Pinwheel of Death

Genres > Children-Novelty

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Writers Walter Donovan, Arthur Fields

Genres Standard, Pop, Movie Song, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1951

Lyrics verse:
WAY DOWN IN THE CONGOLAND
LIVED A HAPPY CHIMPANZEE
SHE LOVED A MONKEY
WITH A LONG TAIL
LORDY,
HOW SHE LOVED HIM.
EACH NIGHT
HE WOULD FIND HER THERE
SWINGING
IN THE COCONUT TREE
AND THE MONKEY GAY,
AT THE BREAK OF DAY
LIKED TO HEAR
HIS CHIMPIE SAY,

Chorus:
ABA, DABA,
DABA, DABA,
DABA, DABA,
DAB,
SAID THE CHIMPIE
TO THE MONK,
BABA, DABA,
DABA, DABA,
DABA, DABA, DAB,
SAID THE MONKEY
TO THE CHIMP.
ALL NIGHT LONG
THEY'D CHATTER
AWAY,
ALL DAY LONG
THEY'RE HAPPY
AND GAY,
SWINGING AND SINGING
IN THEIR HUNKY,
TONKY WAY.
ABA DABA,
DABA, DABA,
DABA, DABA, DAB,
MEANS MONK,
I LOVE BUT YOU,
BABA, DABA, DAB,
IN MONKEY TALK
MEANS CHIMP,
I LOVE YOU TOO,
THEN THE BIG BABOON,
ONE NIGHT IN JUNE,
HE MARRIED THEM,
AND VERY SOON
THEY WENT UPON
THEIR ABA DABA HONEYMOON.
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Writers Irving Caesar, Ray Henderson, Ted Koehler

Genres Standard, Movie Song, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1935

Lyrics ONCE MOTHER SAID,
MY LITTLE PET,
YOU OUGHT TO LEARN
YOUR ALPHABET.
SO IN MY SOUP
I USED TO GET
ALL THE LETTERS
OF THE ALPHABET.
I LEARNED THEM ALL
FROM A TO Z,
AND NOW
MY MOTHER'S GIVING ME:

ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY SOUP,
MONKEYS AND RABBITS
LOOP THE LOOP.
GOSH, OH GEE,
BUT I HAVE FUN
SWALLOWING ANIMALS
ONE BY ONE.

IN EVERY BOWL OF SOUP I SEE
LIONS AND TIGERS
WATCHING ME.
I MAKE THEM JUMP
RIGHT THROUGH A HOOP,
THOSE ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY SOUP.

WHEN I GET HOLD
OF THE BIG BAD WOLF,
I JUST PUSH HIM UNDER
TO DROWN,
THEN I BITE HIM
IN A MILLION BITS,
AND I GOBBLE HIM
RIGHT DOWN.

WHEN THEYRE INSIDE ME
WHERE ITS DARK,
I WALK AROUND
LIKE NOAHS ARK.
I STUFF MY TUMMY
LIKE A GOOP,
WITH ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY SOUP.

ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY SOUP,
DO FUNNY THINGS TO ME.
THEY MAKE ME THINK
MY NEIGHBORHOOD
IS A BIG MENAGERIE.
FOR INSTANCE
THERE'S OUR JANITOR,
HIS NAME IS MR KLEIN,
AND WHEN HE HOLLERS
AT US KIDS,
HE REMINDS ME OF A LION.

THE GROCER
IS SO BIG AND FAT,
HE HAS A BIG MUSTACHE.
HE LOOKS JUST LIKE A WALRUS
JUST BEFORE HE TAKES A SPLASH.

ANIMAL CRACKERS IN MY SOUP,
MONKEYS AND RABBITS
LOOP THE LOOP.
GOSH, OH GEE,
BUT I HAVE FUN
SWALLOWING ANIMALS
ONE BY ONE.
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Writers Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick

Genres Showtune, Standard, Pop, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1960

Lyrics verse 1:
ALONE IN THE WORLD
WAS POOR LITTLE ANN,
AS SWEET A YOUNG CHILD
AS YOU'D FIND.
HER PARENTS HAD GONE
TO THEIR FINAL REWARD
LEAVING
THEIR DARLING BEHIND.
THIS POOR LITTLE CHILD
WAS BUT NINE YEARS
OF AGE
WHEN MOTHER
AND DAD WENT AWAY,
BUT BRAVELY
SHE WORKED
AT THE ONE THING
SHE KNEW
TO EARN
HER FEW PENNIES
EACH DAY.

