"The Coffee Song" (occasionally subtitled "They've Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Brazil") is a novelty song written by Bob Hilliard and Dick Miles, first recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1946. Later that year it was recorded by The Smart Set, and by others in later years.
The song caricatures Brazil's coffee surplus, claiming (among other things) that no other beverages are available, and that the daughter of a politician was fined for drinking water. Snowclones on this phrase have been used in analyses of the coffee industry, and of the Brazilian economy and culture.
Notable cover versions
The song has been performed by (among others) Louis Prima, The Andrews Sisters, Sam Cooke, The Smart Set, Rosemary Clooney, Eydie Gormé, Mike Doughty, Stan Ridgway, Soul Coughing, Osibisa, Hildegard Knef, and the Muppets. Bob Dorough recorded the song for inclusion on Too Much Coffee Man, a CD of music based on the eponymous Shannon Wheeler character.
Use in Media
The song was sung by Miss Patty (played by actress Liz Torres) in Season 5, episode 10 of the Gilmore Girls.
- "There's an awful lot of coffee in - Vietnam". Retrieved 2008-07-21.
- "An Awful Lot of Coffee in the Bin". Time Magazine. September 1967. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
- Philip Hoplins (July 2003). "More home-grown beans in the daily grind". The Age. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
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