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Happy 99th Birthday 'Yes, We have no bananas' -March 23, 1923.
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: March 13, 2022 10:33PM
"Yes! We Have No Bananas" is an American novelty song by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn published March 23, 1923. It became a major hit in 1923, placing No. 1 for five weeks.
(yes, people actually speak with accents)

YES ! WE HAVE NO BANANAS
From the show "Make It Snappy"
(Frank Silver / Irving Cohn)


Eddie Cantor - 1923
Billy Jones - 1923
Selvin's Orchestra (vocal: Irving Kaufman) - 1923
Also recorded by: Billy Murray; Al Bernard; William West.


There's a fruit store on our street
It's run by a Greek.
And he keeps good things to eat
But you should hear him speak!
When you ask him anything, he never answers "no".
He just "yes"es you to death, and as he takes your dough
He tells you
"Yes, we have no bananas
We have-a no bananas today.
We've string beans, and onions
Cabbageses, and scallions,
And all sorts of fruit and say
We have an old fashioned to-mah-to
A Long Island po-tah-to
But yes, we have no bananas.
We have no bananas today."

Business got so good for him that he wrote home today,
"Send me Pete and Nick and Jim; I need help right away."
When he got them in the store, there was fun, you bet.
Someone asked for "sparrow grass" and then the whole quartet
All answered
"Yes, we have no bananas
We have-a no bananas today.
Just try those coconuts
Those walnuts and doughnuts
There ain't many nuts like they.
We'll sell you two kinds of red herring,
Dark brown, and ball-bearing.
But yes, we have no bananas
We have no bananas today."

Yes, we are very sorry to inform you
That we are entirely out of the fruit in question
The afore-mentioned vegetable
Bearing the cognomen "Banana".
We might induce you to accept a substitute less desirable,
But that is not the policy at this internationally famous green
grocery.
I should say not. No no no no no no no.
But may we suggest that you sample our five o'clock tea
Which we feel certain will tempt your pallet?
However we regret that after a diligent search
Of the premises
By our entire staff
We can positively affirm without fear of contradiction
That our raspberries are delicious; really delicious
Very delicious
But we have no bananas today.

Yes, we gotta no banana
No banana
We gotta no banana today.
I sella you no banana.
Hey, Marianna, you gotta no banana?
Why this man, he no believe-a what I say.
Now whatta you want mister?
You wanna buy twelve for a quarter?
No? well, just a oneofadozen?
I'm-a gonna calla my daughter.
Hey, Marianna
You gotta piana
Yes, banana, no
No, yes, no bananas today
We gotta no bananas.
Yes, we gotta no bananas today.



Frank Silver explained the origin of the song to Time Magazine: "I am an American, of Jewish ancestry, with a wife and a young son. About a year ago my little orchestra was playing at a Long Island hotel. To and from the hotel I was wont to stop at a fruit stand owned by a Greek, who began every sentence with 'Yess'. The jingle of his idiom haunted me and my friend Cohn. Finally I wrote this verse and Cohn fitted it with a tune."
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Re: Happy 99th Birthday 'Yes, We have no bananas' -March 23, 1923.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: March 13, 2022 10:37PM
I remember my grandfather singing that to me as a kid; I didn't know it was an actual song for decades after.



Hurts like a bastid...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/13/2022 10:39PM by mrbigstuff.
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Re: Happy 99th Birthday 'Yes, We have no bananas' -March 23, 1923.
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: March 14, 2022 10:48AM
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Steve G.

Cabbageses, and scallions,

Ah, so the speech patterns for Gollum were stolen by Tolkein!
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