Happy Hunting Horn – Music by Richard Rodgers Lyrics by Lorenz Hart

Written for the musical Pal Joey
Also known as “”Happy Little Hunting Horn”
Introduced by Gene Kelly, Jane Fraser, and ensemble.

Lyrics
VERSE
Don’t worry, girls,
I’m only on vacation,
Not out of circulation;
Don’t worry, girls.

Don’t worry, girls,
While I still have my eyesight
You’re going to be in my sight;
Don’t worry, girls.
You never can erase
The hunter from the chase.

REFRAIN
Sound the happy hunting horn,
There’s new game on the trail now;
We’re hunting for quail now,
Happy little hunting horn.

Play the horn but don’t play corn.
The music must be nice now,
We’re hunting for mice now,
Happy little hunting horn.

Danger’s easy to endure when
You’re out to catch a beaut;
Lie in ambush, but be sure when
You see the whites of their eyes-don’t shoot!

Play the horn from night to morn.
Just play, no matter what time,
Play, “There’ll be a hot time!”
Happy little hunt-bang! bang!-ing horn.

Notes

beaut: slang for beauty, girl
You see the whites of their eyes-don’t shoot!: this line refers to the famous order “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” was popularized in stories about the battle of Bunker Hill. It might, of course, have a sexual double entendre

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