Nellie The Elephant

Information About Nellie The Elephant

This song was written in 1956 by Ralph Butler and Peter Hart.

They did not know an elephant named 'Nellie'.

Ralph Butler was a famous British songwriter who was born in 1886. He wrote or co-wrote about 14 songs from the 1920's to the mid-1950's. He used his pseudonym, or fake name, Jake Wallis for some of these songs.

The original version of "Nellie the Elephant" was sung by a child actress named Mandy Miller. She went on to star in ten movies but was most famous for her rendition of this song.

A punk rock band called Toy Dolls recorded a cover of this song which would make its way to number four on the singles chart in the United Kingdom in 1984.

Instructors would often use this song to teach CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The tempo of this song was calculated to be about 105 beats per minute and the recommended beats for CPR is 100 beats per minute. There was even a study conducted on the effectiveness of "Nellie the Elephant" when administering CPR versus other songs and no music at all.

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Cebisa Dubase, South Africa

4 December 2012 at 8:46am

I loved this song since i was a little gal,still love it

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Bill, United Kingdom

17 November 2011 at 11:09pm

Any chance of an mp3 or a midi file for the tune? I remember the tune for the chorus from when I was a kid but I don't know how the verse goes.

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Naomi, France

18 April 2011 at 5:22pm

I love this song but I didn't expect it to be that long and my parents forgot the words so... It went like this with them: Nelly the elephant packed her trunk and went off to the circus. and that's all. they would sing it when I was grumpy.

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Thomas Houston, Kazakhstan

15 March 2011 at 4:20pm

I like!

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Michael, United Kingdom

27 February 2011 at 1:09pm

I love the line "On the road to Mandalay"... a literary reference in a children's poem? Who would have thought it? :)

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Charles, United Kingdom

21 December 2010 at 3:10pm

My mother sang this to me when Phil was out shooting tigers ; God damn song don't you know!

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Lucy, United Kingdom

30 November 2010 at 6:17pm

wow i remember doin this song in nursery!

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Jay, United Kingdom

21 November 2010 at 8:01pm

i like nelly the elefant songs

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Lauren, United Kingdom

2 November 2010 at 9:28am

my buddies georgina and tom love this song very very much

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Margaret, Ashford, Kent

19 July 2010 at 6:19pm

Thanks. Ineed the words for an elephant festival we're planning at school. The little ones will love it!

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Claire, Nottingham Uk

15 June 2010 at 12:10am

Thanks. We're off to Florida this wk on holiday and my daughter is missing 2dance classes, when we get back she is singing this song on stage, so we need to practise whilst on holiday! Lol

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Paula, Ringmer, England

31 March 2010 at 10:42pm

Finally after weeks of singing half of this song to my 5 month old son i can now finally sing the full version, now i have found the words

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