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Adam and Eve had a Wonderful Time song. Words by A. Seymour Brown, music by Albert Gumble. Jerome H. Remick & co. New York. Detroit

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Back in the dark and prehistoric age,
Leo, the lion, and the tiger, too,
Long before rag time tunes became the rage,
They had a "Tango" that they used to do;
Back in the garden of Eden, I mean,
Old brother monkey was leading the band,
Adam was king and Eve was the queen. (They tell me.)
Gee, it was grand! the best in the land! (Some leader!)
And every night they used to give a ball,
Then the hyena, he began to laugh,
Under the big jungle moon.
Went in hysterics and cried:
animals all would prance,
Adam and Eve would dance,
elephant did "salome",
One that was all her own,
While the birds whistled a tune.
Adam and Eve nearly died.

Adam and Eve had a wonderful time!
Oh, a wonderful time back there!
The old turkey gobbler,
he taught them to "Trot",
And the other professor, the "Grizzly Bear."
All the birds and the bees used to sing in the trees,
Why, old Adam and Eve used to dance as they please!
I betche Adam and Eve had a wonderful time,
Oh! a wonderful, wonderful time! time!


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