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Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs

05 Sep 01 - 11:15 PM (#543083)
Subject: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine

There are two elephant songs and one hippopotamus song I'm trying to find -- and there may be other good suggestions, too.

One song is by Baby Gramps of Seattle, called "Go Wash An Elephant (If You Wanna Do Something Big)."

A second is an old jazz song that goes, "Daddy, can I have dat big elephant over dere?"

The third is "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas."

Does someone have lyrics and/or chords for these?

How about others?

I already know Flanders and Swann's "Hippopotamus" song (in the DT, I think) -- except for the 4th verse, after the hippopotamus gets married (and divorced, I think).

There's also "When I See A Elephant Fly," from Disney's "Dumbo."

What about other pachyderm songs (rhinos included)?

Genie


05 Sep 01 - 11:17 PM (#543086)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Argenine
From: GUEST,Argenine

Uh-oh! Somehow the thread title got posted wrong even after I corrected the typo. How do I fix it?

(Can you fix it, Joe? If you can, thanks. Argenine)


06 Sep 01 - 03:28 AM (#543172)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Sonja

There's an old thread: I Carried Water For The Elephant.

It has the lyrics to this old circus song.

Don't know the Baby Gramps song or the other one you mentioned, Argenine.

Sonja


06 Sep 01 - 03:42 AM (#543177)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joe Offer

Hi, Argenine - be sure to try our Digitrad and Forum Search. Here's I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (click).


06 Sep 01 - 08:14 PM (#543954)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joe_F

The 4th stanza (from memory):

The amorous hippopotamus whose love song we know
Is now married and father of ten.
He murmurs "God rot 'em!" as he watches them grow,
And he longs to be single again.
He'll gambol no more by the banks of the Nile,
Which Nasser is flooding next spring.
With hippopoTAmas in silken pyjamas
No more will he teach them to sing...

The switch from the Shalimar to the Nile was inconspicuous in that this stanza was sung, by itself, in the second show (_Another_ Hat).


06 Sep 01 - 11:05 PM (#544105)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine

Thanks for that verse, Joe F.

Joe Offer, Thanks for the Hippo for Xmas link. The reason I hadn't looked it up before is that it was an afterthought--not the main focus of the thread, which is mainly to get the Baby Gramps song and the "Can I Have Dat Big Elephant" songs ( and any others I am not aware of).

Sorry for the duplication.

Argenine


06 Sep 01 - 11:20 PM (#544115)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Metchosin

You want Hippopotamus songs? Boy do these people here have Hippo Songs!

Mind you their composer information is a bit suspect. "If You Love A Hippopotamus" by Heather Bishop from her Album Bellybutton is listed as being written by someone called Bethie? But don't let that disuade you, its a great song, my kids and I loved it.


09 Sep 01 - 01:00 PM (#545702)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Nigel.Parsons

"When I see an elephant fly " has already been mentioned, but, also from Dumbo, there's "Pink Elephants on Parade", an amusing interlude when Dumbo is drunk.

Also, whilst on Disney, there's "Heffalumps and Woozels" (elephants & weasels ?) on one of the Winnie The Pooh videos.

What madness has of late possessed the brain ? Though few can write, yet fewer can refrain!


09 Sep 01 - 03:58 PM (#545794)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: breezy

try jeremy taylor's Huberta the hippoppotamas and yougot nellie the elephant then there's one by leon rosselson which starts 'Jumbo the elephant, he wasn't elegant and his intelligence was small, But he was a sort of nice kind of elephant , ///// and mild ,like a lovable child obedient to anyones call---- then it goes on about its relationship with the mayor . if you locate taylor let me know.good luck


10 Sep 01 - 01:40 PM (#546411)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Pelrad

Song #4 on Metchosin's link above, Hippopotamus Rock, was written and recorded by RosenShontz. Their albums are still available from places like cdnow and amazon.com. Catchy tune; it's got a great beat and you can dance to it!


10 Sep 01 - 01:52 PM (#546427)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mark Cohen

Thank you, Metchosin--I've been trying to find out who wrote "If You Love a Hippopotamus" ever since I heard it at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in 1986! It's one of my daughter's favorite songs. The person who sang it at PSGW (it was one of the members of "Motherlode", but I can't remember who) added this verse, which her daughter wrote:

If your friend the hippo
Is stuck inside the zoo
Just dress her up like a person
And sneak her out with you

Also, we sing the last lines of the last verse, "She'll tiptoe out hippopotamusly and shut the door" with a diminuendo and ritardando (quieter and slower!), followed by a l-o-o-o-n-g pause, then a shouted..."WHAM!!!!" Very effective.

Aloha,
Mark


10 Sep 01 - 02:27 PM (#546456)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mrrzy

Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack gets into elephants but it's a little peripheral...


10 Sep 01 - 03:46 PM (#546510)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine

You folks have given some leads to great songs. Keep it up, but I'm going to post a separate thread for Baby Gramps's song and the other elephant song, because the hippos have taken over this thread. (Nodody knows any Rhinoceros songs? Of-courseros not.)

