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Thread #22272   Message #631458
Posted By: Genie
19-Jan-02 - 11:38 PM
Thread Name: The funniest song you have ever heard II
Subject: RE: The funniest song you have ever heard II
Some of the songs I've found funniest include:
•Flanders and Swan  - The Hippopotamus Song; Tonga; etc.
•Gunslinger  (Sung by the Limelighters)
•The Merry Minuet  (written by Sheldon Harnick of "Fiddler On The Roof" fame)
•Zeke Hoskins, a B.C. transplant to Bellingham, WA, has lots of funny songs, e.g. - "Blow the Horn Loudly and rev up the truck; we're off to the boondocks to murder the duck!"  (D. K. the title)
•Tom Lehrer--especially The Irish Ballad and the Vatican Rag
•Walkin' 'Round In Women's Underwear
•Betsy Wells's "How Can I Keep From Purring" is pretty funny, too.
•Lydia, the Tattooed Lady (by the same guys who wrote "Over The Rainbow," E.Y. Harburg and Harold Arlen)
•You Can't Get A Man With A Gun  (Irving Berlin)
•Saturday Night (Tom Paxton)

I agree about Martin Mull.  For a briefgot a cable show of his and I wish I had taped it, because he had some hilarious songs.  Does anyone know where I can get hold of them?

BTW, from a  post by Jill in the previous thread, it was mentioned that "Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Doctor!" by Ted Snyder and Irving Berlin would have been especially shocking in "the Victorian era."  I'm curious as to when this song was written.  Many of Berlin's songs were written in the 20's and early 30's.  The "Roaring 20's" didn't get that name by being "Victorian."  A lot of movies and songs from that era were downright risqué (not by comparison to today's rap music, of course, but by comparison with the 1940's and '50's, for example).

Genie