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Colonel Buffalo Bill

Colonel Buffalo Bill song lyrics, written by Irving Berlin, performed in Annie Get Your Gun by Keenan Wynn, Benay Venuta, Howard Keel & Chorus

Who’s got the stuff that made the Wild West wild?
Who pleases every woman, man, and child?
Who does his best to give the customers a thrill?

(Company)
Who

(Davenport/Keenan Wynn)
Colonel Buffalo Bill!
Who’s got the show that gets the most applause?
Five-hundred Indians and fifty Squaws!
Ten featured acts and there’s a special feature still

( Davenport/Keenan Wynn )
Who?

( Davenport/Keenan Wynn )
Colonel Buffalo Bill

( Benay Venuta/Dolly )
Have you ever seen a cowboy rope a steer

(Company)
No, we haven’t

(Benay Venuta/Dolly)
Or an Indian with feathers throw a spear?

(Company)
No, we haven’t

( Benay Venuta/Dolly )
Have you ever seen a hold up

(Company)
No sir

( Benay Venuta/Dolly )
Then gather closer
and let me give you some of the atmosphere

(Howard Keel/Butler, singing)
The hour is midnight and all is still
We see the stage coach climbing up the hill,
moving along the mountain trail, carrying passengers and mail,
never suspecting there is something really wrong
The watchful driver is in his seat,
His trusty rifle lying at his feet
Some of the passengers inside
seem to be dozing as they ride,
never suspecting danger as they roll along
Suddenly there’s a shout!

(Company)
What is it all about?

( Howard Keel/Butler )
“What is it all about?” you ask
It’s Indians!

(Company)
Indians?!

( Howard Keel/Butler )
Very notable, cut-your-throatable Indians!

(Company)
Indians?!

(Butler, Dolly, and Davenport)
Just when they’ve taken everyone by force,
Who makes an entrance on a big, white horse?
Who starts a-shootin’ ’till there’s no one left to kill?

(Company)
General Grant?

(Butler, Dolly, and Davenport)
No! Colonel Buffalo Bill!

(All)
Who’s got the show that made the Wild West wild?
Who pleases every woman, man, and child?
Who does his best to give the customers a thrill?
Colonel! Buffalo! Bill!

( Benay Venuta/Dolly )
Have you ever seen a hold up?

(Company)
No sir

( Benay Venuta/Dolly )
Then gather closer
and let me give you some of the atmosphere

(Howard Keel/Butler, singing)
The hour is midnight and all is still
We see the stage coach climbing up the hill,
moving along the mountain trail, carrying passengers and mail,
never suspecting there is something really wrong
The watchful driver is in his seat,
His trusty rifle lying at his feet
Some of the passengers inside
seem to be dozing as they ride,
never suspecting danger as they roll along
Suddenly there’s a shout!

(Company)
What is it all about?

( Howard Keel/Butler )
“What is it all about?” you ask
It’s Indians!

(Company)
Indians?!

( Howard Keel/Butler )
Very notable, cut-your-throatable Indians!

(Company)
Indians?!

(Butler, Dolly, and Davenport)
Just when they’ve taken everyone by force,
Who makes an entrance on a big, white horse?
Who starts a-shootin’ ’till there’s noone left to kill?

(Company)
General Grant?

(Butler, Dolly, and Davenport)
No! Colonel Buffalo Bill!

(All)
Who’s got the show that made the Wild West wild?
Who pleases every woman, man, and child?
Who does his best to give the customers a thrill?
Colonel! Buffalo! Bill!