Arge


10 Sep 01 - 06:22 PM (#546618)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mark Cohen

Well, maybe somebody could put a tune to this one:

Once there was an elephant
Who tried to use the telephant
Oh, no, I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone
Whate'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk
The more he tried to get it free
The louder buzzed the telephee
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong)

I think that was in the Childcraft poetry volume, if anybody remembers Childcraft. I don't know who wrote it, but it sounds suspiciously like Mr. Nash.

Aloha,
Mark


26 Sep 01 - 03:33 AM (#559027)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Genie

Are there any lyrics to the "Baby Elephant Rhumba" or whatever it's called?


26 Sep 01 - 08:22 AM (#559141)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Troll

"Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini from the movie "Hatari!" starring none other than *JOHN WAYNE*. ta da

troll


26 Sep 01 - 09:03 PM (#559527)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: raredance

"Englebert the Elephant" by Tom Paxton


26 Sep 01 - 09:17 PM (#559535)
Subject: Lyr Add: JUMBO THE ELEPHANT (Evans, Snow)
From: raredance

JUMBO THE ELEPHANT<
(words F H Evans, music J A Snow)

"O have you seen the elephant?" is all the people's cry;
The great and mighty elepohant who stands so broad and high.
He daily eats a ton of hay, and drinks upon the sly
A tub of circus lemonade and several pints of rye.

CHORUS: O have you seen the elephant, from England late he came
He is the king of elephants and Jumbo is his name.

Old Jumbo likes a social glass, but he is never drunk
Though people say he always keeps a bottle in his trunk.
But then there's always snakes around, and Jumbo thinks it right
To keep some rye on hand to cure and accidental bite.

When people went to see him first they wondered at his size;
And then he looked so funny too, and winked his knowing eyes.
But they were very much surprised when soon the monster ran
And left the ring between the acts to go and see a man.

from "Folksongs Out of Wisconsin" by Harry Peters (1977 State Historical Society of Wisconsin). song supplied by the Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin.

rich r


27 Sep 01 - 01:42 AM (#559673)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine

Thanks, Troll.

I was having a senior moment or something like that. Are there lyrics to Baby Elephant Walk?
Argenine


27 Sep 01 - 03:04 AM (#559703)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Lin in Kansas

Sorry Argenine,

Baby Elephant Walk didn't have any lyrics on the sheet music I used to own...

Lin


28 Sep 01 - 04:51 PM (#560975)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: CapriUni

There's a song my uncle used to sing (sorry, I don't have the tune for it) that was a very simple accumulative song (along the lines of "100 bottles of beer"), that went like this:

An el-e-pant went out to play
out on a spid-er's web, one day.
He had such e-NORM-ous fun,
he in-vit-ed an-oth-er el-e-phant to come.

Two el-e-phants went out to play

Etc. ...

The song would start with my uncle singing, and marching around the room. When he got to "he invited another elephant..." he would reach out and take the hand of another person there, and then the two of them would romp around the room, and it would continue until everyone in the room was part of the chain, which would end up marching through all the rooms on that level of the house...

Mind you, he did this with adults :-)


03 Oct 01 - 02:23 AM (#564008)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Genie

Rich R,
Do you have the words to the Tom Paxton elephant song?



There's always "Boom, Boom, Ain't It Great to Be Crazy." One verse goes:

Way down south where bananas grow,
A monkey stepped on the elephant's toe.
The elephant said, with tears in his eyes,
"Why don't ya pick on somebody your own size?!"
Genie


03 Oct 01 - 02:50 AM (#564023)
Subject: Lyr Add: THE ANIMAL FAIR
From: Metchosin

There's also the song:

The Animal Fair?

I went to the animal fair
The birds and the bees were there
The big baboon
By the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair
The monkey sat kerplunk
Right on the elephant's trunk
The elephant sneezed
And fell on his knees
But what became of the monk,
The monk, the monk, the monk?
But what became of the monk.

Mark, when they were small, my kids used to sing Heather Bishop's Hippopotamus Song and Bellybutton, mimicing her voice. The lady has decidedly unique vocal qualities and their rendition was a hoot.


03 Oct 01 - 06:43 PM (#564516)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mr Red

Flanders & Swan, "Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud"
it has the immortal rhyme or "regular army" with "Hippopotamii".
It was probably on the album "At the Drop of a Hat"


03 Oct 01 - 08:24 PM (#564584)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Genie

or the immortal rhyme
"the hippopotamus was no ignoramus..." I believe it's in the DT. It's full of immortal rhymes!

Genie


04 Oct 01 - 12:46 AM (#564708)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: CapriUni

Metochosin --

I learned a variation of the "Animal Fair" song, with the following difference (learned from my mother):

"The monkey, he got drunk,
And sat on the elephant's trunk"

I don't know where she learned it from...


