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Gasoline Gus and his Jitney Bus

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Edison Blue Amberol CylinderGasoline Gus and his Jitney Bus
(June 21, 1915)

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Did you ever hear the story? Did you ever hear the yarn?
('Bout what?) 'Bout Gasoline Gus.
He saved up a dollar and he borrowed twenty cents.
(Then what?) Bought a jitney bus...

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Gasoline Gus And His Jitney Bus
 

Verse 1

Did you ever hear the story? Did you ever hear the yarn?
('Bout what?) 'Bout Gasoline Gus.
He saved up a dollar then he borrowed twenty cents.
(Then what?) Bought a jitney bus.
His coffee mill was made of tin,
But tin was made to pack things in.
He hung a sign and it read thus:
"This is Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus."

Chorus

Gus, Gus, Gasoline Gus,
Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus.
He packed them on the fenders and he packed 'em on the hood.
He packed 'em by the dozen and another dozen stood.
From out the heap there came a cry:
"Hey take that suitcase out of my eye."
Gus, Gus, Gasoline Gus,
Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus.
 
Verse 2

Did I tell you what he purchased? Did I tell you what he used?
(Who used?) Why, Gasoline Gus.
He bought a ton of dynamite, He bought a pint of gin.
(For what?) For his jitney bus.
"It's got a bigger kick than gasoline,"
Said Gus as he loaded his tin machine.
A lady said, "Don't go too far."
Said Gus, "It's not that kind of a car."

Chorus

Gus, Gus, Gasoline Gus,
Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus.
He turned a dozen somersaults, then he looped the loop.
He made a bigger noise than the borders eating soup.
How far he went I quite forget,
But, according to Hoyle, he's not back yet!
Gus, Gus, Gasoline Gus,
Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus.
 
Verse 3

Do you want to hear the finish? Do you want to hear the end?
('Bout what?) 'Bout Gasoline Gus.
He bumped into Old Satan and he got Old Satan's goat.
(With what?) With his jitney bus.
Old Satan frowned; said, "Take him out
And let him ride my imps about."
In fifteen minutes, big as life,
He was making love to the Old Boy's wife.

Chorus

Oh, Gus, Gus, Gasoline Gus,
Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus.
They telephoned Old Satan that his wifey had eloped
With a funny looking fellow in a funny little boat.
Old Satan never turned a hair.
He smiled and said, "They're a perfect pair."
Gus, Gus, Gasoline Gus,
Gasoline Gus and his jitney bus.

Original Lyrics Text Courtesy of:
Brass-Nickel Touring Region - Antique Automobile Club of America
[BNTRAACA.org]

Corrections To Lyrics To Match Recording By: masodo
 

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