Baby Boomer Bus Songs

Baby Boomer Bus Songs

Compiled by Cindy Mazurkiewicz Shirk
This page contains lyrics to some of those wacky songs we sang as students on school bus trips back in the 1970's. A few are those remembered from my days at Farmington High School in Minnesota (Go Tigers!), and the rest were submitted by other teachers and visitors to this site.
Adalena Madalena | The Ants Go Marching | Bear Song | Billboard Song | Bingo | Boom a Chicka | The Bus Driver | Cannibal King | Comet | Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor | Down By the Bay | Everywhere We Go-O | Father Abraham | Fee-Fi | Flea | Fuzzy Wuzzy | Glory, Glory, Halleluia | Harlem Goat | Herman (I Was Sittin' On a Fencepost) | Hole in the Bottom of the Sea | I'd Rather Suck on a Lemon | I'm Gonna Eat Some Worms | Old Hyram's Goat | Old Mrs. Leary | Old Sam Johnson | On Top of Spagetti | 100 Bottles of Beer | Oooie Gooie | The Pizza Song | Popeye, The Sailor Man | Roll Over | Rubber Dolly | She Sat On a Fencepost | Sippin'Cider | The Song That Never Ends | The Song That Gets On Everybody's Nerves | The Tarzan Song | There Goes Teacher | There's a Hole in the Bucket | This Old Man | Titanic | Tra La La Boom Di-ay | The Tree Song | Way Up In the Sky | The Wheels On the Bus | Yogi Bear
Thank You To Our Contributors: Michael Raber, Carolyn Otto, Daphne Fix, Ben Purser, Kirstin Cruikshank, Joan Carlson, Karyn Brellochs, Tom Gillette, Linda Schofer, Tom Digby, David Lynch, Twyla Gange, John Bell, Luke Seiler, Jerry Waddell, M. Gavin, Janine Marshall, Josie Smith, Debbie Elliott, Allison Cobb, Karyn Brellochs, Elaine Fasoli Bailey, Don Maki, Tom Gillette, Anita Louise Davis, Anna M. Miller, Patti Mazurkiewicz, Markie Barger, Billie Adler, Michael Thomas, Bonnie Woolley, Bethany Powell, Chris Shelley, Carolyn Shackelford, Todd E. Scott, Dan Crouser, Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Tracy Behnke, Brad Kliewer, Robert Midyett, Ashley Sorenson, Dale Thistle.







The one that started it all...

The Titanic

(Bracket parts sung in echo or harmony by half the bus)

1.
Oh, they built the ship Titanic, to sail the ocean blue,
And they thought they had a ship that the water couldn't go through
But the good Lord raised his hand,
Said this ship would never land.
It was sad when the great ship went down. (To chorus)

Chorus:
Oh, it was sad__ (oh, it was sad),
Oh, it was sad__ (oh, it was sad),
It was sad when the great ship went down to the bottom of the sea__
(Husbands and wives, little children lost their lives)
It was sad when the great ship went down.

2.
They were sailing far from England
And many miles from shore,
When the rich refused to associate with the poor.
So they sent them down below,
Where they'd be the first to go.
It was sad when the great ship went down. (To chorus)

3.
Oh, the moral of the story, as you can plainly see
Is to wear a life preserver when you sail the ocean sea.
Oh, the great Titanic was, and never more shall be.
It was sad when the great ship went down. (To chorus)

from Carolyn Otto:
On some choruses, instead of "husbands and wives...." we sang, "uncles and aunts, little children lost their pants..."

This optional ending comes from Todd E. Scott, who remembers the song from youth camp back in the early 80's in Ohio:
It sank
Kerplunk
Bubble, Bubble
Fizz, Fizz
Oh, what a relief it is
Fast, fast, fast.
(The last two lines were sung as the Alka Seltzer television commercial jingle.)

Additional verse sent from Dale Thistle of Woolwich, Maine:
Oh, they threw out all the lifeboats
In the dark and stormy sea
And the band played on
Nearer My God to Thee
And the children wept and cried
As the waves swept o'er the side
It was sad when the great ship went down. (To chorus)

Dale Thistle, Woolwich Central School
Woolwich, Maine -- 1959-66 with Stanley, the Bus Driver

Webmaster's Notes...
Thanks to Michael Raber, Carolyn Otto, Daphne Fix, Todd E. Scott, and Dale Thistle for help with lyrics.
Other versions of this song can be found at:
http://www.ssymca.org/camps/CampSongs.htm#TITANIC
http://ericir.syr.edu/Virtual/Listserv_Archives/LM_NET/1997/02/0760.html
http://www.macscouter.com/Songs/GrossSongs1.html#The Titanic

According to Wyn Craig Wade in his book The Titanic: End of a Dream, the above song was one of a number of songs composed shortly after the 1912 disaster as a rememberance to the great ship and its victims. It eventually became a popular camp song.

Wikipedia has an entry for the Titanic Song at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Titanic_(song)

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    Adalena Madalena

    submitted by Dan Crouser

    Adalena Madalena Whoopa Steina Whoppa Lina
    Hokum Pokem Stokem was her name.

