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isobob 09 Aug 03 - 09:20 AM
Midchuck 09 Aug 03 - 09:33 AM
Leadfingers 09 Aug 03 - 09:41 AM
Sorcha 09 Aug 03 - 09:42 AM
Joe Offer 09 Aug 03 - 01:56 PM
Jim Dixon 20 Aug 03 - 11:43 PM
open mike 21 Aug 03 - 02:49 AM
open mike 21 Aug 03 - 02:57 AM
Joe_F 21 Aug 03 - 07:31 PM
Schantieman 22 Aug 03 - 03:55 AM
GUEST 22 Aug 03 - 09:50 AM
Reiver 2 22 Aug 03 - 02:33 PM
GUEST,Stoonroon 25 Jul 09 - 04:30 PM
GUEST,Allan.s 25 Jul 09 - 08:17 PM
Cool Beans 26 Jul 09 - 03:07 PM
Mr Happy 27 Jul 09 - 05:34 AM
GUEST, TJ in San Diego 27 Jul 09 - 11:30 AM
Mr Happy 27 Jul 09 - 11:38 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: isobob
Date: 09 Aug 03 - 09:20 AM

A song that I remember from the 50s or 60s some lines where:
"As I was walking down the beach one bright and sunny day,
I came upon a wooden box afloaten in the bay,
I pulled it in and opened it up, and much to my surprise,
I discovered a um um um right before my eyes,
Etc"
I would like to get the lyrics


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Midchuck
Date: 09 Aug 03 - 09:33 AM

I remember it well, but I was just a leetle too young to retain all the lyrics. Isn't this another one that Oscar Brand wrote, starting with a song he collected that was unsingable in public in the '50s - like he wrote "A Guy Is a Guy," starting with "A Gob Is a Slob?"

Peter.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Aug 03 - 09:41 AM

I Cant remember all the lyrics but do know it was Phil Harris and sold over a million!


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Subject: Lyr Add: The Thing^^^
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Aug 03 - 09:42 AM

THE THING
By Arthur Godfrey

As I was walking down the beach one bright and sunny day
I saw a great big box a-floatin' in the bay.
I pulled it in and opened it up and much to my surprise
Oh, I discovered a (boom-boom-boom) right before me eyes.
Oh, I discovered a (boom-boom-boom) right before me eyes.

Well, I picked it up and I ran to town, as happy as a king.
I took it to a guy I knew who'd buy most anything.
But this is what he hollered at me as I walked into his shop:
"Get outta here with that (boom-boom-boom) before I call the cop!"
"Get outta here with that (boom-boom-boom) before I call the cop!"

I turned around and got right out, a runnin' for me life.
I thought I'd take it home with me and give it to me wife.
But this is that she hollered at me as I walked through the door:
"Get outta here with that (boom-boom-boom) and don't come back no more!"
"Get outta here with that (boom-boom-boom) and don't come back no more!"

So the moral of this story is: If you're out on the beach
And you should spy a wooden box, and it's within your reach
Don't ever stop to open it up, that's my advice to you
Oh you'll never get rid of the (boom-boom-boom) no matter what you do.
Oh, you'll never get rid of the (boom-boom-boom) no matter what you do.^^^

From:http://www.nickshumor.net/archive/humor/1999/msg00303.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Joe Offer
Date: 09 Aug 03 - 01:56 PM

The lyrics in the Digital Tradition are unattributed. The Great Song Thesaurus says words and music were by Charles Randolph Green, 1950 - recorded by Phil Harris. I think I do recall an Arthur Godfrey recording, also.
Seems like there are a number of songs of this genre. Also see Dogs' Meeting and related threads.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Aug 03 - 11:43 PM

AMG - All Music Guide says the spelling is Charles Randolph Grean, not Green. BMI credits Grean with around 200 songs.

THE THING has been recorded by Teresa Brewer, Ray Charles, Bing Crosby, Arthur Godfrey, Phil Harris, Grandpa Jones, and Danny Kaye, among others.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: open mike
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 02:49 AM

now that joggles my memory to another song about a box
"bound up with chains and locked with locks..."
it was on the flip side of a 45 rpm record,
and as i recall it was something on the order of
"one tin soldier" in that the secret it contained
was the answer to peace in the world
oh my what could this song be, then?
"the box" is probably the title--
any one remember the 60's??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: open mike
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 02:57 AM

well it didn't come up the first
time i searched d.t. but the 2nd
time it did: and here it is:
THE BOX (Lascelles)
^^
Once upon a time,
In the land of Hush-a-bye
Around about the wondrous days of yore
They came upon a sort of box
Bound up with chains and locked with locks
And labeled "Kindly Do Not Touch, It's War"

Decree was issued round about
All with a flourish and a shout
And a gaily colored mascot tripping lightly on before
"Don't fiddle with this deadly box
Or break the chains or pick the locks
And please, Don't ever play about with War"

