Tiptoe Through the Tulips

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"Tip-toe Thru' the Tulips with Me"
Single by Nick Lucas
B-side "Painting the Clouds with Sunshine"
Released 1929
Format 10"
Recorded May 1929
Genre Traditional pop
Length 2:52
Label Brunswick 4418
Writer(s) Al Dubin (lyrics) & Joe Burke (music)
"Tip-toe Thru' the Tulips with Me"
Single by Tiny Tim
from the album God Bless Tiny Tim
B-side "Fill Your Heart"
Released April 1968
Format 7"
Recorded 1968
Genre Traditional pop, Americana, Novelty
Length 1:48
Label Reprise 0679
Writer(s) Al Dubin (lyrics) & Joe Burke (music)
Producer(s) Richard Perry

"Tiptoe Through the Tulips", or "Tip-toe Thru' the Tulips with Me", 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 topped the charts with "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" in 1929, after introducing the song in the musical "talkie" film Gold Diggers of Broadway. Lucas' recording held the #1 position for 10 weeks.[1] Other artists charted with 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 short, in 1930. It is also heard in the opening scene of the 1945 film 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 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine, George briefly sings "Tiptoe through the Meanies" to the tune of this song.

Pepe Le Pew also sings this song in the Looney Tunes 1961 short film "A Scent of the Matterhorn"

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 is sung by Dr. Smith and again by the Robot in the Lost in Space episode "Space Circus"[2]

The Chuck E. Cheese animated show had the character 'Mr. Munch' sing this song in one of the 1987 shows.

The song is mentioned in the 1997 book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.[3] Vernon Dursley hums the song while boarding up small cracks around the front and back doors of his house so he can stop letters from Hogwarts reaching Harry.

Tiny Tim's version of the song is 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. ^ http://www.pythononline.co.uk/lismemories/show_season2_episode34.asp
  3. ^ Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, p. 34