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BILLY-A-DICK (Hoagy Carmichael (m) / Paul Francis Webster (l) 1945) Bette Midler 1991 Contained in the 1991 color film ‘For The Boys’ Director: Mark Rydell Leads: Better Midler / James Caan / George Segal Also sung by: Shona Allen Klea Blackhurst Pete Jacobs Hoagy Carmichael Isabel Santol Christian Steiner Serenity Stewart Every night while I'm undressin' Sayin' my prayers and lightly confessin' I can hear hot licks From a set of drums upstairs. Well it couldn't be Johnny 'cause he isn't there Johnny's overseas, we know not where But believe it or not, every night on the dot I can hear a tenor drum say. Billy-a-dick, Billy-a-dick, tick, tack When's that character comin' back When's that kid in the G.I. lid Gonna choo-choo down the track. Poor ol' me, I'm beat as can be And my rim has even started to rust Look at these sticks tryin' to take out the licks They're covered with an inch of dust, beep-a-dust. Billy-a-dick, Billy-a-dick, tick, tack When's that character comin' back When's that boy with the jumpin' joy Gonna launch that last attack. If he'll roll, roll, roll like a drumstick; Chew, chew, chewin' on a gumstick. Jack, we'll soon have a Japanese derby And beat it like a cymbal on a music rack. Billy-a-dick, Billy-a-dick, tick, tack When's that character comin' back When's that boy with the jumpin' joy Gonna launch that last attack. If he'll roll, roll, roll like a drumstick Chew, chew, chewin' on a gumstick Jack, we'll soon have a Japanese derby And beat it like a cymbal on a music rack. Billy-a-dick, Billy-a-dick, tick, tack Billy-a-dick, Billy-a-dick, tick, tack Billy-a-dick, Billy-a-dick, tick, tack When's that character comin' back, Mom. (Transcribed by David Story - October 2013)

    


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