"Hot Lips" ("When He Plays Jazz He's Got - Hot Lips") is a popular song written by Henry Busse, Henry Lange, and Lou Davis. First published in 1922, it was advertised it as "A Blues Fox Trot Song" The song is about a trumpet player. The chorus is:
- He's got hot lips— When he plays Jazz,
- He draws out step,— Like no one has,
- You're on your toes,— And shake your shoes,
- Boy, how he goes— When he plays Blues.
- I watch the crowd— Until he's through,
- He can be proud— They're "cuckoo,' too;
- His music's rare You must declare,— The boy is there
- With two hot lips, He's got hot lips.
The song has been recorded many, many times. The initial issue was by Paul Whiteman's ochestra of which Busse was a member at the time.
- Busse, Henry; Lange, Henry; Davis, Lou. "Hot Lips" (sheet music). New York : Leo. Feist, Inc. (1922).