JUMBO! A parody song, rendered with great success by the Ideal Humorists, Fanny Beane and Chas. Gilday.
Old P. T. Barnum as you know, Over to England did go. As he could not get the Queen for his show, So he brought here the Queen's old friend, Jumbo.
Chorus: Now Jumbo is an elephant very high, His feet are on the ground, and his head's in the sky; When Jumbo wants to go on a drunk He puts a barrel of whiskey in his trunk; He weighs seven hundred and forty tons, And the size of his feet is seventy-one's [sic]; His skin is about seven yards thick, And he knocked down the Brooklyn Bridge with a kick; His favorite drink is rock and rye, He can drink the Atlantic Ocean dry, He eats a load of wood and a ton of coal, And he picks his teeth with a telegraph pole, If you went to the show 'twould make you laugh, To see him sparring with the big giraffe; Last week, he got mad at the kangaroo, And knocked him clean out to Kalamazoo.
Now the elephant Jumbo has queer taste, He wants to put corsets round his waist; They say he is struck on the Circassian [sic] girls, And he paints his face and wears spit-curls; When he hears stale gags from the circus clown, He'll take his trunk and knock him down.
He and Sullivan are going to box, And he made Paddy Ryan rock; Anna Dickinson wants him on the stage to appear, And they both will murder poor Bill Shakespeare; Bob Ingersoll to him a yarn did tell, When he showed Bob there was a hell; He'll play Macbeth at the Brooklyn "Volks," And play Seven-Up with Irishtown mokes; The audience will laugh til they split their sides, While behind a schooner of Beer Gus Behman hides. He'll give temperance lectures with President Arthur, And walk round the world without any bother, And when Jumbo will get tired of a single life, He'll ask Sarah Bernhardt to be his wife. A Jumbonian woman she will be. For she'll marry the whole menagerie.
Wm. J. Schmidt, 360 Mulberry Street, Baltimore. Publisher of American, English, [Iri]sh, Dutch, Negro, Sailor, Soldier, Comic, Humerous [sic], College, Sentimental, Social and Religious Choice Selecte[d] Standard Songs.
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