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Lyr Req: There's a Spider in the Bathtub (Wurzels)

GUEST,Graham 20 Oct 05 - 05:21 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub
From: GUEST,Graham
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 05:21 PM

Does anyone happen to know the lyrics of the Wurzels'song There's A Spider In The Bathtub ??


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SPIDER (Flanders & Swann)
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 20 Oct 05 - 05:57 PM

Not quite "The Wurzels", but Flanders & Swann's Bestiary includes "The Spider"

THE SPIDER

I have fought a grizzly bear,
Tracked a cobra to its lair,
Killed a crocodile who dared to cross my path,
But the thing I really dread,
When I've just got out of bed,
Is to find that there's a spider in the bath.

I've no fear of wasps or bees.
Mosquitoes only tease.
I rather like a cricket on the hearth,
But my blood runs cold to meet,
In pyjamas and bare feet,
With a great big hairy spider in the bath.

I have faced a charging bull in Barcelona.
I have dragged a mountain lioness from her cub.
I've restored a mad gorilla to its owner.
But I don't dare face that tub.

What a frightful looking beast -
Half an inch across at least.
It would frighten even Superman or Garth!
There's contempt it can't disguise
In the little beady eyes
Of the spider sitting glowering in the bath.

It ignores my every lunge
With the back brush and the sponge.
I have bombed it with 'a present from Penarth'.
It just rolls into a ball,
Doesn't seem to mind at all,
And simply goes on squatting in the bath.

For hours we have been locked in endless struggle,
I have lured it to the deep end by the drain.
At last I think I've washed it down the plug'ole.
Here it comes a-crawling up the chain!

Now it's time for me to shave,
Though my nerves will not behave,
And there's bound to be a fearful aftermath.
So before I cut my throat,
I shall leave this final note:
"Driven to it - by the spider in the bath!"


Gleaned from Flanders & Swann On-line

Nigel


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 08:09 AM

I think you may be looking for another one about a spider - I have heard it, but cannot rememebr the words at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST,MIFD
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 09:44 AM

Do you want
Spider in the Bath, Spider in the bath,
There's a creepy-crawly, creepy-crawly spider in the bath,
I know he's only there because he wants to have a laugh?
If so I'll be back with it later.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST,MIFD
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 05:48 PM

Maybe it's the wrong one?

Spider in the Bath.
I like bunny rabbits, I like frogs,
I like pussy cats and I like dogs,
Talking to a tiger is like falling off a log
Being friendly to the animals is easy,

I've a couple of hamsters in the garden shed
One's called Sebastian, the other's called Fred,
I've even got a teddy bear I take to bed,
Being friendly to the animals is easy.

Chorus
But a spider in the bath, a spider in the bath,
A creepy crawly, creepy crawly a spider in the bath,
I know he's only there because he wants to have a laugh
With hairy legs and beady eyes, I'm terrified and tantalized.
Spider in the bath, spider in the bath
A creepy crawly, creepy crawly a spider in the bath,
I know he's only there because he wants to have a laugh
I thought I put him down the drain but now he's crawling up the chain,
Spider in the bath.

I like elephants and I like mice,
I'd take a lion cub at any price,
I've even heard that crocodiles can be quite nice.
Being friendly to the animals is easy,

I like caterpillars, I like snails,
I like a lizard with a very long tail
I'd even go swimming with a big white whale
Being friendly to the animals is easy.

Chorus.

I've a horrible feeling that the spider's still there,
He's hiding in the bathroom and I don't know where
But bath time's nice, so I don't care.

I thought I put him down the drain but now he's crawling up the chain,
Spiders ugh!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 21 Oct 05 - 06:09 PM

going to wurzels gig next month..

surprise birthday present for the mrs..

2nd row front of stage tickets..!!!



cant find any lyrics but heres the LP this song is on

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~gunning/wzgoldel.html..



oh.. and heres a short audio clip of my very favourite Adge Cutler classic

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~gunning/ra/wurzels/arvest12.ra


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST,Graham
Date: 23 Oct 05 - 07:07 AM

Thanks everyone, but it's not the song I'm looking for. The chorus goes something like

"There's a spider in the bathtub, a cockroach in the sink, the toilet seat is broken, ..."

Perhaps it is not sung by the Wurzels (it doesn'T actually sound like them, but someone told me it's a Wurzels' song)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurz
From: CarolC
Date: 23 Oct 05 - 12:00 PM

These pages mention a song by that name done by the Wurzels, but they don't give any lyrics. You might have to track down a recording and try to get the words off of it.

http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~gunning/wzsongs6.html

http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/dizzyas/


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 24 Oct 05 - 10:14 AM

Would somebody please write a song about putting a glass over the spider, slipping a stiff piece of paper under the glass and carrying the spider out to the nearest garden?

