The Alligator King

written by Donald Hadley/William "Bud" Luckey
(c)1971 Sesame Street, Inc. (ASCAP)

cartoon written and animated by William "Bud" Luckey

One two three four five six seven!
Said the Alligator King to his seven sons,
"I'm feelin' mighty down.
Whichever of you can cheer me up
Will get to wear my crown."

His first son brought seven oyster pearls
From the bottom of the China Sea.

The second gave him seven statues of girls
With clocks where their stomachs should be.

The third son gave him seven rubies
From the sheikdom Down There Beneath.
The King thought the rubies were cherries,
And he broke off seven of his teeth.

The fourth son tried to cheer him up
With seven lemon drops.
The King said, "I'm sorry son,
Since that ruby episode, I just haven't got the chops."

The fifth son brought the King perfume
In seven fancy silver jars;
The King took a whiff, and he broke out in spots
'Cause it smelled like cheap cigars.

The sixth son gave him seven diamond rings
To wear upon his toes.
The King snagged his foot on the royal red rug
And crumpled up his nose.

The seventh son of the Alligator King
Was a thoughtful little whelp.
He said, "Daddy, appears to me
That you could use a little help."

Said the Alligator King to his seventh son,
"My son, you win the crown.
You didn't bring me diamonds or rubies, but
You helped me up when I was down.
Take the crown; it's yours, my son.
I hope you don't mind the dents.
I got it on sale at a discount store-
Cost me all of seven cents!"

Transcribed by Luis A. Matias

Originally released on the album

The Count Counts! The Count's Countdown Show from Radio 1-2-3

The Count Counts! The Count's Countdown Show from Radio 1-2-3 (1975)
Children's Records of America

available on the video

Learning About Numbers

Learning About Numbers

and on the video

The Great Numbers Game

The Great Numbers Game
, also on DVD

and on the video

Sesame Steet's 25th Birthday

Sesame Street's 25th Birthday
and DVD

also available on

Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game

Elmo's Sing-Along Guessing Game (1995) DVD
and Video

Available on the 3-DVD Set

Sesame Street - Old School, Vol. 1 (1969-1974)

Sesame Street - Old School, Vol. 1 (1969-1974) (2006)