View Full Version : What the heck is a rara?

Mr. Blue Sky
07-11-2002, 09:56 PM
So, I'm Googling the lyrics to the classic one-hit wonder, "Judy in Disguise (with glasses)" by John Fred and His Playboy Band. I checked a couple of sites and got the same line:

"Keep a-wearin' your bracelets
and your new rara"

What the heck is a rara?

07-11-2002, 10:22 PM
In my corner of the world, a rara is a skirt which has about three or four layers of ruffles on it. From memory they were pretty popular in the mid-80's.

I had a hot pink one.

07-11-2002, 10:29 PM
But Judy in Disguise is a 60's song.

Maybe ra(h)ra(h)s are pompoms, like cheerleaders use?

07-12-2002, 04:47 AM
Rara skirts could have been popular in the 60's and had a revival in the 80's.

But I don't know, being born in the 70's and all.

07-12-2002, 05:40 AM
Hmm, it sounds like "tiara" to me, not "new rara". A tiara is a type of jewelry, and so fits with the bracelets in the previous line. Could one site have gotten the lyrics wrong, and the others have been copying?

07-12-2002, 08:14 AM
I don't know what a "rara" is, but it's a long way to tip one.

Mr. Blue Sky
07-12-2002, 09:56 AM
I am suspect of the lyrics correctness. I swear I hear a "k" sound in that line.

Also, there's this line:

"Chimney sweep sparrow with guise"

Granted the song is a parody of the psychadelic songs of the times, but the "with guise" bit doesn't make any sense.

07-12-2002, 10:39 AM
Rara avis: a rare bird.

07-12-2002, 11:15 AM
jayjay is close. In the 60's, "rah-rahs" were a name for the black and white saddle shoes most cheerleaders wore at the time.

07-12-2002, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by RealityChuck
I don't know what a "rara" is, but it's a long way to tip one.

LOL. Nicely done - you beat me to it!

07-12-2002, 11:08 PM
. . . I might add that by the time I was a senior in high school, saddle oxfords became the 'in' shoes to have. They were now fashionably called 'rah-rahs', and anyone who wanted to be popular simply had to have a pair.


07-13-2002, 12:06 AM
I always thought that a "Rara" should be worn with a "Sis-boom-bah" in a cheerleading ensemble, if that helps any.

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