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EE-BY-GUM (Butler / Flynn) Tommy Handley - 1928 Also recorded by: Gracie Fields The Yankee says 'Gee whiz' The Scotsman says 'Och aye' The Welshman says "Indeed to goodness' Goodness knows just why In Lancashire and Yorkshire Ever since the world began This is the expression Of a strong a silent man 'Ee-By-Gum', 'Ee-By-Gum' The only thing he ever says is 'Ee-By-Gum' He says it when he's happy And he says it when he's glum He means an awful lot When he says 'Ee-By-Gum' He hears it in the cradle Before he cuts a tooth He learns it as a baby And he says it as a youth And when he goes a-courting And the girl says, "Yum-yum-yum" He looks into her eyes And whispers, "Ee-By-Gum" The Frenchman says 'La-La' The Irish say 'Bedad' 'Odds Bodikins' is what they said When Cromwell was a lad The Spaniard says 'Caramba' The Eskimo says 'Wow' None of them mean half as much As what we're singin' now 'Ee-By-Gum', 'Ee-By-Gum' The only thing he ever says is 'Ee-By-Gum' He says it when he's happy And he says it when he's glum He means an awful lot When he says 'Ee-By-Gum' He hears it in the cradle Before he cuts a tooth He learns it as a baby And he says it as a youth In the old Salvation Army When he beats the big bass drum If they sing 'Hallelujah' He sings 'Ee-By-Gum' 'Ee-By-Gum', 'Ee-By-Gum' The only thing he ever says is 'Ee-By-Gum' He says it when he's happy And he says it when he's glum He means an awful lot When he says 'Ee-By-Gum' He hears it in the cradle Before he cuts a tooth He learns it as a baby And he says it as a youth At the Isle Of Man or Blackpool For a while he'll lose his chum When his chum says, "Where's tha been, lad?" He'll say 'Ee-By'Gum' (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - July 2010)

    


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