Rocky Horror Wiki
Advertisement

"Sweet Transvestite" is a song from theatrical and cinematographic productions of The Rocky Horror Show since 1973 to this day, including the 1975 original film, the 2015 tribute production celebrating 40 years, and the 2016 reimagining film. Music and lyrics were composed by Richard O'Brien back in 1972 while the original musical arrangements are from Richard Hartley. This is one of the seven songs that appear in every important soundtrack of Rocky Horror productions.

It was originally performed by Tim Curry in the original 1973 stage production, the 1974 Roxy production in Los Angeles, the original Broadway production, and the 1975 original film with talking dialogue by Christopher Malcolm, Bill Miller and Barry Bostwick, respectively. It was also performed by Reg Livermore in the 1974 Australian production, by Tim McInnerny in the 1990 West End Revival, by Tom Hewitt in the 2001 Broadway Revival, by Amber Riley in the 2010 Glee episode, and by Laverne Cox in the 2016 reimagining TV film.

Context

Brad Majors and Janet Weiss meet the owner of the castle, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, who makes an introduction to his visitors accompanied by his servants Riff Raff, Magenta, and Columbia. They are also joined the Phantoms (or Transylvanians) as accompaniment.

Lyrics

  • Lyrics from the 1973 original London stage production:

Frank-N-Furter:
How d'you do, I see you've met my faithful handyman
He's just a little brought down because when you knocked
He thought you were the candyman; Didn't you, freaky?

Don't get strung out by the way that I look,
Don't judge a book by its cover
I'm not much of a man by the light of day,
But by night I'm one hell of a lover

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From Transexual, Transylvania

Let me show you around, maybe play you a sound
You look like you're both pretty groovy
Or if you want something visual that's not too abysmal
We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie

Brad (talking):
I'm glad we caught you at home, could we use your phone?
We're both in a bit of a hurry
We'll just say where we are, then go back to our car
We don't want to be any worry

Frank-N-Furter:
You got caught with a flat, well, how about that?
Well babies, don't you panic
By the light of the night when it all seems alright
I'll get you a satanic mechanic

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite; Whip it up Magenta, baby!
From Transexual, Transylvania

Frank-N-Furter (company):
Why don't you stay for the night? (Night) Or maybe a bite? (Bite)
I could show you my favourite obsession (Oh!)
I've been making a man with blond hair and a tan
And he's good for relieving my te-te-te-tension (Oh!)

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From Transexual, Transylvania
Hit it, hit it!

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual, Transylvania (Transylvania)

Frank-N-Furter:
So come up to the lab
And see what's on the slab
I see you shiver with anticipation
But maybe the rain
Isn't really to blame
So I'll remove the cause
But not the symptom

  • Lyrics from the 1974 Los Angeles, USA stage production:

Frank-N-Furter:
How d'you do, I see you've met my faithful handyman
He's just a little brought down because when you knocked
He thought you were the candyman; Didn't you, freaky?

Don't get strung out by the way that I look,
Don't judge a book by its cover
I'm not much of a man by the light of day,
But by night I'm one hell of a lover

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From Transexual, Transylvania

Let me show you around, maybe play you a sound
You look like you're both pretty groovy
Or if you want something visual that's not too abysmal
We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie

Brad (talking):
I'm glad we caught you at home, could we use your phone?
You see, we're both in a bit of a hurry
We'll just say where we are, then go back to our car
We don't want to be any worry

Frank-N-Furter:
You got caught with a flat, well, how about that?
Well babies, don't you panic
By the light of the night when it all seems alright
I'll get you a satanic mechanic

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite; Whip it up Magenta, baby!
From Transexual, Transylvania

Frank-N-Furter (company):
Why don't you stay for the night? (Night) Or maybe a bite? (Bite)
I could show you my favourite obsession
I've been making a man with blond hair and a tan
And he's good for relieving my tension

Frank-N-Furter:
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From Transexual, Transylvania
Hit it, hit it!

