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Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?

GUEST 14 Nov 11 - 02:58 AM
Bert 14 Nov 11 - 10:28 AM
GUEST,pakamac 10 Aug 12 - 05:46 PM
GUEST,pylortes 26 Apr 14 - 10:01 PM
GUEST,JTB 27 Apr 14 - 05:04 PM
GUEST,Wendy 03 May 14 - 06:53 AM
dick greenhaus 03 May 14 - 02:42 PM
GUEST,Joe Knight 16 Jun 14 - 11:08 PM
Rog Peek 17 Jun 14 - 04:40 AM
eftifino 17 Jun 14 - 09:22 AM
GUEST,Joe Kitchen 05 Aug 14 - 06:56 AM
Lighter 10 Aug 14 - 09:36 AM
dick greenhaus 10 Aug 14 - 10:46 AM
GUEST,Chorus 22 May 15 - 03:52 PM
GUEST,Eoin Bruce 19 Jan 17 - 02:52 AM
Jim Carroll 19 Jan 17 - 04:15 AM
GUEST 08 Jul 17 - 06:59 AM
GUEST,Guest...John Taylor 23 Jun 18 - 10:29 AM
Charley Noble 24 Jun 18 - 08:02 PM
GUEST 15 May 19 - 07:28 AM
GUEST,Guest 23 Jun 19 - 01:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 02:58 AM

This takes me back to the end of our basic training in the British Army in 1959, when the detested Corporals who had been the bane of our life suddenly became human and introduced us to this song. We also sang the chorus version already given containing 'the elephant and the kangaroo-oo-oo-oo'. Thanks all for recapturing the memory. Brian.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: Bert
Date: 14 Nov 11 - 10:28 AM

...Making sense has never been a strong suit for those who sing this song...

I know Charlie, but I thought that the possibility of it being the original version might be of interest to some of the dyed in the wool folkies here.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,pakamac
Date: 10 Aug 12 - 05:46 PM

"And in the next cage ladies and gentlemen, we have the Polar Bear"
" Ooh, ahh, the polar bear. What the f***in' hell is that?"
" One on side of the North pole lives an Englishman who keeps a private school. One th other side of the North pole is a Frenchman who keeps another private school. And right at the North Pole the polar bear slides down a glacier, keepin' 'is own privates cool!"

Oh, we're off ........


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,pylortes
Date: 26 Apr 14 - 10:01 PM

from the old days civil war reenacting and camp fire songs...

the oo-ma-doodle bird, it from the antarctic, is had no legs, and when it come sin for a landing, it says, oo-ma-doodle, oo-ma-doodle..


next we have the mate to the antarctic oo-ma-doodle bird, the Oo-Ah bird.

the Oo-Ah bird lays square eggs, and every time it lays an egg you can hear it say..ooo-ahhh..ooo-ahhh..


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,JTB
Date: 27 Apr 14 - 05:04 PM

I learned this song in the school bus going to our rugger games circa 1963.

Ringmaster: "Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight we have a man who claims he can perform miracles"
Audience: "Jesus Christ!"
Ringmaster: "Right first time, Madam".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,Wendy
Date: 03 May 14 - 06:53 AM

My parents sung this to us on long car trips in South Africa in the 70's.....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 03 May 14 - 02:42 PM

A History and analysis of the song, discussing its very long and complex heritage will by the estimable Ed Cray. is scheduled for publication this spring by CAMSCO Music. Watch this space.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,Joe Knight
Date: 16 Jun 14 - 11:08 PM

Learned this song around the drunken campfires of Lake Powell AZ in the 80s.

Don't know how it made the jump from the UK/AS to Western US, but thanks to all who have have passed it on throughout the planet. Amazing how the the refrain/corus has held up though the decades.

Learned many new lyrics tonight that I will add to my archive.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: Rog Peek
Date: 17 Jun 14 - 04:40 AM

I don't believe the square crocodile has been mentioned.
The square crocodile?
Yes, the square crocodile....has a square head, square legs, a square arse and he shits bricks!