05 Oct 01 - 12:32 AM (#565439)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: raredance

The Paxton song is on the album "The Marvelous Toy & Other Gallimaufry" (1986 Flying Fish FF408). I'm thinking it may also be on one of his kids CDs such as "Peanut Butter Pie" but I don't know for sure. It's not on "Suzy Was A Rocker". There is no lyric sheet in my copy of the LP which means either there never was one or the kids lost it years ago. That means it goes on the list of songs to transcribe whenever I get to it.

rich r


05 Oct 01 - 12:42 AM (#565445)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Metchosin

CapriUni, come to think of it, I think yours is the correct wording, guess I was having a senior moment.


05 Oct 01 - 01:29 AM (#565469)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: CapriUni

Metchosin --

That's the neat thing about folk music, though: there *Are* no "senior" moments... The songs are right if we sing 'em that way, as long as they feel right on our breath, if you know what I mean.

(now, when I called you "Metochosin" *That* was a senior moment!) ;-)


05 Oct 01 - 02:03 AM (#565480)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Metchosin

Nope! I think when I didn't notice that you had called me Metochosin still has me in the lead*BG*


05 Oct 01 - 02:43 AM (#565492)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Sourdough

I recall hearing a Hebrew song popular in Israel in the 1960s. It was a lighthearted little song with the predominent sounds being consonants that "come trippingly across thet tongue". Since I don't know Hebrew, I can't help with words but perhaps another Catter can. The song title transliterates to El Hippopotame. I think.

S. Dough


08 Oct 01 - 08:42 PM (#567848)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine

Sourdough, I sure hope someone can find that song. It sounds great and I would love to hear it. ----- Arge


25 Mar 04 - 09:12 AM (#1145737)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST

In response to CapriUno's elephant song that his uncle sang, it's a well-known children's song here in Costa Rica.

"Un elefante se balanceaba
Sobre la tela de un arana."

Saludos,

Barry


25 Mar 04 - 11:30 AM (#1145849)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Big Jim from Jackson

Bobby Bare, on an album titled "Singing In The Kitchen", does a nice little song by Shel Silverstein called either "The Elephant and the MOnkey" or "Long Long Time Ago".


25 Mar 04 - 02:50 PM (#1146058)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Little Robyn

We used to watch the Elephant Show on telly - Bram, Lois and Sharon.
Their theme song at the start was;
'One elephant went out to play,
Upon a spider's web one day....'
It was loaded with elephant jokes as well as folky songs, games, rhymes, etc. The daughter is 18 now but she still enjoys watching the old videos of that show.
Robyn


25 Mar 04 - 04:01 PM (#1146112)
Subject: Lyr Add: DAT DERE (Timmons, Brown)
From: Cool Beans

"Can I have that big elephant over there" is a lyric from "Dat Dere" a jazz song from back in the 60s.

Dat Dere
(Bobby Timmons/Oscar Brown Jr.)

Hey mama, what's that there?
And what's that doing there?
Hey mama, up here! Mama, hey look at that over there!
And what's that doing there?
And where're they going there?
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there?

Who's that in my chair?
And what's he doing there?
Mummy, up here!
Mummy, can I go over there?
Hey mummy, what is square?
And where do we get air?
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there?

Quit talking!
There's no more anything here!
Forever to manage to know who and why and where!
Quit that, child!
Sometimes the questions get filed!
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there?

Don't wanna comb my hair
And where's my teddy bear?
Mummy, up here!
Look at the cowboy coming there!
And can I have a pair
Of boots like that to wear?
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there?

Time will march
Days will go
And little baby's going to grow
I gotta tell her what she needs to know
I'll help her along
And she'll be strong
And she'll know right from wrong

As life's parade goes marching by
She's gonna need to know some reasons why
I don't have all the answers
But I'll try the best as I can
I'll make him a man, that's right

'Cause you give the kid your best
And hope she passes the test
And I find it so hard I taught him well ***
Somewhere though she's going I betting I never will forget ***
Mummy, can I have that big elephant over there?

Hey why they do that there?
And how you put that there?
Hey mummy, up here! Hey mummy, what that say up there?
Hey mummy, what is fair?
How come I have to share?
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there? (3x)


25 Mar 04 - 04:16 PM (#1146125)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joybell

There's the little kids' song:

Haydee, haydee-ho
The great big elephant is so slow
Haydee, heydee-ho
The elephant is so slow.

Not much to it. The tunes rather vague, more of a chant.
Also a wonderful elephant song from a British TV show - I'll see if I can find it. Joy


25 Mar 04 - 04:42 PM (#1146149)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Nelly the Elephant?
From: Joybell

No can't find it. British Mudcatters might be able to come up with it. It's called
"Nelly the Elephant" and it starts:
Nelly the elephant packed her trunk and ran away to the circus....

The tune is a rollicking dance that sounds like the sort of dance an elephant would do. I heard an English girl play it on her concertina and later found the words. We have them somewhere but you'd need the tune.


25 Mar 04 - 04:52 PM (#1146158)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joybell

Oops Sorry! Had a few words wrong. It's here on thread number
0.7742


25 Mar 04 - 05:55 PM (#1146197)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joe_F

A tail behind, a trunk in front
Complete the usual elephant.
A tail in front, a trunk behind
Is what you very seldom find.
If you for elephants should hunt
With trunks behind and tails in front,
The hunt would occupy you long --
The force of habit is so strong.

