Hernando’s Hideaway

Hernando’s Hideaway, 25 Queens Street, has a terrific sign.

It owes it’s name to the club about which the song Hernando’s Hideaway was written by Adler and Ross for the musical The Pajama Game in 1953. The clip above shows Carol Haney (Gladys Hotchkiss) and John Raitt (Sid Sorokin) in 1957 film version of The Pajama Game (1957).

Lyrics to Hernando’s Hideaway

I know a dark secluded place.
A place where no one knows your face.
A glass of wine a fast embrace.
It’s called Hernando’s Hideaway ole!
All you see are silhouettes.
And all you hear are castanets.
And no one cares how late it gets.
Not at Hernando’s Hideaway ole!
:::Instrumental:::
At the golden fingerbowl or any place you go.
:::Instrumental:::
You’ll meet your uncle Max and everyone you know.
:::Instrumental:::
But if we go to the spot that I am thinking of
You will be free, to gaze at me, and talk of love.
Just knock three times and whisper low, that you and I were sent by Joe.
Then Strike a match and you will know your in Hernando’s Hideaway OLE!
:::Instrumental:::
I know a dark secluded place.
A place where no one knows your face.
A glass of wine a fast embrace.
It’s called Hernando’s Hideaway ole!
:::Instrumental:::
At the golden finger bowl or any place you go.
:::Instrumental:::
You’ll meet your Uncle Max and everyone you know.
:::Instrumental:::
But if we go to the spot that I am thinking of
You will be free, to gaze at me, and talk of love.
Just knock three times and whisper low, that you and I were sent by Joe.
Then Strike a match and you will know your in Hernando’s Hideaway OLE!
:::Instrumental:::

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