Well, the children understood
Children happen to be good
They were just as good around the time of yore.
They didn't try to pick the locks
Or break into that deadly box
They never tried to play about with War

Mommies didn't either
Sisters, Aunts, and Grannies neither
'Cause they were quiet and sweet and pretty in those wondrous days of yore
Well, very much the same as now
And not the ones to blame somehow
For opening up that deadly box of War

But someone did
Someone battered in the lid
And spilled the insides out across the floor
A sort of bouncy, bumpy ball made up of guns and flags and all the tears and horror and death that goes with war
It bounced right out
And went bashing all about
And bumping into everything in store

And what was sad and most unfair
Is that it didn't really seem to care
Much who it bumped, or why, or what, or for
It bumped the children mainly
And I'll tell you this quite plainly
It bumps them every day and more, and more
And leaves them dead and burned and dying
Thousands of them, sick and crying
'Cause when it bumps, it's really very sore

Now there's a way to stop the ball
It isn't difficult at all.
All it takes is wisdom and I'm absolutely sure
That we can get it back into the box
And bind the chains and lock the locks
But no one seems to want to save the children anymore

Well, that's the way it all appears
'Cause it's been bouncing 'round for years and years
In spite of all the wisdom wizzed since those wondrous days of yore
And the time they came upon the box
Bound up with chains and locked with locks
And labeled "Kindly Do Not Touch - It's War"


now does any one know what was on the flip side?
i hear john denver did it, but the version i remember
was by lascelles...i think the speaker had a British accent.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Joe_F
Date: 21 Aug 03 - 07:31 PM

Midchuck: The song Oscar Brand sang was "The Chandler's Wife", a bawdy one where the meaning of the three knocks is all too clear. I have always supposed that "The Thing" was a bowdlerization of "The Chandler's Wife", but have no actual evidence of which came first.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Schantieman
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 03:55 AM

This was one of the first songs I performed in public - at the age of about ten, whilst on holiday with my family in the Canaries. I'd learned it from my parents' collection of Phil Harris records and was astonished when the band in the hotel didn't know it. Brought the house down (must've been the stamping!)

There are two more verses, most of which have just jumped out of what I inaccurately refer to as my memory:

I wandered all around the town until I chanced to meet
A hobo who was looking for a handout on the street
But when I tried to give it to him, he turned around and ran
Get out of here with that (boom-boom-boom) ???????????
Get out of here with that (boom-boom-boom) ???????????

I wandered on for many years, a victim of my fate
Until one day I came across St Peter at the gate
But when I tried to take it inside he told me where to go:
Get out of here with that (boom-boom-boom) and take it down below!
Get out of here with that (boom-boom-boom) and take it down below!

These fit in before the last verse given by Sorcha above. I'd love to know what the missing bit is. maybe I might even start singing it again!

Steve


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 09:50 AM

Just a bit of trivia - While it was known as "The Thing on radio, TV, and records by big names, the vast majority of part-time folks in clubs sang it as "The Son-Of-A-Bitch" because it fits so well. That became the quasi popular name for it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Reiver 2
Date: 22 Aug 03 - 02:33 PM

I think I first heard this sung by Arthur Godfrey, though it could have been Phil Harris. (Maybe both.) It reminds me of Tom Paxton's children's song "The Marvelous Toy" -- the chorus went, "It went zip when it moved, pop when it stopped and whirrr when it stood still. I never knew just what it was and I guess I never will."

Reiver 2


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: GUEST,Stoonroon
Date: 25 Jul 09 - 04:30 PM

Digging deep into the old bank of neurons, if I'm not mistaken, the Hobo concluded:

"or I'll tell it to the man."

I'd love to hear the original again.

Thanks for the forum; this stuff is important!

Stoonroon


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: GUEST,Allan.s
Date: 25 Jul 09 - 08:17 PM

As I remember it "the thing"   was suposed to be [a dose of clap]
any other ideas??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Cool Beans
Date: 26 Jul 09 - 03:07 PM

The hobo verse goes as follows:

I wandered all around the town until I chanced to meet
A hobo who has hoping for a handout on the street.
He said he'd take most anything, he was a desperate man,
But when I showed him the boom-boom-boom, he turned around and ran.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 05:34 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcj16EGYYrs


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: GUEST, TJ in San Diego
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 11:30 AM

Phil Harris did the definitive version, circa 1950. At least, it as the only one to receive wide air play - and some curious scrutiny from censors, who thought there was some subliminal meaning. I had the LP until recently, when a guest in my home sat on it...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: Mr Happy
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 11:38 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thing_(song)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 18 - 10:43 PM

The hobo ends...and don't come back more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Thing
From: meself
Date: 29 Jan 18 - 11:50 PM

What I like about the song is that while it hints at bawdy innuendo, that hint is so obscure that the song could be completely innocent.


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