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Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs

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Subject: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 11:15 PM

There are two elephant songs and one hippopotamus song I'm trying to find -- and there may be other good suggestions, too.

One song is by Baby Gramps of Seattle, called "Go Wash An Elephant (If You Wanna Do Something Big)."

A second is an old jazz song that goes, "Daddy, can I have dat big elephant over dere?"

The third is "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas."

Does someone have lyrics and/or chords for these?

How about others?

I already know Flanders and Swann's "Hippopotamus" song (in the DT, I think) -- except for the 4th verse, after the hippopotamus gets married (and divorced, I think).

There's also "When I See A Elephant Fly," from Disney's "Dumbo."

What about other pachyderm songs (rhinos included)?

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Argenine
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 05 Sep 01 - 11:17 PM

Uh-oh! Somehow the thread title got posted wrong even after I corrected the typo. How do I fix it?

(Can you fix it, Joe? If you can, thanks. Argenine)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Sonja
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 03:28 AM

There's an old thread: I Carried Water For The Elephant.

It has the lyrics to this old circus song.

Don't know the Baby Gramps song or the other one you mentioned, Argenine.

Sonja


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joe Offer
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 03:42 AM

Hi, Argenine - be sure to try our Digitrad and Forum Search. Here's I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas (click).


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 08:14 PM

The 4th stanza (from memory):

The amorous hippopotamus whose love song we know
Is now married and father of ten.
He murmurs "God rot 'em!" as he watches them grow,
And he longs to be single again.
He'll gambol no more by the banks of the Nile,
Which Nasser is flooding next spring.
With hippopoTAmas in silken pyjamas
No more will he teach them to sing...

The switch from the Shalimar to the Nile was inconspicuous in that this stanza was sung, by itself, in the second show (_Another_ Hat).


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:05 PM

Thanks for that verse, Joe F.

Joe Offer, Thanks for the Hippo for Xmas link. The reason I hadn't looked it up before is that it was an afterthought--not the main focus of the thread, which is mainly to get the Baby Gramps song and the "Can I Have Dat Big Elephant" songs ( and any others I am not aware of).

Sorry for the duplication.

Argenine


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Metchosin
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 11:20 PM

You want Hippopotamus songs? Boy do these people here have Hippo Songs!

Mind you their composer information is a bit suspect. "If You Love A Hippopotamus" by Heather Bishop from her Album Bellybutton is listed as being written by someone called Bethie? But don't let that disuade you, its a great song, my kids and I loved it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Nigel.Parsons
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 01:00 PM

"When I see an elephant fly " has already been mentioned, but, also from Dumbo, there's "Pink Elephants on Parade", an amusing interlude when Dumbo is drunk.

Also, whilst on Disney, there's "Heffalumps and Woozels" (elephants & weasels ?) on one of the Winnie The Pooh videos.

What madness has of late possessed the brain ? Though few can write, yet fewer can refrain!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: breezy
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 03:58 PM

try jeremy taylor's Huberta the hippoppotamas and yougot nellie the elephant then there's one by leon rosselson which starts 'Jumbo the elephant, he wasn't elegant and his intelligence was small, But he was a sort of nice kind of elephant , ///// and mild ,like a lovable child obedient to anyones call---- then it goes on about its relationship with the mayor . if you locate taylor let me know.good luck


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Pelrad
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 01:40 PM

Song #4 on Metchosin's link above, Hippopotamus Rock, was written and recorded by RosenShontz. Their albums are still available from places like cdnow and amazon.com. Catchy tune; it's got a great beat and you can dance to it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 01:52 PM

Thank you, Metchosin--I've been trying to find out who wrote "If You Love a Hippopotamus" ever since I heard it at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in 1986! It's one of my daughter's favorite songs. The person who sang it at PSGW (it was one of the members of "Motherlode", but I can't remember who) added this verse, which her daughter wrote:

If your friend the hippo
Is stuck inside the zoo
Just dress her up like a person
And sneak her out with you

Also, we sing the last lines of the last verse, "She'll tiptoe out hippopotamusly and shut the door" with a diminuendo and ritardando (quieter and slower!), followed by a l-o-o-o-n-g pause, then a shouted..."WHAM!!!!" Very effective.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mrrzy
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 02:27 PM

Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack gets into elephants but it's a little peripheral...


