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Subject: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy pool
From: GUEST,SusanGoo@mindspring.com
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 05:17 AM

Dear Friends, I'm sure this isn't a folk song, per se, but I love to sing it to small children. It starts with "Down in the river in an iddy biddy pool, Swam three little fishies and a mama fishy too, Swim said the mama fishy, swim if you can, so they swam and they swam all over the dam." Are there any more verses? Thank you for your help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 05:45 AM

Hi, Susan - that's a little hard to find because everybody spells itty-bitty different. We have it here (click) in our database. I found it by looking for "all over the dam," which everybody spells the same way.
-Joe Offer (lyrics sent by e-mail)-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 06:20 AM

Didn't someone record this with a lot of deliberate mispronounciations:
Down in the meadow in a ittle bitty pool
Were three little fiddies and their mommy fiddie too
Fim! fed the mommy fiddie, Fim if you can!
And they fam and they fam right over the dam

When the chorus goes:
cho: Boop boop dittum dattum wattum, choo (3x)


When my kids were small we always shouted the "choo!"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Susan of DT
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 08:51 AM

The Andrews Sisters did. Big hit in the early 40s.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 09:08 AM

I just love mudcat!. It's sixty years since I sang this with my Mum; brings it all back. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: jofield
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 11:52 AM

An interesting phenomenon in American popular music, the sudden popularity of nonsense lyrics in the '40s. "Three Little Fishes", "Hotsut Ralson", "Flatfoot Floogie", a wonderful Nat Cole tune called "Ke-mo, Ki-mo", "Mairzy Doats", etc. And now I think on it, bebop's avenue to popular acceptance was through "Ooh-bop Sh-Bam", "Ool-ya Koo", and other tunes that tried to make words directly into music.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Greyeyes
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 12:17 PM

In the UK the best known version of this song was recorded by the comedian and actor Frankie Howerd. His and several other versions can be found here. In the twilight of a very long and successful career as a stand up, Howerd became the darling of trendy comedy critics and students and frequently concluded his act with an outrageously over the top rendition of Three Little Fishes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: kimmers
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 01:41 PM

Aha! My mother sang this to me, too, and she always sang it in a kind of baby-talk. "And they fwam and they fwam". I always wondered why she did this. So it was the Andrews Sisters?

Mom always shouted the "Choo!" as well.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 05:46 PM

Kimmers, try to sing this underwater, and you'll understand why the pronunciation is a little distorted....
Maybe it IS baby talk, but I prefer to think of it as singing underwater. Whatever the case, it sure is a fun song. Now, an interesting challenge would be to find lyrics for the songs that jofield listed. I'm sure some have already been posted here.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Greyeyes
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 05:56 PM

So, throwing down the gauntlet eh Joe? 11.pm Sunday night is not a good time for me, but no doubt US Catters will take up the challenge. I'll have a go tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: campfire
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 06:42 PM

We had a thread not long ago on "Mairzy Doats - we'll have to look for the rest.

campfire


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE HUT-SUT SONG (Killion/McMichael/Owens
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 07:51 PM

OK, this inspiring gem takes care of the easy ones. The rest will be a challenge.
-Joe Offer-

THE HUT-SUT SONG
Words and music by Leo V. Killion, Ted McMichael & Jack Owens


In a town in Sweden by a stream so clear and cool
A boy would sit and fish and dream when he should have been in school.
Now, he couldn't read or write a word but happiness he found
In a little song he heard and here's how it would sound;


Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla, brawla sooit,
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit.
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla, brawla sooit,
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit.

Now the Rawlson is a Swedish town, the rillerah is a stream.
The brawla is the boy and girl,
The Hut-Sut is their dream.

Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla, brawla sooit.
Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla sooit.


Recorded by Jo Stafford, Bing Crosby, Horace Heidt, and other luminaries.


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Subject: Lyr Add: KE-MO, KI-MO (Nat King Cole)
From: jofield
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 08:29 PM

OK, time to do my part. When I was a kid, my mom got us an album of 78s called "King Cole for Kids". It was his wonderful trio doing children's songs. The most memorable tune is also on a "Greatest Hits" of the Nat Cole Trio I got recently. It's called "Ke-mo, Ki-mo" (pronounced kee-mo, kye-mo), and, from memory, goes like this:

[Spoken intro by Cole, something like, "Boys and girls, did you ever wish you had a magic potion to make dreams come true? Well, listen to this..."]

Ke-mo, ki-mo spare-o-spare
Ma-hi, ma-ho, ma-rump-sticka-pumpernickle
Soup-bang, nip-cat, polly-mitcha-cameo
I love you.
Ke-mo, ki-mo spare-o-spare
Ma-hi, ma-ho, ma-rump-sticka-pumpernickle
Soup-bang, nip-cat, polly-mitcha-cameo
I love you.

