Tiptoe Through the Tulips

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"Tiptoe Through the Tulips"
Single by Al Dubin (lyrics) & Joe Burke (music)
Released 1929
Recorded 1929
Genre Americana
Traditional pop
Length 1:52

"Tiptoe Through the Tulips" is a popular song originally published in 1929. The song was written by Al Dubin (lyrics) and Joe Burke (music).

Recording history[edit]

‘Crooning Troubadour’ Nick Lucas’ recording of "Tip-Toe Through The Tulips" hit the top of the charts in May 1929. The song he introduced in the 1929 musical talkie Gold Diggers of Broadway held the #1 position for 10 weeks.[1] Other artists charted the song in 1929, including Jean Goldkette (#5), Johnny Marvin (#11), and Roy Fox (#18).

The song was used in "Sinkin' in the Bathtub", the first Looney Tunes cartoon ever, in 1930. It is heard in the opening scene of the 1945 movie The Confidential Agent.

The song was revived in 1967 by the California rock group The Humane Society and in 1968 by Tiny Tim, whose version charted at #17 that year. It was also covered by Uke til U Puke and The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.

In popular culture[edit]

In the 1976 movie The Pink Panther Strikes Again, Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) plays the song on the pipe organ as his super weapon destroys him and his castle hideout.

The song was sung by the Robot in Lost in Space.[disambiguation needed]

The song was mentioned in the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.[2] Vernon Dursley was humming the song while he boarded up small cracks around the front and back doors of his house so he could stop letters from Hogwarts reaching his nephew.

The song was featured in the 2011 horror film Insidious a number of times throughout, and in the thriller film Wrecked as a radiotune. The song was covered by Cherry Glazzer for the third Insidious film, Insidious: Chapter 3.

The song is played every year by the Holland High School marching band in the Tulip Time festival parades each May in Holland, Michigan.

Comedian Ilja Richter sang his own version, "Tip Tap in die Tulpen".


  1. ^ CD liner notes: Chart-Toppers of the Twenties, 1998 ASV Ltd.
  2. ^ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, p. 34