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Lyr Req: Triplets (from film 'The Band Wagon')

Mrrzy 08 May 00 - 09:22 PM
Jacob B 09 May 00 - 09:39 AM
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alison 09 May 00 - 10:55 AM
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Subject: Triplets? Children's song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 May 00 - 09:22 PM

I have this by John Lithgow, but I somehow don't think he wrote it. Can anyone fill in the blanks?

Three little unexpected children simultaneously the doctor brought us and you can see there will be three for ever and
...
We do everything alike, we dress alike we look alike we walk alike we talk alike and what is more we hate each other very much, we hate our folks, we are sick of jokes and what an art it is to tell us apart!
Then it seems to go into a litany of bragging about medical stuff which is less entertaining than the rest of the song, but it's on one of the twins' favorite tapes and I'd like to sing along. Thanks,
-Mrr


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: Jacob B
Date: 09 May 00 - 09:39 AM

I'm fairly certain that song was sung as part of the movie White Christmas. (The movie is basically a "Let's put on a show" movie, and the song is one of the production numbers from the show-within-a-show.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: alison
Date: 09 May 00 - 09:44 AM

It was in a musical.. I can't remember which one but there were 3 stars dressed as babies (well with their head on baby bodies sitting in high chairs).... I think Fred Astaire was one of them (was he in "white Christmas"??)... but I don't know which musical it was... I saw it in one of those "That's Entertainment" compilations....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: MMario
Date: 09 May 00 - 10:30 AM

yup, a show tune, and I think it was "White Christmas" - either that or the nearly identical movie that has a differnet title....(sorry, the CRS is acting up today). Dick Van Dyke, and two cohorts did it on one of his shows as well, and I believe Carol Burnett and a couple of guests did it on her variety show at some time as well. I haven't been able to find the words on a web search yet, but still looking...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: alison
Date: 09 May 00 - 10:40 AM

I just checked out White Christmas.. Fred Astaire wasn't in the movie.. Astaire read the script and decided not to do the movie so it was Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: alison
Date: 09 May 00 - 10:55 AM

Well I've identified the movie

it was the Band Wagon 1953..... triplets is listed as one of the songs... there is a picture of the routine but unfortunately no link to the words...

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: MMario
Date: 09 May 00 - 01:30 PM

Holiday Inn...that's the other movie...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: GUEST,Mrr
Date: 09 May 00 - 04:29 PM

I will have to see the movie, but in the meantime, thanks all, and if anyone does find the lyrics I'd still love them...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: Jacob B
Date: 09 May 00 - 05:37 PM

I'll add a bit more to what you already have, from memory:

Three little unexpected children
simultaneously the doctor brought us
and you can see there will be three for ever and
...

We do everything alike,
we dress alike
we look alike we walk alike we talk alike and what is more
we hate each other very much,
we hate our folks,
we are sick of jokes and what an art it is to tell us apart!

If one of us gets the measles
The second one gets the measles
Then all of us get the measles
And mumps, and flue

How I wish I had a gun
A widdle gun
I'd kill the other two and be only one!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 09 May 00 - 10:47 PM

Ooh, the Little Gun line isn't in my version, how Bowdlerized! It does have something about
Now and then we have a fight, a little fight
We pull our hair and throw our food and scratch each other and bite!


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Subject: ADD: Triplets (Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 10 May 00 - 02:49 AM

