Yes We Have No Bananas
There's a fruit store on our street It's run by a Greek. And he keeps good things to eat But you should hear him speak! When you ask him anything, he never answers "no". He just "yes"es you to death, and as he takes your dough He tells you "Yes, we have no bananas We have-a no bananas today. We've string beans, and onions Cabbageses, and scallions, And all sorts of fruit and say We have an old fashioned to-mah-to A Long Island po-tah-to But yes, we have no bananas. We have no bananas today." Business got so good for him that he wrote home today, "Send me Pete and Nick and Jim; I need help right away." When he got them in the store, there was fun, you bet. Someone asked for "sparrow grass" and then the whole quartet All answered "Yes, we have no bananas We have-a no bananas today. Just try those coconuts Those walnuts and doughnuts There ain't many nuts like they. We'll sell you two kinds of red herring, Dark brown, and ball-bearing. But yes, we have no bananas We have no bananas today." Yes, we are very sorry to inform you That we are entirely out of the fruit in question The afore-mentioned vegetable Bearing the cognomen "Banana". We might induce you to accept a substitute less desirable, But that is not the policy at this internationally famous green grocery. I should say not. No no no no no no no. But may we suggest that you sample our five o'clock tea Which we feel certain will tempt your pallet? However we regret that after a diligent search Of the premises By our entire staff We can positively affirm without fear of contradiction That our raspberries are delicious; really delicious Very delicious But we have no bananas today. Yes, we gotta no banana No banana We gotta no banana today. I sella you no banana. Hey, Marianna, you gotta no banana? Why this man, he no believe-a what I say. Now whatta you want mister? You wanna buy twelve for a quarter? No? well, just a oneofadozen? I'm-a gonna calla my daughter. Hey, Marianna You gotta piana Yes, banana, no No, yes, no bananas today We gotta no bananas. Yes, we gotta no bananas today.
Written by: FRANK SILVER, IRVING CONN
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