and again
They promise the moon
They always coming and going
Going and coming
And always too soon
Right girls?

I’m tired,
Tired of playing the game
Ain’t it a crying shame
I’m so tired
God dammit I’m exhausted

Tired, tired of playing the game
Ain’t it a crying shame
I’m so tired

She’s tired (She’s tired)
Sick and tired of love (Give her a break)
She’s had her fill of love (She’s not a snake)
From bellow and above (Can’t you see she’s sick)
Tired (She’s bushed)
Tired of being admired (Let her alone)
Tired of love uninspired (Get off the phone)
She’s tired (Don’t you know she’s pooped)

I’ve been with 1000’s of men
Again and again
They sing the same tune
They start with Byron and Shelly
And jump on your belly
And bust your ballon
Aye!

Tired, tired of playing the game
Ain’t it a freakin’ shame
I’m so…
Let’s face it everything below the waist is kapput!

Tired!
Songwriters: Mel Brooks

 

17 Comments Add yours

  1. I never get tired of watching this movie. Great post Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Mel Brooks had a great stable of actors in his movies. This is definitely one of my favorites. I love Mongo riding into town on brahma bull.

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      1. Alex Karras was a four-time Pro Bowl player with the Detroit Lions.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          He’ll always be Mongo to me.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  2. memadtwo says:

    I’m remembering my first experience of this with a smile. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s very special and that song played in my head for awhile afterwords!

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  3. Great post. Great movie. Madeline Khane excelled at being tired. And she never gave it a rest–until she did. Peacefully, I’m sure. God bless her. She’s sorely missed.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Pam, I’m glad you liked her and enjoyed what she gave the world. She was a comedic genius.

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  4. badfinger20 says:

    Great movie Lisa…I watched this movie again a few months ago.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      What a fabulous ensemble he gathered for his films. Yes, it is. It’s been awhile since I saw it.

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      1. badfinger20 says:

        I am showing Bailey some he hasn’t seen…that was one of them.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Cool! Some of it is kind of shocking, but you are there with him to explain.

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          1. badfinger20 says:

            Yea I had to explain to him that it wasn’t racist…just the opposite…he loved it and he did say…whew this would never fly today…I told him he was right

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            1. msjadeli says:

              I got out and not only replanted the 2 dwarf lilacs, but there was an offshoot of one, as well as an offshoot of another shrub in the clump I dug up. Those were also transplanted. And a clump of hosta was moved into the new bed as well. It is so good to get outside and moving again.

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              1. badfinger20 says:

                Yes it does…I had to venture to the store today and make a quick in and out. I also picked up some limbs around the yard to get ready to mow. I had my mask and gloves at the store…feels so weird. I told the checkout person…the only time I thought I would wear a mask into a store is to hold it up…she liked it anyway lol.

                You are really getting things done…well done!

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