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YES! WE HAVE NO BANANAS From the Broadway Revue "Make It Snappy" (1922) (Frank Silver / Irving Cohn) Eddie Cantor (Broadway Production) - 1922 Billy Jones - 1923 Selvin's Orchestra (vocal: Irving Kaufman) - 1923 Sam Lanin & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1923 Bailey's Lucky Seven (vocal: Irving Kaufman) - 1923 Great White Way Orch. (vocal: Billy Murray) - 1923 Benny Krueger & His Orch. (vocal: Billy Jones) - 1923 Blue Diamond Dance Orch. (vocal: Billy Jones) - 1923 Music Lovers Dance Orch. (vocal: Arthur Hall) - 1923 Vincent Lopez & His Hotel Pennsylvania Orch. - 1923 Golden Gate Orch. - 1923 Green Bros. Novelty Band - 1923 Haring's Velvetone Orch. - 1923 Missouri Jazz Hounds - 1923 Furman & Nash - 1923 The Two Gilberts - 1923 The Savoy Havana Band - 1923 Dajos Bela & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1923 Paul Godwin & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1923 Alex Hyde Jazz Orch. - 1924 Willy Derby - 1925 (titled "Vandaag Geen Bananen") New Mayfair Orch. (vocal: Al Bowlly) - 1931 Benny Goodman & His Rhythm Makers (Instr.) - 1935 Spike Jones & His City Slickers - 1950 The Pied Pipers (feat. in the film "Luxury Liner") - 1948 Pee Wee Hunt - 1950 Eddie Cantor (feat. in the film "The Eddie Cantor Story") - 1953 Edmundo Ros & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1956 Billie Anthony - 1959 Bentley Bros. - 1959 Anthony Newley - 1961 Don Lusher Quartet (Instr.) - 1973 Also recorded by: Dick Charlesworth & His City Gents; Sammy Price; Louis Prima; Robert Farnon & His Orch.; Si Zentner & His Orch.; Harry Blake; Al Bernard; William West; Pasadena Roof Orch.; Chris Howland; Sammy Price; Polyphon Orkester; Bob Wilber; Mary Lou Williams; Willem Breuker Kollektief; Gus Goldstein; James Last & His Orch.; ............. and many others. As recorded by BILLY JONES: There's a fruit store on our street It's run by a Greek And he keeps good things to eat But you should hear him speak When you ask him anything He never answers "No" He just "Yes'es" you to death And as he takes your dough He tells you "Yes, we have-a no bananas We have-a no bananas today We've string beans and onions Cab-barges and scallions And all kinds of fruit, and say We have an old fashioned to-mah-to A Long Island po-tah-to But yes, we have-a no bananas We have-a no bananas today" Business got so good with him He wrote home to say "Send me Pete and Nick and Jim I need help right away" When he got them in the store There was fun, you bet Someone asked for sparrow grass And then the whole quartet All answered "Yes, we have-a no bananas We have-a no bananas today Just try those co-co-nuts Those walnuts and doughnuts There ain't many nuts like they We'll sell you two kinds of red herring Dark brown and ball-bearing But yes, we have-a no bananas We have-a no bananas today" Heh-heh-heh-heh-heh (What-a you laughing at? You got strawberry pie?) Yes, I don't think we got strawberry pie (You got a coconut pie?) Yes, I don't think we have coconut pie (Well, I'll have one cup of coffee) We gotta no coffee (Well, what-a you got?) I got a banana (Oh, you've got a banana?) Yes! We gotta no banana, no banana, no banana I tell-a you we got no banana today I sell-a you no banana Hey, Marianna, you gotta, you gotta no banana? Why this man, he's a-no believe what I say No, you don't believe me Now whatta you want, Mister? You wanna buy twelve for a quarter? Well, just a oneofadozen? I'm gonna call-a for my daughter, yes, one-a menoot Hey, Marianna, you gotta piana, yes, a banana, no Yes, we gotta no bananas today The new English clerk... Yes, we are very sorry to inform you That we are entirely out of the fruit in question The aforementioned vegetable Bearing the cognomen "Bananas", heh-heh But we might induce you to accept a substitute less desirable But that is not the policy at this internationally famous greengrocery May we suggest that you sample our five o'clock tea Which we feel certain will tempt your pallet However, we regret after a diligent search Of the premises by our entire staff We can positively affirm without fear of contradiction That our raspberries are really delicious, really delicious But we have no bananas today ******************** As recorded by SPIKE JONES & HIS CITY SLICKERS with vocals by Joe Siracusa, Freddy Morgan & Sir Frederick Gas Additional lyrics written by Eddie Maxwell : I need not search for precious gold Of wealth, I have my share For with my eyes, I scan