The Manhattan Transfer The Further Adventures of Tubby the Tuba Lyrics

The Manhattan Transfer Meets Tubby the Tuba Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Tubby the Tuba
  • 2 Tubby at the Circus
  • 3 Tubby Meets a Jazz Band
  • 4 The Further Adventures of Tubby the Tuba
  • Tubby misbehaves at rehearsal, and the conductor tells him to leave. Defiant, Tubby joins a marching band. It's fun at first, but all the marching finally wears him out. He can't even OOM-PAH anymore, and he longs to get back to the orchestra. Tubby escapes and runs home once again where he finds that all his friends missed him, too! Tubby realizes he belongs in the orchestra, and it makes him very happy.

    [Tubby (Tim Hauser):]
    I want to be seen,
    I want to be heard;
    My dream has always been
    To sing like a bird.
    Why can't I be
    Content to just be me?
    Why can't I be
    Just the best that I can be?
    I don't like to see me
    Feeling so unhappy;
    I would much rather see me
    Very, very happy.

    [Tubby (Tim Hauser):]
    Oh, the duty of a tuba
    When the others sing, "Tra-la,"
    Is to sound just like a tuba
    And say, "OOM-PAH."
    But when you've got to march all day,
    Not only march, but also play,
    You start to lose your breath and huff,
    And instead of "OOM-PAH,"
    All you say is "Puff,puff, puff."
    I'm a very sad tuba
    'Cause I've lost my OOM-PAH
    Nothing's left for me to do now
    But go, "Puff...puff...puff..." Lyrics © OBO APRA/AMCOS

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