Works for crickets and preying mantises too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurz
From: Bard Judith
Date: 24 Oct 05 - 01:30 PM

Leeneia: Well, t'ain't great art, but just for you, then...



"But the spider came back, the very next day,
The spider came back, well, I thought he was a goner,
But the spider came back - he just wouldn't stay away!

Though I hurled my scrubbing brushes and I showered him with soap,
Still th' infuriating spider just persisted, like a dope...

Oh, the spider came back, the very next day (etc.)

So I grabbed a tennis racket and I battered all around,
And the spider seemed to vanish in a splodge upon the ground...

But the spider came back, the very next day (etc.)

Then I contemplated poison (for the spider, not for me)
But the repercussions to the earth were just too much to see,

Oh, the spider stayed there, for the day that I did try,
The spider stayed there, and my tub got very dry and bare,
Oh, the spider stayed there... he just wouldn't go away!

SOoooooooooo....I got a piece of paper and a beer glass from the pump,
and I slipped that piece of paper underneath the spider's rump...
And out into the garden that spider went with glee
(Yes the spider he was happy too, but most of all - me!)

And the spider stayed there, a-munching every fly,
The spider stayed there, and I can tell you why he stayed -
HE JUST WOULDN'T GO AWAY!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurz
From: cyder_drinker
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 06:09 PM

After a big dredge of the memory (I learned this when I was about 10 cause I borrowed the "Golden Delicious" album of the kid next door) I can come up with this. The words are 99% right, but possibly the verses are in the wrong order. Hope it helps.

THERE'S A SPIDER IN THE BATHTUB
The Wurzels

There's a spider in the bathtub
a cockroach in the sink
The toilet seat is broken
the chain hasn't got a link
(can't remember this line, sorry)
there's rubbish on the stairs
The state this place is getting in
it seems nobody cares

But with housing such a problem
It seems a crying shame
A man should have to suffer
When he is not to blame
But I must keep up me standards
cause if things do not improve
I may find meself
obliged to move.

The larder's getting empty
The ashcan's getting full
The windows are so filthy
don't see the sun at all.
The last lightbulb is broken
No need to pay the bill
And it won't disturb the nest of mice
beneath the windowsill

But with housing such a problem
It seems a crying shame
A man should have to suffer
When he is not to blame
But I must keep up me standards
cause if things do not improve
I may find meself
obliged to move.

The garden is a jungle
of nettles and of weeds
a few hours would take care of it
that's really all it needs
But no-one seems to give a damn
and no-one gives a cuss
The grass is high enough to hide
a double decker bus

The front door's off it's hinges
the tiles are off the roof
That the place is falling down
is getting near the truth
How can people be so thoughtless
to let this state exist
I think I'll have to put me name
down on the housing list

But with housing such a problem
It seems a crying shame
A man should have to suffer
When he is not to blame
But, I must keep up me standards!


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: cyder_drinker
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 06:12 PM

I think the missing line from the first verse (above) is

"The dishes are all dirty"


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurz
From: Bard Judith
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 10:05 PM

(plaintively)

And might there be a place to post original compositions - even if they are terrible parodies of classic old folk songs? My effort above seems to have fallen into oblivion (rather, dare I say, like a spider washed down the drain...) and if it would give anyone a moment's amusement, I shall gladly move it elsewhere...


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 08 Dec 05 - 10:59 PM

Marcus Turner's 'Spider in the bath'
is another one. Music here too.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Dec 05 - 10:24 PM

Post away!


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST,Merle
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 07:57 PM

I have that song and it says it's by the Wurzels but it sounds more like Richie Kavanagh!


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Subject: RE: Req/ADD: There's a Spider in the Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jun 11 - 07:21 AM

Here is a link to the song that you play and dowload

http://www2.mrtzcmp3.net/The_Wurzels_1s.html


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's a Spider in the Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Nov 13 - 09:35 PM

Oh you beauty! That's the Wurzels song alright. I used to have the Wurzels' album before I came to Australia, and it was a delight to have the words to such an old favourite. Goodonya, your blood's worth bottling, and you're worth your weight in Tim Tams! (chocolate biscuits).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's a Spider in the Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: GUEST,diplocase
Date: 16 Jul 18 - 11:06 AM

my favorite on this subject:

THE SPIDER IN THE BATH
Flanders and Swann

I have fought a grizzly bear, tracked a cobra to its lair
Killed a crocodile who dared to cross my path
But the thing I fairly dread, when I’ve just got out of bed
Is to find that there’s a spider in the bath

I’ve no fear of wasps or bees, mosquitos only tease
I rather like a cricket on the hearth
But my blood runs cold to meet, in pajamas and bare feet
With a great big hairy spider in the bath.

        I have faced a charging bull in Barcelona
        I have dragged a mountain lioness from her cub
        I’ve restored a mad gorilla to its owner
        But I don’t dare face that tub!

