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That's right, that's right I'm sad and blue
'Cause I can't do the Boogaloo
I'm lost, I'm lost, can't do my thing
That's why I sing gimme, gimme dat ding

Ah, gimme dat, gimme dat, gimme, gimme, gimme dat
Gimme dat ding, gimme dat, gimme, gimme dat
Gimme dat ding, gimme dat, gimme, gimme dat
Gimme, gimme, gimme, dat ding
("Aaaah, sing it one more time, Mama")

[Repeat Chorus]

("Ah, you ain't doin' that late at night")
Ah, what good's a metronome without a bell for ringing
("You're right, you're right, it's no use")
How fast can anybody ever tell he's swinging ("No, you can't tell")
How can you tell the rhythm written on a bar
("Well, you don't go too far is what you do")
How can you ever hope to know just where you are
("Why don't you look around ya")
And gimme dat ("Ah, gimme dat")
Gimme dat ("Ah, gimme dat")
Gimme, gimme, yeah, got ya

[Chorus - 2x]

Ah, what goods a metronome without a bell for ringing
("Well, you try and do your best")
How fast can anybody ever tell he's swinging
How can you tell the rhythm written on the bar ("Well, you see")
How can you ever hope to know just where you are
Gimme dat, ah gimme dat, ah gimme dat, gimme dat
Gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme, gimme


("That's right")

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    UnregisteredMay 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm
    Sorry, but the song is not about sex. Written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, "Gimme Dat Ding" was one track from their musical sequence "Oliver in the Overworld" which formed part of the British children's show Little Big Time hosted by Freddie and the Dreamers; this narrated a surreal story of a little boy seeking the parts to mend his Grandfather Clock. The lyrics of the song relate to this story, the song being sung by a metronome who has been expelled by the Clockwork King; the "ding" has been stolen from the metronome by the "Undercog". The original version of the song as performed by Freddie was released on the album Oliver in the Overworld in 1970.
  • U
    UnregisteredAug 31, 2012 at 5:06 am
    It's about sex. "dat ding! " (that thing).

    Verse/bridge is merely silly a la "what good's a dictionary without a broom? ' or an lsd reference.

    This is not rock. It's what should be called barrel house-honkey tonk. With it's tinny, slightly out of tune piano solo, the song is as high as a kite, too giddy to even realize that it starts with it's chorus instead of it's verse/bridge and, very rarely,it is all in the major 7th. (see "harper valley pta" for another example).

    The major 7th poses a metaphorical musical question that the following part must 'answer. ' interestingly enough, the verse/bridge--the answer--is in a minor key. All extremely clever for it's entire running time of 2:11.
  • U
    UnregisteredJul 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm
    How the heck do you dance like that swing god! Oh hes sad because he cant dance and he wants rythym

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