Category Archives: Nonsense Lyrics

Songs whose lyrics consist of invented words, or words that make no sense.

Gustave Verbeek’s Cruel Tales and the Nonsense Tradition

[I wrote this short article for The Upside-Down World of Gustave Verbeek: The Complete Sunday Comics 1903-1905, edited by Peter Maresca, foreword by Martin Gardner. Palo Alto, CA: Sunday Press Books, 2009, where it appeared under the title "Verbeek's Loony Lyrics … Continue reading

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Thumbnail Studies in Un-natural History

Bob Addams, “Two Thumbnail Studies in Un-natural History.” The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. 22, no. 6, September 1905, p. 740.

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Nonsense for Chrismas 1874

On 16 December 1874, Judy ran a review of nursery rhyme books, which includes a reference to Edward Lear. He is mentioned as the author of… Alice in Wonderland. While I have often received e-mails asking about the famous poems … Continue reading

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Nonsense Lyrics: Aba Daba Honeymoon

This week’s nonsense song has much in common with The Owl and the Pussy-cat; Aba Daba Honeymoon is another happy story of love and marriage, in this case between primates. It was written by Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan and … Continue reading

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Nonsense Lyrics: Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba

Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston, authors of last week’s Mairzy Doats, later teamed up with Mack David to form a trio specializing in nonsense songs: theirs are the famours Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo from Walt Disney’s Cinderella (1950) as well as … Continue reading

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Mairzy Doats

I’m also resuming the Nonsense Lyrics from the 1940s series after the hiatus due to the site hacking. This week Mairzy Doats ( words and music by Milton Drake, Al Hoffman, Jerry Livingston. Miller Music Corp., NYC, 1943) in Al … Continue reading

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Nonsense Lyrics: Slim Gaillard

I am starting a new podcast of songs with nonsense lyrics, to be posted on Fridays. The first is Sam Gaillard, a specialist, with Ra-da-da-da (1942).

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