Chorus:
SHE MADE
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
FLOWERS
FOR LADIES OF FASHION
TO WEAR.
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
FASHIONED
FROM ANNIE'S DESPAIR.

verse 2:
WITH PAPER
AND SHEARS,
WITH WIRE
AND WAX,
SHE FASHIONED
EACH TULIP
AND MUM.
AS SNOW
DRIFTED IN
TO HER TENEMENT
ROOM,
HER DEAR LITTLE FINGERS
GREW NUMB.
WITH PAPER
AND SHEARS,
WITH WIRE
AND WAX,
SHE LABORED
AND NEVER COMPLAINED,
'TIL CUTTING
AND FOLDING
HER HEALTH
SLIPPED AWAY
AND WIRING
AND WAXING
SHE WANED.

Chorus:
MAKING
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
FLOWERS
FOR LADIES OF FASHION
TO WEAR.
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
FASHIONED
FROM ANNIE'S DESPAIR.

verse 3:
THEY FOUND
POOR LITTLE ANN,
ALL COVERED
WITH ICE
STILL CLUTCHING
HER POOR FROZEN SHEARS,
AMIDST ALL THE BLOSSOMS
SHE FASHIONED BY HAND
AND WATERED
WITH ALL
HER YOUNG TEARS.
THERE MUST BE
A HEAVEN
WHERE ANNIE
CAN PLAY
IN HEAVENLY GARDENS
AND BOWERS.
INSTEAD OF A HALO
SHE'LL WEAR
'ROUND HER HEAD,
A GARLAND
OF GENUINE FLOWERS.

Chorus:
NO MORE
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
FLOWERS
FOR LADIES OF FASHION
TO WEAR.
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS,
FASHIONED
FROM ANNIE'S DESPAIR.
Writers Merle Kilgore

Genres Country, Folk, Children-Novelty, Family

Recorded 1988

Lyrics verse 1:
AS I SIT HERE
IN THIS OLD FOLKS HOME
MY HAIR IS WHITE AS SNOW,
I REMEMBER BACK WHEN
I WAS YOUNG AGAIN,
HOW EV'RYTHING WAS JOLLY.

Chorus:
SISTER DID THE JIG
AND BROTHER BEAT THE DRUM
AND BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY,
BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY.

verse 2:
WELL, THEM KIDS OF MINE
HAVE ALL GROWN UP,
THEY WRITE
EV'RY NOW AND THEN,
AS I READ THE LETTERS
IT BRINGS MEMORIES
OF ALL OUR FUN
AND FOLLY.

Chorus:
SISTER DID THE JIG
AND BROTHER BEAT THE DRUM
AND BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY,
BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY.

verse 3:
THAT WIFE OF MINE,
GOD REST HER SOUL,
SHE'S GONE ON BEFORE ME.
I'LL BET SHE TOLD THE LORD
ABOUT THE TIMES
THE HOUSE WAS FILLED
WITH FOLLY.

Chorus:
SISTER DID THE JIG
AND BROTHER BEAT THE DRUM
AND BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY,
BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY.

verse 4:
THE MAN ACROSS THE HALL
IS A LONELY MAN,
HE NEVER HAD A FAM'LY,
SO HE ASKED ME
TO TELL HIM
ALL ABOUT MY KIDS
WHEN HE'S FEELING
MELANCHOLY.

Chorus:
SISTER DID THE JIG
AND BROTHER BEAT THE DRUM
AND BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY,
BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY.

verse 5:
EV'RY NIGHT I PRAY
FOR THEM KIDS OF MINE,
I WISH THEY WERE BACK
WITH ME.
BUT BEFORE I DIE,
LORD, LET ME SEE
A SIGHT
THAT MAKES ME JOLLY.

