I'm not sure where I got this from, so I can't give credit where credit is due, but this is what I can find right away. There are probably other notes around somewhere! And I know there are TONS of additional verses...
You remember Grandma's lye soap,
Good for everything in the home;
And the secret was in the scrubbing,
It wouldn't suds and wouldn't foam.
CHORUS: So let's all sing for Grandma's lye soap,
Good for everything on the place;
The pots and kettles, the dirty dishes,
And for your hands and for your face.
Little Herman and brother Vermin
Had and aversion to washing their ears;
Grandma scrubbed them with the lye soap,
Now they haven't heard a word in years.
Mrs. O'Malley down in the valley
Suffered from ulcers, I understand;
She swallowed a cake of Grandma's lye soap:
Has the cleanest ulcers in the land!
Here is the text of part one of It's In The Book, as transcribed from "Dr. Demento Gooses Mother", Rhino 71919, 1995. Original issue was Capitol single 2249, 1952. For those of you who have never heard it, it is likely that it will make no sense at all. Grandpa Vern Berry, who died year before last, was an old time fiddler at Silver Dollar City near Branson, Missouri. He told me that he had seen Johnny Standley do this live. ~~ Picture a fellow dressed as an old time preacher, thumping the book to punctuate his words, and you might get a glimmer of how it was.
I have a message for you, a very sad message. My, my subject for this evening will be Little Bo Peep. It says here, Little Bo Peep was a little girl, has lost her sheep, and doesn't know where to find them. Now, that's reasonable, isn't it? It's, it's reasonable to assume if Little Bo Peep had lost her sheep, it's only natural that she wouldn't know where to find them. That, that basically is reasonable. But leave them alone, now that overwhelms me, completely overwhelms me. The man said, she lost her sheep, turns right around and boldly states, she doesn't know where to find them, and then has the stupid audacity to say, leave them alone. Now, now, now think for a moment, think, if the sheep were lost and you couldn't find them, you'd have to leave them alone, wouldn't you? So leave them alone, leave them alone, It's In The Book. Leave them alone, and they, they being the sheep, they will come home. Ah, yes, they'll come home. Oh, there'll be a brighter day tomorrow, they will come home, It's In The Book. They will come home, a-wagging their tails, pray tell me what else could they wag? They will come home, a-wagging their tails behind them. Behind them, did we think they'd wag them in front? Of course, they, they might have come home in reverse. They could have done that, I really don't know. But nonetheless, It's In The Book.
And the chorus cited above really doesn't do justice to the way J. Standley belted it out! *Yes...I had the record, too*...there was a critique/explication of 'Rockabye Baby' on side 2, also- asking about the desirability of rocking poor little babies way up there when the wind was blowing...ending with the line..."down will come baby, cradle and....oh, what a gooey mess..." The open was something like..."lets all open our hymnals...you'll find them on the back of the seat in front of you...and turn to page..."
HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 28-Mar-02.