Mudcat Café message #2804438 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #515   Message #2804438
Posted By: Gaiamuse
05-Jan-10 - 08:18 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Yes We Have No Bananas
Subject: Lyr Add: YES WE HAVE NO BANANAS
Yes We Have No Bananas

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, he never answers "no"
He just yes'es you to death, and as he takes your dough, he tells you
"Yes, we have no bananas
We have-a no bananas today
We've string beans, and onions
Ca-bah-ges, and scallions,
And all sorts of fruit, and say
We have an old fashioned to-mah-to
A Long Island po-tah-to. But yes, we have no bananas
We have no bananas today!

Business got so good for him that he wrote home today,
"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 "sparrow grass*" and then the whole quartet
All answered "Yes, we have no bananas
We have-a no bananas today
Just try those co-co-nuts
Those wall-nuts 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"

("Sparrow grass" = Asparagus)

From the 1922 Broadway Revue "Make it Snappy" by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn. Sung by Eddie Cantor.