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I went to my apartment on a Monday at one
A-singin' do lolly, lolly shicky bum, shicky bum
Started movin' in it on a Tuesday at two
A-singin' do lolly, lolly shicky do, shicky do
Wednesday at three I called the phone company, singin':
"Hey baby, put a phone in for me"
Thursday at four he came a-knockin' at my door, singin':

"Hey, baby, I'm your telephone man
You just show me where you want it and I'll put it where I can
I can put it in the bedroom, I can put it in the hall
I can put it in the bathroom, I can hang it on the wall
You can have it with a buzz, you can have it with a ring
And if you really want it you can have a ding-a-ling
Because-a hey baby, I'm your telephone man"

Can you believe that? And then he says:

"Now when other fellas call ya tell 'em how it all began"

Well...can you imagine?

My heart began a-thumpin' and my mind began to fly
And I knew I wasn't dealin' with no ordinary guy
So while he was a-talking I was thinkin' up my plan
Then my fingers did the walkin' on the telephone man

Singin' hey lolly, lolly
Hey lolly, lolly
Hey lolly, lolly
Get it any way you can
Right? Ha ha ha, so...

I got it in the bedroom, and I got it in the hall
And I got it in the bathroom, and he hung it on the wall
I got it with a buzz, and I got it with a ring
And when he told me what my number was I got a ding-a-ling

A-singin' hey lolly, lolly
Hey lolly, lolly
Hey lolly, lolly
Just-a doin' my thing

Ha, ha...I've never done anything like this before!

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    UnregisteredDec 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm
    This isn't really a meaning but i wanted to post something. When i was a senior in high school a friend of mine from color guard and i did this "act" for the entire band. I had my hands behind my back. She stood behind me and put her arms through mine. While i spoke the lines she did all the motions. Everyone thought it was hilarious the way we did it. That was over 30 years ago. I just found out yesterday that friend passed away. I will always cherish that memory of us doing "the telephone man".
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    UnregisteredAug 17, 2014 at 8:39 am
    These lyrics are the best. They're so clever - cheeky and hilarious. This would definitely be one of my top Desert Island discs. It cheers me up every time I hear it. Meri Wilson is a brilliant lyricist and has just the right kind of sexy, innocent but naughty voice to carry it off!
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    UnregisteredJul 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm
    As my brother explained it to me when i was 8. She made out all over the apartment with the telephone man and got a few extra phones with the deal.
    Now that i am older i am not sure a telephone has anything to do with it. I guess it could be as dirty as you want it to be or as innocent as you want it to be

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