Get Me to the Church on Time

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"Get Me to the Church on Time"
Released 1956 (1956) in My Fair Lady
Genre Musical theatre
Composer(s) Frederick Loewe
Lyricist(s) Alan Jay Lerner
Track listing
Act I
Act II

"Get Me to the Church on Time" is a song composed by Frederick Loewe, with lyrics written by Alan Jay Lerner for the 1956 musical My Fair Lady, where it was introduced by Stanley Holloway.

It is sung by the cockney character Alfred P. Doolittle, the father of the show's main character Eliza Doolittle. He has received a surprise bequest of four thousand pounds a year from an American millionaire, raising him to middle class respectability.[1] Consequently, he feels he must marry Eliza's "stepmother", the woman with whom he has been living for many years. Doolittle and his friends have one last spree before the wedding and the song is a plea to his friends not to let his drunken merriment forget his good intentions and make sure he gets to his wedding.[2]

Covers and parodies

  • On the children's show Sesame Street, Oscar the Grouch and his girlfriend Grundgetta get engaged by accident, but they agree to get married anyway to have a huge trashy party. Amid the chaos of all the wedding preparations, Oscar sings "I'm Getting Married in the Trash Can", a spoof of "Get Me to the Church on Time"[3]

Notable recordings


  1. ^ Get Me To The Church On Time. Accessed June 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Lerner Alan Jay: My Fair Lady - The libretto. Penguin Books
  3. ^ Sesame Street Episode 3609 Street Story
  4. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  5. ^ "". Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "". Retrieved December 3, 2017.

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