Thanks to my new scanner, here's the whole enchilada. The lyrics are by Howard Dietz, who also wrote standards like "Dancing in the Dark," "That's Entertainment," "By Myself," "You and the Night and the Music," and one called "Smokin' Reefers."
"Triplets" from Between the Devil is a curious kind of comedy song, a narrative ballad in which Dietz has employed somewhat made-up names for cities and people. What is curious is that these names might easily have been created for rhyming purposes but such is not the case. The use of Baden Baden Baden and Walla Walla Walla, of course, suggests that each of the triplets says one of the words.
The proper names are matched syllabically as to length but are in no way meant to rhyme: Mrs. Whiffenpoofer. Mrs. Hildendorfer, Mrs. Hassencooper, and Mrs. Goldenwasser, plus later, Doctor Heimerdinger.
The layout is also somewhat unusual. There are a verse, chorus, interlude, and two choruses. At the same point in the three choruses (eighth and ninth line ends) we have words ending with 'les' or 'els,' which make the same sound:
measles (twice), vittels (sic), bottles, battles, rattles. There is a curious a rhyme in the interlude: day. major. Lane, day.
(Lehman Engel, Their Words Are Music, 1975)
The song was written for the 1937 musical Between the Devil, and revised for the 1953 film version of The Band Wagon. Personally, I think the song is obnoxious, but I have to admit is made one of the most memorable scenes ever filmed - Fred Astaire, Nanette Fabray, and Jack Buchanan, all in baby clothes.
-Joe Offer-

TRIPLETS
(lyrics by Howard Dietz, music by Arthur Schwartz, 1937)

Three little unexpected children simultaneously.
The doctor brought us and you can see
That we'll be three forever and aye-e-i---Oo.
You wouldn't know how agonizing being triple can be;
Each one is individually
The victim of the clinical day-e--i---oo.
Every summer we go away to Baden Baden Baden,
Every winter we come back home to Walla Walla Walla.
We do everything alike,
We look alike, we dress alike,
We walk alike, we talk alike,
And what is more
We hate each other very much.
We hate our folks. We're sick ofjokes.
Oh what an art it is to tell us apart.
If one of us gets the measles,
Then all of us get the measles,
And mumps and croup.
How I wish I had a gun,
A little gun - it would be fun
To shoot the other two
And be only one.

Mrs. Whiffenpoofer loves to talk to Mrs. Hildendorfer
Of the day she went to Sloan's and had her silly Willie.
Mrs. Hassencooper loves to talk to Mrs. Goldenwasser
Of her major operation when she had her twins.
But when mother comes along she silences the others,
She accomplished something that is very rare in mothers.
For example just to prove that she was more than ample
She admits Lane Bryant thought they were measuring a giant.
Doctor Heimerdinger almost broke his middle finger
On the day that he first looked upon us three.

We do everything alike,
We look alike, we dress alike,
We walk alike, we talk alike,
And what is more,
We hate each other very much. We hate our folks.
We're sick of jokes.
Oh what an art it is to tell us apart.
We eat the same kind of vittels,
We drink the same kind of bottles,
We sit in the same kind of highchair (highchair, highchair).
How I wish I had a gun - a little gun.
It would be fun to shoot the other two
And be only one.

We do everything alike,
We look alike, we dress alike,
We walk alike, we talk alike.
And what is more,
We hate each other very much.
We hate our folks. We're sick of jokes.
Oh what an art it is to tell us apart.
We play the same kind of soldiers,
We fight the same kind of battles,
We shake the same kind of rattles.
How I wish I had a gun - a little gun.
It would be fun to shoot them other two
And be only one.

JRO


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: GUEST,Noa
Date: 07 Dec 10 - 09:23 PM

Been Looking for The band wagon for 2 years now, Thanks heaps Champions


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets? Children's song
From: Bettynh
Date: 08 Dec 10 - 03:03 PM

Triplets on Youtube


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets (from film 'The Band Wagon')
From: GUEST,sheet music
Date: 29 Feb 12 - 07:14 PM

How can I get sheet music to this song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets (from film 'The Band Wagon')
From: Acme
Date: 29 Feb 12 - 07:25 PM

The words to "Triplets: from The Band Wagon: http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/band-wagon-lyrics/triples-lyrics.html.

On YouTube with Astaire, Fabray, Buchanan.

Googled "Triplets from The Band Wagon" these are the first two results.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Triplets (from film 'The Band Wagon')
From: Joe Offer
Date: 01 Mar 12 - 01:37 AM

I found the song listed in a few fake books - that's music notation, lyrics, and chords.

For sheet music, I usually look at Sheet Music Plus. They have several songs titled "Triplets," but I couldn't find the song from the movie except in the fake books.

-Joe-

Contact me by e-mail if you need more help with sheet music. joe@mudcat.org


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