-- A. E. Housman (from memory)

I shoot the Hippopotamus
with bullets made of platinum,
Because if I use leaden ones
his hide is sure to flatten 'em.

-- Hilaire Belloc


25 Mar 04 - 06:03 PM (#1146200)
Subject: Lyr Add: NELLIE THE ELEPHANT
From: TheBigPinkLad

Nellie the Elephant

To Bombay a travelling circus came,
They brought an inteligent elephant
and Nellie was her name.
One dark night she slipped her iron chain
and off she ran to Hindustan
and was never seen again!

Nellie the elephant packed her trunk
and said goodbye to the circus.
Off she went with a trumpety-trump
Trump trump trump!
New Nellie the elephant packed her trunk
and trundled off to the jungle.
Off she went with a trumpety
Trump trump trump trump!

The head of the herd
was calling far far away.
They met one night in the silver light
on the road to Mandalay!

Night by night she danced to the circus band.
When Nellie was leading the big parade
she looked so proud and grand.
No more tricks for Nellie to perform
They taught her how to take a bow
and she took the crowd by storm!


25 Mar 04 - 06:10 PM (#1146207)
Subject: Lyr Add: SYRACUSE THE ELEPHANT (Stackridge)
From: TheBigPinkLad

Syracuse the Elephant (Stackridge, circa 1972)

Syracuse the elephant wanders around
Never harming anyone, lies on the ground
Eats his trees and giant leaves, keeps to himself
Remem'bring herbal niceties found on the velt.

Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.
Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.

Born and bred in Bristol zoo, brought up on swedes
His keeper was a specialist who came down frm Leeds
Fed him well and curled his tail, making a show
But Syracuse the elephant still wanted to go.

Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.
Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.

Syracuse the elephant, remember his name
Then you won't forget his rise to fortune and fame.
They shipped him to America to star and to reign
And now he lives in Hollywood with Tarzan and Jane.

Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.
Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ... don't take my herbs away ...


25 Mar 04 - 07:30 PM (#1146271)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Cattail

Breezy, Taylor's "Huberta" was on the "Jeremy Taylor and Sydney Carter
at Eton" album, it was released in 1967 but I can't tell you which
label it was on at the moment.

Cheers for now.

Cattail !


25 Mar 04 - 10:37 PM (#1146363)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: JWB

I recall a song by Jon Gailmore (sp?) about Jumbo, with this repeated line:

Jumbo the elephant sure wasn't elegant
And his intelligence was small.

The story is dark, and concerns the consequence when one pushes an elephant too far.

Jerry


25 Mar 04 - 11:03 PM (#1146373)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Celtaddict

Mark, the elephant/telephone is indeed Ogden Nash.


26 Mar 04 - 07:25 PM (#1147109)
Subject: Lyr Add: HUBERTA (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Cattail

For Breezy, and any others who are interested in the sad story of Huberta the Hippopotamus. (A true story. Details culled from the library of the Johannesburg Sunday Times).

Transcribed off the album:-

"Sydney Carter and Jeremy Taylor at Eton"

Released in 1967 on the Fontana label.

Disk No: STL 5418

HUBERTA
by Jeremy Taylor

I'll tell you the story of Huberta the Hippopotamus,
Who one day
Left her home in the Umbolosi (sp?)
And wandered, far away.
Now she wandered for many a mile,
On a long and lonely exile,
Far away from the sugar plantation,
She knew when she was a child.

Well no one can tell you why she went to Durban,
For she gave no explanation,
But around midnight, she gave the city a fright,
By her appearance at the police station.
Furthermore we shall never know,
Why through the country club she didn't go,
And was finally seen, like a beauty queen,
Gazing in the chemist's window.

And then she visited Port St Johns,
Where she made a cursory call,
And the people there just stood and stared,
As she walked in through the town hall.
They said, "Johnny don't go too near.
Huberta, you can't stay here.
You're far to ugly for us to love,
Too clumsy for us to fear."

Huberta, why did you leave home?
What made you want to walk alone?
Who knows what lies in store for you,
And who can tell what men will do?

At last Huberta found a pool,
On a farm near King Williams town,
And finally, it seemed that she
Had decided to settle down.
But the public for interviews sought her,
And especially the reporters.
But Huberta was shy, and refused to comply,
Plunging back into the dark waters.

One day some Zulus passing by
Began to pelt Huberta with stones.
But hearing their cry, a witch doctor nearby,
At once consulted his sacred bones,
And forthwith proclaimed that Huberta
Was the risen spirit of Chaka.
And later, it's said, three men lay dead,
All punished for their misdemeanour.

Whenever horses or cows came by,
She invited them to stay.
She wagged her tail and advanced politely,
But always they ran away.
And then the sorrowful sight,
Huberta would sadly capsize.
Back into the pool where the muddy water,
Would hide the tears in her eyes.

