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I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

Song – Music – Lyrics – Video

“I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” Lyrics & Video

Performed By: Merv Griffin & Freddy Martin (1966)

 

Down at an English fair, one evening I was there
When I heard a showman shouting underneath the flair

I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
There they are, all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
Give them a twist a flick of the wrist
That’s what the showman said

I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
Every ball you throw will make me rich
There stands my wife, the idol of me life
Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch
Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch
Roll a bowl, a ball, roll a bowl, a ball
Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
(They’re lovely)
There they are all standing in a row
(One, two, three, four)
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
(And bigger)

Give them a twist a flick of the wrist
That’s what the showman said

I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
Every ball you throw will make me rich
There stands my wife, the idol of me life
Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch
(All together now)

Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch
(Harmony)
Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch
Roll a bowl, a ball, roll a bowl, a ball
Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

 

The History of the song: “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts Song & Lyrics”

The song  “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts” was first written and recorded in 1944 by Fred Heatherton. It was re-recorded in the United States by Merv Griffin and Freddy Martian in 1950 and sold over three million copies to quickly become a top-ten hit.

The song has been used in multiple movine films including  I Could Go On Singing (1963),  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), The Lion King (1994), I Dream of Jeanne (1996), and the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour.

The song celebrates the coconut shy (coconut toss) at funfairs, and the catchy chorus is the call of the showman “standing underneath the flare” (of gaslight), inviting the public to “Roll up, bowl a ball, a penny a pitch.” The ball is tossed or bowled (as in cricket) or pitched at the coconuts, with the object of knocking one off its stand

The History of the song: “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”

Swedish performer Povel Ramel wrote a Swedish version of the song in 1950. This version, “Far jag kan inte få upp min kokosnöt” (“Dad I can’t crack my coconut open”), has little to do with the original. It is sung by a little boy who, in the course of his attempts to open his resilient coconut, disfigures his mother, demolishes the family’s furniture, and finally blows their house up. This version also features prominently in the film My Life as a Dog (1985), as well as in the Swedish version of The Lion King. The song is also known in Finland from the versions by Kipparikvartetti [fi] and M. A. Numminen, Kuinka saisin rikki kookospähkinän, which feature a similar tragicomic story.[citation needed]

In 1980, the Muppet Show produced a slight variation of the song for their fourth episode of the show’s fifth season.[5][better source needed]

The 2011 British 3D computer-animated family film Gnomeo & Juliet also includes a portion of the song.

 

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