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Lyr Req: Bim was a bull pup who hadn't any sense.

Jeff 15 Oct 97 - 11:32 AM
Jim Dixon 24 Feb 10 - 06:02 AM
open mike 25 Feb 10 - 02:32 AM
Jim Dixon 25 Feb 10 - 09:55 AM
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Subject: Bim was a Bull Pup -Help w/ words
From: Jeff
Date: 15 Oct 97 - 11:32 AM

Greetings to all. I play many types of music in kindergartens, day care centers, etc., and a teacher asked me about a song she learned as a child that she thought she would like to teach her class. All she can remember of the words is:

Bim was a bull pup who hadn't any sense.
Tom was a tomcat a-sittin' on the fence.

Does anyone know the rest of the words?

Thanks in advance.


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOW! WOW! (Arthur Guiterman)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 06:02 AM

From The Boy Scouts' Year Book edited by Franklin K. Mathiews (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1922), page 70:

By Arthur Guiterman

Bim was a bull-pup who hadn't any sense;
Tom was a tom-cat a-walking on the fence.
Bim had a beef-bone and Tommy came to see;
Bim snapped at Tommy's tail and chased him up a tree.

Bow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow!
Waking half the village up to hear the awful row.
"Drat him!" all the neighbors cried, "and what's the matter now?"
Bow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow! wow!

Bim sat and watched him for half a summer night;
Tom put his back up but didn't dare to fight.
Bim shut his eyelids and took a little doze.
Tom stretched a patty-paw and raked the puppy's nose.

Ki! yi! yi! yi! yi! yi! yi!
"Don't you dare to bark at me when I'm a-passing by!
If you don't behave yourself, I'll scratch you in the eye!"
Ki! Yi! yi! yi! yi! yi! yi!

Bim tucked his tail in and went away from there;
Tom licked his whiskers and didn't seem to care.
Bim brought the beef-bone to Tommy for amends.
Tommy and the puppy-dog are now the best of friends.

Bow! wow! Meow! wow! Meow!
Thomas-cat and puppy-dog, you ought to see them now!
Playing all around the yard, they never have a row.
Bow! wow! Meow! wow! Meow!

From Boy Scouts Song Book, copyright, C. C. Birchard and Company.

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bim was a bull pup who hadn't any sense.
From: open mike
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 02:32 AM

13 years--thanks in advance!

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Bim was a bull pup who hadn't any sen
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Feb 10 - 09:55 AM

I suppose this is as good a place as any to discuss the phrase "thanks in advance," which always seems silly, insincere, and slightly annoying. I guess you could call it a pet peeve of mine. The person seems to be telling me: "Don't expect to ever hear from me again, no matter how much work you might do for me." Instead of conveying that he appreciates my work, it conveys the exact opposite. "I can't be bothered to thank you later, so I'll just get it over with now." At best, it is a very insipid kind of thanks.

I am tempted, when I see the phrase "thanks in advance" to reply "you're welcome—in advance" and then not post any lyrics until maybe 13 years later!

But no, I don't really do this for the thanks (which should be obvious from the fact that I'm replying to a 13-year-old request). I mostly do it because I enjoy the challenge. Still, it's nice to be thanked—sincerely.

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