What a frightful-looking beast, half an inch across, at least!
It would frighten even Superman or Goth
There’s contempt it can’t disguise in the little beady eyes
Of the spider sitting glowering in the bath

It ignores my every lunge with the bath-brush and the sponge
I have bonked it with A Present From Penllarth
It just rolls into a ball, doesn’t seem to mind at all
And simply goes on squatting in the bath

        For hours we have been locked in endless struggle
        I have lured it to the deep end, by the drain
        At last I think I’ve washed it down the plug-hole
        But here it comes a-crawling up the chain!
        
Now it’s time for me to shave, though my nerves will not behave
And there’s bound to be a fearful aftermath
So before I cut my throat, I shall leave this final note:
Driven to it by the spider in the bath!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's a Spider in the Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: leeneia
Date: 16 Jul 18 - 06:17 PM

Oh man, 13 years ago Bard Judith answered my request and posted a song teaching the only intelligent way to get a spider out of the bathtub, and I failed to notice it and to thank her.

As the porcupine said in Pogo, BOWRFAZZLE!

My apologies, Judith.
==========
I have a friend with a deep horror of spiders. It think it's an actual phobia, like my fear of heights. We help her out whenever a spider shows up.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SPIDER IN THE BATH (Chris Priestley)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 17 Jul 18 - 02:54 PM

SPIDER IN THE BATH
As recorded by Chris Priestley on "Emilie Bliss and Charlie Bean" (2009)

CHORUS: Here I am. Is anyone about?
I'm down beside the plug-hole and I can't get out.
I've been here an hour an a half.
Can anybody help a little spider in the bath?

1. See, I woke up feeling hungry in the middle of the night.
I saw a moth and thought: "Now that would make a tasty bite."
So I chased it down the mirror and along the windowsill,
And around behind the dental floss, then I slipped and fell. And ... CHORUS

2. The sides are very slippery 'cause the bath has just been cleaned,
And everything is cold and wet and kinda green.
There's a long loopy loofah and some pumice in the dish.
All I have to talk to is a purple plastic fish. And ... CHORUS

3. There's no need to be frightened; I won't do you any harm.
Just take me to the garden where it's nice and safe and warm,
And gently put me down and I'll run back to my mother,
One leg after another after another after another after another after another. And ... CHORUS.

PATTER: Hey! I'm over here! Yeah, down here! Look! I'm waving! No, don't turn that! Somebody let me out! Help! My little spider in the bath. I want to go home.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: There's a Spider in the Bathtub (Wurzels)
From: vectis
Date: 18 Jul 18 - 05:11 AM

That is the one Marcus Turner wrote Jim.


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Subject: Lyr Req: THERE'S A SPIDER IN THE BATHTUB (Wurzels)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Jul 18 - 08:52 PM

I found an mp3 of the Wurzels' song on this page, along with lots of other songs. It turns out there were a couple of verses, plus a prologue line that Cyder Drinker omitted. I also reformatted to save vertical space.


THERE'S A SPIDER IN THE BATHTUB
As recorded by The Wurzels on "Golden Delicious" (1977)

I think it's proper disgusting that some people have to live like pigs!

There's a spider in the bathtub, a cockroach in the sink.
The toilet seat is broken. The chain hasn't got a link.
The dustbin's overflowing. There's rubbish on the stairs.
The state this place is getting in, it seems nobody cares.

The cutlery is dirty, the dishes all used up.
If I want a cup of tea, I use the same old cup.
To try and make things easy, I use paper plates and cups,
But when you flush them down the toilet, they block the darn thing up.


So with housing such a problem, it seems a crying shame
A man should have to suffer when he is not to blame,
But I must keep up my standards, so if things do not improve,
I may find myself obliged to move.

The curtains are all dirty. The carpet's getting bare.
My bed's no fun to sleep in. The mattress has no air.
Been sleeping on the sofa, but something's going wrong.
The way these springs keep coming through, I won't be there for long.


The larder's getting empty. The ash can's getting full.
The windows are so filthy, don't see the sun at all.
The last lightbulb is broken. No need to pay the bill,
And it won't disturb the nest of mice beneath the windowsill.

With housing such a problem, it seems a crying shame
A man should have to suffer when he is not to blame,
But I must keep up my standards, so if things do not improve,
I may find myself obliged to move.

The garden is a jungle of nettles and of weeds.
A few hours would take care of it. That's really all it needs,
But no-one seems to give a damn. No-one gives a cuss.
The grass is high enough to hide a double decker bus.

The front door's off its hinges. The tiles are off the roof.
That the place is falling down is getting near the truth.
How can people be so thoughtless to let this state exist?
I think I'll have to put my name down on the housing list.

With housing such a problem, it seems a crying shame
A man should have to suffer when he is not to blame,
But, I must keep up my standards!


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