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 03:46 PM

You folks have given some leads to great songs. Keep it up, but I'm going to post a separate thread for Baby Gramps's song and the other elephant song, because the hippos have taken over this thread. (Nodody knows any Rhinoceros songs? Of-courseros not.)

Arge


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 10 Sep 01 - 06:22 PM

Well, maybe somebody could put a tune to this one:

Once there was an elephant
Who tried to use the telephant
Oh, no, I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone
Whate'er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk
The more he tried to get it free
The louder buzzed the telephee
(I fear I'd better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong)

I think that was in the Childcraft poetry volume, if anybody remembers Childcraft. I don't know who wrote it, but it sounds suspiciously like Mr. Nash.

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Genie
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 03:33 AM

Are there any lyrics to the "Baby Elephant Rhumba" or whatever it's called?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Troll
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 08:22 AM

"Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini from the movie "Hatari!" starring none other than *JOHN WAYNE*. ta da

troll


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: raredance
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 09:03 PM

"Englebert the Elephant" by Tom Paxton


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Subject: Lyr Add: JUMBO THE ELEPHANT (Evans, Snow)
From: raredance
Date: 26 Sep 01 - 09:17 PM

JUMBO THE ELEPHANT<
(words F H Evans, music J A Snow)

"O have you seen the elephant?" is all the people's cry;
The great and mighty elepohant who stands so broad and high.
He daily eats a ton of hay, and drinks upon the sly
A tub of circus lemonade and several pints of rye.

CHORUS: O have you seen the elephant, from England late he came
He is the king of elephants and Jumbo is his name.

Old Jumbo likes a social glass, but he is never drunk
Though people say he always keeps a bottle in his trunk.
But then there's always snakes around, and Jumbo thinks it right
To keep some rye on hand to cure and accidental bite.

When people went to see him first they wondered at his size;
And then he looked so funny too, and winked his knowing eyes.
But they were very much surprised when soon the monster ran
And left the ring between the acts to go and see a man.

from "Folksongs Out of Wisconsin" by Harry Peters (1977 State Historical Society of Wisconsin). song supplied by the Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 01:42 AM

Thanks, Troll.

I was having a senior moment or something like that. Are there lyrics to Baby Elephant Walk?
Argenine


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 27 Sep 01 - 03:04 AM

Sorry Argenine,

Baby Elephant Walk didn't have any lyrics on the sheet music I used to own...

Lin


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: CapriUni
Date: 28 Sep 01 - 04:51 PM

There's a song my uncle used to sing (sorry, I don't have the tune for it) that was a very simple accumulative song (along the lines of "100 bottles of beer"), that went like this:

An el-e-pant went out to play
out on a spid-er's web, one day.
He had such e-NORM-ous fun,
he in-vit-ed an-oth-er el-e-phant to come.

Two el-e-phants went out to play

Etc. ...

The song would start with my uncle singing, and marching around the room. When he got to "he invited another elephant..." he would reach out and take the hand of another person there, and then the two of them would romp around the room, and it would continue until everyone in the room was part of the chain, which would end up marching through all the rooms on that level of the house...

Mind you, he did this with adults :-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Genie
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 02:23 AM

Rich R,
Do you have the words to the Tom Paxton elephant song?



There's always "Boom, Boom, Ain't It Great to Be Crazy." One verse goes:

Way down south where bananas grow,
A monkey stepped on the elephant's toe.
The elephant said, with tears in his eyes,
"Why don't ya pick on somebody your own size?!"
Genie


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ANIMAL FAIR
From: Metchosin
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 02:50 AM

There's also the song:

The Animal Fair?

I went to the animal fair
The birds and the bees were there
The big baboon
By the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair
The monkey sat kerplunk
Right on the elephant's trunk
The elephant sneezed
And fell on his knees
But what became of the monk,
The monk, the monk, the monk?
But what became of the monk.