    She had two eyes in her head
    One was green and the other red... Chorus

    She had two teeth in her mouth
    One pointed north and the other pointed south... Chorus

    She had two ears on her head
    One was tin and the other was lead... Chorus

    She had two nostrils in her nose
    One was clogged and the other was froze... Chorus

    She had ten fingers on her hands
    And they all stretched like rubber bands... Chorus

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    The Ants Go Marching

    submitted by Anna M. Miller
    Central States Bus Sales

    The ants go marching one by one. Hurrah! Hurrah!
    The ants go marching one by one. Hurrah! Hurrah!
    The ants go marching one by one,
    the little one stopped to suck his thumb,
    and they all go marching down,
    [Where?] To the ground!
    [Why?] To get out of the rain, bum bum bum...

    The ants go marching two by two. Hurrah! Hurrah!
    The ants go marching two by two. Hurrah! Hurrah!
    The ants go marching two by two,
    the little one stopped to tie his shoe,
    and they all go marching down,
    [Where?] To the ground!
    [Why?] To get out of the rain, bum bum bum...

    (then it repeats, counting up, usually making up what the little one does)

    one = suck his thumb
    two = tie his shoe
    three = bump his knee
    four = shut the door
    five = do a jive or steal a hive
    six = pick up sticks
    seven = look up to heaven
    eight = shut the gate
    nine = climb a pine

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    The Bear Song

    submitted by Kirstin Cruikshank,Twyla Gange, John Bell & Luke Seiler

    The other day (the other day)
    I met a bear (I met a bear),
    Out in the woods (repeat)
    O way out there. (repeat)

    He said to me
    Why don't you run?
    'Cause I can see
    you got no gun.

    And so I ran
    Away from there,
    but right behind
    me was that bear.

    Ahead of me
    There was a tree,
    A great big tree
    Oh glory be!

    The lowest branch
    Was 10 feet up.
    I'd have to jump
    and trust my luck.

    And so I jumped
    into the air,
    but I missed that branch
    A way up there.

    Now don't you fret,
    And don't you frown,
    Cause I caught that branch
    On my way back down.

    Now that's the end
    there ain't no more,
    unless I meet
    that bear once more.

    And so I met
    that bear once more.
    Now he's a rug
    On my living room floor.

    The end, the end,
    The end, the end,
    The end, the end,
    The end, the end.

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    The Billboard Song

    submitted by Jerry Waddell (with additional verses from M. Gavin and Bethany Powell)

    As I was walking down the street one bright and sunny day,
    I came upon a billboard that stood along the way.
    The sign was torn and tattered from the storm the night before,
    The wind and rain had done its work and this is what I saw.

    Smoke coca-coal cigarettes, chew Wrigley's spearmint beer,
    Kennel-ration dogfood makes your complection clear.
    Simonize your baby with a Hershey's candy bar,
    Texaco's the beauty cream that's used by all the stars.

    (Last verse from M. Gavin:

    So, take your next vacation in a brand new Fridgidaire,
    Learn to play piano in your winter underwear,
    Doctors way that babies should smoke until they're 3
    and people over 65 should bathe in Lipton Tea.

    Here is another version of the Billboard Song, submitted by Bethany Powell who also sang the song when she was younger:

    As I was walking down the street a billboard caught my eye.
    The advertisements on that sign would make one laugh or cry.
    The rain and hail that came that night washed it half away.
    The other half remaining there just made the billboard say:

    Smoke a Coca Cola, drink ketchup cigarettes.
    See Lillian Russell wrestle with a box of oysterettes.
    Pork and beans will meet tonight, in a finish fight.
    Professor Jones will lecture on an Oreo tonight.

    Bay rum is good for horses, it is the best in town.
    Castor oil cures the measles, just pay five dollars down.
    Teeth extracted without pain cost just half a dime.
    BVDs are selling now a carload at a time.

    Shave and a haircut, two bits!
    Dog on a radiator, hot dog!
    There goes (fill in a name), whoo, whoo!

    Any another version of the Billboard Song from Carolyn Shackelford:

    As I was walkin' down the street a billboard caught my eye
    The advertisements listed there would make you laugh and cry.
    The signs were torn and tattered from a storm the night before,
    And as I read the things it said, why this is what I saw:

    Smoke Coca-cola cigarettes, Drink Wrigley's spearmint beer
    Ken-L-Ration dog food keeps your wife's complexion clear
    Chew chocolate covered moth balls, they always satisfy
    Brush your teeth with Lifebuoy soap and watch the suds go by!

    Well, I recovered from the shock, I went upon my way,
    I'd gone no further than a block when what to my dismay
    Another billboard caught my eye and like the one before
    the wind and rain had done it's work, 'cause this is what I saw:

    Take your next vacation in a brand-new Frigidaire,
    Learn to play piano in your winter underwear
    Simonize your baby with a Hershey's candy bar,
    See the difference that Drano makes in all the movie stars!

    O doctor's prove that baby's shouldn't smoke 'till they are 3
    People over 35 take baths in Lipton's tea
    You can make this country a better place today
    Just buy and copy of this song and throw it far away!

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    Bingo

    submitted by Anna M. Miller
    Central States Bus Sales

    There was a farmer had a dog
    and Bingo was his name-o.
    B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O,
    and Bingo was his name-o.

