"Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay" started out in the US as a Vaudeville song. The song was initially credited to Henry J. Sayers since it was first used in his review show "Tuxedo" but Sayers later stated that he didn't write the song and, despite numerous theories, it's real author remains unknown. What is known is that the song immediately became very popular in the Music Halls of London when Lottie Collins sang a version with adapted lyrics. The song evokes the exhuberant style of the French Can-Can and it also became a favourite at the Folies Bergère in France. Long after the decline of Music Halls the song has still used in a number of places, most notably when its chorus was used as the theme tune for the US children's TV show "Howdy Doody" in the late 1940s and the 1950s. This arrangement with the new lyrics "It's Howdy Doody Time" has a march-like tune sounding a little like circus music.
Our sheet music for "Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay" is the original version complete with lyrics. You can see the sheet music below, and the midi and mp3 files use a clarinet sound instead of the voice. You can download the piano/vocal sheet music, plus midi and mp3 files using the links in the left-hand menu.