Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and, most recently, Diana Krall, have recorded swingin’ versions of this jazz standard by songwriting duo Redd Evans and Joe Ricardel.
The restaurant-menu lyrics make sense (French-fried potatoes, red-ripe tomatoes, etc.) until the chorus’ “frim-fram sauce with the ussin-fay with shafafa on the side.” Pure nonsense. Or so you thought.
A New York Times article about the song’s innuendo explains that “frim fram” is derived from a centuries-old slang term for deceit. “Ussin-fay” is pig Latin for “fussin’”—old-timey slang for playfulness, friskiness. And “shafafa” is, well, anybody’s guess. Krall suggests “It’s all about sex.” Naturally. How else to explain the line “I’m gonna feed myself right tonight”?