Fleischer Studios (1932)
“Don’t Take My Boop–Oop-A-Doop Away” is a song, written by Sammy Timberg. It was first recorded for the short film Musical Justice (1931), with vocals by Mae Questel. It was then used in the 1932 Betty Boop Talkartoons cartoon Boop-Oop-a-Doop. The chorus follows as:
You can feed me bread and water,
Or a great big bale of hay,
But don’t take my boop-oop-a-doop away!
You can say my voice is awful,
Or my songs are too risqué.
Oh, but don’t take my boop-oop-a-doop away!
The word “boop-oop-a-doop” is considered nonsensical, but it can have a risqué meaning. For example, in the Boop-Oop-a-Doop cartoon, it is thought that the word is used as a substitute for “virginity”.