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    Boom a Chicka

    submitted by Janine Marshall

    I say a boom a chicka boom (I say a boom a chicka boom)
    I say a boom a chicka boom (I say a boom a chicka boom)
    I say a boom a chicka, rock a chicka, rock a chicka boom (repeat)
    Uh, hu (Uh, hu)
    Oh ya (Oh ya)
    One more time (One more time)
    (Underwater!)

    (add different ways/accents to say the verse. Underwater is done by wiggling finger between lips while talking.)

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    The Bus Driver

    submitted by Billie Adler

    Three cheers for the bus driver, the bus driver, the bus driver
    Three cheers for the bus driver who drove us today
    God bless him (he needs it!)*
    God bless him (he needs it!)
    Three cheers for the bus driver who drove us today

    *We also substituted "(who needs him!)" when we had a particularly fun driver.

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    The Cannibal King

    submitted by Linda Schofer

    The cannibal king with the big nose ring
    Fell in love with the dusting maid.
    And every night in the pail moon light
    Across the lake he came.
    He hugged and he kissed this pretty little miss
    Under the bamboo tree.
    And every night in the pail moon light
    It sounded like this to me.
    Boom Boom X X...Boom Boom X X
    Under the bamboo tree.
    Boom Boom X X...Boom Boom X X ...
    Under the bamboo tree.

    Well build a bungalo big enough for two,
    Big enough for two my darling, big enough for two.
    And when were married happy well be,
    Under the bamboo, under the bamboo tree.
    If youll be m-i-n-e, mine...Ill be t-h-i-n-e, thine...
    And Ill l-o-v-e, love you...all the t-i-m-e, time.
    You are the b-e-s-t, best of all...the r-e-s-t, rest...
    And Ill l-o-v-e, love you...all the t-i-m-e, time, time, any ol time.

    Version below submitted by Tom Digby
    who learned a slightly different version of the Cannibal King song, in Florida in the 1950's

    A cannibal king with a big nose ring
    Fell in love with a dusky maid
    And every night in the pale moonlight
    Across the lake he'd wade.
    He'd hug and kiss his pretty little miss
    In the shade of the bamboo tree
    And every night in the pale moon light
    It'd sound like this to me:

    A-rump, A-rump,
    A-rump tiddley eye-dee-a-a-a
    A-rump, A-rump,
    A-rump tiddley eye-dee-a.

    We'll build a bungalow,
    Big enough for two.
    Big enough for two, my darling,
    Big enough for two.
    And we'll be married,
    Happy we'll be,
    Under the shade of
    The big banana tree.

    If you'll be M-I-N-E mine
    I'll be T-H-I-N-E thine
    And I'll L-O-V-E love you
    All the T-I-M-E time.
    You are the B-E-S-T best
    Of all the R-E-S-T rest
    And I'll L-O-V-E love you
    All the T--I--M-E time.

    Rack 'em up, sack 'em up,
    Kiss 'em all the time:
    Match in the gas tank,
    BOOM BOOM!

    Here are addition verses from David Lynch
    who remembers the songs from the early sixties in Atlanta, and who has traced the lyrics' origins. According to David, 'dusky' was changed to 'very young' after society became more sensitive to people's feelings in the mid 60's. Most likely 'dusky' was sometimes confused with 'dusting.'

    The years went by like one, two, three,
    And now there is a fam-i-ly
    And every night
    By the pale moon light
    It sounds like this to me-e-e:
    Arrumph Ma ma
    Arumph Pa Pa
    Arrumph diddley eye-dee-a-a-a
    Arrumph Ma ma
    Arumph Pa Pa
    Arrumph diddley eye-dee-a-a-a

    The years went by like one, two, three,
    And now their kids have fam-i-ly
    And every night
    By the pale moon light
    It sounds like this to me-e-e:
    Arrumph gran ma
    Arumph gran pa
    Arrumph diddley eye-dee-a-a-a
    Arrumph gran ma
    Arumph gran pa
    Arrumph diddley eye-dee-a-a-a

    The years went by like one, two, three,
    And now there is no fam-i-ly
    And every night
    By the pale moon light
    It sounds like this to me-e-e:
    Arrumph (here is silence or sound like wind in trees)
    Arumph
    Arrumph diddley eye-dee-a-a-a
    Arrumph
    Arumph
    Arrumph diddley eye-dee-a-a-a

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    Comet

    (With apologies to the mentioned products.)

    Comet, will make your mouth so clean.
    Comet, it tastes like Listerine.
    Comet, will make you vomit
    So get some Comet and vomit today.

    An additional verse from Lara Friedman-Shedlov:

    Comet, it makes your face turn green
    Comet, it tastes like gasoline
    Comet will make you vomit
    So get some comet and vomit today

    Lara also remembers they used to also sang the following ditty:

    Brush your teeth with Sani-Flush
    You don't even need a brush!
    All you do is pour it on
    and suddenly your teeth are gone!

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    Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor

    submitted by Lara Friedman-Shedlov

    Does your chewing gum lose its flavor
    on the bedpost overnight?
    Does your mother say don't swallow it
    but you swallot it in spite?
    Does it stick on to your tonsils
    'til you're heaving left and right?
    Does your chewing gum lose its flavor
    on the bedpost overnight?