Once a great magician taught me what to say,
So now I'll use these magic words
To steal your heart away.

Ke-mo, ki-mo spare-o-spare
Ma-hi, ma-ho, ma-rump-sticka-pumpernickle
Soup-bang, nip-cat, polly-mitcha-cameo
I love you.

[Cole goes through this twice. The second time he speaks one of the "ke-mo, ki-mo"s, as if making sure we get it. At the end he says, "See what I mean?"]

I love this little tune, don't you?

James.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Snuffy
Date: 11 Mar 01 - 08:41 PM

I dimly remember a program on UK radio many years ago on the origins of the Hutsut song - I think the conclusion was that it actually originated in New Orleans and the words had been corrupted into nonsense. Started out as something like "Hot-shot Ralston on the riverboat and his spraling, brawling sweetie". Anyone able to confirm this (or equally valuable - to shoot it down)?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: okthen
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 05:27 AM

Didn't Danny Kaye do this "Fishes" song as well? Or is my 40 year memory of uncle Mac on BBC letting me down again?

Maybe it was Bing Crosbie, anyway the Andrews Sisters it wasn't.

cheers

bill


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Kim C
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 11:36 AM

Keemo Kimo is a 19th century minstrel tune... but the words are a lot different from Nat's.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Musicman
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 12:25 PM

From "The Readers Digest Children's Songbook"

"Three Little Fishies" is a novelty song that was popularized by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra in 1941, when that band was riding high in popularity as a result of the music-quiz radio program called 'Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge.' The daffy little tune with its baby talk and nonsense words was a jukebox favorite and sold over a million records. The song has been around a long time, but you don't have to dust it off. An amazing number of Children know it and love it."

The song is copyright 1939, words and music by Saxie Dowell.....

This is a great book, also has Cememnt Mixer, Flat Foot Floogee, Hut-Sut Song, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, Mairzy Doats, Good Ship Lollipop, and a whole host of other great kids stuff (older kids too!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: GUEST,SusanGoo@minspring.com
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 03:13 PM

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic help - it's just what I had hoped for! I'm looking forward to learning those other nonsense songs, too. I should be the hit of the birthday party set soon!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Greyeyes
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 03:35 PM

Flat Foot Floogie

Click here

And click here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: LR Mole
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 03:38 PM

Cee-ment Mixer (putt-ti, putt-ti), was a hit for Slim and Slam (Slim Gaillard and Slam Stuart), and is mentioned in Kerouac's "On the Road" . The Harry Smith (Smithsonian) anthology has something that contains the words "Ee-mo, eye-mo, Keemo, Kymo, rowdy rowdy rae," with a yodel on the last syllable: some lunatic banjo guy, I think, whose name you'd know in a minute if I could remember it. Ah, the Folk Process. Now, was "Witchy ti to,timora, hora nika, hora nika, hey, ney, hey, ney, no wah." real Native American or what?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Greyeyes
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 03:41 PM

Sorry try here


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Greyeyes
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 03:57 PM

How are we doing Joe? Do we get the job?


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Subject: Lyr Add: FLAT FOOT FLOOGIE
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 07:24 PM

We're doing pretty darn well, Greyeyes. I'm afraid, though, that I'm going to have to take a few points off your grade. It is a very nice thing to post a link to lyrics, but links have a way of expiring. Unless they are purely pop-rock lyrics that have little interest to folkies, please try to copy-paste the lyrics into our forum, and include the title of the song in the title of your message. That way, they're forever stored at Mudcat, and we can find the lyrics with a simple Mudcat search. Note that there is no need to start a new "add lyrics" thread. If your message has the word ADD and the name of the song, it turns up on out two Mudcat search engines (just not on the Filter). If you can also post a link to the place where you got the lyrics, that would help.
You will notice that I broke my own rule. Up above, KimC said Keemo Kimo is an old minstrel tune with different lyrics, and then she didn't post the lyrics. I found the song at the Levy Sheet Music site and added a link to the sheet music in her message, but I didn't transcribe the lyrics, either. I have to teach a class tonight and should be preparing, so I figure that's a good excuse. If somebody would like to transcribe the minstrel lyrics and tune for "Keemo Kimo," that would be nice.
-Joe Offer-


FLAT FOOT FLOOGIE
(Gaillard, Stewart, Green)

Oh, the flat foot floogie with a floy, floy,
Flat foot floogie with a floy, floy,
Flat foot floogie with a floy, floy,
Floy doy, floy doy, floy doy.

Yeah, yeah yeah, byah, oh, baby!
Yeah, byah, byah, oh, baby!
Yeah, byah, byah, oh, baby!
Yeah, byah, byah!

