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HIPPOPOTAMUS SONG (Flanders / Swann) Flanders & Swann A bold hippopotamus was standing one day On the banks of the cool Shalimar He gazed at the bottom as it peacefully lay By the light of the evening star Away on a hilltop sat combing her hair His fair hippopotamine maid The hippo-pot-amus was no ignoramus And sang her this sweet serenade (Chorus – four lines) Mud, mud, glorious mud Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood So follow me, follow / down to the hollow And there let us wallow in glorious mud The fair hippopotama he aimed to entice >From here seen on the hilltop above As she had not got a ma to give her advice Came tip-toeing down to her love Like thunder the forest re-echoed the sound Of the song that they sang as they met His enamorata adjusted her garter And lifted her voice in duet –in Russian (Chorus – sung like this:) (First two lines by ‘woman’s’ voice in ‘Russian’) (First half of third line by woman’s voice in Russian) Follow me, follow (Second half of third line by woman’s voice in Russian) Down to the hollow (Fourth line by woman’s voice in Russian) That will improve our cultural relations Now more hippopotami began to convene On the banks of that river so wide I wonder now what I am to say of the scene That ensued by the Shalimar side. They dived all at once with an ear-splitting splash Then rose to the surface again A regular army of hippopotami All singing this haunting refrain (Chorus)


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