"So I says to myself" redux

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed Nov 23 22:27:22 UTC 2005

In Gilbert and Sullivan's _Iolanthe_, first performed 1882, there is the
Lord Chancellor's song:

When I went to the Bar as a very young man
(Said I to myself---said I)
I'll work on a new and original plan
(Said I to myself---said I)
I'll never assume that a rogue or a thief
Is a gentleman worthy implicit belief
Because his attorney has sent me a brief,
(Said I to myself---said I)

which is not the phrase under discussion, but not too far from it,  either.

For "sis boom bah", also in _Iolanthe_ , we have the Peers'  march

Loudly let the trumpet bray!
Proudly bang the sounding brasses!
Tzing! Boom!
As upon its lordly way
This unique procession passes,
Tantantara! Tzing! Boom!

      - James A. Landau

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