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FOOLISH QUESTIONS (A. Baldwin Sloane / William Lee) Bil Haley - 1949 Johnny Cash - 1965 Sandy Bradley & The Small Wonder String Band - 1982 Jackie Washington - 2000 Ken Galipeau - 2001 Also recorded by: Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith; Walt Brown; Woods Tea Co. Now you've all heard foolish questions and no doubt you've wondered why Some person will ask a foolish question and expect a sensible reply Like when you take your girl some candy, say maybe just after tea You notice how she'll grab it and then she'll say, "Is this for me?" Foolish Questions! You can answer when you can "No I bought this candy for your Ma or Pa, or for John the hired hand "I just thought you'd like to see it. Now I'm gonna take it away" Now wasn't that a foolish question? You'll hear `em ev'ry day And then most every morning, there is someone `round the place Who sees you take the shaving brush and lather up your face And as you give the razor a preliminary wave This fool will walk up and ask you, "Are you gonna take a shave?" Foolish questions! Your answer is, I hope "No! I ain't prepared for shavin', I just like the taste of soap! I kinda like to take the shaving brush and paint myself this way" Now wasn't that a foolish question? You'll hear `em ev'ry day! Now then there's this fella who meets you on your way And asks you why your all dressed up and listens while you say That you just been returning from the funeral of poor old Uncle Ned As soon as you have told him, he will say, "Is Ned dead?" Foolish questions! You might as well reply "No, he thought he'd have the funeral now. Then later on he'd die You know Ned was always so original, he wanted it that way" Now wasn't that a Foolish Question? You'll hear `em ev'ry day! Now suppose the elevator guy should forget to close the door And you should tumble down, oh say forty-seven floors And when you reach the bottom and you're lying there inert Some fool will stick his head down the shaft and holler, "Are you hurt?" Foolish Questions! Your dying words are "No! I was in an awful hurry and that elevator's just too slow Usually saves a lot of time, you know, comin' down this way" Now wasn't that a Foolish Question? You'll hear `em ev'ry day! That was a Foolish Question! You'll hear `em ev'ry day! (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - February 2006)

    


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