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Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee

GUEST,Curious Clouseau 22 Mar 05 - 07:33 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Don't Touch The Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Curious Clouseau
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 07:33 AM

I heard this song at a session a while back but have been
unsuccessful in getting the full lyrics to the song.
The first verse and chorus are as follows:

My Love and I went walking
We lay down on the grass
A bumble bee flew up her leg
And stung her on the...

CHOROUS:
Never mind the bee
Come listen to me sing
Don't touch the bumble bee
Or the bumble bee will string
Ding a ling a ling

Anyone know the rest?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch The Bumble Bee
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 07:19 PM

I assume that's "or the bumble bee will sting" before the ding a ling ling...

Sounds a lot cleaner than the one about
Took my girl to a baseball game, sat her up in front, along came a baseball, went right up her
Country boy, country boy, sitting on a rock, down came a bumblebee, stung him on his
Cocktails, ginger ale, 5 cents a glass (etc...)

So I look forward to somebody knowing it. Is there a recognizable tune?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch The Bumble Bee
From: Lighter
Date: 22 Mar 05 - 11:44 PM

This is an oldie. The Idaho folklorist Kenneth Larson learned a version not long after World War I, but never published the words.
John Jacob Niles learned one some years before that, presumably in Kentucky, but he never published it either!

There may be a version in Randolph-Legman under a slightly different bee-related title. I've heard a tune to this somewhere, some time. It was clearly related to the repetitive one usually used for Mrrzy's song.

Sorry I can't be more specific about any of this.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch The Bumble Bee
From: Snuffy
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 08:30 AM

James M Carpenter collected a song from a Mr Andrew Salters in Greenock, Scotland, with the first line O Juber mind the bee, and mind it while I sing, which sounds close to the start of the chorus Curious Clouseau gives.

It is on a Folktrax CD of recordings made by Carpenter in Britain in 1928-9, but I have great difficulty making out what Mr Salter is saying.

According to the Carpenter Collection website there are four stanzas. The Collection is in the Library of Congress, and EFDSS have a copy at Cecil Sharp House, London.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch The Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter at work
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 08:33 AM

That's where I heard it ! Will try to decipher the very scratchy recording.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch The Bumble Bee
From: Snuffy
Date: 23 Mar 05 - 09:07 AM

You usually manage to make more sense of those Carpenter recordings than me, Lighter. Let's hope that is so in this case.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 25 Mar 05 - 11:52 AM

For a song that might be related to the one requested here, see Lyr Add: The Bee Proffers Honey but Bears a Sting.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter at work
Date: 26 Mar 05 - 11:25 PM

Am refreshing this thread while I try to transcribe Salters's lyrics. He doesn't sing the verse given by Curious Clouseau, but it would fit very well with what he does sing.

Clearly the same song. And nobody else knows it ?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Curious Clouseau
Date: 30 Mar 05 - 04:36 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Curious Clouseau
Date: 01 Apr 05 - 12:47 PM

Is it possible to get an MP3 of this song from anyone?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter at work
Date: 01 Apr 05 - 12:58 PM

I've transcribed Salter's words as best I can and will post ASAP. The song appears to be somewhat garbled in addition to the low quality of the wire recording.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Snuffy
Date: 01 Apr 05 - 03:18 PM

here are details on the songs on Folktrax 141 CD. Juber Mind The Bee is #42


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter w/o cookie
Date: 02 Apr 05 - 09:37 PM

The last time I tried this, the computer erased it all. All of it ! So I hope everyone is grateful for the effort it's taking to bring you this Mudcat Exclusive !

What I hear Salters singing :

[Juber, mind the bees,]
Admire it while I sing,
For every time you'll mind the bees,
You're sure to feel your sting.

I [took a chance?] a-walking,
A-walking in the park.
I'd meet a pretty girl,
She'd never fail to flirt.
I wish I had ten thousand bricks
To build my chimbley higher,
To keep those damned [infernal ?] cats
From pissin' out my fire.

Then do you mind the bees,
And mind it while I sing,
For every time I [wrinkle ? ring a?] bee,
It'll always cure your sting.

