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Thread #33157   Message #702325
Posted By: Jim Dixon
01-May-02 - 04:08 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Television / Tele-Vee-Shun (Stan Freberg)
Subject: Lyr Add: TELEVISION (Stan Freberg)
I found these lyrics at an Australian television site. I Americanized the spelling and punctuation, since Stan Freberg is American. Ironically, he made a good part of his living from television, both as a performer and as an advertising executive and copywriter. I don't know the tune, but from the dialect, I'm guessing it has a calypso beat. It was a genre he loved to parody. The web site has a sound file, which I haven't listened to, because the song is apparently embedded in a long program. It would be nice if someone would work up a midi or ABC file from it, or at least identify the tune, if he stole it.

Copied from http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/mediarpt/stories/s226416.htm

TELEVISION
(Stan Freberg)

Television, television,
I'm sick of it.

Hey, Mr. General Public, do you realize
That we got a generation of staring eyes?
The women never bother getting housework done.
They just sit around gawking at television.
The kiddies never run and playing out of door.
Apart from that they never reading books no more.
You ask them who's the father our country, man.
They say was either Walt Disney or Ed Sullivan.

Oh, television, television.
I'm sick from-a looking on television.
I got-a weak in the eyes, weak in the head likewise
From sitting and looking on television.

The burglar come sneaking in and break the latch
While grandma she is looking on the wrestling match.
She throws him on the floor although she's ninety years old.
She says "I got him with a step-over toehold."
I turn on Elvis Presley and my daughter scream.
I fear she have a nervous breakdown 'cause of him.
I wonder why he wiggle-waggle to the beat?
As a boy he must have had a loose bicycle seat.

Oh television, television,
I'm sick from a-looking on television.
I got-a weak in the eyes, weak in the head likewise,
From sitting and looking on television.

The children of the country eat their dinner, you bet,
But they eat it sitting in front of the TV set.
They got pudding in their ears from the north to the south,
From eating while watching and missing their mouth.
Last night a very unusual thing occurred.
The baby he is saying his very first word.
I have him on my shoulder for to make him burp.
Instead he open his mouth and say "Wyatt Earp!"

Television, television