Glow WormWords & Music by Lilla Cayley Robinson & Paul Lincke
Modern words by Johnny Mercer
Recorded by The Mills Brothers, 1952
A Bm7-5 E7 Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer Bm7-5 E7 A9 A Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer D9 D7 E7 A Lead us lest too far we wander love's sweet voice is calling yonder; A Bm7-5 E7 Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer Bm78-5 E7 A9 A Hey, there don't get dimmer, dimmer A A7 D9 Bm7 E E7 A Light the path below, above and lead us on to love! Glow little glow-worm, fly of fire Glow like an incandescent wire Glow for the female of the species, turn on the AC and the DC. This night could use a little brightnin' Light up you little ol' bug of lightnin' When you gotta glow, you gotta glow-- glow little glow-worm, glow. Glow little glow-worm, glow and glimmer Swim through the sea of night, little swimmer Thou aeronautical boll weevil, illuminate yon woods primeval. See how the shadows deep and darken You and your chick should get to sparkin' I got a gal that I love so -- glow little glow-worm, glow Glow little glow-worm, turn the key on You are equipped with taillight neon You got a cute vest-pocket *Mazda* Which you can make both slow and *fazda* I don't know who you took a shine to Or who you're out to make a sign to I got a gal that I love so glow little glow-worm, glow, Bm7-5 E7 A Gdim Glow little glow-worm, glow, Bm7-5 E7 A Gdim Glow little glow-worm, glow, Bm7-5 E7 A D9 A6 Glow little glow-worm, glow.
There are a couple of words in the final verse that usually throw people (like me, for example) for a loop. Here's the explanation from Ron Hontz, whose transcription of the lyrics I used:
*Mazda* and "fazda* are pronounced as "mawstuh" and "fawstuh". "Mazda" is from Avestan, an ancient Iranian language in which the sacred books of Zoroastrianism were written. It translates as "Light." In the early 1900's there was a product known as a "G.E. Mazda lamp." More backstory: Adaptation of the 1908 song from the German operetta "Lysistrata" and the Broadway musical "The Girl Behind the Counter"