Huberta, why don't you go home,
You know, you know, your turn will come.
For in this world of men and guns,
They'll spill your blood where the river runs.

Early in the morning four farmers came,
Their hands all sweaty, and their eyes aflame,
They said, "You've got no right to be on our land.
We'll teach you a lesson that you'll understand."
But Huberta made no effort to run,
So they dried their hands, and they levelled their guns,
They fired in her nose, in her eyes, in her head,
They fired in her belly till the river ran red,
Red blood, blood red. River, don't cry.
You know Huberta was born to die.

Huberta, why did you leave home?
What made you want to walk alone?
A fish can live where a dog will die.
A man can't go where the swallows fly.

Cheers for now

Cattail!


27 Mar 04 - 07:01 AM (#1147464)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Kenny B

From the sumlime to the ....

Have you ever seen an elephant pee?
Oh! what a wonderful scene,
Does it for an hour and a quarter,
And you can't see it's belly for steam.


04 May 04 - 07:25 PM (#1177933)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Cool Beans

We used clomp around the preschool, arms extended in front of us, hands clasped to make our trunks and sing:
The elephant carries a great big trunk
He never packs it with clothes
It has no lock and it has no key,
But he takes it wherever he goes.


05 May 04 - 05:52 AM (#1178299)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,banjoman

The best elephant song of all (my opinion) is "The hole in the Elephant's bottom" a music hall type song about a pantomime elephant.
Debbie Mclatchey did a song called "Seeing the Elephant" using the tune of the Ohio Boatman's Song - really not much about elephants except one verse
Keep looking


05 May 04 - 10:10 AM (#1178470)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Spike

Don't forget the immortal ;- Gene Cotton - Me And The Elephant


05 May 04 - 12:04 PM (#1178580)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: barnacle

The Jumbo the Elephant song mentioned earlier was by Leon Rosselson - a great song!!


13 Nov 04 - 11:32 AM (#1325666)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,cakesandpies_1@hotmail.com

Does anybody know the sone Me and the elephant? sung by various artists such as Val doonical, Gene cotton, Laudon wainwright and more. does anybody know where i can find the guitar tbs and/or chords for this song? ive looked all over the web but cannont find them.


14 Nov 04 - 06:11 PM (#1326747)
Subject: Lyr Add: ME AND THE ELEPHANT (Benny Whitehead)
From: Jim Dixon

Copied from http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/m/meandtheelephant.shtml

ME AND THE ELEPHANT
(Benny Whitehead)

I remember the day we had nothin' to do
So we went down to the City Zoo
Just to kill an hour or two
Out in the good sunshine.

But we had so much fun, we were glad that we came.
We fed all the animals and gave each a name,
An' didn't even mind when it started to rain.
We had a real good time.

But now that it's over and you're far away,
I miss you more with each passing day,
And all my friends sympathize and say,
"He'll forget in time.
Yes, you will. Give yourself a little more time."

But it's already been well over a year,
And just in case you're interested, you might like to hear
How everybody's doing down at the City Zoo
Without you.

Well the monkeys forgot ya, and the hippo forgot ya,
And so did the kangaroo;
But me and the elephant, we still remember you.
Me and the elephant, we'll never forget you.

Well I wrote to Ann Landers and Dear Abby too,
And sought their advice as to what I should do,
And they said everything that reminds me of you
Would all have to go.

So I burned all your pictures, except two or three:
The one by my bed, and one on my TV,
And the one that I always carry with me
Everywhere I go.

Now today was so nice and since I was in town,
I thought I'd take the opportunity to go down
And see how everyone is down at the City Zoo,
And what's new.

Well the rhino forgot ya, an' the zebra forgot ya,
The polar bear and tiger too;
But me and the elephant, we still remember you.
Me and the elephant, we'll never forget you.

[Recorded by Gene Cotton, 1975; Kenny Starr, 1977; Bobby Goldsboro, 1977; Val Doonican; Roy Clark; Lena Martell.]


17 Dec 04 - 10:46 AM (#1359739)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: alanww

We have the words for "Nellie the Elephant" here but I am finding it difficult to locate the dots.
Can anyone help me please?
" ... on the road to Mandalay!"
Alan


17 Dec 04 - 11:16 AM (#1359757)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: MMario

Nelly the elephant sheet music


17 Dec 04 - 11:18 AM (#1359760)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: MMario

sorry it took me so long


17 Dec 04 - 01:50 PM (#1359872)
Subject: Lyr Add: ANIMAL FAIR (from Thomas W. Talley)
From: Azizi

Here's a version of Animal Fair from Thomas W. Talley's 1922 book
"Negro Folk Rhymes". I believe that this answers CapriUni's question upthread from 04 Oct 01 - 12:46 AM.

Has you ever hearn tell 'bout de Animal Fair?
Dem birds an' beasts wus all down dere.
Dat jaybird a-settin' down on 'is wing!
Has you ever hearn tell about sitch a thing
As what 'us at dat Animal Fair?