Whenever your cares are chronic,
Just tell the world, "go hang,"
You'll find a greater tonic,
If you go on swingin' with the gang!

Flat foot floogie with a floy, floy,
Flat foot floogie with a floy, floy,
Floy, floy, floy, yeah!
Send me on out there!

[Shouting and muttering to the band.]

Whenever your cares are chronic,
Just tell the world, "go hang,"
You'll find a greater tonic,
If you go on stumblin' with the gang!
Hey, hey, hey, yes, yes!

Well, all right then; get those floy-floys straight!


Transcribed from vocals by Fats Waller, recorded August 21, 1938;
From Fats Waller, 1938, Chronological Classics 913.



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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Mar 01 - 07:43 PM

On second thought, it's good that Kim and I didn't post the lyrics to "Keemo Kimo." It's in the Digital Tradition (click), and Sorcha and Irish Sergeant posted different versions here (click).
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Greyeyes
Date: 13 Mar 01 - 02:18 PM

You should have made me copy them out 10 times Joe :>) I'll remember next time.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: GUEST,Girly
Date: 21 Nov 07 - 11:41 AM

It was sang by Kay Keiser...many moons ago:

Here are they lyrics as sung by Kay Kyser [Kayser?], whose band popularized the song in the mid 1930's [and who may have written it]. BTW, this song, like "Doggie In The Window," and some other "kids' songs" was not originally a children's song, but a song popular with the teenagers and young adults.
THREE LITTLE FISHES (Fwee Widdo Fiddies)

Down in the meadow in a little bitty pool,
Swam three little fishies and the mama fishy, too.
"Swim!" said the mama fishy, "Swim if you can!"
And they swam and they swam right over the dam.



cho: Boop boop dittum dattum wattum, shoo
Boop boop dittum dattum wattum, shoo
Boop boop dittum dattum wattum, shoo
And they swam and they swam all over the dam.



"Stop!" said the mama fishy, "You'll get lost!"
But the three little fishies didn't want to be bossed,
So the three little fishies went out on a spree
And they swam and they swam right out to the sea.

chorus

"Whee!" said the little fishies, "This is fun!
Let's swim and swim 'til the day is done1"
So they swam and they swam, and it was a lark.
Then, all of a sudden, they saw a shark.

chorus

"Help!"cried the little fishies, "Look at all the whales!"
And the three little fishies, they turned on their tails.
And back to the pool in the meadow they swam
And they swam and swam back over the dam.

chorus


A simple but effective way to play it is with a simple, repeated chord progression of G,Em,C, D7 on each of the first two lines of each verse [and the chorus], a progression of G, Em, C, A on the third, and D7, D7, D7, G on the last line.

Kayser, of course, then repeats the whole song in baby talk, e.g.:

Down in da meadow in a itty bitty poo,
Fwam fwee widdo fiddies and da momma fiddy, too.
"Fwim!" ted da momma fiddy, "Fwim if oo tan!"
And dey fwam and dey fwam wight ova da dam.
etc
Reprinted from "genie"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: s&r
Date: 21 Nov 07 - 05:02 PM

Played in 'C' we use C Am Dm7 G7; C Am Dm7 G7; C C7 F Ab7; G7 G7 G7 C

Stu


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 07:32 PM

Thank you all...my Gramma passed away last year, she used to sing this to me when I was small, nobody else I know knew this song - it's made me smile to see it means something to others x


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 08:59 PM

But to go back to Okthen's post - it was Danny Kaye's version that I remember was played on Children's family favourites.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Song about fishies in an iddy biddy
From: GUEST,Waabi
Date: 24 Jan 10 - 09:30 PM

Three Little Fishies (Itty Bitty Poo)
Kay Kyser (#1 in 1939)
- words and music by Saxie Dowell

Down in the meadow in a little bitty pool
Swam three little fishies and a mama fishie too
"Swim" said the mama fishie, "Swim if you can"
And they swam and they swam all over the dam
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
And they swam and they swam all over the dam

"Stop" said the mama fishie, "or you will get lost"
The three little fishies didn't wanna be bossed
The three little fishies went off on a spree
And they swam and they swam right out to the sea
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
And they swam and they swam right out to the sea

"Whee!" yelled the little fishies, "Here's a lot of fun
We'll swim in the sea till the day is done"
They swam and they swam, and it was a lark
Till all of a sudden they saw a shark!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Till all of a sudden they saw a shark!

"Help!" cried the little fishies, "Gee! look at all the whales!"
And quick as they could, they turned on their tails
And back to the pool in the meadow they swam
And they swam and they swam back over the dam
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
Boop boop dit-tem dat-tem what-tem Chu!
And they swam and they swam back over the dam


Read more: http://www.metrolyrics.com/three-little-fishes-lyrics-kay-kyser.html#ixzz0daIR5guG


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