Rog


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: eftifino
Date: 17 Jun 14 - 09:22 AM

I learnt the intro as follows:

Roll up, roll up! See the Fat Lady standing on the Skinny Man's
COCK your eye over here and see the leopard with the 14 spots on his
MICKEY, close the door there's a draught coming in from the elephant's
HOLE-d your tickets for the next performance please!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,Joe Kitchen
Date: 05 Aug 14 - 06:56 AM

I remember this as 'The Wild Beast Show' while serving with the R.A.F.in India in 1944.

I learned the following:

Next we have the Pfanga Pfanga bird who dives from the highest mountain peaks to the deepest part of the ocean bed to collect sardine farts for spirit levels'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: Lighter
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 09:36 AM

> sardine farts for spirit levels

That *is* funny, Joe.

Do you remember any songs?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 10 Aug 14 - 10:46 AM

"The Wild West Show--A Tangle of Tales and Titles" (Ed Cray) is now available from CAMSCO Music as the fifth in their series of "Occasional Papers in Folklore" This 147 page book traces the origins and variations of a song that Legman considered to be the oldest bawdy song in current ciculation, with roots extending back to Shakesperean times. Softcover. ($9.95+ S&H)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,Chorus
Date: 22 May 15 - 03:52 PM

Let me introduce the xxxxxx
Audience: fantastic, incredible, unbelievable,
The xxxxxx, what the fuck is that?
Then the main refrain followed by
'We're off to see the Wild West show, the elephant and the kangaroo ooh ooh ooh , never mind the weather, we'll all be together to see the Wild West Show
Wonderful thread with loads of extra lines, betore are invented even now 😀martin


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,Eoin Bruce
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 02:52 AM

The OO Bird & The AAH Bird
The OO bird lives at the North Pole and the AAH bird lives at the south pole. Once a year the two of them meet on the Equator and the only sound that can be heard is "Ooo AAH, Ooo Aah".

Bob Clarke, a 2nd Engineer with Frank C Strick shipping line, taught many of us several verses by sheer repetition.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 19 Jan 17 - 04:15 AM

"Do you sing it?"
Sing?
I've always considered it a Cante-Fable
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 17 - 06:59 AM

Used to sing this about 30yrs ago while camping with the olds... It was always a song headed by the most pissed up one of the night... Hehehe


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,Guest...John Taylor
Date: 23 Jun 18 - 10:29 AM

I sang the song around a beer keg as a Kappa Alpha fraternity pledge in the 1950's at the University of South Carolina.
The verse I remember dealt with the horny skinned rhinocerous
..." step right up ladies and gentlemen and see the horny skinned rhinocerous. How do the natives kill the horny skinned rhinocerous??? Lift the tail and the arrows go in one by one" ...and "we are off to the Hamburger Zoo to see the elephant and the fighting kangaroo..."etc. Brings back good memories of good times.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: Charley Noble
Date: 24 Jun 18 - 08:02 PM

Amazing that "The Wild West Show" is still very much alive. I probably already mentioned somewhere above that I first learned a version from the younger members of the Puleston Clan in Long Island, NY, back in the 1960s. The family patriarch Dennis Puleston was raised in England and was a source of many such ditties, including "The Ballad of Anthony Clair" referred to above, the juggler with the "large balls, balls as heavy as lead."

Charlie Ipcar


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST
Date: 15 May 19 - 07:28 AM

Sung it many a time when in the Royal Navy 1960's..........a few variations on the words, but basically the same song. It was always a favorite after a few pints.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'The Wild West Show'. Do you sing it?
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 23 Jun 19 - 01:58 PM

Sang it with the Shantyboys in 1956 and remember Fi-Fi the the dancing lady: first she dances on her right foot, then she dances on her left foot and in between the two she makes a living. You won't find her cherry but can see the battered box in came in.


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