BELAY !

[She ?] took me down a-sailing,
A-sailing in a punt.
And every time I looked
My girl come along the bee soon stole the trick.

Ah, Juba, mind the bee,
And mind it while I sing,
For every time that bee comes around
It'll sure to feel your sting.

BELAY !

    Salters must have begun singing too soon, for the very first line is missing. Much of the song's humor relies on the substitution of innocent words for expected rhymed vulgarities.

The "sailing" stanza is badly garbled, as though two separate episodes have been jammed together. The first of them, however, must have been close to one that appears in a bawdy version of the well-known "Lulu," as given by Harold Bennett (without the asterisks):

"She and I went fishing in a dainty punt,
And every time I hooked a sprat she stuffed it up her c***."

Salters may have suffered a sudden feeling of embarrassment at singing the song into a recording machine, hence the confusion (including the two "BELAYS!") "Stole the trick," a card-game reference, means "got the better of the situation."

The part about the cats and the chimney reappears almost identically in a bawdy version of "Landlord Fill the Flowing Bowl." What may be the word "infernal" sounds a lot more like "imfrazzle," but I have no other suggestion to make.

Salters went to sea in 1872, so he was probably about 70 when he recorded for Carpenter in Greenock in 1928. It's too bad that this imperfect performance represents the only available version of this song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter at work
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 09:51 AM

Somebody better thank me for this, or I quit ! ; )


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 10:01 AM

thank you!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 05:08 PM

This song seems very much like the profanity avoidance rhymes that many generations of children have known and enjoyed, including children nowadays.

"Miss Susie Had A Steamboat" appears to be the most widely known contemporary example of these profanity avoidance rhymes.
The name of the female might be "Lucy", "Mary" or Lula" and the boat might be a tugboat..

The bumblebee has a featured role in thess rhyme. Here is a representative example of this rhyme:

MISS SUSIE HAD A STEAMBOAT
Miss Suzie had a steamboat
the steamboat had a bell
the steamboat went to heaven
Miss Suzie went to
hello operator give me # 9
if you disconnect me I'll chop off your
behind the fridgerator
there was a piece of glass
Miss Suzie slipped upon it
and broke her little
ask me no more questions
tell me no more lies
boys are in the bathroom
zipping up their
flies are in the meadow
bees are in the park
Suzie and her boyfriend
are kissing in the
d.a.r.k. d.a.r.k....
darker than the ocean
darker than the sea
darker than the underware
my grandma puts on me..

-snip-

There are numerous variants of this rhyme.

And here's another profanity avoidance rhyme that features a bumble bee that I found in an old Mudcat thread. I apologize if I am violating any site rule by re-posting this comment:

Subject: RE: Naughty kids'greatest hits
From: Laoise - PM
Date: 15 Sep 97 - 10:24 AM

We had a different version to Miss Lucy...

Mary had a little lamb, she thought it rather silly,
She threw it up into the air and caught it by it's...
Willie was a sheep dog sitting on the ground
Along came a bee and stung him on his....
Ask no questions tell no lies,
Ever see a p'liceman doing up his....
Flies are a nuisance, bugs are worse
And this is the end of my silly little verse.

-snip-

Both of these rhymes have the same tune and are recited in a sing-song voice. The tune is quite familiar but I can't say what it's like..I was going to say "Ring Around the Rosie" but I don't think that is it exactly..

??

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 05:56 PM

BTW, "Juba" and "Juber" were names used by Southern African American males during slavery. This name may have derived from the Akan {Ghana, The Ivory Coast] name "Juba" also given as "Cuba" which means "female born on Monday". The male form of that name is "Cudjo". However I understand that there are other examples of the name "Juba" or similar names in other African languages.   

"Juba" is also the name of a number of well known African American slave dance songs. The version of this dance song which is most often published is

Juba this and Juba that
Juba skinned * a yellow cat
and jumped over double trouble
Juba!

Juba up and Juba down
Juba all around the town
Juba in and Juba out
Juba dancing all about..
Juba!

* also found as 'Juba killed a yellow cat"; Professor Thomas Talley, African American author of the 1922 book "Negro Folk Rhymes" wrote that 'skinning the cat' was a type of dance step.