Mark, when they were small, my kids used to sing Heather Bishop's Hippopotamus Song and Bellybutton, mimicing her voice. The lady has decidedly unique vocal qualities and their rendition was a hoot.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Mr Red
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 06:43 PM

Flanders & Swan, "Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud"
it has the immortal rhyme or "regular army" with "Hippopotamii".
It was probably on the album "At the Drop of a Hat"


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Genie
Date: 03 Oct 01 - 08:24 PM

or the immortal rhyme
"the hippopotamus was no ignoramus..." I believe it's in the DT. It's full of immortal rhymes!

Genie


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: CapriUni
Date: 04 Oct 01 - 12:46 AM

Metochosin --

I learned a variation of the "Animal Fair" song, with the following difference (learned from my mother):

"The monkey, he got drunk,
And sat on the elephant's trunk"

I don't know where she learned it from...


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: raredance
Date: 05 Oct 01 - 12:32 AM

The Paxton song is on the album "The Marvelous Toy & Other Gallimaufry" (1986 Flying Fish FF408). I'm thinking it may also be on one of his kids CDs such as "Peanut Butter Pie" but I don't know for sure. It's not on "Suzy Was A Rocker". There is no lyric sheet in my copy of the LP which means either there never was one or the kids lost it years ago. That means it goes on the list of songs to transcribe whenever I get to it.

rich r


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Metchosin
Date: 05 Oct 01 - 12:42 AM

CapriUni, come to think of it, I think yours is the correct wording, guess I was having a senior moment.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: CapriUni
Date: 05 Oct 01 - 01:29 AM

Metchosin --

That's the neat thing about folk music, though: there *Are* no "senior" moments... The songs are right if we sing 'em that way, as long as they feel right on our breath, if you know what I mean.

(now, when I called you "Metochosin" *That* was a senior moment!) ;-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Metchosin
Date: 05 Oct 01 - 02:03 AM

Nope! I think when I didn't notice that you had called me Metochosin still has me in the lead*BG*


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Sourdough
Date: 05 Oct 01 - 02:43 AM

I recall hearing a Hebrew song popular in Israel in the 1960s. It was a lighthearted little song with the predominent sounds being consonants that "come trippingly across thet tongue". Since I don't know Hebrew, I can't help with words but perhaps another Catter can. The song title transliterates to El Hippopotame. I think.

S. Dough


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Argenine
Date: 08 Oct 01 - 08:42 PM

Sourdough, I sure hope someone can find that song. It sounds great and I would love to hear it. ----- Arge


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 09:12 AM

In response to CapriUno's elephant song that his uncle sang, it's a well-known children's song here in Costa Rica.

"Un elefante se balanceaba
Sobre la tela de un arana."

Saludos,

Barry


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 11:30 AM

Bobby Bare, on an album titled "Singing In The Kitchen", does a nice little song by Shel Silverstein called either "The Elephant and the MOnkey" or "Long Long Time Ago".


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Little Robyn
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 02:50 PM

We used to watch the Elephant Show on telly - Bram, Lois and Sharon.
Their theme song at the start was;
'One elephant went out to play,
Upon a spider's web one day....'
It was loaded with elephant jokes as well as folky songs, games, rhymes, etc. The daughter is 18 now but she still enjoys watching the old videos of that show.
Robyn


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Subject: Lyr Add: DAT DERE (Timmons, Brown)
From: Cool Beans
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 04:01 PM

"Can I have that big elephant over there" is a lyric from "Dat Dere" a jazz song from back in the 60s.

Dat Dere
(Bobby Timmons/Oscar Brown Jr.)

Hey mama, what's that there?
And what's that doing there?
Hey mama, up here! Mama, hey look at that over there!
And what's that doing there?
And where're they going there?
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there?

Who's that in my chair?
And what's he doing there?
Mummy, up here!
Mummy, can I go over there?
Hey mummy, what is square?
And where do we get air?
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there?

Quit talking!
There's no more anything here!
Forever to manage to know who and why and where!
Quit that, child!
Sometimes the questions get filed!
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there?

Don't wanna comb my hair
And where's my teddy bear?
Mummy, up here!
Look at the cowboy coming there!
And can I have a pair
Of boots like that to wear?
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there?

