The Frim Fram Sauce" is a jazz song, made famous by The Nat King Cole Trio and performed by a variety of musicians over the years. "The Frim Fram Sauce" was written in 1945. The lyrics were written by Redd Evans, who wrote words to a number of Cole songs. The music was composed by Joe Ricardel, known as the co-writer of the "Brooklyn Dodger Jump", among others.
"The Frim Fram Sauce" is best remembered for its silly lyrics. The narrator speaks to a waiter in a restaurant, as if in the process of ordering food. Throughout the song, the customer lists numerous real foods that he doesn't want, such as pork chops and fish cakes. In the chorus, he explains what he really wants: some "frim fram sauce" with the "oss and fay" // and "shifafa" // on the side. (The spelling is uncertain; we could instead have "oss'n'fay" or "ussinfay" //), and "shafafa.")
At the end, the narrator character says: "If you don't have it, just bring me a check for the water!" This may be interpreted as the character performing a scam: he wanted the water (which is customarily served free to customers at restaurants before they order), and makes up nonsense words for dishes as he has no intention of really ordering anything (which he would have to pay for), and he knows that he will not be charged for the water.
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- The Frim Fram Sauce Chord Chart
Play the song with a medium swing in the Key of Eb
Eb Eb I don't want french fried po - ta - toes, Gb13 Red ripe to - ma - toes, F7 Bbm7 I'm nev- er sat - is - fied. A7 Ab7 Adim7 Eb/Bb C7
I want the frim fram sauce with the aus - en fay F7 Bb7 Eb C7 With shi - fa - fa on the side. Fm7 Bb7sus Eb I don't want pork chops and ba - con, C7 F7 That won't a - wa - ken F7 My ap - pe - tite in - side. Bbm7 A7 Ab7 Adim7 Eb/Bb C7 I want the frim fram sauce with the oss - en fay Fm7 Bb7b9 Eb With shi - fa - fa on the side. Bridge: A7 Bbm7 Eb7 Abmaj7 Well, you know a girl, she really got to eat F7 Bbm7 Eb7 Abmaj7 And a girl she should eat right. Cm7 F7 Bbmaj7 Five will get you ten G7b9 Cm7 F7 Bb7 I'm gonna feed myself right tonight. Eb I don't want fish cakes and rye bread - C7
You heard what I said. F7 C7 F7 Waiter, please serve mine fried F7 Ab7 Adim7 Eb/Bb C7 I want the frim fram sauce with the aus - en fay Fm7 Bb7 Eb With shi - fa - fa on the side.
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