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Me Ol' Bamboo is a song written by the Sherman Brothers for the film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

LyricsEdit

All:  A gentleman's got a walking stick, A seaman's got a gaff.

And the merry men of Robin Hood, They used a quarterstaff.

On the Spanish plains inside their canes, They hide their ruddy swords.

But we make do with an old bamboo And everyone applauds!


1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - Hey!

Me ol' bamboo, me ol' bamboo,

You'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo.

You can have me hat or me bumbershoo,

But you'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo.


Chorus: When punting on the beautiful Thames,

Caractacus: You use a sturdy pole.

Chorus: To protect their fair complexion,

Caractacus: Ladies use a parasol.

Chorus:  It's useful in the underbrush,

Caractacus: To have a hefty spear. 

Chorus:  Right!

All: But what we do with an old bamboo Makes everybody cheer!



1 - 2 - 3 - HO!

Me ol' bamboo, me ol' bamboo,

You'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo.

You can have me hat or me bumbershoo,

But you'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo.


'Ere we go, mate . . .


Caractacus: A flyer in an aireoplane,

Chorus: He steers it with a stick .

Caractacus: He does?

Caractacus: A collier in the pits o' Wales,

Chorus:  He leans upon his pick.

Caractacus: That's right!

All: Now every wheel of an automobile Revolves around a shaft (HEY!),

But what we do with an old bamboo Makes every one go daft.


And 1 - 2


Me ol' bamboo, me ol' bamboo,

You'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo.

You can have me hat or me bumbershoo,

But you'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo.



(Dance break)

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - HEY!


And a 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - and a 5 and a 6 and a 7 HO!



Me ol' bamboo, me ol' bamboo,

You'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo.

You can have me hat or me bumbershoo,

But you'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo.


You'd better never bother with me ol' bamboo!

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