“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
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