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"The Man on the Flying Trapeze" is a 19th-century popular song, written by George Leybourne, that is covered by The Chipmunks, featuring Dave Seville, in The Alvin Show episode The Whistler. The song is also included in the album The Chipmunk Songbook.

Lyrics

Alvin:
Hey, Dave, what'cha doing?

Dave:
Going through some old song books, Alvin.

Alvin:
What's under here, Dave?

Dave:
That's an old planner piano, Alvin.
It's been here in the attic for years.

Alvin:
Gee, Dave, can we move it downstairs and play it?

Dave:
Well, I don't think there are any piano rolls left.

Alvin:
What's this thing?

Dave:
A piano roll! What do you know, I thought they were all gone!

Alvin:
Great! (hums) La-la-la-la!

Dave:
Alvin, what are you up to?

Alvin:
La-la-la-la-la! (hums)

Dave:
Alvin, I said, what are you doing?

Alvin:
I'm fixing the piano roll.
Hey, Simon, Theodore! Come here!
We're gonna do a song with pictures!

Simon:
Swell!

Theodore:
Yeah! What do we do?

Alvin:
You and Simon pump the pedals here!

Theodore:
Hot dog, that sounds like fun!

Simon:
That sounds like we do all the work, start pumping, will ya?

Alvin:
Ohhhh-ohhhh!

Dave:
Alvin, you're flat!

Alvin (Simon & Theodore):
Ohhh, he flies through the air with the greatest of ease
A daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, for girls he could please
And my love he has purloined away, ohh (ohhh)

Dave:
Simon! Theodore! You're flat!

Simon:
We're not flat! We're tired!

Theodore:
Yeah! When do we get to see the pictures?

Alvin:
You can't see the pictures and pump the piano!

Simon:
Then we quit!

Theodore:
Yeah! Me too!

Alvin:
Ya can't quit!

Simon:
We quit anyway!

Theodore:
I quit, too!

Alvin:
We gotta finish the song!

Dave:
Hold it, hold it

Simon:
We don't!

Dave:
I'll pump the piano and we'll have no more squabbling, okay?
Ohhhhh-ohhhhh!

Alvin:
Dave, you're flat!

Dave:
Once I was happy, but now I'm forlorn
Like an old coat that is tattered and torn
Left in this wide World to fret and to mourn
Betrayed by a maid in her teens

The girl that I loved she was handsome (ooh-ooh)
I tried all I knew her to please (her to please)
But I could not please her one quarter so well (ooh-ooh)
As the man on the flying trapeze

The Chipmunks:
Ohhh, he flies through the air with the greatest of ease
A daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, for girls he could please
And my love he has purloined away

Ohhh, he flies through the air with the greatest of ease
A daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, for girls he could please
And my love he has purloined away

Ohhh, he flies through the air with the greatest of ease
A daring young man on the flying trapeze
His movements were graceful, for girls he could please
And my love he has purloined away

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