Well, dem animals had a Fair.
Dem birds an' beast wys dere.
De big Baboon,
By de light o' de moon,
Jes comb up his sandy hair.

De monkey, he git drunk,
He kick up a red hot chunk.
Dem coals, dey 'rose;
An' bu'nt 'is toes!
He clumb de Elephan's trunk.

I went down to de Fair.
Dem varmints wll wuz dere.
Dat young Baboon
Wunk at Miss Coon;
Dat curled de Elephan's hair.

De Camel den walk 'bout,
An' tromped on de Elephan's snout.
De Elephan' sneeze,
An' fall on his knees;
Dat pleased all dem monkeys.

I'd be interested in knowing if there are any earlier published versions of this song.

---

Also, I would love more information about the cumulative elephant song that CapriUnit mentioned in his 28 Sep 01 post. Guest Barry on : 25 Mar 04 - 09:12 AM said that this was a well-known children's song here in Costa Rica and gave these words.

"Un elefante se balanceaba
Sobre la tela de un arana."
--
Would someone translate these Spanish words, please {if they aren't nonsense words} And does anyone have any more information about this song and Costa Rica. For instance, did the song come from Costa Rica, or from elsewhere and then was picked up in Costa Rica?

Finally, Little Robyn 25 Mar 04 mentioned that "We used to watch the Elephant Show on telly - Bram, Lois and Sharon.
Their theme song at the start was;
'One elephant went out to play,
Upon a spider's web one day....'"

Little Robyn, do you remember if that television song had the same cumulative words as the song that CapriUnit's uncle sung?

I would love to use this song in my children's programming, and would appreciate any information on its' history.

Thanks.


17 Dec 04 - 03:05 PM (#1359902)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Cool Beans

Then there's Michael Mish's "Charlie the Elephant," thematically similar to "Puff, the Magic Dragon" except that Charlie reappears and the adult singer/narrator goes for a ride on his back. Either tnat, or it's the narrator's child. The memory aint what it used to be.
It's a fine song and it's on Mish's children's recording "We Love the Animals."


17 Dec 04 - 07:43 PM (#1360090)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: alanww

Thanks for your efforts, MMario.
While it has most of the tune, after a closer look I see that bars 15 to 24 are missing from it. Or are they a repeats of an earlier section?
Can anyone help, please?
"Off she went with a ...!"
Alan


18 Dec 04 - 09:09 AM (#1360347)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Snuffy

Azizi

I'm no Spanish speaker, but it looks to me like
"Un elefante se balanceaba
Sobre la tela de un arana."

is about the same as
'One elephant went out to play,
Upon a spider's web one day...."


Alan. I'll see if I can get them done before I see you on Monday


18 Dec 04 - 03:53 PM (#1360616)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: wysiwyg

hEAR IT FOR YOURSELF:

HOLE IN THE ELEPHANT'S BOTTOM

~S~


31 May 05 - 10:24 PM (#1497093)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,montana_don@sofast.net

The lyrics to Dat Dere posted by Cool Beans a year ago are *NOT* the original lyrics. Oscar Brown, Jr wrote the words to Timmon's instrumental as a tribute to his son Bo Bo in the 50's and recorded them on Sin and Soul. Among other things, they are the words of a little boy to his father, not his mother. As one reviewer commented, "some clever hipster dialog between a daddy-o and his very young son".

The words cited are the ones used by Rickie Lee Jones.

Don C


01 Jun 05 - 07:25 AM (#1497263)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: RobbieWilson

An effervescing elephant
by Syd Barrett
Wonderful stuff


05 Aug 05 - 10:46 AM (#1535649)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: harpgirl

hippo songs


14 Oct 05 - 11:06 AM (#1583067)
Subject: Lyrics Add: Jumbo Says to Alice
From: Bard Judith

A bit of background here: My mother lives in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada - noted, among other things, as being the place where the famous Jumbo the elephant of Barnum-&-Bailey's, imported from England, lost his life. He is remembered there by a life-size statue overlooking the highway, and plenty of folklore and stories.   While visiting last year we were discussing the story and Mom dredged this little song up from her childhood memories. She tells me that Gran taught it to her.



Jumbo says to Alice,
"I love you."
Alice says to Jumbo,
"I don't believe you do!
For if you really loved me,
As you ought to do,
You wouldn't've gone to Americay
And left me in the zoo!"


07 Jan 07 - 06:18 PM (#1929614)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: MoorleyMan

And here's a new one for the Hippo Songs list: The Adventures of Harry The Hippopotamus by Mark Lunn - available on his CD-EP That's The Style ! Fab!


