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Thread #56753   Message #889141
Posted By: Jim Dixon
12-Feb-03 - 10:38 PM
Thread Name: Songs about a hospital (for school program)
Subject: Lyr Add: SOME LITTLE BUG IS GOING TO FIND YOU
Here's one I like. It's also appropriate for the period.

(This song is already in DT but the following transcription is more accurate and complete.)

Transcribed from the sheet music at The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music:

SOME LITTLE BUG IS GOING TO FIND YOU
(Words, Benjamin Hapgood Burt and Roy Atwell. Music, Silvio Hein. 1915.)

It is oftentimes a question in this age of indigestion
As to what to eat and what to leave alone,
For each microbe and bacillus has a diff'rent way to kill us,
And in time, they always claim us for their own.
There are germs in ev'ry kind in any food that you can find,
In the market or upon the bill of fare.
Drinking water's just as risky as the so-called deadly whiskey,
And it's often a mistake to breathe the air.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.
Some little bug will creep behind you some day.

Then he'll send for his bug friends and all your earthly trouble ends.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.

The inviting green cucumber gets most ev'rybody's number,
And the green corn has a system of its own,
While the radish and the cabbage often make unpleasant baggage
And may introduce the doctor in your home.
Eating lobster cooked or plain is only flirting with ptomaine,
And an oyster sometimes has a lot to say,
But the clams we eat in chowder make the angels sing the louder,
For they know that we'll be with them right away.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.
Some little bug will creep behind you some day.

Then he'll get into your gizzard; if you lose him, you're a wizard.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.

Take a slice of nice fried onion and you're fit for Dr. Munyon.
Apple dumplings kill you quicker than a train.
Chew a cheesy midnight "rabbit" and a grave you'll soon inhabit.
Ah, to eat at all is such a foolish game!
Eating huckleberry pie is a pleasing way to die,
While sauerkraut brings on softening of the brain.
When you eat banana fritters, every undertaker titters
And the casket-makers nearly go insane.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.
Some little bug will creep behind you some day.

With a nervous little quiver, he'll give cirrhosis of the liver.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.

When cold storage vaults I visit, I can only say, what is it
Makes poor mortals fill their systems with such stuff?
Now, for breakfast, prunes are dandy if a stomach pump is handy
And your doctor can be found quite soon enough.
Eat a plate of fine pig's knuckles and the headstone-cutter chuckles
While the gravedigger makes a note upon his cuff.
Eat that lovely red bologna and you'll wear a wooden kimono
As your relatives start scrapping 'bout your stuff.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.
Some little bug will creep behind you some day.

Eating juicy sliced pineapple makes the sexton dust the chapel.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.

All those crazy foods they mix will float us 'cross the River Styx,
Or they'll start us climbing up the Milky Way;
And the meals we eat in courses mean a hearse and two black horses,
So before a meal, some people always pray.
Luscious grapes breed 'pendicitis, and the juice leads to gastritis,
So there's only death to greet us either way;
And fried liver's nice but, mind you, friends will soon ride slow behind you
And the papers then will have nice things to say.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.
Some little bug will creep behind you some day.

Eat some sauce -- they call it chili -- on your breast, they'll place a lily.
Some little bug is going to find you some day.

[Recorded by Roy Atwell; Eubie Blake; Fats Pichon; Bradley Kincaid; Guy Lombardo; Phil Harris (who mostly recited the lyrics); Sally Rogers (who used a different tune) on "Love Will Guide Us"; and William Bolcom and Joan Morris on "Moonlight Bay: Songs As Is and Songs As Was." The following quote is from Bolcom & Morris' liner notes:On this page you can click a link that will play an old recording by M. J. O'Connell.

On this page you can click a link that will play an old recording by Billy Murray.

On this page you can click a link that will play a program of music from old cylinders and 78s, including this song, performed by Roy Atwell.

On this page you can click a link that will play a midi file; and you are supposed to be able to view the sheet music if you have Sibelius software installed.