When we were kids, this song drove us crazy every time it was on the radio, because it was so mysterious. I was convinced that the adults knew the secret, but they weren't telling. 

The Thing, by Phil Harris, 1950

While I was walking down the beach one bright and sunny day
I saw a great big wooden box a-floatin' in the bay.
I pulled it in and opened it up and much to my surprise
Ooh, I discovered a boom-boom-boom, right before my eyes
Oh, I discovered a boom-boom-boom, right before my eyes.

I picked it up and ran to town as happy as a king
I took it to a guy I knew who'd buy most any thing.
But this is what he hollered at me as I walked in his shop
Oh, get outta here with that boom-boom-boom, before I call a cop
Oh, get outta here with that boom-boom-boom before I call a cop.

I turned around and got right out, a-runnin' for my life
And then I took it home with me to give it to my wife.
But this is what she hollered at me as I walked in the door
Oh, get outta here with that boom-boom-boom, and don't come back no more
Oh, get outta here with that boom-boom-boom, and don't come back no more.

I wandered all around the town until I chanced to meet
A hobo who was looking for a hand-out on the street.
He said he'd take most any old thing, he was a desperate man
But when I showed him the boom-boom-boom, he turned around and ran
Oh, when I showed him the boom-boom-boom, he turned around and ran.

I wandered on for many years, a victim of my fate
Until one day I came upon St. Peter at the gate.
And when I tried to take it inside, he told me where to go
Get outta here with that boom-boom-boom and take it down below
Oh, get outta here with that boom-boom-boom and take it down below.

The moral of this story is if you're out on the beach
And you should see a great big box and it's within your reach
Don't ever stop and open it up, that's my advice to you
‘Cause you'll never get rid of the boom-boom-boom, no matter what you do
Oh, you'll never get rid of that boom-boom-boom, no matter what you do.
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