Nellie The Elephant

Words & Music:

Ralph Butler & Peter Hart


This is The Toy Dolls' version of this 1956 classic.  According to Wikipedia, some use this song to teach the correct rhythm for CPR (100 chest compressions per minute).


INTRO:  Em B7 Em    C B7 Em


Em B7 Em    G                 B

To Bombay a travelling circus came,

     F#7                    B            F#7            B

They brought an intelligent elephant and Nellie was her name.

One dark night she slipped her iron chain;

And off she ran to Hindustan and was never seen again.




CHORUS: [faster]

E                                        A                    E

Nellie the elephant packed her trunk and said good-bye to the circus.

A                  E                 F#7     B7      E

Off she went with a trumpety-trump!  TRUMP!  TRUMP!  TRUMP!

     E                                      A                    E

Now, Nellie the elephant packed her trunk & trumbled back to the jungle

A                   E                F#7     B7      E

Off she went with a trumpety-trump!  TRUMP!  TRUMP!  TRUMP!


Night by night, she danced to the circus band.

When Nellie was leading the big parade, she looked so proud and grand.

No more tricks for Nellie to perform.

They taught her how to take a bow & she took the crowd by storm.



CHORUS:  [after the Chorus, play a C chord to transition to Bridge]



    Bb                           F    Bb  F

The head of the herd was calling far, far away.

     G7                   C                   G7      C

They met one night in the silver light on the road to Mandalay.






F  Bb  F  Bb  F  G7  C | F  Bb  F  Bb  F  G7  C7  F


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