There are 18th century records from the Caribbean that speak of the "Danse Juba". Like many secular dances including the Conga, this dance originally had religious significance.

The phrase "Pattin Juba" [Pattin Juber] refers to percussive body pattin that was documented during African American slavery in the Southern United States. 'Pattin Juba" was performed usually by men in the absence of musical instruments or along with musical instruments such as the fiddle, banjo, and bones. The 'Hambone' rhyme is closely associated with 'Pattin Juba'.

Finally, Master Juba was the nickname of William Henry Lane.
After Charles Dickens visited a Five Points dance hall in 1841, he immortalized Juba, then 16, as "the greatest dancer known."

See more on Master Juba here:
Master Juba


Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 06:03 PM

I apolobize for the Thread Drift.

It appears that you need to register to get that page that I referred to in my last post, so I'm reproducing the portion on Master Juba:

"Master Juba's Legacy

Q. As a fan of tap dancing, I was always told that it was invented in Manhattan. Is this accurate?

A. Not exactly, because tap's roots lie both in African rhythms and Irish jigs. But probably the most influential developer of tap as it is known today was a performer in the raucous Five Points neighborhood in Lower Manhattan.

That performer, William Henry Lane, called himself Master Juba. After Charles Dickens visited a Five Points dance hall in 1841, he immortalized Juba, then 16, as "the greatest dancer known."

As he wrote in "American Notes": "Single shuffle, double shuffle, cut and cross-cut; snapping his fingers, rolling his eyes, turning in his knees, presenting the backs of his legs in front, spinning about on his toes and heels like nothing but the man's fingers on the tambourine; dancing with two left legs, two right legs, two wooden legs, two wire legs, two spring legs - all sorts of legs and no legs -what is this to him?"

According to "Five Points" by Tyler Anbinder, Lane was a free black man born in Providence. Moving to Five Points, he encountered Irish influences. Promoters arranged dance contests between Juba and the Irish-American John Diamond. In these contests, each group incorporated some of the other's steps into its own.

"It was from this interaction between African Americans dancing the shuffle and the Irish dancing the jig that 'tap dancing' developed," Mr. Anbinder writes.

Juba died in London in 1852, at 27, but his routines are still part of tap repertoire."

www.nytimes.com/2005/04/03/nyregion/thecity/03fyi.html



Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 06:04 PM

And I apologize for the newly coined word "apolobize"

LOL!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter w/o cookie
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 07:16 PM

Very interesting about "Juba" and Lane. Carpenter thought Salters was singing "Juber" ("Juba" in British spelling?). It could well be that the song originated in some particularly low-class minstrel or medicine show.

I don't think that well-known minstrel performers like Dan Emmett could afford to use "naughty" material on stage. (Racist sure, "naughty" no.) Even when I was a kid, the "Lulu" type songs you mention could not be sung on TV, even with the bad words left out.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 10:30 PM

Digression, but I remember that, as kids, we would stand close to a hollyhock. When a bumblebee entered a flower and started work on the pollen, the kid closest to the flower would close the petals, trapping the bee. It would buzz furiously and one could feel its wings vibrate against the petals. The trick was to let go quickly and move one's hand out of the way. The bumblebee would usually fly straight away, but sometimes it would take revenge on a slow hand!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Apr 05 - 11:52 PM

Digression continued;

Oh, what youthful memories are prompted by rhymes & songs!

So Q, if a child got stung, was the lesson to move quickly, or to leave the bumblebees alone in the first place?



Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Curious Clouseau
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 05:34 AM

Thanks Lighter At Work!
Been after this song for ages!

:o)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Azizi
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 08:41 AM

Last night after reading Q's post, I was trying to remember the words to a children's song called "I Caught Me A Baby Bumblebee". However, I couldn't remember anything after the first verse. And this morning I visited a website called Wheee! Blog, and what do I find but this song.

Wheee! Blog is a website that has a thread on schoolyard rhymes that was started in November 2002. Posters are still adding to this thread. Most of those posters seem to be teenagers, or young adults.