the skies And find my fortune there A host of priceless dreams unfold In songs that bluebirds sing The earth, the sea belong to me Im richer than a king To add to things that money cannot buy An echo brings this very soft reply Yes! We have no bananas We have no bananas today We've string beans and onions Cab-barges and scallions And all kinds of fruit, and say We have an old-fashioned to-mah-to Long Island po-tah-to But, yes! We have no bananas We have no bananas today Yes, we no-nje gotta de bananos We no-nje gotta-da banano today, but one-a menoots We gotta new kinda garlic When-a use-a piece o' garlic It-a make-a you stand apart-a from-a you friends We gotta sixty-four-thousand watermelone We don't-a sell any, but the guy we buy 'em from Mama mia! Does he sell a watermelone! But-a yes! We no-nje gotta de bananas. Hey, what you wan? We no-nje gotta de bananos today! Yes! Ah, we have no bananas What's that, an half a banana Now what good is a banana split? Huh-huh-huh-huh! We have muttons, and buttons And kippers with zippers And pounds of devaluated pounds Banana, S-T-I-N-K ! (They ain't no stink in' bananas!) Precisely! They ain't no stinkin' bananas! Yes! Ah, we have no bananas Pip pip, cheerio, and Arthur Treacher! Huh-huh-huh-huh! (Instrumental Break) Yes, we ain't got bananas We ain't got bananas today We got pickles and crocks We got bagels and lox A bagel that's-a done-a dipped in cement We got delicious knishes and kosher champagne The kosher champagne is two cents plain Pastrami, salami, matzos, and jam You should pardon the expression, we even got ham But yes, we ain't got bananas We ain't got bananas today ******************** As recorded by LOUIS PRIMA: (Oh Yes!) We have no bananas We have no bananas today We got string beans and onions And big juicy lemons And all kinds of fruit and say We got an old-fashioned tomato A Long Island po-tah-to (Oh Yes!) We have no bananas We have no bananas today There's a fruit man on our street Whose name is Mister Pete And he keeps good things to eat But you should hear him speak When you ask him anything He never answers "No" He just "Yes'es" you to death And then he takes your dough (Oh Yes!) We no gotta the banana We no gotta the banana today We gotta little beans and the big'a beans And the red'a beans and the white'a beans And all kinds of beans and say We gotta the old-fashioned salami Mmmmmm, we even gotta da Brooklyn pastrami (Oh Yes!) We no gotta the banana We no gotta the banana today (Instrumental Break) Business got so good with him He wrote home to say "Send Pasquali, and Nick and Jim I need help right away" When he got them in the store There was fun, you bet Someone asked for bananas And then the whole quartet (Oh Yes! We have no bananas) We have no bananas today (We have peppers, and carrots, and celery, and olives) But we got no bananas today (Who asked ya for bananas anyway?) (Who asked ya? I only want a hot dog sandwich) (Hot dogs are better than bananas I always say, ain't it!) (Oh Yes!) We have no bananas (We have no bananas today!) ******************** As recorded by THE PIED PIPERS: We got meat, we got coffee We got cigarettes, even toffee We got sugar, got honey Got shoes, we got gas, even money We got cars, we got nylons We got neutrons, even cyclones We got most ev'rything Even a new song to sing But you know what we ain't got... Yes! We have no bananas We have no bananas today We've string beans and onions Cab-barges and scallions And all kinds of fruit and say We have an old-fashioned tomato A fat Long Island po-tah-to But, yes! We have no bananas We have no bananas today (Instrumental Break) That new fruit Don't know the why, wherefore, but I Can't keep a-goin' this way, hey We've got houses made of plastic And imitation elastic But we ain't got Yes! We have no bananas I'd give a big havana I'd even trade a date with Lana For just one banana today ******************** Alternate lyrics as used by THE TWO GILBERTS: (Say, Bo, have you any gooseberries?) Yes, we haven't any gooseberries Yes, we gotta nice appleberries (Have you got any roast beef?) Yes, we haven't got any roasta beef (Well, what have you got?) Yes! We have no bananas We have no bananas today We've broad beans like bunions Cab-barges and onions And all kinds of fruit, and say We have an old-fashioned tomato A nice'a juicy po-tah-to But, yes! We have no bananas We have no bananas today ******************** (Transcriptions by Mel Priddle - April 2015)

    


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