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The Bear Missed the Train is a parody on the popular song Bei Mir Bistu Shein and was written by the Smith Street Society Jazz Band.[1] According to Joe Hanchrow, "Sometime around 1964, one of the musicians made an off-handed remark about Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen, calling it The Bear Missed The Train. Within minutes, the tune was written and performed." The song was used on radio shows. Al "Jazzbo" Collins used it as the theme on his late night jazz show in San Francisco.[2] It also became a favorite on Jean Shepherd's radio narratives.[3]

The parody's lyrics are as follows:

The bear missed the train, the bear missed the train, The bear missed the train and now he's walking. The bear missed the train, the bear missed the train, The bear missed the train and now he's walking. And now he's walking far, and now he's walking near, And now he's riding in a car, and now he's drinking a can of beer! The bear missed the train, the bear missed the train, The bear missed the train and now he's walking.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bergmann, Eugene B. (2005). Excelsior, You Fathead!: The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-55783-600-7.
  2. ^ Hanchrow, Joe. "Author located for "The Bear Missed the Train"". Author located for "The Bear Missed the Train". Retrieved 2014-11-08.
  3. ^ Eugene B. Bergmann, Excelsior, You Fathead!: The Art and Enigma of Jean Shepherd, 2005, ISBN 1-55783-600-0, p. 203