Bang Bang Lulu
Bang Bang Lulu is a traditional folklore song about Lulu and the men she's been with. The verses suggest explicit lyrics but each time skips to the beginning of the chorus, as in
Lulu had a boyfriend / He drove a garbage truck / Never got no garbage / 'Cos all he did was ...
It was also popular as a children's schoolyard or bus-trip song, where the explicit language is obscured by torturous transitions in the lyrics:
- Bang bang Lulu, Bang bang Lulu, Bang bang Lulu, Lulu bang bang.
- Lulu had a teacher, the teacher had a bell, Lulu went to heaven, the teacher went to...
- Lulu had a boyfriend, his name was Diamond Dick, she never saw his diamonds, but only saw his...
- Hell-o operator give me number ni-yeh-ne-uh, Lulu's on the toilet, wiping her...
- Behind the iron curtain, there was a piece of glass, Lulu fell upon it and broke her little...
- Ask me no more questions, I'll tell you no more lies, this is the story of how Lulu dies:
- Lulu had two boyfriends, they both were very rich; one was a playboy, the other was a B**CH!
Boney M. version
|"Bang Bang Lulu"|
|Single by Boney M.|
|from the album Eye Dance|
|Format||7" Single, 12" Single|
|Length||3:31 (7" mix)
3:58 (12" mix)
|Label||Hansa Records (FRG)
|Writer(s)||Traditional, Frank Farian|
|Boney M. singles chronology|
"Bang Bang Lulu" was a 1986 single by German band Boney M., taken from their final album Eye Dance, released October 1985. The single failed to chart, and the group - having disbanded after their 10th anniversary - didn't promote it. It was originally intended for Liz Mitchell to sing, but she found the lyrics vulgar and refused to do it, and Reggie Tsiboe did the lead vocals, backed by session singers Amy & Elaine Goff.
Bang Bang Lulu are also a band based in the UK that play Ska and Soul music. See Bang Bang Lulu
- "Bang Bang Lulu" (Single remix) - 3:31 / "Calendar Song" (Farian) - 2:37 (Hansa 108 395-100, Germany)
- "Bang Bang Lulu" (12" remix) - 3:58 / "Calendar Song" - 2:37 / "Chica da Silva" - 4:35 (Hansa 608 395-213, Germany)
- "Bang Bang Lulu" from The Robert W. Gordon "Inferno" Collection in the Archive of Folk Song, Library of Congress @ horntip.com