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Little Jimmy Dickens – May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

It was Dickens' most successful single on the U.S. country music chart. It spent two weeks at No. 1 that November, and stayed on the chart for a total of 18 weeks.On the overall Billboard Hot 100 the song peaked at No. 15.

Cover LP Little Jimmy Dickens Columbia 1965
Cover LP Little Jimmy Dickens Columbia 1965

“May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” is a 1965 novelty song performed by Little Jimmy Dickens. It was Dickens’ most successful single on the U.S. country music chart. It spent two weeks at No. 1 that November, and stayed on the chart for a total of 18 weeks.On the overall Billboard Hot 100 the song peaked at No. 15.

The song, written by Neal Merritt, was inspired by one of the many comic putdowns uttered by host Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.



From the album May the Bird of Paradise Fly up Your Nose
B-side “My Eyes Are Jealous”
Released September 7, 1965
Genre Country
Length 2:28
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Neal Merritt
Producer(s) Don Law Frank Jones




Little Jimmy Dickens – May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose Lyrics
One fine day as I was a-walkin’ down the street
Spied a beggar man with rags upon his feet
Took a penny from my pocket
In his tin cup I did drop it
I heard him say as I made my retreat

[Chorus:]
May the bird of paradise fly up your nose
May an elephant caress you with his toes
May your wife be plagued with runners in her hose
May the bird of paradise fly up your nose

The laundry man is really on his toes
Found a hundred-dollar bill among my clothes
When he called me I came a-runnin’
Gave him back his dime for phonin’
I heard him sayin’ as I turned to go

[Chorus]

I was way behind one day to catch the train
Taxi driver said “We’ll make it just the same”
The speed cop made it with us
And as he wrote out the ticket
I stood by politely a-waitin’ for my change

[Chorus x3]

Single Little Jimmy Dickens Columbis 1965
Single Little Jimmy Dickens Columbis 1965

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