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UNDER THE BAMBOO TREE From the Broadway musical "Sally In Our Alley" (1902) Featured in the Broadway musical "Nancy Brown" (1903) Featured in the film "Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) (John Rosamond Johnson / Bob Cole) Marie Cahill - 1902 Harry Macdonough & John H. Bieling - 1903 Judy Garland & Margaret O'Brien - 1944 Mario Lanza & Ann Blyth - 1951 Joan Morris & William Bolcom - 1976 David Dusing Singers - 1988 Carole Koenig - 1992 Liza Minnelli - 2000 Down in the jungles lived a maid, Of royal blood though dusky shade, A marked impression once she made, Upon a Zulu from Matabooloo; And ev'ry morning he would be Down underneath the bamboo tree, Awaiting there his love to see And then to her he'd sing: If you lak-a-me lak I lak-a-you And we lak-a-both the same, I lak-a-say, This very day, I lak-a change your name; 'Cause I love-a-you and love-a you true And if you-a love-a me. One live as two, two live as one, Under the bamboo tree. And in this simple jungle way, He wooed the maiden ev'ry day, By singing what he had to say; One day he seized her And gently squeezed her. And then beneath the bamboo green, He begged her to become his queen; The dusky maiden blushed unseen And joined him in his song. If you lak-a-me lak I lak-a-you And we lak-a-both the same, I lak-a-say, This very day, I lak-a change your name; 'Cause I love-a-you and love-a you true And if you-a love-a me. One live as two, two live as one, Under the bamboo tree. This little story strange but true, Is often told in Mataboo, Of how this Zulu tried to woo His jungle lady In tropics shady; Although the scene was miles away, Right here at home I dare to say, You'll hear some Zulu ev'ry day, Gush out this soft refrain: If you lak-a-me lak I lak-a-you And we lak-a-both the same, I lak-a-say, This very day, I lak-a change your name; 'Cause I love-a-you and love-a you true And if you-a love-a me. One live as two, two live as one, Under the bamboo tree. (Contributed by Mel - June 2004)

    


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