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June 28, 2011

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J. Carmo

Apology accepted!

David

First of all, I don't believe that Marc is over 70 years old. However I appreciate the warning and, as a precaution, will avoid listening to the song. I wouldn't be able to sing along anyway as I can never follow the rhythm without a bouncing ball.

Dick Cutler

Thanks Marc. For 70 years I thought it was Hut-Sut Rawl SITTIN' ON the rillerah. Should've paid more attention to the translation.

Ed Leimbacher

Minus the ball, maybe instead a sped-up whole note, not even blue? Meanwhile there's blogosphere speculation that Marc's gone off to audition for the next big reality talent show (tentative title: Hilarity Jass), where--keepin' it real--he will compete either as Mitch the Mill or as Ray the Con.

Andrew

I was on the same page as Dick Cutler. Thank you for clarifying the lyric Marc, and for more or less assuring that this will be the tune going through my head as I go to sleep tonight, and possibly tomorrow, lol.

will friedwald

It's not an awful song - it's just a cute, catchy, old Swedish children's song / folk song. But you could argue that these Mickey Mouse band arrangements are awfully cloying. Mel Torme once did a really great, hard-swinging treatment, using Charlie Barnet's "Cherokee" arrangement as a counter-melody. Ever notice that someone singing. particularly in swingtime, in another language (ie, Swedish) sounds like scat syllables or pure nonsense?

Ray

I'll sing with my ukulele ,Thank you for the lyrics!

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