Here's the "Baby Bumblebee" example that was posted by amber at April 2, 2005 03:55 PM:

"I remember one that my cousin taught me when we were around 7, I turn 18 in a week. We live in western NY. Well one was,
I wish i had a baby bummble bee, wont my mommy be so proud of me oh I wish i had a bummble bee, OUCH he stung me,
im smooshing up the baby bummble bee wont my mommy be so proud of me,eww its yucky
im licking up the baby bumble bee wont my mommy be so proud of me im smooshing up the baby bumble bee ewwim sick
im puking up the baby bumle bee wont my mommy be so proud of my im puking up the baby bumble bee oh my goodness
im mopping up the baby bummble bee wont my mommy be so proud of me im mopping up the baby bumble bee, i cant believe i just cleaned. (with this one you do hand motions to go with the actions )"

****
[A representative of that blog's members gave me permission to copy entries from that thread].

The first verse that I remember my daughter singing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the early 1980s was
I caught me a baby bumblebee
Won't my mommy be very proud of me
I caught me a baby bumblebee,
Ooh! It stung me!

Then the next verse was "I'm squishing a baby bumblebee" instead of Amber's "smooshing"...And I think that my daughter did said "Ooh yucky!"..For the eating verse, I seem to recall the words "Mmmm good!"
{or something like that}, and I think that my daughter ended the rhyme there. Of course motions were made to match the words.


Click here to visit Wheee! Blog's thread on schoolyard rhymes:

Wheee! Blog


Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Snuffy
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 09:37 AM

Tremendous work, Lighter. Far more than I could ever decipher from such a terrible recording.

Of course if anyone has access to Library of Congress or Cecil Sharp House they could look up Carpenter's own transcription for us. Any volunteers?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter at work
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 10:28 AM

Thanks for the kind words, guys. I appreciate 'em.

A recent "Animal Planet" special identified the bee as the deadliest creature on earth in terms of the number of human deaths and other severe allergic reactions, including paralysis, caused by bees annually. It's far greater than all other serious animal and bug injuries combined !

Anybody can be allergic without knowing it, and you can become allergic for no apparent reason even if you've been stung previously without serious mishap. As a child, I knew a neighbor who was confined to a wheelchair for forty-odd years because she'd been stung.

So, Juber, Mind the Bees !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 02:45 PM

Azizi and Lighter, we never learned to leave the bumblebees in the hollyhock flowers alone. A little like the attraction of Russian Roulette?
The bumblebee leaves a large stinger which is easily excised. Never heard of any permanent effects to any of the kids in out area. Sympathy and ice cream were the usual consequences.

Wasps, yes. I have to carry pills.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Apr 05 - 11:51 PM

Another song mentioning a bumblebee is "Carry the News To Mary."
Thread 79960: News to Mary
I am looking for an explanation or background on that song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 09:03 PM

I am familar with yet another verson of the miss susie.

Mrs. Susie had a steam boat,
the steam boat had a bell.
Mrs. Susie went to heaven,
the steam boat went too...

Hello operator
get me number nine.
And if you disconnect me,
I'll kick from

behind the fridgerator there
was a piece of glass
Mrs. Susie stepped upon it
and broke her little

ask me no mor questions,
and i'll tell you no more lies
The boys are in the bathroom
zippin up the flys are in the city
the bee's are in the park

Mrs. Susie and her boyfriend are kissing in the d-a-r-k
d-a-r-k d-a-r-k
Dark,
Darker than the ocean
darker than the sea.

Darker than the underware my mommy puts on me


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jun 12 - 10:31 AM

Took my gal to the baseball game and sat her on my knee,
along came a baseball and hit her in the...

Country boy - country boy, sitting on a fence,
along came a bumbel bee and stung him on the...

ask me no questions and i'll tell you now lies...

