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Posted By: Steve Gardham
27-Apr-14 - 10:11 AM
Thread Name: Origins: The Hole in the Elephant's Bottom
Subject: RE: Origins: The Hole in the Elephant's Bottom
I know this is an old thread but the OP was asking for origins. Here's a short summary of what we know.

Charley states he can trace it back to the 30s but no evidence presented.

Billy Weekes, very knowledgeable on Music Hall origins, states 'a mock music hall song' probably dating from mid 20thc.

It can be found in recent anthologies of WWII songs.

Can anyone take it back further for definite?

It is a typical offering of the bards of officers' messes in WWII.

Given the format and subject matter it would have spread like wildfire through the forces at that time.

It is worth adding that when I first heard it in the 60s it was being performed in a very camp style.