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Lyr Req: The Mosquito Camp Song

GUEST,Willow, Lakes and Pines Council 19 Mar 08 - 02:55 PM
GUEST,Bob Coltman 19 Mar 08 - 04:43 PM
Jim Dixon 08 Apr 08 - 08:39 AM
GUEST,carrie 11 Nov 14 - 08:29 PM
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Subject: The Mosquito Camp Song
From: GUEST,Willow, Lakes and Pines Council
Date: 19 Mar 08 - 02:55 PM

Only heard it once, it was about where mosquitos go in the winter time, where "the little hum dingers sharpen their stingers.."....it was great, I thought I knew 'em all. Anybody know?


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Subject: RE: The Mosquito Camp Song
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 19 Mar 08 - 04:43 PM

Sounds like:

"Where do mosquitoes go, I'd like to know,
in the Wintertime?
What do they wear for underwear,
when they reach that southern clime?"

I posted a query for this in
http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=34789#1269504
which is actually about a different, unrelated song, the Swedish (or German) parody "In De Vinter Time."

One guest remembered it, but only a fragment. No further leads developed.

The song is called "Where Do Mosquitoes Go In the Winter Time?" The standard collections, Lester Levy and American Memory, don't have it. A copy is in the Florenz Ziegfeld collection, but is only listed, not accessible, so you'd have to go there, or else arrange for copying and mailing, to see it.

This is a much-wanted song for me, so I'll be happy if anybody can furnish the lyrics, tune, or a source for same.

Bob


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Mosquito Camp Song
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Apr 08 - 08:39 AM

I'm not sure it's the same song, but Wingy Manone & His Orchestra recorded one called THE MOSQUITO SONG (WHERE DO MOSQUITOES GO IN THE WINTER TIME?), Bluebird 10773, 1940. It's on 2 albums: Various-artists, "Laughter from the Hip: 24 Jazz Comedy Classics," and Wingy Manone & His Orchestra, "1939-1940."

Here's what I was able to transcribe from a couple of sound samples:

[Intro, spoken:]
—Say, Bub? Boy, you know about them bird-big mosquitoes they got over there in Jersey?
—You mean those big gallow-whoppers?
—Yes!
—Those kind that bite you when you're not even lookin'?
—Yes! I'm gonna tell you what I want to know:

[Sings:]
[CHORUS?] Now what I want to know
Is where mosquitoes go
When the Jersey breezes blow.
. . .
[VERSE?] …for quite a long, long time.
We'll never rest until they go.
[BRIDGE?] Some folks say they go to the woodland.
Some folks say they go to the well.
They way they bite and itch me, (Ah!)
I hope they go to— (No!).
[CHORUS?] What I want to know
Is where mosquitoes go
When the Jersey breezes blow.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Mosquito Camp Song
From: GUEST,carrie
Date: 11 Nov 14 - 08:29 PM

My dad played this on the guitar for me and my family and friends...it was a favorite.

The words are:

Where do mosquitoes go
I'd like to know
In the wintertime
What do they wear
For underwear
When the wintry breezes blow
Do the young humdingers
Sharpen up their stingers
In a warmer climate
Where do mosquitoes go
I'd like to know
In the wintertime.

I can sing it but I don't have any notes...sorry


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