I know there is more to this lyrc but cannot for the life of me remember it. My dad used to tell it to me over 40 years ago.
I was talking to him the other night and asked him if he remember it but he could not. I wish someone could help me finish it. I have fond memories as a child and this is part of them


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,999
Date: 12 Jun 12 - 12:40 PM

That's somehow connected to Lulu.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 01:23 AM

Lighter--

Do you recall what Kenneth Larson and John Jacob Niles called the song? In what way did they refer to it when they said they weren't going to print it?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 07:07 PM

Niles mentions it in "Songs My Mother Never Taught Me," p. 146, under the title "Oh, do take care of the bee [sic], boys." He offers no text, but mentions that it was sung to the same tune he gives for "The Waitress and the Sailor" (i.e., "Bell-Bottom Trousers.")

What's interesting is that Niles's tune (doubtless authentic in this case) is a hybrid of the more familiar one and that of "Lulu."

Larson collected three stanzas and a chorus from a friend of his father's in Idaho and assigned it a date of "ca1900?" He called it "Sally in the Garden" because it tells of what happened to Sally, when she went to pick asparagus (or "sparrow-grass," as it was often known). (Otherwise I see no relationship to "The Hog-Eye Man," BTW.)

The chorus is along the same lines as the versions above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 09:34 PM

Thank you very much! That is helpful.

I might be being dense here, Lighter, but I think you said earlier that Larson did not print anything...but are you saying that he did give a chorus? ("along the same lines as the versions above")

I really appreciate your earlier transcription.

I am currently listening to Salters' recording again, and my ears may be playing tricks but where one would think he is singing "mind" it sometimes sounds like other things (e.g. the "admire") in your transcription. From the Niles line though (and your comment on Larson), it seems like "mind" is probably what was intended.

I am trying to learn to sing this, and finding the seeming variation in Salters' choruses irksome.

For practical purposes, I think I will just "normalize" the choruses and keep "mind" throughout.

Something else I wonder about is if the chorus is meant as having veiled sexual meaning (intercourse or masturbation). Now I'm leaning towards treating the chorus as something innocuous. But whether it is or not is influencing the way I hear the other lyrics!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 09:38 PM

typo: ..."(e.g. the "admire" in your transcription)"...

***
I have plugged all sorts of combos of the lyrics into searches and only found bumblebee bubkis. argh...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 09:55 PM

Larson's collection remains in manuscript at Indiana University (as I recall).

Last time I checked - years ago - copyright prevented anyone (including me) from quoting from it.

I think the chorus is entirely innocuous, because it makes sense in the "Sally in the Garden" version - which may be the original, since it's all about Sally getting stung by a bee. If the final word of each stanza in Larson's version (which is "ass") were to be elided, it would open the song to interpolations from the "Lulu/ Susie" tradition.

Just a theory.

The song must have been pretty widespread, with versions reported from Scotland, Kentucky (?), Idaho, and nearly a century later from "Curious Clouseau."

Somebody else out there must know a version.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 10:34 PM

Have listened to Salter again on better equipment.

As I suspected, the word in stz. 1 is "infernal" and the bracketed phrase is almost certainly "took a chance."

Am pretty sure now that "admire it" is really "And mind it."

"Bee" not "bees."

"Cure your sting" may be "feel your sting." Believe it or not, it's impossible for me to tell.

"[I] took my gal a-sailing" would make sense, but what I hear sounds more like "[skip] took me out a-sailing."

Though I don't hear any skip in the recording, I believe that a couple of lines have somehow been dropped after the "punt" line. There should possibly be a couple of lines to set up the rhyme on "trick" - instead of what might have been expected.

Salter seems to sing "wrinkle" (not "ring a") but I can't make any sense of it.

"Do you" is probably "Juba," as elsewhere.

Part of the problem may be that Salter couldn't quite recall the words and in a couple of places sang whatever popped into his head, just to keep the momentum going.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Don't Touch the Bumble Bee
From: Gibb Sahib
Date: 21 Jan 13 - 11:30 PM

"Though I don't hear any skip in the recording, I believe that a couple of lines have somehow been dropped after the "punt" line. There should possibly be a couple of lines to set up the rhyme on "trick" - instead of what might have been expected."

I think this is the case, too.

"Salter seems to sing "wrinkle" (not "ring a") but I can't make any sense of it."

It sounds to me like "every time I think of/on thee"....though I realize that might sound too fancy.


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