JUMBO THE ELEPHANT<
(words F H Evans, music J A Snow)
"O have you seen the elephant?" is all the people's cry;
The great and mighty elepohant who stands so broad and high.
He daily eats a ton of hay, and drinks upon the sly
A tub of circus lemonade and several pints of rye.
cho: O have you seen the elephant, from England late he came
He is the king of elephants and Jumbo is his name.
Old Jumbo likes a social glass, but he is never drunk
Though people say he always keeps a bottle in his trunk.
But then there's always snakes around, and Jumbo thinks it right
To keep some rye on hand to cure and accidental bite.
When people went to see him first they wondered at his size;
And then he looked so funny too, and winked his knowing eyes.
But they were very much surprised when soon the monster ran
And left the ring between the acts to go and see a man.
from "Folksongs Out of Wisconsin" by Harry Peters (1977 State Historical Society
Wisconsin). song supplied by the Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin.