Music: W

Wah Watusi

  • Words and music by Dave Appell and Kal Mann, 1963
  • Popularized by The Orlons
  • Quadrophenia (sung by The Orlons on record player, danced by kids at disco), 1979


  • traditional
  • New Moon (sung by Chorus), 1940

Wait and See

  • Words by Johnny Mercer, music by Harry Warren, 1945
  • The Harvey Girls (sung by Virginia Reece dubbing for Angela Lansbury, later sung by Kenny Baker and danced by Cyd Charisse), 1946

Wait and See

  • Words and music by Antoine “Fats” Domino and Dave Bartholomew
  • Jamboree (sung by “Fats” Domino), 1957

Wait for the Wagon

  • Written by George P. Knauff, 1851
  • Some sources also credit R. Bishop Buckley as co-author
  • Arranged and adapted by Alfred Newman and Ken Darby, 1962
  • Modified lyric by Johnny Mercer, 1962
  • How the West Was Won (sung by The Ken Darby Singers, danced by Debbie Reynolds and Ensemble), 1963

Wait ‘Til the Sun Shines Nellie

Wait ’till the sun shines, Nellie,
When the clouds go drifting by;
We will be happy, Nellie,
Don’t you sigh.

  • Words by Andrew B. Sterling, music by Harry Von Tilzer, 1905
  • Birth of the Blues (played by Basin Street Hot Shots, sung by Mary Martin and Bing Crosby), 1941
  • In the Good Old Summertime (sung by The King’s Men), 1949

The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid

  • Words and music by Johnny Mercer, 1941
  • Birth of the Blues (sung by Bing Crosby and Mary Martin with Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra), 1941

Waitin’ for Katy

  • Words by Gus Kahn, music by Ted Shapiro
  • The Benny Goodman Story (part of instrumental medley played by Ben Pollack and His Orchestra with Benny Goodman [Steve Allen on-screen] on clarinet), 1956

Waitin’ for My Dearie

  • Words by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe, 1947
  • Introduced in the stage musical “Brigadoon,” 1947
  • Brigadoon (sung and danced by Cyd Charisse and Dee Turnell, dubbed by Carole Richards and Bonnie Murray, respectively), 1954

Waitin’ for the Sun to Rise

  • Words and Music by Karl Hajos and Arthur Swanstrom
  • Rainbow on the River (sung by Bobby Breen with the Hall Johnson Singers), 1936

Waiting at the Church

  • Words by Fred W. Leigh, music by Henry E. Pether, 1906
  • Birth of the Blues (sung by Mary Martin), 1941

Waiting at the End of the Road

  • Words and music by Irving Berlin
  • Hallelujah! (sung by Daniel L. Haynes and the Dixie Jubilee Singers, reprised by Daniel L. Haynes), 1929

Waiting for Billy

  • Words by Benny Davis, music by Ted Murray, ~1963
  • Follow the Boys (sung by Connie Francis), 1965

Waiting for the Robert E. Lee

Watch them shuffling along,
See them shuffling along!
Go take your best gal, real pal,
Go down to the levy, I said to the levy,
And join that shuffling throng,
Hear that music and song!
It’s simply great, mate, waitin’ on the levy,
Waitin’ for the Robert E. Lee!

  • Words by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Lewis F. Muir, 1912
  • Popularized by the Heidelberg Quintet
  • The Jazz Singer (sung by Bobby Gordon as Young Al Jolson), 1927
  • The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (part of “Texas Tommy” danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), 1939
  • Babes on Broadway (sung and danced by Virginia Weidler, Anne Rooney, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Richard Quine, Ray McDonald and Chorus), 1941
  • Hellzapoppin’ (sung by Jane Frazee, Martha Raye and Chorus), 1941
  • Cairo (excerpt part of medley sung by Ethel Waters, then sung by Jeanette MacDonald and The King’s Men, shuffled and danced by Jeanette MacDonald), 1942
  • The Jolson Story (sung by Al Jolson dubbing for Larry Parks), 1946
  • Jolson Sings Again (sung by Al Jolson dubbing for Larry Parks), 1949

Wake Up and Live

  • Words by Mack Gordon, music by Harry Revel, 1937
  • Wake Up and Live (sung by Alice Faye), 1937

Walk Through the World

  • Words and music by Leslie Bricusse, 1969
  • Goodbye Mr. Chips (sung by Petula Clark), 1969

Walking in Space

  • Words by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, music by Galt MacDermot, 1967
  • Introduced in the stage musical “Hair” by Melba Moore, 1967
  • Hair (sung by Chorus), 1979