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Lyr Req: Baby Bye Here's a Fly (Tilton, Loomis)

open mike 10 Jul 03 - 05:42 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 10 Jul 03 - 07:46 PM
Sorcha 10 Jul 03 - 07:53 PM
open mike 11 Jul 03 - 01:52 AM
Jim Dixon 03 Nov 09 - 08:49 PM
GUEST 19 Feb 10 - 08:15 PM
GUEST,Marilyn 12 Apr 10 - 06:03 PM
GUEST,fanns 16 Jul 10 - 03:42 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: baby bye here's a fly
From: open mike
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 05:42 PM

i have a friend who is looking for a song--a lullabye.
Baby bye here's a fly,
Let us watch him,
you and I,
there he goes,
on her nose, (?)
tickling baby's toes

let me know if you
know the rest..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: baby bye here's a fly
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 07:46 PM

Something like?:

See that little fly?
Who would like to be that fly?
Not you, Not I
He ain't got no pettycoat
He ain't got no shimmy shirt

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FLY (Theodore Tilton)
From: Sorcha
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 07:53 PM

THE FLY

       Baby Bye,
       Here's a fly:
Let us watch him, you and I.
       How he crawls
       Up the walls--
       Yet he never falls!
I believe, with those six legs,
You and I could walk on eggs!
       There he goes,
       On his toes,
       Tickling Baby's nose!

       Spots of red
       Dot his head:
Rainbows on his wings are spread!
       That small speck
       Is his neck;
       See him nod and beck!
I can show you, if you choose,
Where to look to find his shoes:
       Three small pairs
       Made of hairs--
       These he always wears.

       Black and brown
       Is his gown;
He can wear it upside down!
       It is laced
       Round his waist;
       I admire his taste.
Pretty as his clothes are made,
He will spoil them, I'm afraid,
       If to-night
       He gets sight
       Of the candle-light!

       In the sun
       Webs are spun:
What if he gets into one!
       When it rains
       He complains
       On the window-panes.
Tongues to talk have you and I:
God has given the little Fly
       No such things;
       So he sings
       With his buzzing wings.

       He can eat
       Bread and meat;
See his mouth between his feet!
       On his back
       Hangs a sack,
       Like a peddler's pack.
Does the Baby understand?
Then the Fly shall kiss her hand!
       Put a crumb
       On her thumb:
       Maybe he will come!

       Round and round,
       On the ground,
On the ceiling he is found.
       Catch him? No:
       Let him go:
       Never hurt him so!
Now you see his wings of silk
Drabbled in the Baby's milk!
       Fie, oh, fie!
       Foolish Fly!
       How will he get dry?

       All wet flies
       Twist their thighs,
So they wipe their heads and eyes.
       Cats, you know,
       Wash just so:
       Then their whiskers grow.
Flies have hair too short to comb!
Flies go barehead out from home!
       But the Gnat
       Wears a hat:
       Do you laugh at that?

       Flies can see
       More than we--
So how bright their eyes must be!
       Little Fly,
       Mind your eye--
       Spiders are near by!
Now a secret let me tell:
Spiders will not treat you well!
       So I say
       Heed your way!
       Little Fly, good day!
      
                Theodore Tilton   (1835- )
http://www.microweb.com/nature/insect3.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: baby bye here's a fly
From: open mike
Date: 11 Jul 03 - 01:52 AM

yes sorcha i am quite sure taht is the one...thanks!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby Bye Here's a Fly (Tilton, Loomis)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Nov 09 - 08:49 PM

You can see musical notation for 4 voices for this song in Franklin Square Song Collection by John Piersol McCaskey (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1881), page 79.

BABY BYE, HERE'S A FLY
Theodore Tilton & G. B. Loomis.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby Bye Here's a Fly (Tilton, Loomis)
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 08:15 PM

M Scott

Here's how I learned it from my mother as she had learned it from hers:

Baby bye, here's a fly,
We will watch it, you and I.
There he goes, on his toes,
Tickling baby's nose.
I believe on six such legs
You and T could walk on eggs.
There he goes, on his toes,
Tickling baby's nose.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby Bye Here's a Fly (Tilton, Loomis)
From: GUEST,Marilyn
Date: 12 Apr 10 - 06:03 PM

. . . and here's my childhood version! (circa 1950's)

Baby bye, here's a fly
We will watch it, you and I.
With those little wings of silk
Dabbling in the baby's milk.
Me oh my foolish fly
How will you get dry.
We believe with those six legs
You and I could walk on eggs.
There he goes on his toes
Tickling baby's nose.

Any more please!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Baby Bye Here's a Fly (Tilton, Loomis)
From: GUEST,fanns
Date: 16 Jul 10 - 03:42 PM

Baby Bye.
1. Baby Bye,
Here's a fly;
We will watch him,you and I.
How he crawls
Up the walls,
Yet he never falls!
I believe with six such legs
You and I could walk on eggs.
There he goes
On his toes,
Tickling Baby's nose.

That is verse one of three verses found in McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader Revised Edition by John Wiley and Sons


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