Lyrics to Hello Operator, Gimme Number Nine

We knew most of those in 1970’s Detroit too. We used the name Lucy instead of Suzi. Does anyone also remember this one?

"Miss Lucy had a baby, she named him Tiny Tim.
She put him in the bathtub, to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water, he ate up all the soap.
He tried to eat the bathtub, but it wouldn’t go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor, the doctor called the nurse,
The nurse called the lady with the alligator purse …

andI forgot the rest. There was different endings, I’m sure.

That’s the one where everyone who is asking for help in rescuing Eddie-and-so-on is required to mention Eddie’s full name which of course takes so much time, that Eddie drowns before help can arrive, right?

P.S. The way I heard it, “Susie had a boyfriend, boyfriend had a truck, Susie liked to shift the gears” while her boyfriend preferred other activities…

What? That was “Tiki-tiki-tembo-no-sarembo-cheri-beri-richi-pip-peri-pembo”,* who against all expectation was in fact Chinese, and had a younger brother named Chang.

Chang was the first to fall into the well, but they rescued him expeditiously because they ran to the Old Man with the Ladder and told him Chang had fallen into the well, so he brought his ladder and got Chang out.

However, when Tiki-tiki-tembo-no-sarembo-cheri-beri-richi-pip-peri-pembo fell into the well, it took so long to tell the Old Man with the Ladder that Tiki-tiki-tembo-no-sarembo-cheri-beri-richi-pip-peri-pembo had fallen into the well that the poor boy nearly drowned before they finally came to rescue him.

  • Not to be confused with Rikki-tikki-tavi the mongoose in the Kipling story.

I grew up in west Texas and we had Susie. It would be interesting to see how this was on a map, much like they have done for soda/pop/Coke.

The wonders of the internet. I think my c1970s copy of the Oxford book of quotations (which I can’t find at the moemnt) had “Little Willie from the Mirror.”… as anonymous

Wow, I’m from St. Louis and our version in the 70s was way different, especially the end! (The one from leafrog was the only close one, except ours had a morbid last line…)

Miss Susie had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell
Miss Susie went to heaven
The steamboat went to
Hello operator
Give me number nine
And if you disconnect me
I’ll shoot you in the
Behind the 'frigerator
There was a piece of glass
Miss Susie slipped upon it
And brioke her in the
Ask me no more questions
Tell me no more lies
And if you disobey me
I’ll shoot you 'tween the eyes!

This was the version that I grew up with, but there was a rather racist final stanza that some of the other kids said. Even as a kid, it didn’t sit well with me, so I never sang it.