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    Down By the Bay

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    Down by the bay,
    where the watermelons grow,
    I dare not go.
    For if I did,
    My mother will say, "Did you ever see a whale with a polka-dotted tail?"
    --down by the bay!

    (Add various things after 'My mother will say')

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    Everywhere We Go-O

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    Everywhere we go-o (everwhere we go-o)
    People wanna know-o (people wanna know-o)
    Who we ah-are (who we ah-are)
    So we tell them (so we tell them)
    We are the [insert name of team or something appropriate] !!
    The mighty-mighty [insert name of team or something appropriate] !!

    NA, na-NA-na-NA, na-NA-na-NA, na-na-NA, na-na-Na. na-Na-na-Na!
    (like the tune from the Cool Aide commercials)

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    Father Abraham

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    Father Abraham
    Had many sons
    (And many sons had Father Abraham)
    I am one of them ... and so are you.
    So lets all praise the Lord!

    Right Arm! (Right arm swings)

    Father Abraham
    Had many sons
    (And many sons had Father Abraham)
    I am one of them ... and so are you.
    So lets all praise the Lord!

    Right Arm! - Left Arm!(Left arm alsoswings) ((up to)) Right-arm! - Left Arm! - Right foot! - Left Foot!- Head Back! - Turn around!- Sit Down!

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    Fee-Fi

    submitted by Janine Marshall

    Fee (Fee)
    Fee-fi (Fee-fi)
    Fee-fi-fo (repeat each line)
    Coom-a-lada, coom-a-lada, coom-a-lada vista (repeat)
    Oh, no, no! Not da vista(repeat)
    Esta mahni, sala mahni, ooh-ah la wala mahni!
    Esta mahni, sala mahni, ooh-ah la wanda
    Bo diddley beat an bot an bo bo beat and bot!

    An additional partial verse from Brad Kliewer is below. Brad would like help in completing this version, so if you know the missing lyrics, please send them!

    Three
    Three flies
    Three flies on
    Pizza
    Eat a lotta, eat a lotta, eat a lotta Pizza
    Oh no, no more pizza
    [A list of toppings, but I can't remember which, in which order]
    [A variation on the toppings (I think)]
    [And I don't remember the end -- I don't think I ever quite made it out]

    I didn't hear this latter version as many times as the nonsense version. The final verses were always so fast that it was hard to pick out every word. (-Brad)

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    Flea

    submitted by Tom Gillette

    Flea (flea)
    Flea, fly (flea fly)
    Flea fly mos-qui-to (flea-fly-mos-qui-to)
    No, no no no more mosquitoes (repeat)
    Itchy itchy scratchy scratchy,
    ooh I got one down my backy, (repeat)
    Beat that big bad bug with the bug spray (repeat)
    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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    Fuzzy Wuzzy

    submitted by Anita Louise Davis

    Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear
    Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair
    So Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn't fuzzy,
    Was he?

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    Glory, Glory, Halleluia

    submitted by Karyn Brellochs, Tom Gillette and Cindy Shirk

    My eyes have seen the glory of the burning of the school
    We have tortured every teacher
    We have broken every rule.
    We have snuck into the office
    And we tickled (or hung) the principal.
    Our truth is marching on!

    Glory, glory, halleluia!
    Teacher hit me with a ruler.
    I popped her on the bean with a rotten tangerine
    and her teeth came marching out!

    Other versions of the chorus:

    Hit her in the seater with a 50 millimeter...
    Hit her in the butt with a rotten coconut...
    Hit her in the face with a rock from outer space...
    Hit her in the head with the pillow from my bed...
    Hit her in the nose with her dirty panty hose...
    Hit her in the hand with a giant rubber band...

    (I can't believe we actually sang this song. Sorry teachers, forgive our lame attempts at humor.)

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    The Harlem Goat (also known as Bill Grogan's Goat)

    submitted by Linda Schofer

    The Harlem Goat...The Harlem Goat
    Was feeling fine...Was feeling fine.
    Ate three red shirts...Ate three red shirts
    Right off the line...Right off the line.
    Oh, Bill got mad...Oh, Bill got mad.
    Gave him a whack...Gave him a whack.
    And tied him to...And tied him to
    The railroad track...The railroad track.

    The whistle blew...The whistle blew.
    The train drew nigh...The train drew nigh.
    The Harlem Goat...The Harlem Goat
    Was due to die...Was due to die.
    He gave three groans...He gave three groans
    Three groans of pain...Three groans of pain.
    Coughed up the shirts...Coughed up the shirts
    And flagged the train...And flagged the train.

    But a button got stuck...But a button got stuck
    In the middle of his throat...In the middle of his throat.
    And thats the end...And thats the end
    Of..the...Harlem..Goat!......Of...the...Harlem..Goat!
    They buried him...They buried him
    On the lone prairie...On the lone prairie.
    And thats the end...And thats the end
    Of...my...storyyyy!......Of...my...storyyyy!

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    Herman (I Was Sittin' On a Fencepost)

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    I was sittin' on a fencepost, chewin' my bubble-gum
    (sound of smacking bubble-gum x3)
    playing with my yo-yo
    (do-wop, do-wop, do-wop)
    ...When along came Herman.
    He was THIS BIG! (Optional use of hands to show a short distance)
    I said, "Herman, what happened?"

    "I ate my brother."