Chorus:
SISTER DID THE JIG
AND BROTHER BEAT THE DRUM
AND BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY,
BABY ROCKED HER DOLLY.
Alt. Title The Big Bow Wow

Writers Larry Grossman, Hal Hackady

Genres Showtune, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1976

Lyrics I'M GONNA BE
THE BIG BOW-WOW,
WAIT'LL THEY SEE
THE OLD DOG NOW,
STEALING THE SHOW,
MY MOM
WOULDN'T KNOW HER PUP!
I'M GONNA BE
A V.I.P.,
HEY, LOOK AT ME,
A V.I.P.,
THOROUGHBRED SORT,
A VERY IMPORTANT PUP!

THREE, NO!
TWO, NO!
I'M NUMERO UNO!
ARE THEY READY
FOR YOU KNOW WHO?
I'M GONNA BE
THE BIG BOW-WOW,
YOU'RE GONNA SEE 'EM
ALL COW TOW,
NAME ON MY DOOR,
RUG ON MY FLOOR,
AND NOW NO LONGER
HEY STEP ASIDE RUNT,
FLASHIN' THE PROFILE
FROM SIDEFRONT,
NOW I'M THE BIG BOW-WOW!

CLASS, YES!
STYLE, YES!
OUT FRONT BY A MILE,
YES!
LOOK ME UP
IN THE NEW 'WHO'S WHO'!
GONNA BE HEARING
FROM SNOOPY,
PARDON, MY BEAGLE,
BUT WHOOPIE,
NOW I'M THE BIG BOW-WOW.

BIGGER THAN RIN-TIN-TIN
AND LASSIE,
BIGGER THAN BENJI,
TWICE AS CLASSY.
LET 'EM EAT STEAK,
IT'S TIME
THAT I TAKE MY BOW
SANDY
CAN THROW IN THE TOWEL,
SNOOPY
IT'S YOUR NIGHT TO HOWL,
NOW I'M THE BIG BOW-WOW!
Writers Sammy Mysels

Genres Pop, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1952

Lyrics HEY NOW,
TAKE A
MIP MACK MOP,
AND A
BRIM BRAM BROOM,
AND KLIM KLAM
CLEAN UP
THE RIM RAM
ROOM
BECAUSE YOUR
BIM BAM BABY
IS COMING HOME
TONIGHT.
GET MY
SLIM SLAM SLIPPERS,
AND MY
EASY CHAIR,
RUN YOUR
FLIM FLAM FINGERS
THROUGH MY
GREASY HAIR,
THEN KISS ME,
BABY,
LET ME
HOLD YOU TIGHT.
BEEN NORTH
AND SOUTH
AND EAST
AND WEST,
BUT EVEN
A HONEY BEE
NEEDS SOME REST.
WHEN I GET
MY JACKET
AND TROUSERS PRESSED,
I'LL FOLLOW
THE SWALLOW
RIGHT BACK
TO MY NEST.
DON'T YOU
WIM WAM WORRY
IF MY TRAIN
IS LATE,
ON THE
SHIM SHAM SHUTTLE
ON A
FRIM FRAM FREIGHT,
'CAUSE YOUR
BIM BAM BABY
IS COMING HOME
TONIGHT.
Writers Fred Ebb, John Kander

Genres Showtune, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1971

Lyrics BOOM DITTY BOOM
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY DITTY DITTY,
BOOM DITTY BOOM
DITTY BOOM.
DITTY DITTY BOOM,
BOOM DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM.

DITTY DITTY DITTY,
BOOM DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM.
DITTY DITTY BOOM,
BOOM DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM.

DITTY DITTY DITTY,
BOOM DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY DITTY BOOM.

BOOM BOOM DITTY BOOM,
BOOM BOOM DITTY BOOM,
DITTY DO A DITTY,
DITTY EVER DO A DITTY,
DITTY.

BOOM DITTY BOOM
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY DITTY DITTY,
BOOM DITTY BOOM
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY DITTY BOOM,
BOOM DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY DITTY DITTY,
BOOM DITTY BOOM
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY DITTY BOOM.

BOOM BOOM DITTY
BOOM BOOM,
DITTY BOOM BOOM,
DITTY BOOM BOOM
BOOM BOOM.
BOOM DITTY BOOM
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY EVER DITTY
BOOM DITTY BOOM
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY EVER DITTY
BOOM DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY EVER,
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM,
DITTY BOOM.
Writers Oscar Brown Jr.

