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"Feets don't fail me now!" I just had to know where this came from!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Origin: Catch-phrase that possibly originated during the vaudeville and chitlin' circuit days. Spoken by several Afro-American actors in motion pictures of the 1920s to 1940s, usually when scared by a ghost or such (whereupon the character scooted). Delivered by actor Willie Best (19131962) in the 1940 Bob Hope film "The Ghost Breakers"[citation needed]; delivered by actor Stepin Fetchit (19021985) in several films[citation needed]; often attributed to actor Mantan Moreland (19021973).[citation needed]
Feets, Don't Fail Me Now as titles
Feets, Don't Fail Me Now album by Herbie Hancock
Feet Don't Fail Me Now video by Switchfoot
Feet Don't Fail Me Now song by Utopia
Feats Don't Fail Me Now by Little Feat
My Feet Can't Fail Me Now by Dirty Dozen Brass Band
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IAMWINNING 7/6/2013 9:48AM

    Good info. Thanks. And yes, I've been known to say or think that myself!

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STITCH4EVER 7/5/2013 3:30PM

    I THINK YOU HAVE TOO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS. THIS HAD TO TAKE YOU SOME RESEARCH TO FIND ALL THIS OUT. NOT A BAD THING. I DO IT MYSELF. JUST RECENTLY I HAD TO FIND OUT THE LYRICS TO A SONG SUNG BY BO JANGLES. NOW THAT WAS TOTALLY SILLY, BUT I JUST HAD TO FIND IT.
ERIN
PS. I WILL COME OVER AND DO YOUR ORGANIZING FOR YOU FOR $1.50!

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FROSTY99 7/4/2013 5:12PM

    Yep, some days when I am striving to hit my 10K I am saying that to myself!!

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GAYLLYNNE 7/4/2013 3:09PM

    Wow, who knew? Thanks for that, I love learning new things every day!

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NPA4LOSS 7/4/2013 1:45PM

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JIMDAB 7/4/2013 10:29AM

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SANDRALEET 7/4/2013 10:18AM

    to scared to move.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/4/2013 9:55AM

    Interesting!

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NANCYPAT1 7/4/2013 9:48AM

    Thanks for sharing this bit of trivia - I often think that when I am WALKING because my knees don't always behave on dry land like they do in the water.

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JESUSLIGHTSMEUP 7/4/2013 8:39AM

  Leslie Sansone the walk video lady also says "legs don't fail me now", I walk with her every day.

Interesting blog, thanks

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KACAR51 7/4/2013 7:24AM

    Interesting! Thanks! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/4/2013 2:57AM

  Awesome. Thanks for Sharing. God Blessings to You and Everyone, Have a Happy 4th of July. Stay Safe. Take Care.

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SUSIEPH1 7/3/2013 11:43PM

    Hi Chris, well I have heard that expression before .. But never knew where it had originated from ..
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WALLAHALLA 7/3/2013 11:43PM

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BECCABOO127 7/3/2013 11:19PM

    Coolness! Our family used this saying a lot. :)

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ETLNOW 7/3/2013 11:17PM

    Enjoyed the trivia! Learn something new every day.

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ARTJAC 7/3/2013 10:25PM

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WALLINMW 7/3/2013 10:11PM

  yay

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