    I was sittin' on a fencepost, chewin' my bubble-gum
    (sound of smacking bubble-gum x3)
    playing with my yo-yo
    (do-wop, do-wop, do-wop)
    ...When along came Herman.
    He was THIS BIG! (Optional use of hands to show a slightly longer distance)
    I said, "Herman, what happened?"

    "I ate my sister."

    I was sittin' on a fencepost, chewin' my bubble-gum
    ([sound of smacking bubble-gum] x3)
    playing with my yo-yo
    (do-wop, do-wop, do-wop)
    ...When along came Herman.
    He was THIS BIG! (Optional use of hands to show a slightly longer distance)
    I said, "Herman, what happened?"

    "I ate my momma."

    I was sittin' on a fencepost, chewin' my bubble-gum
    (sound of smacking bubble-gum x3)
    playing with my yo-yo
    (do-wop, do-wop, do-wop)
    ...When along came Herman.
    He was THIS BIG! (Optional use of hands to show a slightly longer distance)
    I said, "Herman, what happened?"

    "I ate my daddy."

    I was sittin' on a fencepost, chewin' my bubble-gum
    (sound of smacking bubble-gum x3)
    playing with my yo-yo
    (do-wop, do-wop, do-wop)
    ...When along came Herman.
    He was THIS BIG! (Optional use of hands to show a teeny, tiny little distance)
    I said, "Herman, WHAT HAPPENED!?"

    "I burped."

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    Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

    submitted by Janine Marshall

    There's a hole in the bottom of the sea
    There's a hole in the bottom of the sea
    There's a hole, there's a hole
    There's a hole in the bottom of the sea.

    There's a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There's a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There's a log, there's a log
    There's a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

    There's a bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There's a bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
    There's a bump, there's a bump
    There's a bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea.

    There's a frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea...

    There's a tail on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea...

    There's a wart on the tail on the frog on the bump...

    There's a hair on the wart on the tail on the frog...

    There's a flea on the hair on the wart on the tail...

    There's a germ on the flea on the hair on the wart...

    Additional verse sent from Eric Robson:

    As I was walking down the street one dark and dreary day,
    I came upon a billboard, and much to my dismay,
    It was torn and tattered from the rain the night before,
    But clearly I could figure out the message that it bore.

    Smoke Coca-Cola cigarettes, drink Wrigley's spearmint beer.
    Kennel-ration dog food makes your wife's complexion clear.
    Simonize your baby with a Hershey's candy bar,
    And Texaco's the beauty cream that's used by every star.

    So take your next vacation in your brand new Frigidaire.
    Learn to play the piano in your winter underwear.
    Doctors say that babies should smoke when they are three,
    And people over sixty-five should bathe in Lipton tea.

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    I'd Rather Suck on a Lemon Drop

    submitted by Allison Cobb

    Oh, I'd rather suck on a lemon drop
    Than to try my luck with a lollipop,
    'Cause I always drop my lollipop,
    And it gets all over icky!

    I've tried, and tried, but nowhere can I find
    A lollipop that's halfway refined,

    So I'd rather suck on a lemon drop
    Than to try my luck with a lollipop,
    'Cause I always drop my lollipop
    And it gets all over icky!

    (In 7th grade or so we started dropping the word "suck" and just leaving it blank with a naughty look in our eyes!)

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    I'm Gonna Eat Some Worms

    submitted by Bonnie Woolley

    Nobody likes me, everybody hates me,
    I'm gonna eat some worms,
    Big fat juicy ones, little teeny tiny ones,
    Teeny tiny, squeemy, squimey worms!

    Down goes the first one, down goes the second one,
    Oh how they wiggle and squirm
    Big fat juicy ones, little teeny tiny ones,
    Teeny tiny, squeemy, squimey worms!

    Up comes the first one, up comes the second one,
    Oh how they wiggle and squirm
    Big fat juicy ones, little teeny tiny ones,
    Teeny tiny, squeemy, squimey worms!

    Another version of the song comes from Tracy Behnke

    Nobody likes me
    Everybody hates me
    Going to the garden to eat worms
    Long slim slimy ones
    Short fat fuzzy ones
    Ooey, gooey, gooey, gooey worms

    Now the long slim slimy ones slip down easily
    The short fat fuzzy ones stick
    When the short fat fuzzy ones stick to your teeth
    Your blood goes ick, ick, ick,
    So you cut off their heads and spit out their tails and throw their skins away
    Nobody knows how I can survive on a hundred worms a day.

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    Old Hyram's Goat

    submitted by Michael Thomas

    Every line is repeated...

    Old Hyram's goat,
    He wasn't feelin' fine;
    Ate three red shirts,
    Right off of the line.

    Now, Mrs. Murphy the cook,
    She beat him black!
    Then tied him to
    The railroad track.

    The goat coughed and coughed
    In mortal pain.
    Coughed up those shirts,
    And flagged the train.

    Now, the engineer,
    He was a colour-blind.
    Thought those red shirts
    Were the go-ahead sign.

    And, so, the train went on,
    And SMASHED that goat!
    Now Mrs. Murphy the cook
    Has a new goat coat!