Frank-N-Furter (company):
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual, Transylvania (Transylvania)

Frank-N-Furter:
So come up to the lab
And see what's on the slab
I see you shiver with antici- pation
But maybe the rain
Isn't really to blame
So I'll remove the cause
But not the symptom

  • Lyrics from the 1975 original film:

Frank-N-Furter:
How d'you do, I see you've met my faithful handyman
He's just a little brought down because when you knocked
He thought you were the candyman

Don't get strung out by the way that I look,
Don't judge a book by its cover
I'm not much of a man by the light of day,
But by night I'm one hell of a lover

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From Transexual, Transylvania

Let me show you around, maybe play you a sound
You look like you're both pretty groovy
Or if you want something visual that's not too abysmal
We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie

Brad (talking):
I'm glad we caught you at home, could we use your phone?
We're both in a bit of a hurry (Janet: Right!)
We'll just say where we are, then go back to our car
We don't want to be any worry

Frank-N-Furter:
You got caught with a flat, well, how about that?
Well babies, don't you panic
By the light of the night when it all seems alright
I'll get you a satanic mechanic

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From Transexual, Transylvania

Frank-N-Furter (company):
Why don't you stay for the night? (Night) Or maybe a bite? (Bite)
I could show you my favourite obsession
I've been making a man with blond hair and a tan
And he's good for relieving my tension

Frank-N-Furter:
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From Transexual, Transylvania
Hit it, hit it!

Frank-N-Furter (company):
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual, Transylvania (Transylvania)

Frank-N-Furter:
So come up to the lab
And see what's on the slab
I see you shiver with anticipation
But maybe the rain
Isn't really to blame
So I'll remove the cause
But not the symptom

  • Lyrics from the 2001 Broadway Revival:

Frank-N-Furter:
How do you do, I see you've met my faithful handyman
He's just a little brought down because when you knocked
He thought you were the candyman; Didn't you, freaky?

Don't get strung out by the way that I look,
Don't judge a book by its cover
I'm not much of a man by the light of day,
But by night I'm one hell of a lover

Frank-N-Furter (company):
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual, Transylvania

Frank-N-Furter:
Let me show you around, maybe play you a sound
You look like you're both pretty groovy
Or if you want something visual that's not too abysmal
We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie

Brad (talking):
I'm glad we caught you at home, could we use your phone?
We're both in a bit of a hurry (Frank: Right!)
We'll just say where we are, then go back to our car
We don't want to be any worry

Frank-N-Furter (company):
So you got (caught) caught with a flat, well, (how) how about that?
(Well) Well babies, don't you panic (panic)
By the light (light) of the night (Oh) it all seems alright
I'll get you a satanic mechanic
(He'll get you a mechanic)

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual, Transylvania

Why don't you stay for the night? (Night) Or maybe a bite? (Bite)
I could show you my favourite obsession (Oh!)
I've been making a man with blond hair and a tan (Shut up!)
And he's good for relieving my te-te-te-tension (Tension!)

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From Transexual, Transylvania
Hit it, hit it! (Hit it, hit it!)

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual, Transylvania (Transylvania)

So come up to the lab
See what's on the slab
I see you shiver with antici- (Say it!) -pation!
But maybe the rain
Is really to blame
So I'll remove the cause
But not the symptom

  • Lyrics from the 2010 Glee episode:

Frank-N-Furter:
How d'you do, I see you've met my faithful handyman
He's just a little brought down 'cause when you knocked
He thought you were the candyman

Don't get strung out by the way that I look,
Don't judge a book by its cover
I'm not much of a girl by the light of day,
But by night I'm one hell of a lover

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From sin-sational, Transylvania

Let me show you around, maybe play you a sound
You look like you're both pretty groovy
Or if you want something visual that's not too abysmal
We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie

Well you got caught with a flat, well, how about that?
Well babies, don't you panic
By the light of the night when it all seems alright
I'll get you a satanic mechanic

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From sin-sational, Transylvania

Frank-N-Furter (company):
Why don't you stay for the night? (Night) Or maybe a bite? (Bite)
I could show you my favourite obsession
I've been making a man with blond hair and a tan
And he's good for relieving my tension

