Chicago Cast
All That Jazz
Note: Many of these expressions are unique to the 1920s and rarely heard these days. These words are marked with an asterisk (*). Click underlined words for additional cultural and historical explanations. For more info on slang from the movie Chicago, click here.
Original Translation of Slang

Velma
C'mon
babe
Why don't we paint the town?
And all that jazz

I'm gonna rouge my knees
And roll my stockings down

And all that jazz


C'mon
come on babe term of endearment
paint the town go out and have a good time in the city
all that jazz and so on/and things like that

gonna going to

Start the car
I know a whoopee spot
Where the gin is cold
But the piano's hot

It's just a noisy hall
Where there's a nightly brawl
And all that jazz!

Slick you hair
And wear your buckle shoes
And all that jazz

I hear that Father Dip
Is gonna blow the blues

and all that jazz

Hold on, hon
We're gonna bunny hug
I bought some aspirin
Down at United Drug

In case you shake apart
And want a brand new start
To do that-

All
Jazz


*whoopee spot exciting place (whoopee can also mean sex, especially when used with make)
hot well played, exciting


brawl fight (not slang)







*Is gonna blow the blues
is going to play blues music


Hon honey
*bunny hug Thanks to reader Jim P., who writes "That actually refers to a dance popular in the 1920s called the Bunny Hug which apparently was meant to simulate rabbits having sex." I'd like to see that! Or maybe not...

Singer 1
Skidoo

Velma
And all that jazz

Singer 2
Hot-cha

Singer 3
Whoopee

Velma
And all that jazz

All
Ha! ha! ha!

Velma
It's just a noisy hall
Where there's a nightly brawl
And all that-

All
Jazz

Velma
Find a flask
We're playing fast and loose

All
And all that jazz

Velma
Right up here
Is where I store the juice

All
And all that jazz

Velma
Come on, babe
We're gonna brush the sky
I betcha Lucky Lindy
Never flew so high

'cause in the stratosphere
How could he lend an ear
To all that jazz?

All
Oh, you're gonna see your Sheba
Shimmy shake

Velma
And all that jazz

All
Oh, she's gonna shimmy till her garters break

Velma
And all that jazz

 

S
*Skidoo Leave quickly





*Hot-cha Exciting!


*Whoopee Wow!















flask (not slang) small flat container for alcohol, often carried secretly by party-goers in the 1920s because alcohol was illegal in the US at that time playing fast and loose acting wild





*juice alcohol


A




gonna going to brush the sky be really high (drunk)
betcha bet you


'cause because
lend an ear listen to




Shimmy shake dance by wiggling the body from side to side










All
Show her where to park her girdle
Oh, her mother's blood'll curdle
If she'd hears
Her baby's queer
For all that jazz!


Velma
C'mon babe
Why don't we paint the town?
And all that jazz
I'm gonna rouge my knees
And roll my stockings down
And all that jazz

Start the car
I know a whoopee spot
Where the gin is cold
But the piano's hot

It's just a noisy hall
Where there's a nightly brawl
And all that jazz!
company.
Oh, you're gonna see your Sheba
Shimmy shake
And all that jazz

Oh, she's gonna shimmy till her garters break
And all that jazz

Show her where to park her girdle
Oh, her mother's blood'll curdle
If she'd hear
Her baby's queer
For all that jazz!


Velm
a
no, I'm no one's wife
But, oh I love my life
And all that jazz!

All
That jazz!



her mother's blood'll curdle her mother will be very upset
*Her baby's queer for all that jazz! queer is more often used to mean homosexual, but in the case it means crazy about jazz.

NOTES
rouge my knees and roll my stockings down
put pink makeup on the knees, which are exposed by the rolled down stockings. Prior to the 1920s, women's fashions covered the knees. Daring women called flappers began the fashion of showing them, which was considered super-sexy at the time.

Slick you hair and wear your buckle shoes also fashions of trend setters in the 1920s. Men and women used oil, cream and pomades to make their hair shiny and close to the head.

Father Dip Most likely Louis Armstrong - one of his many nicknames was "Sweet Papa Dip"

I bought some aspirin down at United Drug in anticipation of tomorrow's hangover

Lucky Lindy Pilot Charles Lindbergh, famous for making the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927.

Sheba reference to the Queen of Sheba, from the Bible. Because of a 1920s movie by the same name, Sheba was used to mean a sexy woman.

garters elastic used to hold up stockings (what women wore before pantyhose)

girdle elastic underwear used to make women (or men) look thinner

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