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    Old Mrs. Leary

    submitted by Susan Koehn

    Late one night, when we were all in bed,
    Mrs. O'Leary lit a lantern in the shed.
    Her cow kicked it over,
    Then winked her eye and said,
    "There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight!"
    (One side of the bus chants) "Fire" (while the other side chants) "Water" at the same time


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    Old Sam Johnson

    submitted by Todd E. Scott

    Well, old Sam Johnson was a machiney man,
    With a mind all of his own,
    {something, something, something} -- does anyone know the words here?
    that stuck out like a big ham bone.

    The next verses described Sam making some invention that blows up in his face. As he's falling from the explosion, he prays to God:
    Oh, Judge-y, won't-cha let me down easy.
    I won't do this no mo'.
    I's a guina' (coloquialism for 'going to') go to church
    And a'read the good Book,
    Like it's never been read befo'
    I'll never make no more of those machiney-things
    Til the good Lord gives me a pair of wings
    So judgy won't you let me down easy
    Ahhhhhh-men."

    Todd Scott of Minneapolis remembers this song as one that his dad's parents knew growing up in East Texas and Tennesee. If anyone has the missing lyrics for this song, please send 'em our way!

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    On Top of Spagetti

    On top of spagetti, all covered with cheese,
    I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed.

    It rolled off the table, and onto the floor,
    And then my poor meatball, rolled out of the door.

    It rolled into the garden, and under a bush,
    And then my poor meatball, it turned into mush .

    The mush was so tasty, as tasty can be.
    And early next morning, grew into a tree.

    The tree was all covered with old Spanish moss.
    It grew lovely meatballs and to-ma-to-sauce.

    So if you eat spaghetti, all covered with cheese,
    Hold on to you meatball, when sombody sneeze.

    Additional ending below by Ben Purser (father of three, with great experience singing in the car...)

    And fifty years later, There grew a big tree,
    And now we grow meatballs For Chef Boy-ar-dee.

    Thanks to Kirstin Cruikshank, Joan Carlson & Ben Purser for help with lyrics.

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    100 Bottles of Beer

    submitted by Don Maki
    (also a Farmington High School grad!)

    100 bottles of beer on the wall,
    100 bottles of beer.
    If one of those bottles should happen to fall,
    I'll be there to drink it all.

    99 bottles of beer on the wall...(etc.)

    Another version goes like this...

    100 bottles of beer on the wall,
    100 bottles of beer.
    Take one down, pass it around,
    99 bottles of beer on the wall.

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    Oooie Gooie

    submitted by Elaine Fasoli Bailey

    Oooie Gooie was a worm.
    A mighty worm was he.
    He sat upon the railroad tracks.
    The train he did not see.
    Oooie Gooie was a worm.

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    The Pizza Song

    submitted by Brad Kliewer

    Three
    Three flies
    Three flies on
    Pizza
    Eat a lotta, eat a lotta, eat a lotta Pizza
    Oh no, no more pizza
    [A list of toppings, but I can't remember which, in which order]
    [A variation on the toppings (I think)]
    [And I don't remember the end -- I don't think I ever quite made it out]

    Brad remembers that he didn't hear this latter version as many times as the nonsense version. The final verses were always so fast that it was hard to pick out every word. If anyone knows the missing words, send them our way!

    The Pizza Song

    submitted by Ashley Sorenson

    Eat a lotta - eat a lotta pizza
    Oh yeah - Italiana pizza
    Pepperoni, anchovies, mushroom, and olive pizza, Mozzarella cheese and parmesan too!

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    Popeye, The Sailor Man

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    I'm Popeye, the sailer man!
    I live in a frying pan!
    I turn on some switches to burn up my britches,
    I'm Popeye, the sailer man!

    Another verse recalled by the webmaster:

    I'm Popeye, the sailer man!
    I live in a garbage can!
    I eat all the worms, and spit out the germs
    I'm Popeye, the sailer man!

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    Roll Over

    submitted by Patti Mazurkiewicz and Markie Barger

    There were ten in the bed, and the little one said,
    "Roll over. Roll over."
    So they all rolled over and one fell off,
    there were nine in the bed and the little one said,
    "Roll Over. Roll Over"...
    (continue count down to...)
    There was one in the bed and the little one said,
    "I got the whole bed to my self, etc. {the whole world in his hand}

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    A Rubber Dolly

    submitted by Debbie Elliott

    My mommy told me
    If I was goodie
    That she would buy me
    A rubber dolly.

    My auntie told her
    I kissed a soldier.
    Now she won't buy me
    A rubber dolly.

    Ohhhhh...3..6..9..
    (Now very fast)
    The goose drank wine,
    The monkey spit tobacco,
    On the streetcar line,
    Line broke, The monkey got choked,
    And they all went to heaven in a little row boat. CLAP! CLAP!

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    She Sat On a Fencepost (writer unknown)

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    She sat on a fencepost and strummed HER guitar,
    strummed HER guitar,
    strummed HER guitar,
    she sat on a fencepost and strummed HER guitar,
    strummed... her... gui... ta-a-a-ar!

    (Chorus)
    Mm plucky-plucky, mm plucky-plucky, mm pluck-pluck-pluck.
    Mm plucky-plucky, mm plucky-plucky, mm pluck-pluck-pluck.

