I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts
Freddy Martin Lyrics


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Down at an English fair, one evening I was there
When I heard a showman shouting underneath the flair

I′ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
There they are, all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
Give them a twist a flick of the wrist
That's what the showman said

I′ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
Every ball you throw will make me rich
There stands my wife, the idol of me life
Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch
Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch
Roll a bowl, a ball, roll a bowl, a ball
Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts
(They're lovely)
There they are all standing in a row
(One, two, three, four)
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
(And bigger)

Give them a twist a flick of the wrist
That′s what the showman said

I′ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
Every ball you throw will make me rich
There stands my wife, the idol of me life
Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch
(All together now)

Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch
(Harmony)
Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch




Roll a bowl, a ball, roll a bowl, a ball
Singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Freddy Martin's song "I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts" tell a story of a showman at an English fair who is displaying a group of coconuts that he is selling. The showman shouts out to attract attention to his booth, announcing that he has "a lovely bunch of coconuts" on display. He proceeds to describe the coconuts, which range in size from big to small, and urges potential buyers to give them a twist or flick of the wrist. He promises that every ball thrown would make him rich, and proudly stands beside his wife, who is singing, "roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch".


The lyrics depict a lively, cheerful atmosphere characteristic of fairgrounds and are meant to be entertaining rather than profound. Interestingly, the song can be interpreted as a metaphor for the showman's ability to sell anything - a quality that could be admirable in certain contexts but also suggests a certain amount of deception or trickery.


Overall, "I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts" is a catchy tune that remains popular with audiences today. Its playful lyrics, upbeat melody, and undeniably catchy chorus make it a perfect song to dance to or sing along with.


Line by Line Meaning

Down at an English fair, one evening I was there
I was at an English fair one evening.


When I heard a showman shouting underneath the flair
I heard a showman shouting under the canopy.


I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts
I have a wonderful collection of coconut fruits.


There they are, all standing in a row
They're all adjacent to each other in a straight line.


Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
Some coconuts are huge and some are tiny, while a couple are colossal.


Give them a twist, a flick of the wrist, that's what the showman said
The showman advised us to slightly rotate and shake the coconuts.


Every ball you throw will make me rich
I'll make lots of money with every coconut sold.


There stands my wife, the idol of me life, singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch
My wife, whom I adore, is present, performing an engaging tune about tossing balls at the targeted area for a nominal price.


Roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch, roll a bowl, a ball, a penny, a pitch, roll a bowl, a ball, roll a bowl, a ball, singing roll a bowl a ball a penny a pitch
Bowl, roll, and toss balls precisely, paying a small fee for each effort.


I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts (they're lovely), there they are all standing in a row (one, two, three, four), big ones, small ones, some as big as your head (and bigger), give them a twist, a flick of the wrist, that's what the showman said
I have a gorgeous set of coconuts that are of different sizes, amaze people by gently turning them, according to the showman's instructions.




Writer(s): Heatherton Fred (gb 3)

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@clairecarlia-jones5979

I am never ever going to be bored with this 🥰🥰🥰🥰

@billiee376

Wow MERV.

@mannamedisaak3316

I really wish that the new lion King had this song

@InflatablePlane

Zazu’s song <3

@scottkay6495

My ex used to sing this...one of the few things that made me laugh...

@rorystorm8534

I'd like to have heard Bon Scott sing this...

@clairecarlia-jones5979

🥰🥰🥰🥰☺️☺️☺️

@rubewaddell1704

Australia's 76th number one hit along with a version by Sammy Kaye.

@rommosher

Oh god it's this version

@jeffkilpatrick6204

You know, you can almost sing these lyrics (though not an exact fit) to the tune of "Everything's Up To Date In Kansas City."

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