Tra la la Boom

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Tra la la boom di-ay
There was no school today.
Our teacher passed away,
She died of tooth decay!
We threw her in the Bay,
She scared the fish away!
And when we pulled her out,
She smelled like sauerkraut!

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Information About Tra la la Boom

Tra la la boom is one of several parody songs of Ta ra ra boom de-ay. The original song's first public performance was in Henry Sayer's revue, Tuxedo in Boston.

Overnight it became a sensation. The music-hall crowds delighted in its rhythm and its nonsensical lines. Brought back to America by Lottie Collins in 1894 it was greeted with the same enthusiasm that the English had accorded it, and has remained one of America's most popular songs.

The tune is widely recognizable and has been used for numerous other songs, including children's camp songs and military ballads from the early 20th century.

It was used for the theme song to the show Howdy Doody ("It's Howdy Doody Time") and by the Mariachi-tuned Dilly Sisters on the 1960s children variety show The Banana Splits.

Alternative Lyrics & Related Songs

Here's a funny version involving the drain, rotten rays and stinky pants!

Tra la la boom di-ay
I lost my pants today
Some boy took them away
He hid them down the drain
He said i'd find them someday
Then it started to rain
I found them in the the river today
They smelled of rotten rays.

This one's a short version about pants going on holiday, but eventually coming back.

Tra la la boom di-ay.
My knickers flew away.
They went on holiday.
They came back yesterday.

This version brings to mind the silly antics of boys

Tra-la-la Boom de ay!
I took your pants away.
And while you're standing there,
I'll take your underwear!

Here's a version speaks of sleepless nights and in all probability...grumpiness in the morning

I got no sleep today.
None either yesterday,
That's why I drive this way.

This one is for mature audiences that you just might want to skip it if you're looking for a kid friendly version

Tra la la boom, hooray
I met a guy today
He gave me twenty cents
To go behind the fence
My mother was surprised
To see my stomach rise
My father jumped for joy
It was a baby boy!
Tra la la boom!
Tra la la boom!
Tra la la boom!

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PapoChino15, United States

8 February 2017 at 5:54pm

Ta ra ra boom de ay There is no school today Our teacher passed away, we killed yesterday We threw her in the bay She scared the sharks away And when we pulled her out, She smelled like sauerkraut!

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Grant, United States, salt lake city

7 February 2017 at 3:21pm

Ta rah rah boom de ay, our teacher passed away, we got a substitute who wore her bathing suit. We threw her in the lake which was a big mistake, then all the people knew how much a girl could take.

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Alron, USA

14 November 2016 at 7:38pm

Some of the naughty elementary school rhymes we learn back 50 years ago would warrant a full and immediate investigation by homeland security's special terrorism task force today, and probably INTERPOL as well! But of course, that was back when sanity was the rule of the day and our schools didn't have 10 foot high fences around them. It's true. None of them did!

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18 July 2016 at 8:21am

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David Like the Flower, Room 137, Latin

23 March 2016 at 3:30pm

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John, USA

5 October 2015 at 3:10am

Ta ra ra boom de ay There is no school today Our teacher passed away Ta ra ra boom de ay. Ta ra ra boom de ay We threw her in the bay Some sharks had lunch today Taa ra ra boom de ay

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Alpha Skua, USA

11 September 2015 at 12:47am


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Kevin, San Diego, CA

8 May 2015 at 11:30pm

Tra la la boom de ay---They threw my pants away---They threw them in the air---I have no underwear!!!

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ClemInStoneMountain, United States

9 April 2015 at 3:25am

Tra la la boom de ay, did you get yours today? I got mine yesterday. That's why I walk this way.

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Celina, United States

18 January 2015 at 7:19pm

Tra la la Boom de-ay The world is sick today Folk kill their kind nowadays as if were trash away... Tra la la Boom de-ay Will sanity prevail? principles rule again and fix this disarray

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Osama Bin Laden, Afghanistan

1 December 2014 at 2:51pm

I find this song offensive!!!!

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Chloe, Canada

1 September 2014 at 9:32pm

I'm glad this is a top-rated song!

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dolphie, United States

30 August 2014 at 3:43pm

heres the version i heard as a kid. tra la la boom de ay i skinned my rump today i landed in the hay tra la la boom de ay

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Sky, United States

29 April 2013 at 10:26pm

It's only fun- we sang about bang bang lu lu! And we all turned out just fine!

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Jack, United States

9 December 2011 at 4:33pm

The versions we sang in 2nd grade (in the '50s) were slightly raunchy, but by 4th grade were VERY raunchy. By 6th grade there were dozens of filthy versions. By 7th grade we had out-grown it.

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Sharon, United States

28 August 2011 at 12:22am

We sang a version of that song 65 years ago. It was fun and we drove the bus driver mad I am sure. Inappropriate for children? NO WAY. Look what they see and hear today. Even commercials are not fit to watch. These songs are part of our history. Don't take them away.

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Shan, United States

11 August 2011 at 12:59am

I used to sing the top one in first grade! I love this song!

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