Go Get The Ax

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Information About Go Get The Ax

Also known as "The Nonsense song", Go get the Axe is a song that originated in America sometime in the early 1900's. Its exact origin is unknown. It was made popular however, by a cartoon episode of Hare Trigger, where Bugs Bunny sings the song as a pint-sized bandit attempts to rob the train he's on.

The song was nicknamed "the nonsense song" because of it's strange lyrics. Some of them are "peepin' through the knot-hole of grandpa's wooden leg, who'll wind the clock when I'm gone?', and "there's a flea in Lizzie's ear, For a boy's best friend is his mother".

The song's tune is mainly upbeat, and the original version featured Bugs Bunny playing a stringed-instrument.

Some researchers claim that the song originally was a Scottish or an Irish folk tune. Most researchers however, believe that the actual meaning of the song could be understood by people familiar with the expressions and sayings of the time of its origin.

Whatever the song's origin, it is fun to listen to and sing along.

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Sally, United States

27 October 2014 at 11:32pm

This song sounds kind of creepy/violent. "Go get the ax" ? And the "I fell from a window, A second-story window, I caught my eyebrow on the window-sill" part. :/

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