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    Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger
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      About "Abiyoyo"

      Lyrics for Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger - "Abiyoyo"

      Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo
      Abiyoyo, yoyoyo, yoyoyo

      Once upon a time there was a little boy who
      Played the ukelele. He'd go around town,
      'Blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp, blmp,
      BImp blmp blmp, blmp blmp, blmp!'
      Grown-ups said "Get that thing out of here!"

      Not only that, the boy's father was a gettin'
      In trouble. He was a magician. He had a
      Magic wand. He could go 'Zoop! Zoop!' make
      Things disappear. But the father played too
      Many tricks on people. Somebody doing a
      Hard job of work, 'zzt, zzt, zzt', up comes the
      Father with his magic wand, 'Zoop!' no saw.
      Come to someone about to drink a nice cold
      Glass of something, 'Zoop!' the glass
      Disappears, He'd come to someone about
      To sit down after a hard day's work, 'Zoopl'
      No chair.

      People said to the father, "You get out
      Of here, too. Take your magic wand and
      Your son!" The boy and his father were
      Ostracized. That means they made them
      Live on the edge of town.

      Now in this town they used to tell stories.
      The old people used to tell stories about
      The giants that lived in the old days They
      Used to tell a story about a giant called
      Abiyoyo. They said he was as tall as a
      House and could eat, people, up.
      Of course, nobody believed it, but they
      Told the story anyway.

      One day, one day, the sun rose, blood red
      Over the hill. And the first people got up
      And looked out of their window, they saw a
      Great big shadow in front of the sun. And
      They could feel the whole ground shake.
      'Stomp, stomp'. Women screamed, 'Ahh!'
      Strong men fainted "Ohh!" - "Run for
      Your lives! Abiyoyo's coming!"

      He came to the sheep pasture, grabs a
      Whole sheep, 'Yeowp!' Comes to the cow
      Pasture, grabs a whole cow, 'Yeowp!'
      Daniel, "Grab your most precious
      Possessions and run! Run!" Just then the
      Boy and his father woke up "Hey, Paw,
      What's coming over the field?" - Oh, Son,
      That's Abiyoyo. Oh, if I could only get him
      To lie down, I could make him disappear."

      The boy said "Come with me, Father." He
      Grabs his father by one hand. The father
      Gets the magic wand, the boy gets the
      Ukelele. They run across the field. People
      Yelled, "Don't go near him! He'll eat you
      Alive!" There was Abiyoyo. He had long
      Fingernails cause he never cut 'em.
      Slobbery teeth, cause he didn't brush
      Them. Stinking feet, 'cause he didn't wash
      'em. He raised up with his claws, the boy
      Whips out his ukelele and starts to sing.

      Well, you know the giant had never heard a song
      About himself before, and a foolish grin spread
      Over the giant's face. And the giant started to
      Dance "Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo," the boy
      Went faster, "Abiyoyo, yoyoyo, yoyoyo. Abiyoyo,
      Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo," The giant
      Got out of breath. He staggered. He fell down flat
      On the ground 'Zoop!, Zoop!' people looked out
      The window, Abiyoyo disappeared.

      They ran across the fields. They lifted the boy
      And his father up on their shoulders. They said,
      "Come back to town. Bring your damn ukelele,
      We don t care anymore!" And they all sang:

      Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo, Abiyoyo
      (Oh, you sing it with me,)

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