Frank-N-Furter:
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite
From sin-sational, Transylvania

Frank-N-Furter (company):
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From sin-sational, Transylvania

Frank-N-Furter:
So come up to the lab
And see what's on the slab
I see you shiver with anticipation
But maybe the rain
Isn't really to blame
So I'll remove the cause
But not the symptom

  • Lyrics from the 2016 TV reimagination film:

Frank-N-Furter:
How d'you do, I see you've met my faithful handyman
He's just a little brought down because when you knocked
He thought you were the candyman

Don't get strung out by the way that I look,
Don't judge a book by its cover
I'm not much of a man by the light of day,
But by night I'm one hell of a lover

Frank-N-Furter (company):
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual Transylvania (Transylvania)

Frank-N-Furter:
Let me show you around, maybe play you a sound
You look like you're both pretty groovy
Or if you want something visual that's not too abysmal
We could take in an old Steve Reeves movie

Brad (talking):
I'm glad we caught you at home, could we use your phone?
We're both in a bit of a hurry
So we'll just say where we are, then go back to our car
We don't want to be any worry

Frank-N-Furter:
You got caught with a flat, well, how about that?
Well babies, don't you panic
By the light of the night when it all seems alright
I'll get you a satanic mechanic

Frank-N-Furter (company):
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual Transylvania (Transylvania)

Frank-N-Furter (company):
Won't you stay for the night? Or maybe a bite? (Bite)
I'd show you my favourite obsession
I've been making a man with blond hair and a tan
And he's good for relieving my te-te-tension

Frank-N-Furter (company):
I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual, Transylvania (Transylvania)
Hey!

I'm just a Sweet Transvestite (Sweet Transvestite)
From Transexual, Transylvania (Transylvania)

Frank-N-Furter:
So come up to the lab
And see what's on the slab
I see you shiver with anticipation
But maybe the rain
Isn't really to blame
So I'll remove the cause
But not the symptom

Gallery

πŸ“· In the Rocky Horror Wiki we use galleries to order photos and video. You can visit the gallery of Sweet Transvestite to see related files.

Navigation

MUSIC
πŸ‘„ The Rocky Horror Show:
Science Fiction / Double Feature β€’ Dammit, Janet β€’ Over At the Frankenstein Place β€’ Sweet Transvestite β€’ Time Warp β€’ Sword of Damocles β€’ Charles Atlas Song β€’ Hot Patootie β€’ Charles Atlas Song (Reprise) β€’ Touch-a-Touch-a-Touch-a-Touch Me β€’ Once In a While β€’ Eddie's Teddy β€’ Planet Schmanet, Janet β€’ The Floor Show β€’ Rose Tint My World β€’ Don't Dream It, Be It β€’ Wild and Untamed Thing β€’ I'm Going Home β€’ Superheroes β€’ Science Fiction / Double Feature (Reprise)
⚑ Shock Treatment:
Denton, U.S.A. β€’ Bitchin' In The Kitchen β€’ In My Own Way β€’ Thank God I'm a Man β€’ Farley's Song β€’ Lullaby β€’ Little Black Dress β€’ Me Of Me β€’ Shock Treatment β€’ Carte Blanche β€’ Looking For Trade β€’ Look What I Did To My Id β€’ Breaking Out β€’ Duel Duet β€’ Anyhow, Anyhow
πŸ‘‘ Revenge of the Old Queen:
The Moon Drenched Shores Of Transylvania β€’ Sweet on the Street β€’ Short End of the Stick β€’ I'm a Mother β€’ Love at First Sight β€’ Never Let Your Daughter Date an Alien β€’ Judy Judy Judy β€’ I Want to Get my Own Back β€’ No Hiding Place β€’ Little Old Heart Stopping Me
πŸ‘„ Explore the wiki
Productions β€’ Characters β€’ Songs β€’ Soundtracks β€’ Files β€’ Actors β€’ Crew
πŸ‘Ύ Join the Discord server
πŸ‘₯ Join the Facebook group
Advertisement