    He sat down beside her and smoked HIS cigar,
    smoked HIS cigar,
    smoked HIS cigar,
    He sat down beside her and smoked HIS cigar,
    smoked... his... ci.... ga-a-a-ar!

    He told her he loved her but oh HOW he lied

    They were to get married but someHOW she died

    She went up to Heaven and flittER'D and flied

    He went to her funeral just FOR the ride

    He sat on her tombstone and laughed TILL he cried

    The tombstone fell over and split-SPLAT he died

    He went down below her and sizzLED and fried

    The moral of story is nevER to lie
    (Optional, in case of only girls singing): The moral of story is don't TRUST a guy

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    Sippin' Cider

    submitted by Josie Smith

    1.
    The prettiest girl (the prettiest girl)
    I ever did saw (I ever did saw)
    Was sippin ci... (was sippen ci)-der through a straw
    The prettiest girl (the prettiest girl)
    I ever did saw (I ever did saw)
    (everyone) Was sippen cider through a straw.

    2.
    I sez to her (I sez to her)
    Whatcha doin' that fer (whatcha doin' that fer)
    A sippin' ci- (a sippin ci)der through a straw
    I sez to her (I sez to her)
    Whatcha doin' that fer (whatcha doin' that fer)
    (everyone) A sippin' cider thought a straw.

    3.
    She sez to me (she sez to me)
    Why don't you know? (Why don't you know?)
    That sippin' ci- (that sippin' ci)-der's on the go.
    (Repeat again as before)

    4.
    So cheek to cheek (So cheek to cheek)
    and jaw to jaw (and jaw to jaw)
    We both sipped ci- (we both sipped ci)-der through a straw.
    (repeat)

    5.
    And as we sipped (and as we sipped)
    the straw did slipped (the straw did slipped)
    and I sipped ci- (and I sipped ci)-der through her lips.
    (repeat)

    6.
    That's how I got (that's how I got)
    My mother-in-law (my mother-in-law)
    by sippin' ci- (by sippin' ci)-der through a straw.
    (repeat)

    7.
    Now seventeen kids (now seventeen kids)
    All call me "Ma" (All call me "Ma"
    and sippin' ci- (and sippin'ci)-der through a straw.
    (repeat)

    8.
    The moral of (the moral of)
    This little tale (this little tale)
    Is sip you ci- (is sip you ci)-der through a pail.
    (repeat)

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    The Song That Never Ends

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    (This was part of the theme to Lambchop's Play Along)

    This is the song that never ends!
    Yes, it goes on and on my friends!
    Some people ... started singing it, not knowing what it was,
    And they just keep on singing it forever just because

    This is the song that never ends!
    Yes, it goes on and on my friends!
    Some people ... started singing it, not knowing what it was,
    And they just keep on singing it forever just because

    (Repeats Variably)

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    The Song That Gets On Everybody's Nerves

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves...
    everybody's nerves...
    everybody's nerves...
    I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves...
    And this is how it goes:

    I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves...
    everybody's nerves...
    everybody's nerves...
    I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves...
    And this is how it goes:

    (Repeat infinitately)

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    The Tarzan Song

    submitted by Michael Thomas

    Every line is repeated...

    TAR-ZAN!
    Was swingin' on a rubber band
    Crashed into a frying pan
    Now Tarzan has a TAN!

    JA-ANE!
    Was flying in an aero-plane
    Crashed into a freeway lane
    Now Jane has a pain! ...and now Tarzan has a TAN!

    SHA-AMU!
    Was swimming in the ocean blue
    Crashed into a big canoe
    Now Shamu's gonna sue! ...Now Jane has a pain... and now Tarzan has a TAN!

    CHEE-EE-TAH!
    Was dancin' down the street-a
    Crashed into a cheese truck
    Now Cheetah is Velveeta! ...now Shamu's gonna sue... now Jane has a pain... and now Tarzan has a TAN!

    BA-ATMAN!
    Was eating pasta from a can
    Crashed into a moving van
    Now Batman needs a catscan! ...now Cheetah is Velveeta... now Shamu's gonna sue... now Jane has a pain... and now Tarzan has a TAN!

    Well, my friends, that is the end. (end)

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    There Goes Teacher

    submitted by Elaine Fasoli Bailey

    There goes Teacher
    floating down the Delaware
    Chewing on her underware
    Could'nt afford another pair

    Six months later got
    bitten by a polar bear
    Poor Teacher's rear

    Teacher has a tugboat
    tugboat has a bell
    Tugboat went to heaven
    but Teacher went to
    Hello operator
    calling number nine
    If you disconnect me I'll paddle your
    Behind the refridgerator
    There was a piece of glass
    Teacher fell upon it and
    broke her little
    Ask me no questions
    Tell me no lies
    This is a story how it
    Lives and dies.

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    There's a Hole in the Bucket

    submitted by Robert Midyett

    There's a hole in the bucket,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    There's a hole in the bucket,
    Dear Liza, there's a hole.

    Then fix it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then fix it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, fix it.

    With what shall I fix it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I fix it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With a straw, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With a straw, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, with a straw.

    But the straw is too long,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    But the straw is too long,
    Dear Liza, too long.

    Then cut it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then cut it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, cut it.

    With what shall I cut it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I cut it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With an axe, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With an axe, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, an axe.

