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Thread #515   Message #1884380
Posted By: Jim Dixon
12-Nov-06 - 10:58 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Yes We Have No Bananas
Subject: Lyr Add: YES! WE HAVE NO BANANAS (Silver, Cohn)
From Indiana University Sheet Music Collections:

YES! WE HAVE NO BANANAS
(Frank Silver & Irving Cohn, 1923)

1. There's a fruit store on our street.
It's run by a Greek,
And he keeps good things to eat,
But you should hear him speak.
When you ask him anything,
Never answers "no."
He just "yesses" you to death
And as he take your dough, he tells you:

CHORUS: YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.
We've string beans and HON-ions,
Cab-BAH-ges and scallions,
And all kinds of fruit and say,
We have an old fashioned to-MAH-to,
Long Island po-TAH-to,
But YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

2. Bus'ness got so good with him,
He wrote home to say,
"Send me Pete and Nick and Jim.
I need help right away."
When he got them in the store,
There was fun, you bet.
Someone asked for "Sparrowgrass"
And then the whole quartet all answered:

Extra Choruses

2. YES! We have no bananas; we have no bananas today.
Our eggs are delicious,
But they act suspicious.
They look like they passed away.
And if you try some of our spin-ISH,
We'll tell you your finish,
But, YES! We have no bananas; we have no bananas today.

3. YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.
We'll sell you some Swiss cheese.
When you open up this cheese,
It gets up and walks away.
We got those IM-ported STRUM-berries,
From fine cemeteries,
But, YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

4. YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.
Our grapefruit, I'll bet you,
Is not gonna wet you.
We drain them out every day.
We got those hen fruit—have you tried 'em?
Live chickens inside 'em,
But, YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

5. YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.
We just killed a pony,
So try our bologny.
It's flavored with oats and hay.
We have those New Hamp-SHY-re squashes.
They taste like go-LAH-shes,
But, YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

6. YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.
Our famous cucumbers
Were tested by plum-BERS,
And they cannot leak, they say.
We have some nice fresh vege-TAY-bles.
Just look at the labels,
But, YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

7. YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.
We have aspar-AY-gus
That's good for lum-BAY-gus,
And grapefruit that's turning gray;
And you can take home for the WIM-mens
Nice juicy per-SIM-mons,
But, YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

8. YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.
Just try those co-CO-nuts,
Those walnuts and doughnuts.
There ain't many nuts like they.
We'll sell you two kinds of Red herring:
Dark brown and ball bearing,
But, YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

LAST CHORUS: YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.
This song isn't pretty,
But still it's a ditty
That grows on you day by day;
And you can all do something for us:
Just join in the chorus. SPOKEN: All together!
YES! we have no bananas. We have no bananas today.

Words and music by Frank Silver & Irving Cohn, 1923.