The Big Show

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The Big Show  (1918) 
by Jerome Kern (music) and Edgar Allan Woolf (lyrics)
Song from the musical Head over Heels.
Sheet music cover

[Verse]

A happy shouting crowd comes from afar,
Houpla!
To see the big show taken off the car
Houpla!
They love the man in spangles,
Who from a trapeze dangles;
They love the lemonade
If made with pink shade
And how they love to hear the band
Ahead of our parade so grand!
They hear the bally hooman enraptured
They're captured.

[Burthen]

Step right in and see the show
Look for all the freaks you know
Hear the calliope starting to blow.
Bring your pal I hope he likes
Miss Tansey Trained Chimpanzee,
Signor Brady Bearded lady
See the clowns we all love so
With their jokes so long ago
Just watch the lions
They dance like Hawaiians
All at our great big show."

[Verse]

A "Congress of all Nations" here we show,
Hello!
To the Eskimau and man from Borneo
Hello!
The Midget Princess Toto
Will sell her latest photo!
Albinos with white hair
Sit there and stare
The tattooed man displays his marks
The dog faced boy replys with barks.
When yodels from Tyroleans singing
Come ringing.

[Burthen]

Step right in and see the show
Look for all the freaks you know
Hear the calliope starting to blow.
Bring your pal I hope he sees
the Zulu chewing Toulu,
Baby Bryant Lady Giant
See the clowns we all love so
With their jokes so long ago
Just watch the lions
They dance like Hawaiians
All at our great big show."

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This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1948, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 60 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.