Tiptoe Through the Tulips
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|Tip Toe Through the Tulips with Me|
|by Joe Burke & Al Dubin|
Cover of the sheet music for "Tip Toe Through The Tulips With Me"
|Genre||Popular song from the 1929 film Gold Diggers of Broadway|
|Publisher||M. Witmark & Sons (New York)|
"Crooning Troubadour" Nick Lucas topped the US charts with "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" in 1929, after introducing the song in the musical "talkie" film Gold Diggers of Broadway. Lucas's recording held the #1 position for 10 weeks. Other artists charted with the song in 1929, including Jean Goldkette (#5), Johnny Marvin (#11), and Roy Fox (#18).
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, becoming his signature song, which he would continue to perform throughout his career. It was also later covered by The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
In popular culture
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In the 1968 animated film Yellow Submarine, George briefly sings "Tiptoe through the Meanies" to the tune of this song.
Pepé Le Pew also sings this song in the Looney Tunes 1961 short film A Scent of the Matterhorn
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. 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.
Comedian Ilja Richter sang his own version, "Tip Tap in die Tulpen".
Nick Lucas' version of the song is heard playing during end credits in the episode "The Fury" of the TV series Sneaky Pete.
In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the phrase "I like to tiptoe through the tulips" is one of Geralt's speech options for the pass-phrase to enter the Putrid Grove in Novigrad (though not the correct one).
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