Time will march
Days will go
And little baby's going to grow
I gotta tell her what she needs to know
I'll help her along
And she'll be strong
And she'll know right from wrong

As life's parade goes marching by
She's gonna need to know some reasons why
I don't have all the answers
But I'll try the best as I can
I'll make him a man, that's right

'Cause you give the kid your best
And hope she passes the test
And I find it so hard I taught him well ***
Somewhere though she's going I betting I never will forget ***
Mummy, can I have that big elephant over there?

Hey why they do that there?
And how you put that there?
Hey mummy, up here! Hey mummy, what that say up there?
Hey mummy, what is fair?
How come I have to share?
And mummy can I have that big elephant over there? (3x)


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joybell
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 04:16 PM

There's the little kids' song:

Haydee, haydee-ho
The great big elephant is so slow
Haydee, heydee-ho
The elephant is so slow.

Not much to it. The tunes rather vague, more of a chant.
Also a wonderful elephant song from a British TV show - I'll see if I can find it. Joy


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Nelly the Elephant?
From: Joybell
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 04:42 PM

No can't find it. British Mudcatters might be able to come up with it. It's called
"Nelly the Elephant" and it starts:
Nelly the elephant packed her trunk and ran away to the circus....

The tune is a rollicking dance that sounds like the sort of dance an elephant would do. I heard an English girl play it on her concertina and later found the words. We have them somewhere but you'd need the tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joybell
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 04:52 PM

Oops Sorry! Had a few words wrong. It's here on thread number
0.7742


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 05:55 PM

A tail behind, a trunk in front
Complete the usual elephant.
A tail in front, a trunk behind
Is what you very seldom find.
If you for elephants should hunt
With trunks behind and tails in front,
The hunt would occupy you long --
The force of habit is so strong.

-- A. E. Housman (from memory)

I shoot the Hippopotamus
with bullets made of platinum,
Because if I use leaden ones
his hide is sure to flatten 'em.

-- Hilaire Belloc


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Subject: Lyr Add: NELLIE THE ELEPHANT
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 06:03 PM

Nellie the Elephant

To Bombay a travelling circus came,
They brought an inteligent elephant
and Nellie was her name.
One dark night she slipped her iron chain
and off she ran to Hindustan
and was never seen again!

Nellie the elephant packed her trunk
and said goodbye to the circus.
Off she went with a trumpety-trump
Trump trump trump!
New Nellie the elephant packed her trunk
and trundled off to the jungle.
Off she went with a trumpety
Trump trump trump trump!

The head of the herd
was calling far far away.
They met one night in the silver light
on the road to Mandalay!

Night by night she danced to the circus band.
When Nellie was leading the big parade
she looked so proud and grand.
No more tricks for Nellie to perform
They taught her how to take a bow
and she took the crowd by storm!


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Subject: Lyr Add: SYRACUSE THE ELEPHANT (Stackridge)
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 06:10 PM

Syracuse the Elephant (Stackridge, circa 1972)

Syracuse the elephant wanders around
Never harming anyone, lies on the ground
Eats his trees and giant leaves, keeps to himself
Remem'bring herbal niceties found on the velt.

Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.
Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.

Born and bred in Bristol zoo, brought up on swedes
His keeper was a specialist who came down frm Leeds
Fed him well and curled his tail, making a show
But Syracuse the elephant still wanted to go.

Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.
Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.

Syracuse the elephant, remember his name
Then you won't forget his rise to fortune and fame.
They shipped him to America to star and to reign
And now he lives in Hollywood with Tarzan and Jane.

Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ah-ah.
Oh, leave me alone, I want to go home ... don't take my herbs away ...


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Cattail
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 07:30 PM

Breezy, Taylor's "Huberta" was on the "Jeremy Taylor and Sydney Carter
at Eton" album, it was released in 1967 but I can't tell you which
label it was on at the moment.

Cheers for now.

Cattail !


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: JWB
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 10:37 PM

I recall a song by Jon Gailmore (sp?) about Jumbo, with this repeated line:

Jumbo the elephant sure wasn't elegant
And his intelligence was small.

