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ADD: You Can't Tell the Depth of the Well

greggr@slip.net 02 Mar 98 - 11:46 PM
Jim Dixon 21 Feb 10 - 06:19 AM
GUEST,# 22 Mar 21 - 02:41 PM
GUEST,# 04 Apr 21 - 10:19 PM
Joe Offer 05 Apr 21 - 03:19 AM
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Subject: "You can't tell the depth of a well"
From: greggr@slip.net
Date: 02 Mar 98 - 11:46 PM

Hello, folk music lovers. A friend asked me to find the source of a song with the lyric "You can't tell the depth of a well from the length of the handle on the pump." Coming up zeros on my Net search, I thought I would post a request here- it sounds folkish, altho it might of course not be. Thanks in advance from both of us.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You Can't Tell the Depth of the Well
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:19 AM

YOU CAN'T TELL THE DEPTH OF THE WELL (excerpt, from samples)
Johnny Bond, 1947

You can't tell the depth of the well
By the length of the handle on the pump,
So, baby, how can you tell about me?
You can't tell the sound of the bell
By the length of the steeple on the hill,
So, baby,....

[Recorded by Louis Prima, Sy Oliver & His Orchestra, Keely Smith]


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: You Can't Tell the Depth of the Well
From: GUEST,#
Date: 22 Mar 21 - 02:41 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLA_MoWdTc4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLA_MoWdTc4

L Prima singing it at that link.


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Subject: RE: LYR ADD: The Pump Song
From: GUEST,#
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 10:19 PM

The Pump Song

Louis Prima

Baby baby baby baby baby
How can you tell about me?

And you can't tell the depth of a well
By the length of the handle on the pump
Baby, how can you tell about me?

And you can't tell the sound of the bell
By the length of the steeple on the hill
Baby, how can you tell about me?

You know you can't judge a book by its cover
That's how it is with me, I'm an undercover lover
Give me a chance and you'll see

And you can't tell the depth of a well
By the length of the handle on the pump
Baby, how can you tell about me?

Now you can't tell a bottle by the label
That's how it is with me
Some folks call me label, give me a chance and you will see

And you can't tell the depth of a well
By the length of the handle on the pump
Baby, how can you tell about me?

Baby baby baby baby baby
How can you tell about me?


from

https://lyrics.lol/artist/157029-louis-prima/lyrics/4804565-the-pump-song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDy_Hgq_GLg


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Subject: RE: ADD: You Can't Tell the Depth of the Well
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Apr 21 - 03:19 AM

I think that transcription needs some work. Cute song. The more I hear from Louis Prima, the more I like him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDy_Hgq_GLg


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