Genres Standard, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Ballad, Folk, Americana, Children-Novelty, Family

Recorded 1973

Lyrics BROWN BABY,
BROWN BABY,
AS YOU GROW UP,
I WANT YOU TO DRINK
FROM THE PLENTY CUP
I WANT YOU
TO STAND UP
TALL AND PROUD,
I WANT YOU
TO SPEAK UP,
CLEAR AND LOUD
BROWN BABY.

BROWN BABY,
BROWN BABY,
AS YEARS ROLL BY,
I WANT YOU
TO GO
WITH YOUR HEAD
HELD HIGH
I WANT YOU
TO LIVE BY
THE JUSTICE CODE,
I WANT YOU
TO WALK DOWN
THE FREEDOM ROAD
BROWN BABY.

NOW LIE AWAY,
LIE AWAY SLEEPING,
LIE AWAY HERE
IN MY ARMS
WHILE YOUR DADDY
AND YOUR MOMMY
PROTECT YOU,
AND KEEP YOU
SAFE FROM HARM.
OH, YOU,
LITTLE BROWN BABY.

BROWN BABY,
BROWN BABY,
IT MAKES ME GLAD,
THAT YOU WILL HAVE THINGS
THAT I NEVER HAD
WHEN OUT OF MEN'S HEARTS
ALL THE HATE IS HURLED,
YOU'RE GONNA LIVE
IN A BETTER WORLD
OH YOU
LITTLE BROWN BABY.
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Writers Irving Gordon

Genres Pop, Americana, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1960

Lyrics OH WHAT DID DEL-A-WARE BOY,
WHAT DID DELAWARE?
WHAT DID DEL-A-WARE BOY,
WHAT DID DELAWARE?
SHE WORE A BRAND NEW JERSEY,
SHE WORE A BRAND NEW JERSEY.
SHE WORE A BRAND NEW JERSEY,
THAT'S WHAT SHE DID WEAR.

ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR!

OH, WHY DID CALI-FON-IA,
WHY DID CALI-FON?
WHY DID CALI-FON-IA,
WAS SHE ALL ALONE?

SHE CALLED TO SAY HA-WA-YA,
SHE CALLED TO SAY HA-WA-YA.
SHE CALLED TO SAY HA-WA-YA,
THAT'S WHY SHE DID CALL.

UNO, DEIS, TRE, QUATTRO!

OH WHAT DID MISSI SIP BOY,
WHAT DID MISSI SIP?
WHAT DID MISSI SIP BOY,
THROUGH HER PRETTY LIPS?

SHE SIPPED A MINNE SOTA,
SHE SIPPED A MINNE SOTA.
SHE SIPPED A MINNE SOTA,
THAT'S WHAT SHE DID SIP.

WHERE HAS OREGON BOY,
WHERE HAS OREGON?
IF YOU WAN AL-ASK-A,
AL-ASK-A WHERE SHE'S GONE.

SHE WENT TO PAY HER TEXAS,
SHE WENT TO PAY HER TEXAS.
SHE WENT TO PAY HER TEXAS,
THAT'S WHERE SHE HAS GONE.

WELL HOW DID WIS-CON-SIN BOY?
SHE STOLE A NEW-BRASS-KEY,
TOO BAD THAT ARKAN SAW BOY,
AND SO DID TENNE-SEE.

IT MADE POOR FLORI-DI BOY,
IT MADE POOR FLORI-DI, YOU SEE.
SHE DIED IN MISS-OUR-I BOY,
SHE DIED IN MISS-OUR-I.
OH WHAT DID DEL-A-WARE BOY,
WHAT DID DELAWARE?
Writers Larry Grossman, Hal Hackady

Genres Showtune, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1976

Lyrics DON'T BE THE LEAF
IF YOU CAN BE THE TREE,
DON'T BE THE RAINDROP
IF YOU CAN BE THE SEA.
'CAUSE A LEAF MAY FALL,
BUT THE TREE REMAINS.
IT MAY NEVER RAIN AT ALL,
BUT THE SEA REMAINS
BETTER TO BE THE TREE
AND THE SEA.
SEE?
DON'T BE A CLOUD
IF YOU CAN BE THE SKY,
DON'T BE A FEATHER,
BE A BIRD
AND FLY.
CLOUDS ROLL BY,
BUT THE SKY ROLLS ON
AND A BIRD CAN FLY
WITH A FEATHER GONE,
BE THE BIRD
AND THE SKY
AND THE TREE
AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA,
DON'T BE ANYTHING LESS
THAN EVERYTHING YOU CAN BE!