07 Jan 07 - 06:58 PM (#1929656)
Subject: Lyr Add: EXECUTION OF BLACK DIAMOND (Curtis Eller)
From: Cluin

The Execution of Black Diamond
by Curtis Eller

October twelfth is hotter than Hell in Texas
I guess elephants just go bad this time of year
And Clara James had no idea what hit her
Well we coulda done something if we had our shotguns here
But Corsicana, Texas
Is a town without no shade
And we never shoulda let that freak-show pass through here

(You got to) send a telegram off to P.T. Barnum
'Cause somebody's gonna take the blame and it might be you
Well, send a telegram off to P.T. Barnum
'Cause the old man always knows what to do

Well, I swear to God I never seen nothin' like it
That fender folded up like a valentine
And the trainers broke their necks but they couldn't do nothin'
That elephant's gonna be himself just one time
And the day will fall upon you
And the autumn will start to burn
And you can wash your hands but this stain is worse than wine

(You got to) send a telegram off to P.T. Barnum
'Cause somebody's gonna take the blame and it might be you
Send a telegram off to P.T. Barnum
'Cause the old man always knows what to do

Well they marched Black Diamond through the streets of Corsicana
Oh, but they could not chain that ghost up to the trees
He shook his head and he stumbled after the first shots
Even the bullets wilted in shame like a nest of bees
There's a funeral born in the circus
Like a stone baked in the bread
It was fifty bullets `fore that elephant fell to his knees

(You got to) send a telegram off to P.T. Barnum
'Cause somebody's gonna take the blame and it might be you
Oh, send a telegram off to P.T. Barnum
'Cause the old man always knows what to do
The old man always knows what to do


MP3 file here.


07 Jan 07 - 08:10 PM (#1929743)
Subject: Lyr Add: BLACK DIAMOND'S SONG (Al Evans)
From: Cluin

Another take on the same story:

Black Diamond's Song
by Al Evans

The sun is a-burnin'; the geeks are a-gawkin'
Nine tons of me walks down the street
We're in Corsicana and there's no way I'd be here
If it weren't for these chains on my feet
My name is Black Diamond; the circus can't tame me
And three men who tried to are dead
Now they've cut my tusks short, and put an iron bar on
So I can't reach my trunk to my head

And we roll across Texas and roll across Texas
And roll across Texas some more
In the heat of the midday sun and rockin' and reelin'
My feet are all chained to the floor
As we roll across Texas some more

The boxcar door opens and there stands my Curley
And elephant joy brings the tears
`Cause Curley's my buddy: the one man who knows me
My best friend for twenty-eight years
Now we're walkin' down Main Street, but we stop in the middle
It seems there's some kind of delay
And there stands Miss Eva, that elegant lady
Who's taken my Curley away

And we roll across Texas and roll across Texas
And roll across Texas some more
It's hotter than Hell here and no bath for three days
My feet are all chained to the floor
As we roll across Texas some more

She stands there, so cool and collected
She just doesn't see
How bein' alone and the chains of the circus is torturin' me
She knows she's taken my Curley
But she doesn't know
That elephants' memory and elephants' heartache is the last thing to go

Now, she comes toward us; I can feel the blood risin'
At the sound of her simperin' speech
She walks up to Curley; she says, "Can I touch him?"
She should have stayed out of my reach
If it wasn't for Curley, and knowin' he likes her
I would've just stepped on her head
But I just hit her too hard; I didn't mean to
I'm sorry she ended up dead

And we roll across Texas and roll across Texas
And roll across Texas some more
In the heat of the midday sun, with the rockin' and reelin'
My feet are all chained to the floor
As we roll across Texas some more

Back in the boxcar, I trumpet till midnight
Singin' my song of goodbye
They bring me some poison, but I do not eat it
But I know I am fixin' to die
Early next mornin', they chain me to four trees
In a forest of rifles and men
After forty-nine shots, I finally leave
And I ain't goin' back there again

To we roll across Texas and roll across Texas
And roll across Texas some more
In the heat of the midday sun with the rockin' and reelin'
My feet are all chained to the floor
As we roll across Texas some more

Yeah, we roll across Texas and roll across Texas
And roll across Texas some more


MP3 here


04 Apr 08 - 10:40 AM (#2306454)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mr Happy

The original 'Nellie the Elephant' here:http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=vlLIa8_pLpk


04 Apr 08 - 06:02 PM (#2306775)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Gerry

One hippopotami
Cannot get on a bus
Because one hippopotami
Is two hippopotamus

Allan Sherman, to the tune of What Kind Of Fool Am I.
http://dmdb.org/lyrics/sherman.nut.html#8

Two elephant songs at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/pdf/wigglewaggle_summer_2008_programme05.pdf
The first one is similar but not identical to the spider web song that has been mentioned here.


16 Jun 08 - 02:31 AM (#2366688)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,freedi4

To Cool Beans:

It's amazing to me that this thread was going on 4 years ago. I had been searching for the exact song you had lyrics to and I was able to find at least 60 versions of the song "Dat Dere" on iTunes! It is a song that I remember my father singing to me when I was a child. Thank you so much for you helping me to find it for my own collection in remembrance of him.


