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cetmst Lyr Req: Don't Go in the Lion's Cage Tonight (68* d) Lyr Add: DON'T GO IN THE LIONS' CAGE TONIGHT 05 Jan 09


Julie Andrews' album "Don't Go In the Lions' Cage Tonight" features Julie singing the following songs, sometimes accompanied by a barber shop quartet:
I Don't Care
The Honeysuckle and the Bee
Mother Was a Lady or If Jack Were Only Here
Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?
Everybody's Doin' It Now
Waiting at the Church (My Wife Won't Let Me)
Don't Go In the Lions' Cage Tonight
Burlington Bertie From Bow
Alexander's Ragtime Band
By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Smarty
She Is More to Be Pitied Than Censured

DON'T GO IN THE LIONS' CAGE TONIGHT

A mother once she had a lovely daughter;
The mother was an actress on the stage.
She traveled with a troupe of well-trained lions
And each night she went in the lions' cage (the lions' cage)
One day the daughter had a premonition
That everything that night would not go right.
The daughter told her mother in the kitchen
"Please, don't go in the lions' cage tonight (no not tonight)".

"Don't go in the cage tonight, mother darling;
For the lions look ferocious and they bite (bite, bite)
And when they get their angry fits they may tear you all to bits,
So don't go in the lions' cage tonight" (wa, wa, wa,wa).
The mother heeded not the daughter's warning
But turned to her and softly said "Pooh, pooh!"
"I think I ought to know what I am doing,
When I'm around the lions all feel blue (they all feel blue)".

That night when she was dancing in the lions' cage
The lions thought that they would like to eat (would like to eat)
And as they bit the darling mother's head off
These words cam back to her so pure and sweet (so pure and sweet)
"Don't go in the cage tonight, mother darling,
For the lions look ferocious and they bite (bite, bite),
And when they get their angry fits they may tear you all to bits,
Don't go in the lions' cage tonight (no not tonight)".

Obviously a later and less happy version than that in Pious Friends (first published in 1927). I have not come across the original version but suspect it had British Music Hall origins. - Charles


Julie Andrews recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSSkWey0Fj4

Homer & Jethro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCGoZ6L_tHA


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