DON'T BE THE SAIL
IF YOU CAN BE THE BOAT.
DON'T BE THE LINING
IF YOU CAN BE THE COAT.
IT MAY LOSE ITS SAIL,
BUT A BOAT WILL FLOAT,
AND A COAT
WITHOUT A LINING
IS STILL A COAT.
BETTER TO BE THE BOAT
AND THE COAT.
QUOTE!
DON'T BE THE STICK
IF YOU CAN BE THE DRUM,
DON'T BE THE SUGAR,
BE THE PLUM,
BY GUM.
YOU CAN BREAK A STICK
BUT THE DRUM WILL BEAT.
WITHOUT A SUGAR COAT,
PLUMS'RE GOOD TO EAT.
BETTER TO BE THE DRUM
AND THE PLUM
AND THE COAT
AND THE BIRD
AND THE SKY
AND THE TREE
AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA
DON'T BE ANYTHING LESS
THAN EVERYTHING YOU CAN BE!

DON'T BE THE MOO
IF YOU CAN BE THE COW.
DON'T BE THE FURROW,
IF YOU CAN BE THE PLOW.
'CAUSE YOU CAN'T GET MILK
FROM A MOO NO WAY,
AND THE FURROW'S IN A RUT,
BUT THE PLOW'S OKAY,
BETTER TO BE THE COW
AND THE PLOW!
NOW,
DON'T BE THE STING
IF YOU CAN BE THE BEE,
DON'T BE A TWO
IF YOU CAN BE A THREE.
'CAUSE A STING
CAN'T MAKE YOU A HONEYBUN,
TAKE TWO FROM THREE
AND YOU STILL GOT ONE.
BETTER TO BE THE THREE
AND A BEE
AND A COW
AND A PLOW
AND A DRUM
AND A PLUM
AND A COAT,
BOAT,
BIRD,
SKY,
TREE
AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA.
DON'T BE ANYTHING LESS
THAN EVERYTHING YOU CAN BE!

DON'T BE THE STRING
IF YOU CAN BE THE KITE.
DON'T BE THE DARKNESS,
IF YOU CAN BE THE LIGHT.
THO' YOU LOSE ITS STRING
YOU CAN FLY A KITE,
BUT WOULD ANYBODY HERE
FLY A KITE AT NIGHT?
BETTER TO BE THE KITE
AND THE LIGHT.
RIGHT!
DON'T BE THE TAIL
IF YOU CAN BE THE DOG,
DON'T BE THE BUMP
IF YOU CAN BE THE LOG.
HE CAN WAG HIS TAIL,
BUT IT CAN'T WAG HE,
A BUMP WITHOUT A LOG
ISN'T MUCH TO BE.
BETTER TO BE THE DOG
AND THE LOG
AND THE KITE
AND THE LIGHT
AND THE THREE
AND A BEE
AND A COW
AND A PLOW
AND A DRUM
AND A PLUM
AND A COAT
AND A BOAT
AND A BIRD
AND THE SKY
AND A TREE
AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA!
DON'T BE ANYTHING LESS
THAN EVERYTHING YOU CAN BE!
Writers Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich

Genres Pop, Children-Novelty

Recorded 1966

Lyrics Chorus:
MY BABY
DOES THE HANKY PANKY,
MY BABY
DOES THE HANKY PANKY.
MY BABY
DOES THE HANKY PANKY,
MY BABY
DOES THE HANKY PANKY.

verse:
I SAW HER WALKING
ON DOWN THE LINE,
YOU KNOW I SAW HER
FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME,
A PRETTY LITTLE GIRL
STANDING ALL ALONE,
HEY, PRETTY BABY,
CAN I TAKE YOU HOME?
I NEVER SAW HER,
NEVER EVER SAW HER.

Chorus:
MY BABY
DOES THE HANKY PANKY,
MY BABY
DOES THE HANKY PANKY.
MY BABY
DOES THE HANKY PANKY,
MY BABY
DOES THE HANKY PANKY.
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