The thing-artist: phil harris as sung on "mairzy doats 44 wacky hits"-mca records-msd2-35180/gmd80041-peak billboard position # 1 for 5 weeks in 1950-competing versions also charted by arthur godfrey (#24), and-the ames brothers (#29)-uses the melody of the traditional song "the tailor's boy"-words and music by charles r. greantranscribers' note: the "! ! !" represents the sound of three drum beats in rapid succession—like "boom- ba-boom"while i was walkin' down the beach one bright and sunny dayi saw a great big wooden box a-floatin' in the bayi pulled it in and opened it up and much to my surpriseoh, i discovered a ! ! !, right before my eyesoh, i discovered a ! ! !, right before my eyesi picked it up and ran to town as happy as a kingi took it to a guy i knew who'd buy most anythingbut this is what he hollered at me as i walked in his shop"oh, get out of here with that ! ! !, before i call a cop"oh, get out of here with that ! ! !, before i call a copi turned around and got right out, a-runnin' for my lifeand then i took it home with me to give it to my wifebut this is what she hollered at me as i walked in the door"oh, get out of here with that ! ! !, and don't come back no more"oh get out of here with that ! ! !, and don't come back no more<brief instrumental interlude>i wandered all around the town until i chanced to meeta hobo who was lookin' for a handout on the streethe said he'd take most any old thing, he was a desperate manbut when i showed him the ! ! !, he turned around and ranoh, when i showed him the ! ! !, he turned around and rani wandered on for many years a victim of my fateuntil one day i came upon st. peter at the gateand when i tried to take it inside he told me where to goget out of here with that ! ! !, and take it down belowoh get out of here with that ! ! !, and take it down belowthe moral of this story is: if you're out on the beachand you should see a great big box, and it's within your reachdon't ever stop and open it up, that's my advice to you'cause you'll never get rid of the ! ! !, no matter what you dooh you'll never get rid of the ! ! !, no matter what you dotranscribed by robin hoodthese lyrics were transcribed from the specific recording mentioned aboveand do not necessarily correspond with lyrics from other recordings, sheetmusic, songbooks or lyrics printed on album jackets.