I hope you can help me get the words and music of a song Guy and Ralna sang on a recent "Lawrence Welk Show." I was able to write down some of the words. They went something like this: "Take away the trees and the birds have to sit on the ground. Take away their wings and they have to walk all around."
It was a very funny song. - O.T.Before we print the words, we'd like to explain how we tracked them down. First we called KBYU-TV in Provo, which airs re-runs of the "Lawrence Welk Show" on Saturday evenings. It referred us to a company in Southern California, which referred us to Welk's office in Santa Monica. A spokeswoman for Welk said the song was called "Tennessee Bird Walk," words and music by Jack Blanchard, copyright, Back Bay Music.
We called BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) in New York City. The organization licenses music and collects royalties for composers. It gave us the name and phone number of the company that manages copyrights for Back Bay Music: Mietus Copyright Management in Union, N.J.
Leonard S. Mietus had a copy of "Tennessee Bird Walk." He was kind enough to mail us a photocopy, which we are forwarding to our reader for her personal use. The song is still under copyright so she must not sell it or distribute it.
Mietus gave us permission to print the words.First Verse
Take away the trees and the birds all have to sit upon the ground, uum,
Take away their wings and the birds will have to walk to get around.
And take away the bird baths, and dirty birds will soon be ev'rywhere,
Take away their feathers, and the birds will walk around in underwear.
Take away their chirp, and the birds will have to whisper when they sing.
And take away their common sense, and they'll be headed southward in the spring.Second Verse
How about some trees, so the birds won't have to sit upon the ground, uum,
How about some wings so the birds won't have to walk to get around.
And how about a bird bath or two so the birds will all be clean,
How about some feathers, so their underwear no longer can be seen.
How about a chirp, so the birds won't have to whisper when they sing.
And how about some common sense, so they won't be blocking traffic in the spring.Chorus
Oh, remember me my darling,
when spring is in the air
and the bald headed birds
are whisp'ring ev'ry where,
you can see them walking southward in their dirty underwear,
that's Tennessee bird walk.
"Tennessee Bird Walk" copyright 1969, 1970, by Back Bay Music. Used by permission of the copyright owner.