16 Jun 08 - 04:29 AM (#2366743)
Subject: Lyr Add: EFFERVESCING ELEPHANT (Syd Barrett)
From: GUEST

Saw this had reopened so I dug out Std's song which has both an elephant and a dirty hippopotamus

EFFERVESCING ELEPHANT (Syd Barrett) 1:52

An Effervescing Elephant
with tiny eyes and great big trunk
once whispered to the tiny ear
the ear of one inferior
that by next June he'd die, oh yeah!
because the tiger would roam.
The little one said: "Oh my goodness I must stay at home!
and every time I hear a growl
I'll know the tiger's on the prowl
and I'll be really safe, you know
the elephant he told me so."
Everyone was nervy, oh yeah!
and the message was spread
to zebra, mongoose, and the dirty hippopotamus
who wallowed in the mud and chewed
his spicy hippo-plankton food
and tended to ignore the word
preferring to survey a herd
of stupid water bison, oh yeah!
And all the jungle took fright,
and ran around for all the day and the night
but all in vain, because, you see,
the tiger came and said: "Who me?!
You know, I wouldn't hurt not one of you.
I'd much prefer something to chew
and you're all to scant." oh yeah!


He ate the Elephant


25 May 09 - 09:55 AM (#2640417)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST

Do you know where I might find sheet music for "The hole in the elephant's bottom"?


03 Sep 09 - 06:10 AM (#2715257)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mr Happy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_the_Elephant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlLIa8_pLpk


03 Sep 09 - 09:07 PM (#2715857)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joe_F

Flanders & Swann also had an elephant song, about an elephant who malingered amnesia:

I'm suffering from amnesia.
Me mind's a perfect blank.
Now life is very much easier:
Amnesia's to thank.

He went on to develop other symptoms:

I suffer from schizophrenia.
It comes on me in spells.
Sometimes I'm King of Armenia,
And others I'm Orson Welles.
I've told my psychoanalyst
That I'm a sacred cow.
I'd like to carry a howdah, but
I can't remember how.


05 Sep 09 - 08:54 PM (#2717154)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Tom Paxton: Don't Be Rude To A Rhinoceros

From Tom Paxton's Peanut Butter Pie album:

Don't Be Rude To A Rhinoceros

"Be careful what you grab when you help him into a cab, because you know a *** Rhinoceros *** is ticklish too!"


23 Jan 10 - 08:20 PM (#2819962)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Paradox

What's the rhymeing game little kids use to play and it went something like

Tarzan Big baboon, swining from a medel spoon...


30 Apr 10 - 08:10 AM (#2897245)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Alan Day

Dave Toy sings "The hole in the Elephants Bottom"
Al


29 Jul 10 - 05:37 PM (#2954744)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mr Happy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_the_Elephant


30 Jul 10 - 12:53 AM (#2954944)
Subject: Lyr Add: MARY THE ELEPHANT (Chuck Brodsky)
From: GUEST,raredance

MARY THE ELEPHANT
(Chuck Brodsky)

In the Sparks Brothers Circus
They smoked only cheap cigars
A two bit travelling circus.
10 to 15 railroad cars
With a not so high high wire
And some leaks around the tent
Educated sea lions
And four or five elephants

In the Clinch River Valley
A little mining town
Not too far from Kingsport
There's no one still around
That can tell it like it happened
And just stick to the facts
Not get mixed up with legends
Or start filling in the cracks

Red was Mary's handler
They'd hired him that day
He'd rode in on a box car
And he just sort of stayed
He got a job as janitor
At the Riverside Hotel
Until the circus came to town
He bid everyone farewell

He knew nothing about elephants
But what was there to know?
They were big, they were dumb
And they walked kind of slow
They had trunks for grabbing peanuts
And to stuff them in their mouths
He figured that was pretty much all
You need to know about 'em

So they handed Red a stick
For the afternoon parade
Only once did he whack Mary
It was his only mistake
She wrapped her trunk around him
Threw him to the ground
Stepped upon his head
There were children all around

Now contrary to the rumors
She was never tried
She never was convicted
Of any homicide
She never went to prison
No one sentenced her to hang
Like the storytellers told it
And the singers often sang

It was front page in the papers
From Statesville to Little Rock
From barbershops to filling stations
Mary was the talk
Sparks Brothers Circus
They just couldn't be going around
With such an unpredictable creature
They would have to put her down

It's said they fired bullets
But it was too small a gun
They tried some electricity
But she wasn't even stunned
It was all done in the spirit of
Good clean family fun
In the entertainment business
You give the people what they want

They shipped Mary in a railcar
To Erwin, Tennessee
They advertised a hanging
3000 came to see
The ringleader announced
It would be in the railroad yard
When the matinee was over
And there'd be no extra charge

They left her hanging half an hour
Till somebody got her down
The people got their money's worth
Pity the poor clowns
Who weren't really smiling
When they dumped her in a grave
That had been dug by a steam shovel
And was as big as a cave

The town won't put a marker
Above where Mary lies
They don't want the attention
Or lawsuits to arise
She never went to prison
No court sentenced her to hang
Like some storytellers told it
And some singers often sang


For the story and pictures you know what to do
http://www.blueridgecountry.com/archive/mary-the-elephant.html


26 Nov 10 - 12:03 PM (#3040898)
Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST

Does anyone know the chords to "Mary the Elephant"?