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Posted By: Jim Dixon
22-Mar-04 - 08:09 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Johnny Schmoker
Subject: Lyr Add: JOHNNY SCHMOKER
From a song sheet (broadside) at The Library of Congress American Memory Collection

JOHNNY SCHMOKER.

In this song, an old German musician tells his friend, Johnny Schmoker, about the instruments upon which he can play, and describes them by motions while he sings. When performed by a chorus, especially of men, the movements being in exact time, and all together, an effect is produced which has not been equalled by anything of the kind ever produced in this country. Observe: that the motions are made only when the words describing the instruments, are sung, as for example, at: "Rub a dub a dub," the roll of the drum is imitated, beginning (as in the case of all the instruments) with the first, and ending exactly with the last word; at: "Pilly willy wink," the hands are placed as if playing the Fife, and the fingers only move; at: "Tic knock knock," the right hand strikes three times under the left, as if playing the Triangle; at: "Bom bom bom," the hand is moved forward and back, as if playing the Trombone; and so on the last, which is imitated by crooking both arms and striking with them against the sides, as if playing the Bag-pipe. Observe that the singing at some of the instruments is loud, and at others soft; also, that the phrase where each instrument is first mentioned, is repeated, and that the first movement, which is sung when each instrument is introduced, is to save room, printed but once.

Johnny Schmoker, Johnny Schmoker,
Ich kann spielen,
Ich kann spielen, Ich kann spielen,
Ich kann spiel mein kline Drummel,
Rub a dub a dub, dis ist mein Drummel.

Fifie, Pilly willy wink, das ist mein Fifie;
Rub a dub a dub, das ist mein Drummel:
Mein Rub a dub a dub,
Mein Pilly willy wink, das ist mein Fifie.

Triangle, Tick knock knock, das ist Triangle
Pilly willy wink, das ist mein Fifie,
Rub a dub a dub, das ist mein Drummel,
Mein Rub a dub a dub,
Mein Pilly willy wink,
Mein Tick knock knock, das ist Triangle.

Trombone: Bom, bom bom, das ist mein Trombone.
Tic knock knock, das ist Triangle,
Pilly willy wink, das ist mein Fifie,
Rub a dub a dub, das ist mein Drummel;
Mein Rub a dub a dub.
Mein Pilly willy wink,
Mein Tic knock knock,
Mein Bom bom bom, das its mein Trombone.

Cymbal, Zoom zoom zoom, das ist mein Cymbal,
Bom bom bom, das ist deim Trombone,
Tic knock knock, das ist Triangle.
Pilly willy wink, das ist mein Fifie,
Rub a dub a dub, das ist mein Drummel.

Mein Rub a dub a dub,
Mein Pilly willy wink,
Mein Tick knock knock,
Mein Bom bom bom,
Mein Zoom zoom zoom, das ist mein Cymbal

Viol, Fal lal lal, das ist mein Viol,
Zoom zoom zoom, das ist mein Cymbal,
Bom bom bom, das ist mein Trombone,
Tic knock knock, das ist Triangle,
Pilly willy wink, das ist mein Fifie,
Rub a dub a dub, das ist mein Drummel.
Mein Rub a dub a dub,
Mein Pilly willy wink,
Mein Tic knock knock,
Mein Bom bom bom,
Mein Zoom zoom zoom,
Mein Fal lal lal, das ist mein Viol.

Toodle-Sach, Whack whack whack, das ist mein Toodle-Sach.
Fal lal lal, das ist mein Viol,
Zoom zoom zoom, das ist mein Cymbal,
Bom bom bom, das ist mein Trombone,
Tic knock knock, das ist Triangle,
Pilly willy wink, das ist mein Fifie,
Rub a dub a dub, das ist mein Drummel.
Mein Rub a dub a dub,
Mein Pilly willy wink,
Mein Tic knock knock,
Mein Bom bom bom,
Mein Zoom zoom zoom,
Mein Fal lal lal,
Mein Whack whack wheck, das ist mein Toodle-Sach.

H. DE MARSAN, Publisher.
54 Chatham Street, New York.