The story is dark, and concerns the consequence when one pushes an elephant too far.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Celtaddict
Date: 25 Mar 04 - 11:03 PM

Mark, the elephant/telephone is indeed Ogden Nash.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HUBERTA (Jeremy Taylor)
From: Cattail
Date: 26 Mar 04 - 07:25 PM

For Breezy, and any others who are interested in the sad story of Huberta the Hippopotamus. (A true story. Details culled from the library of the Johannesburg Sunday Times).

Transcribed off the album:-

"Sydney Carter and Jeremy Taylor at Eton"

Released in 1967 on the Fontana label.

Disk No: STL 5418

HUBERTA
by Jeremy Taylor

I'll tell you the story of Huberta the Hippopotamus,
Who one day
Left her home in the Umbolosi (sp?)
And wandered, far away.
Now she wandered for many a mile,
On a long and lonely exile,
Far away from the sugar plantation,
She knew when she was a child.

Well no one can tell you why she went to Durban,
For she gave no explanation,
But around midnight, she gave the city a fright,
By her appearance at the police station.
Furthermore we shall never know,
Why through the country club she didn't go,
And was finally seen, like a beauty queen,
Gazing in the chemist's window.

And then she visited Port St Johns,
Where she made a cursory call,
And the people there just stood and stared,
As she walked in through the town hall.
They said, "Johnny don't go too near.
Huberta, you can't stay here.
You're far to ugly for us to love,
Too clumsy for us to fear."

Huberta, why did you leave home?
What made you want to walk alone?
Who knows what lies in store for you,
And who can tell what men will do?

At last Huberta found a pool,
On a farm near King Williams town,
And finally, it seemed that she
Had decided to settle down.
But the public for interviews sought her,
And especially the reporters.
But Huberta was shy, and refused to comply,
Plunging back into the dark waters.

One day some Zulus passing by
Began to pelt Huberta with stones.
But hearing their cry, a witch doctor nearby,
At once consulted his sacred bones,
And forthwith proclaimed that Huberta
Was the risen spirit of Chaka.
And later, it's said, three men lay dead,
All punished for their misdemeanour.

Whenever horses or cows came by,
She invited them to stay.
She wagged her tail and advanced politely,
But always they ran away.
And then the sorrowful sight,
Huberta would sadly capsize.
Back into the pool where the muddy water,
Would hide the tears in her eyes.

Huberta, why don't you go home,
You know, you know, your turn will come.
For in this world of men and guns,
They'll spill your blood where the river runs.

Early in the morning four farmers came,
Their hands all sweaty, and their eyes aflame,
They said, "You've got no right to be on our land.
We'll teach you a lesson that you'll understand."
But Huberta made no effort to run,
So they dried their hands, and they levelled their guns,
They fired in her nose, in her eyes, in her head,
They fired in her belly till the river ran red,
Red blood, blood red. River, don't cry.
You know Huberta was born to die.

Huberta, why did you leave home?
What made you want to walk alone?
A fish can live where a dog will die.
A man can't go where the swallows fly.

Cheers for now

Cattail!


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Kenny B (inactive)
Date: 27 Mar 04 - 07:01 AM

From the sumlime to the ....

Have you ever seen an elephant pee?
Oh! what a wonderful scene,
Does it for an hour and a quarter,
And you can't see it's belly for steam.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: Cool Beans
Date: 04 May 04 - 07:25 PM

We used clomp around the preschool, arms extended in front of us, hands clasped to make our trunks and sing:
The elephant carries a great big trunk
He never packs it with clothes
It has no lock and it has no key,
But he takes it wherever he goes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,banjoman
Date: 05 May 04 - 05:52 AM

The best elephant song of all (my opinion) is "The hole in the Elephant's bottom" a music hall type song about a pantomime elephant.
Debbie Mclatchey did a song called "Seeing the Elephant" using the tune of the Ohio Boatman's Song - really not much about elephants except one verse
Keep looking


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Elephant & Hippo Songs
From: GUEST,Spike
Date: 05 May 04 - 10:10 AM

Don't forget the immortal ;- Gene Cotton - Me And The Elephant


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