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BELL BOTTOM TROUSERS (Moe Jaffe - Based on an English 19th Century bawdy folksong) The Jesters - 1944 Connie Boswell & Her V-Disc Men - 1944 Ginny Simms (with Edgar Fairchild & His Orch.) - 1944 Louis Prima & His Orch. (vocal: Lilyann Carol) - 1945 Kay Kyser & His Orch. (vocal: Ferdy, Slim & Quartet) - 1945 Tony Pastor & His Orch.(vocal: Ruth McCullough & Tony Pastor) - 1945 Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians - 1945 Jerry Colonna - 1945 George Paxton & His Orch. (vocal: Alan Dale) - 1945 Mitch Miller & The Gang - 1958 Diane Renay - 1964 Also recorded by: The Four Blues; Sun Harbor's Chorus; Joe Edwards; Lee Bedford Jr. & The Big D Ranch Hands; Art Kassel; George Olsen & His Orch. ............... and others. As recorded by THE JESTERS. Recorded 26th June 1944: Bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue She loves her sailor and he loves her too Once there was a little girl who lived next to me And she loved this sailor boy, he was only three Now he's on a battleship in his sailor suit Just a great big sailor, but she thinks he's very cute In his bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue She loves her sailor and he loves her too When her sailor boy's away on the ocean blue Soldier boys all flirt with her, but to him she's true Though they smile and tip their caps and whistle She just smiles and shakes her head, then she softly sighs Bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue She loves her sailor and he loves her too Everywhere her sailor went, she was sure to go Till one day he sailed away, where she doesn't know Now she's gonna join the Waves, maybe go to sea Try to find her sailor boy, wherever he may be Singing bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue She loves her sailor and he loves her too If her sailor she can't find on the bounding main She is hopeful he will soon come home safe again So they can get married and raise a family Dress up all their kiddies in sailor's dungarees With bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue She loves her sailor and he loves her too ********************* As recorded by CONNIE BOSWELL: Once there was a little girl who lived next door to me And she loved a sailor boy, he was only three Now he's on a battleship in his sailor suit Just a great big sailor man, but he's just as cute Bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue She loved her sailor boy and he loved her too (Instrumental Break) When they walk along the street, anyone can see They are oh, so much in love, happy as can be Hand-in-hand they stroll along, they don't give a hoot He won't let go of her hand, even to salute, oh! (Instrumental Break) (Bell bottom trousers, bell bottom trousers, bell bottom trousers) (He's a sailor, he's a sailor, he's a sailor boy) When her sailor boy's away on the ocean blue All the boys they flirt with her, but she's true Oh, ev'rywhere her sailor went, well she was sure to go Until one day he went away, oh-oh-oh Bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue She loved her sailor boy and he loved her too (Anchors away, ship ahoy, boy) (She loved her sailor) How she loved her sailor boy ******************** As recorded by GUY LOMBARDO. Recorded 20th April 1945: Once there was a little girl who lived next to me And she loved a sailor boy, he was only three Now he's on a battleship in his sailor suit Just a great big sailor, but she thinks he's very cute (With his bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue) (She loves her sailor and he loves her too) When her sailor boy's away on the ocean blue Soldier boys all flirt with her, but to him she's true Though they smile and tip their caps, and they wink their eyes She just smiles and shakes her head, then she softly sighs (Oh, bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue) (She loves her sailor and he loves her too) Then her sailor went to sea to see what he could see She saw that he ate spinach, now he's big as he can be When he's home they stroll along, they don't give a hoot She won't let go of his hand, even to salute If her sailor she can't find on the bounding main She is hopeful he will soon come home safe again So they can get married and raise a family Dress up all their kiddies in sailor's dungarees (Oh, bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue) (She loves her sailor and he loves her too) ******************** LOUIS PRIMA'S version featured lyrics that were much more reminiscent of the original folksong. Recorded February 1945: LILYANN: When I was a lady's maid down in Drury Lane My mistress, she was good to me; my master was the same Along came a sailor, happy as could be And he was the cause of all my misery With his bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue (She loved her sailor and he loved her too) He asked me for a candle to light him up to bed He asked me for a kerchief to tie around his head And I, like a silly girl, thinking it no harm Lay down beside him, just to keep him warm With his bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue (She loved her sailor and he loved her too) (Trumpet Solo) Early in the mornin', before the break of day A sawbuck note he left for me before he went away And he wrote a message that if I have a son Let him be a sailor if he wants to have some fun With his bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue (She loved her sailor and he loved her too) (Saxophone Solo) LOUIS: If it is a daughter, bounce her on your knee And if it is a boy, send the begger out to sea Singin' bell bottom trousers, coat of navy blue Oh, he'll climb the riggin', like the sailors used to do LILYANN: If my sailor I can't find on the bounding main I am hopeful he will soon come home safe again So we can get married, and raise a family Dress up all our kiddies in sailor's dungarees (Transcriptions by Mel Priddle - January 2013)

    


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