Baby Needs A New Pair Of Shoes
"Baby needs a new pair of shoes." = "I need to make money."
John: “This is a great casino!”
Mary: “Yeah, what do you want to do first?”
John: “How about the craps table?”
Mary: “Great! Here, blow on my dice for good luck!
Baby needs a new pair of shoes!”
1. This expression is often used for good luck while gambling.
2. Media Reference #1: Journalist George Vecsey uses this expression in a
May 7th, 1989 article for The New York Times, entitled "Sunday Silence Has
Been Through Worse," to describe horse racing: "Everybody was near the starting
gate when it was announced that Triple Buck needed a right front shoe. Hey, from
the beginning of time, bettors have implored horses to win because baby needs a
new pair of shoes."
2. Media Reference #2: Charlie Brown's 1972 song "Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes," from the album Up From Georgia, uses this expression as a refrain.
3. Media Reference #3: Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes is the title of a 1974 blaxploitation film on organized crime's gambling industry.
4. Media Reference #4: Rose McGowan's character of "Paige" uses this expression in season 5, episode 16 of the television series Charmed, "Lucky Charmed," to express her interest in winning more money: "Alright! Come on now! Baby needs a new pair of shoes, and by 'baby," I do mean me." (At 23 minutes and 19 seconds into the episode. Originally aired April 6th, 2003.)