Fashion in Song – Got a Pair of New Shoes (1937)

From the 1937 film Thoroughbreds Don’t Cry, Judy Garland sings this song, or parts of it, throughout the film:

I spent my money today on something I had my heart set,
Just like a lady in vogue I feel like one of the smart set.
I didn’t buy pearls like other girls; I didn’t buy diamond rings,
I didn’t buy clothes of fancy hose or a canary bird that sings.
But I got a pair of new shoes, polished up and paid for
Honey, they were made for going to town.

Got a pair of new shoes, pretty patent leather,
Ought to get together going to town
Prouder than a peacock strutting down the street,
Haven’t you heard I’m like a bird with wings on my feet,
Cause I got a pair of new shoes polished up and paid for
Honey, they were made for going to town.

About Jonathan

Jonathan Walford is a fashion historian and co-founder of the Fashion History Museum in Cambridge, Ontario. The FHM maintains a collection of nearly 12,000 artifacts dating from the mid 17th century to the present. Jonathan has authored various books and museum catalogues, including The Seductive Shoe, Shoes A-Z, Forties Fashion, 1950s American Fashion, and Sixties Fashion.
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One Response to Fashion in Song – Got a Pair of New Shoes (1937)

  1. Cameron Kippen says:

    Excellent

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