When I was a little bitty boy
My grandmother bought me a cute little toy
Silver bells hangin' on a string
She told me it was my ding-a-ling

My ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling
I want to play with my ding-a-ling
My ding-a-ling, my ding-a-ling
I want to play with my ding-a-ling

And then mother took me to Grammar School
But I stopped all in the vestibule
Every time that bell would ring
Catched me playin' with my ding-a-ling

Once I was climbing the garden wall
I slipped and had a terrible fall
I fell so hard I heard bells ring
but held on to my ding-a-ling

Once I was swimming cross Turtle creek
Many snappers all around my feet
Sure was hard swimming 'cross that thing
With both hands holdin' my ding-a-ling

This here song it ain't so sad
The cutest little song you ever had
Those of you who will not sing
You must be playin' with your own ding-a-ling
My ding-a-ling


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    General Commentthis song STILL cracks me up.

    it's all a very clever double entante.

    "Ding-A-Ling", ha ha. ;)
    roger wilcoon May 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually, it's a rather transparent double-entendre.
    DJacques75on December 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAww, such wit.

    Great song from a great musicien.
    Comrade_Liaron March 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMuch as I love Chuck Berry and this song, I have to agree with DJacques on this. It's not particularly clever or witty. A fun song, but there's no lyrical genius begind it.
    AgentGabbiton April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah I was being sarcastic (in case you didnt know)
    Comrade_Liaron April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI remember first hearing this song in a car when I was younger, and laughing to myself because I thought the double-entendre was competely unintentional.

    Now I'm pretty sure it wasn't. FUnny stuff.
    opticalayeayeon April 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a classic, I remember orginally hearing a small boy singing it on the Simpsons one episode. I almost died off laughter, of course then with the small amount of lyrics provided you could not decifer the double meaning.

    I then heard the full song later and It still cracked me up, My favourite verse has too be

    "Once while swimming cross turtle creek
    Man them snappers right at my feet
    Sure was hard swimming cross that thing
    with both hands holding my dingaling..."

    Chuck Berry at his best I must say, one of the funniest song I have ever heard!
    FallenAngelGabrielon July 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite part is at the end

    "Those of you who will not sing must be playing with your own ding-a-ling
    D-Shizniton July 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentChuck Berry was of the fathers of rock and roll, with no particular place to go, roll over beethoven, memphis tennessee etc. This is just sell out schmaltz, its selling point being every verse has the same lame double entendre about masturbating. It demonstrates well that the pop charts have always been populated with crap, as this was his only number 1.
    teerbigearon November 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwith respect to teerbigear...

    this song, which was later in his career is actually reminiscent of his original song writing style from his early Cosmopolitan Club days, when he went from playing standard blues songs to upbeat, lyrically light-hearted, hillbilly-esque, and race-friendly creations; the response he got from the audience from those early days motivated him to continue in that style, with some songs being a little more silly (ala ding-a-ling) than others.
    fatAmericanon February 25, 2006   Link

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