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NEVER SWAT A FLY From the film "Just Imagine" (1930) (Ray Henderson / Lew Brown / Buddy G. DeSylva) Marjorie White & Frank Albertson (Film Soundtrack) - 1930 Abe Lyman's Calif. Ambassador Hotel Orch. (vocal: Ed Landry) - 1930 The Varsity Eight - 1930 The All Star Californians - 1930 McKinney's Cotton Pickers (vocal: Bill Coty) - 1930 Billy "Uke" Carpenter - 1930 Jack Hylton & His Orch. - 1930 Jack Payne & His BBC Dance Orch. (vocal: Jack Payne) - 1930 Marius B. Winter & His Dance Orch. (vocal: Al Bowlly) - 1930 Layton & Johnstone - 1930 Harry Hudson & His Orch. (vocal: The Blue JaysAl Bowlly & Les Allen) - 1931 Mike Messenger's Orch. - 1964 Mal Jennings' Ballarat Jazz Messengers - 1965 Jim Kweskin & The Jug Band (vocal: Geoff Muldaur) - 1967 Maria Muldaur - 1992 Marty Grosz, Keith Ingham & Their Hot Cosmopolites - 1994 Cast Recording (from the show "Good News") - 1995 Justin Hayford - 2004 FRANK ALBERTSON: Love has made me tender I now appreciate Ev'ry little creature on this Earth That has a mate Once I hated crickets I couldn't stand a bee Now here is a motto That I follow faithfully Never swat a fly He may love another fly He may sit with her and sigh The way I do with you Never harm a flea He may have a favourite she That he bounces on his knee The way I do with you Never stop a bee If he is going anywhere For you may be concluding Some terrific love affair, be careful Don't step on an ant In the middle of a pant He may want to, but he can't The way I do with you MARJORIE WHITE: I'm the same as you are Tears come to my eyes When I see Professors chasing Helpless butterflies Fishermen are hateful They lead a wicked life Why, ev'ry day they seperate The husband from his wife Never swat a fly He may love another fly He may sit with her and sigh The way I do with you Never spray a nit With a great big can of Flit He may think some nit has it The way I do with you Never stop a moth As he is gliding through the air He may have a date In someone's flannel underwear, be careful Don't you dare to slay Two skeeters while they play They may want to make hey-hey The way I do with you ++++++++++ As recorded by IRVING KAUFMAN with ABE LYMAN'S ORCH.: Never swat a fly He may love another fly He may sit with her and sigh The way I do with you Never harm a flea He may have a favourite she That he bounces on his knee The way I do with you Never stop a bee If he is going anywhere You may be concluding Some terrific love affair, be careful Never stop a moth If he is gliding through the air He may have a date In someone's flannel underwear Ah-ha, be careful! Never spray a nit With a great big can of Flit He may think some nit has it The way I do with you ++++++++++ As recorded by THE BLUE JAYS (AL BOWLLY & LES ALLEN): Never swat a fly He may love another fly He may sit with her and sigh The way I do with you Never harm a flea He may have a favourite she That he bounces on his knee The way I do with you Don't step on an ant In the middle of a pant He may want to, but he can't The way I do with you (Orchestral Break) Don't you dare to slay A mosquitoe while at play He may want to name the day The way I do with you Never spray a nit Or else sock him with your mit He may think some nit has it The way I do with you Never stop a moth If he is gliding 'cross the air He may have a date In someone's flannel underwear, be careful! Never take a chance Stepping on a pair of ants They may want that sweet romance The way I do with you ++++++++++ As recorded by JIM KWESKIN & THE JUG BAND: (Sound of fly being swatted) Don't do that, Dolores You should never swat a fly You know, he may have another fly Ah, may sit with her and sigh Sigh the way I do with you With you, Dolores Now, you know, you should never harm a flea Because he may have a favourite she That he bouncy-wouncy-wouncies on his knee A little flea-knee, the way I do with you We're comin' to the harma mantra now You know, you should never harm a bee If he is going anywhere, that's right 'Cause you could be bustin' up, be concluding Some fantastic insect love affair, yes sir, be careful Aah, don't step on an ant, or slug a bug Or approach a roach Or stick a tick in the middle of a plant Or stab a crab You know, all these hairy little insects May want to, but they can't Not the way I do with you Aah, not the way I do with you (Instrumental Break) Never swat a fly He may love another fly He may sit with her and sigh The way I do with you Never harm a flea He may have a favourite she That he bounces on his knee The way I do with you Never hurt a bee If he is going anywhere You may be concluding Some terrific love affair, be careful Don't step on an ant In the middle of a plant He may want to, but he can't The way I do with you ++++++++++ (Transcriptions by Mel Priddle - July 2011)

    


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