    The axe is too dull,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    The axe is too dull,
    Dear Liza, too dull.

    Then sharpen it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then sharpen it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, sharpen it.

    With what shall I sharpen it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I sharpen it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With a stone, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With a stone, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, a stone.

    The stone is too dry,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    The stone is too dry,
    Dear Liza, too dry

    Then wet it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    Then wet it, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, wet it.

    With what shall I wet it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza?
    With what shall I wet it,
    Dear Liza, with what?

    With water, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    With water, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, with water.

    How shall I get it,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza,
    How shall I get it,
    Dear Liza, how shall I?

    In the bucket, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, dear Henry
    In the bucket, dear Henry,
    Dear Henry, in the bucket.

    There's a hole in the bucket,
    Dear Liza, dear Liza
    There's a hole in the bucket,
    Dear Liza, there's a hole.

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    This Old Man

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    This old man,
    he played one,
    he played Nick-Nack on his thumb
    with a nick-nack patty-whack give-the-dog-a-bone,
    this old man came rolling home.

    This old man,
    he played two,
    he played Nick-Nack on his shoe,
    with a nick-nack patty-whack give-the-dog-a-bone,
    this old man came rolling home.

    three - on his knee
    four - on the floor
    five - ?
    six- with some sticks
    seven - up in heaven
    eight - on a date
    nine - in a line
    ten - ONCE AGAIN!

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    Tra La La Boom Di-ay

    submitted by Karyn Brellochs

    Tra la la boom di-ay
    There was no school today.
    Our teacher passed away,
    She died of tooth decay!
    We threw her in the Bay,
    She scared the fish away!
    And when we pulled her out,
    She smelled like sauerkraut!

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    The Tree Song

    submitted by Michael Thomas

    Each verse line is repeated, then chorus done together...

    There was a hole,
    Such a pretty little hole,
    THAT YOU EVER DID SEE!!!
    And the hole was in the ground, and the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around. HEY!

    Now in that hole,
    There was a tree,
    Such a pretty little tree,
    THAT YOU EVER DID SEE!!!
    And the tree was in the hole, and the hole was in the ground, and the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around. HEY!

    Now on that tree,
    There was a branch,
    Such a pretty little branch,
    THAT YOU EVER DID SEE!!!
    And the branch was on the tree, and the tree was in the hole, and the hole was in the ground, and the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around. HEY!

    (Follow pattern from branch to twig, nest, egg, bird, wing, feather)

    Now on that feather,
    There was a flea (tiny voice),
    Such a pretty little flea,
    THAT YOU EVER DID SEE!!!
    And the flea was on the feather, and the feather was on the wing, and the wing was on the bird, and the bird was in the egg, and the egg was in the nest, and the nest was on the twig, and the twig was on the branch, and the branch was on the tree, and the tree was in the hole, and the hole was in the ground, and the green grass grew all around, all around, and the green grass grew all around. HEY!

    Now on that flea,
    There was an ELEPHANT,
    Such a pretty little elephant,
    THAT YOU EVER DID SEE!!!
    And the TREE FELL DOWN!!!

    Michael Thomas, who contributed Hyram's Goat, The Tarzan Song and The Tree Song, was a camp counselor for many years.

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    Way Up In the Sky

    submitted by Lara Friedman-Shedlov

    Waaaaay up in the sky
    The little birds fly
    while down in the nest
    the little birds rest
    Wiiiiiith a wing on the left
    and a wing on the right
    the little birds sleep
    all through the night
    (shouted) Shhh you'll wake the DAMN BIRDS!
    The---- bright sun comes up
    (in a very low voice) the dew falls away
    (in a very high voice) good morning good morning
    the little birds say

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    The Wheels On the Bus (Go 'Round and 'Round)

    submitted by Chris Shelley

    The wheels on the bus go round and round,
    round and round,
    round and round,
    the wheels on the bus go round and round,
    all through the town.

    The doors on the bus go op'n-an-close,
    op'n-an-close,
    op'n-an-close,
    the doors on the bus go op'n-an-close,
    all through the town.

    The babies on the bus go "wenh, wenh, wenh,"

    The mommas on the bus go "Shut yo' mouth!"

    The driver of the bus goes "Sit back down!"

    etc.

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    Yogi Bear

    submitted by Janine Marshall

    I know someone you don't know
    Yogi, Yogi
    I know someone you don't know
    Yogi, Yogi Bear

    Yogi, Yogi Bear
    Yogi, Yogi Bear
    I know someone you don't know
    Yogi Yogi Bear

    Yogi has a little friend
    Boo Boo, Boo Boo
    Yogi has a little friend
    Boo Boo, Boo Boo Bear

    Boo Boo, Boo Boo Bear
    Boo Boo, Boo Boo Bear
    Yogi has a litle friend
    Boo Boo, Boo Bo Bear

    Yogi has a girlfriend too
    Cindy, Cindy
    Yogi has a girlfriend too
    Cindy, Cindy Bear

    Cindy...

    They all have an enemy
    Ranger, Ranger
    They all have an enemy
    Ranger, Ranger Smith (pow, pow)

    Ranger, Ranger Smith....

    They all live in Jellystone
    Jelly, Jelly
    They all live in Jellystone
    Jelly, Jellystone (yum, yum)

    Jelly...

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