O have you seen the elephant?
Is all the people's cry;
The great and mighty elephant
Who stands so broad and high!
He daily eats a ton of hay
And drinks upon the sly
A tub of circus lemonade,
And sev'ral pints of rye.
O have you seen the elephant,
From England late he came,
He is king of elephants, and Jumbo is his name.
Old Jumbo like a social glass,
But he is never drunk;
Tho' people say he always keeps
A bottle in his trunk.
But then there's always snakes around,
And Jumbo thinks its right
To keep some rye on hand to cure
And accidental bite.
When people went too see him first,
They wondered at his size;
And then he looked so funny too
And winked his knowing eyes.
But they were very much surprised
When soon the monster ran
And left the ring between the acts
To go and see a man.
Snow, J. Albert and Evans, Frank H., "Jumbo, the Elephant" (1882). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 778.
The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.