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SCHOOL DAYS (WHEN WE WERE A COUPLE OF KIDS) (Will Cobb / Gus Edwards) Byron G. Harlan - 1907 Albert Campbell - 1908 Billy Murray & Ada Jones - 1908 Music Maids (with Bing Crosby) - 1939 Eddie Cantor - 1941 Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five - 1950 Arne Domnérus & His Orch. (vocal: Rolf Ericson) - 1951 Roy Eldridge & His Band - 1951 Dizzy Gillespie Quintet - 1951 Charlie Rich - 1960 The Jubirt Sisters - 1982 Also recorded by: Dick Haymes & Helen Forrest; Johnny Mercer; Jimmy Cavallo Chickeni Quintet; Charlie Shavers & Ray Bryant; Oscar Peterson; Cedarmont Kids; Doug Duke; Tiny Tim. Nothing to do, Nellie Darling Nothing to do you say Let's take a trip on memory's ship Back to the bygone days Sail to the old village school house Anchor outside the school door Look in and see, there's you and there's me A couple of kids once more School days, school days Dear old golden rule days Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic Taught to the tune of the hickory stick You were my queen in calico I was your bashful barefoot beau And you wrote on my slate, "I love you, Joe" When we were a couple of kids 'Member the hill, Nellie Darling And the oak tree that grew on its brow They've built forty storeys upon that old hill And the oak's an old chestnut now 'Member the meadows so green, dear So fragrant with clover and maize Into new city lots and preferred bus'ness plots They've cut them up since those days School days, school days Dear old golden rule days Readin' and 'ritin' and 'rithmetic Taught to the tune of the hickory stick You were my queen in calico I was your bashful barefoot beau And you wrote on my slate, "I love you, Joe" When we were a couple of kids TRIVIA: Many of the 1950's jazz recordings of this song incorporated nursery rhyme lyrics, such as "Humpty Dumpty", "Simple Simon", "Little Jack Horner" and "Mary Had A Little Lamb". As recorded by LOUIS JORDAN: School days, school days Dear old Golden Rule days Readin' an' writin' an' 'rithmetic Taught to the tune of a hickory stick You were my girl in calico I was your silly bashful beau Mary had a lamb His fleece was white as snow Mary had a little lamb His fleece was white as snow, Everywhere that Mary went The lamb was sure to go Humpty, Humpty Dumpty Sat upon a wall Humpty Dumpty on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a fall All the king's horses and his men Couldn't put Humpty back again Little Jackie Horner Sittin' in a corner Little Jack Horner in a corner, Eatin' his Christmas pie He stuck in his thumb, pulled out a plum Said "What a great guy am I". Simple, Simple Simon Goin' to the fair Simple Simon met a pieman goin' to the fair Said Simple Simon to the pieman "Let me taste your ware". Peter, little Peter, Was a pumpkin eater Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater Had a wife and couldn't keep her Put her in a pumpkin shell There he kept her very well A-ring around of roses, pocket full of posies Rise, Sally, rise; wipe your weepin' eyes Little Sally Walker, sittin' in a saucer Turn to the east, turn to the west Little Sally Walker, sittin' in a saucer Turn to the one and have a little fun Go in and out the window Go in and out the window Go home and get your dinner And hurry back to school And hurry! (Contributed by Mel - November 2007)

    


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