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WHO TAKES CARE OF THE CARETAKER'S DAUGHTER From the Broadway Show "Lady Be Good!" (1925) (Chick Endor) Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards (Broadway Production) - 1925 Billy Jones & Ernest Hare - 1925 Bud Birmingham & His Uke - 1925 Earl & Bell - 1925 Whitey Kaufman's Original Pennsylvania Serenaders (Instr.) - 1925 Hal Kemp's Carolina Club Orch. (Instr.) - 1925 Geoffrey Goodhart & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1925 Bert Firman's Carlton Hotel Dance Orch. (Instr.) - 1925 Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer - 1961 Joe "Fingers" Carr (Instr.) - 1961 Also recorded by: The Longines Symphonette; Big Ben Banjo Band; Harold Smart. I know that Babe Ruth makes home runs And Dempsy is the champ Marconi made the telegraph And that Cleopatra was a vamp I know that Spark Plug is a horse I'm a smart guy, there's no doubt But there's one thing that I don't know And I'm dying to find out..... Who takes care of the caretaker's daughter While the caretaker's busy taking care? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee; that's what worries me I know that the caretaker must take care And while he's taking care, she's alone somewhere Who takes care of the caretaker's daughter While the caretaker's busy taking care? While the caretaker's busy taking care I wonder who takes care of his daughter Gee, oh gosh, oh gee; that's what worries me I wonder who cares for the caretaker's daughter Who checks and sees if she does like she ought'er While the caretaker's busy taking care I wonder who takes care of his daughter? I know that chickens lay the eggs And milk comes from a cow I know that money comes from banks Because I'm smart that way somehow I know there ain't no Santa Claus So that proves I'm not so slow. But at night I cannot sleep Cause there's one thing I don't know..... Who watches the nightwatchman's daughter While the nightwatchman's busy watching night Gee, oh gosh, oh gee; that's what worries me I know that the nightwatchman must watch night But who watches her to see if all's right? Who watches the nightwatchman's daughter While the nightwatchman's busy watching night? Who tends the doortender's daughter While the doortender's busy tending door? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee, that's what worries me I know that the door tender must tend door And that he goes to work about half past four Who tends door for the doortender's daughter While the doortender's busy tending door? Who keeps house for the housekeeper's daughter While the housekeep's busy keeping house? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee; that's what worries me I know that the housekeeper must keep house And when rats have a child they call it a mouse Who keeps house for the housekeeper's daughter While the housekeep's busy keeping house? Who oversees the overseer's daughter When the overseer goes to oversee? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee; that's what worries me I know that the overseer must oversee And you can't play tag with a bumble-bee But who sees the overseer's daughter While the overseer's gone to oversee? Who makes the dressmaker's daughter While the dressmaker's busy making dresses? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee; that's what worries me Who makes the daughter while he makes the dresses? I know she's alright, she's just full of yeses. I know who makes the dressmaker's daughter While the dressmaker's busy making dresses Who lays the bricklayer's daughter While the bricklayer's busy laying bricks? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee; that's what worries me I know that the bricklayer lays lots of bricks And you could too if you knew his tricks But who lays the bricklayer's daughter While the bricklayer's busy laying bricks? (Contributed by Floyd Farrar - February 2012) ******************** As recorded by CLIFF "UKULELE IKE" EDWARDS: Say, who takes care of the caretaker's daughter While the caretaker's busy taking care? (Instrumental Break / Scat Singing) Marconi made the telegraph And Dempsey, he's the champ I know that Babe Ruth makes home runs And Cleopatra was a vamp I know that Spark Plug is a horse I'm a smart guy, there's no doubt But there's one thing that I don't know And I'm dying to find out..... Who takes care of the caretaker's daughter While the caretaker's busy taking care? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee, that's what worries me I know that the caretaker must take care And when he's taking care, she's alone somewhere But who takes care of the caretaker's daughter While the caretaker's busy taking care? Who tends door for the doortender's daughter While the doortender's busy tending door? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee, that's what worries me I know that the door tender must tend door And that he goes to work about half-past-four But who tends door for the doortender's daughter While the doortender's busy tending door? (Instrumental Break / Scat Singing) Say, who keeps house for the housekeeper's daughter While the housekeeper's busy keeping house? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee, that's what worries me I know that the housekeeper must keep house And when rats have a child, they call it a mouse But who keeps house for the housekeeper's daughter While the housekeeper's busy keeping house? Who makes the dressmaker's daughter While the dressmaker's busy making dresses? Gee, oh gosh, oh gee, that's what worries me I know that the dressmaker must make dresses And the daughter's okay, she's just full of yeses But who makes the dressmaker's daughter While the dressmaker's busy making dresses? (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2016) ******************** As recorded by BOBBY DARIN and JOHNNY MERCER, with Billy May & His Orch.: BOBBY: Who takes care of the caretaker's daughter While the caretaker's busy takin' care? (JOHNNY: Careful) Gee, oh gosh, oh gee, that's really what worries me (JOHNNY: I see) I know the caretaker, he must take care While he's taking care she's alone somewhere But who takes care of the caretaker's daughter While the caretaker's busy takin'` care? (BOBBY: Brother John) JOHNNY: Who makes time with the timekeeper's daughter While the timekeeper's busy keepin' time? (BOBBY: Don't ask me) Who makes every scene while he's windin' his Longines (BOBBY: I've no idea) You know that the timekeeper must keep time And someone's gotta make her tick-tock chime So who makes time with the timekeeper's daughter While the timekeeper's busy keepin' time? BOBBY: Who gets tense with the tentmaker's daughter While the tentmaker's busy makin' tents? (JOHNNY: Ha-ha-ha) Of course, I'm talkin' about Omar Khayyam (JOHNNY: Yeah, well that's exactly who I am) I didn't recognise you without your shirt on And you know, Papa Khayyam, he must make tents While he's making tents, tell me, who's making sense JOHNNY: Yes, who gets tense with the tentmaker's daughter While the tentmaker's busy making tents? (Instrumental Break) BOBBY: Well, who rolls rocks for the rockroller's daughter While the rockroller's busy rollin' rocks? Uh-huh-huh! Just a-twangin' his guitar (JOHNNY: Yeah-yeah-yeah) And bein' most rectangular (JOHNNY: Yeah-yeah-yeah) Now, we know that the rockroller must roll rocks But while he's rockin' an' rollin', who supplies her yachts Now, who rolls rocks for the rockroller's daughter While the rockroller's busy rollin' rocks? hah! (Instrumental Break) JOHNNY: Who plays house with the housekeeper's daughter While the housekeeper's busy keeping house? BOBBY: I'm usually out myself, I know that can't afford a maid (JOHNNY: Mm-mmm) And they can't call up the Ladies' Aid JOHNNY: Yes, but you know that the housekeeper must keep house BOBBY: And that child ain't busy readin' Mickey Mouse BOTH: So, who keeps house with the housekeeper's daughter While the housekeeper's busy keepin' house? BOBBY: I mean, while the rockroller's busy rollin' rocks (JOHNNY: Yes, sir!) BOTH: While the caretaker's busy takin' care (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2016)

    


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