The Auctioneer

artist: leroy van dyke 1962

by: leroy van dyke
Songwriters: buddy black & leroy van dyke

Hey, well alright sir, here we go there
and what are we gonna get for em.
Ima twenty-five, and a get thirty now five,
who'll a bid upon another forty dollars
over make it a forty now five....

There was a boy in Arkansas
who wouldn't listen to his Ma
when she told him that he should go to school.

He'd sneak away in the afternoon
take a little walk then pretty soon
you'd find him at the local auction barn.

He'd stand and listen carefully
and pretty soon he began to see
how the auctioneer could talk so rapidly.

He said, Oh my, it's do or die.
I've got to learn that auction cry.
Gotta make my mark and be an auctioneer."

Twenty-five dollar bid and now Thirty dollar thirty
will ya give me thirty, make it thirty
bid it upon a thirty dollar
will ya give me thirty,
who'll bid a thirty dollar bid.

Thirty dollar bid and now Thirty-five
will ya give me thirty-five
make it a thirty-five, a bid of thirty five
who will bid it at a thirty-five dollar bid?

As time went on he did his best
and all could see he didn't jest.
He practiced calling bids both night and day.

His Pap would find him behind the barn
just a working up an aweful form
as he tried to immitate the auctioneer.

Then his Pap said, Son we just can't stand
to have a mediocre man selling things at auction
using our good name."

"I'll send you off to auction school.
Then you'll be no body's fool.
You can take your place among the best."

Thirty-five dollar bid and now Forty dollar forty
will ya give me forty, make it forty
bid it upon a forty dollar
will ya give me forty,

who'll bid a forty dollar bid.

Forty dollar bid and now Forty-five
will ya give me forty-five
make it a forty-five, a bid of forty-five
who will bid it at a forty-five dollar bid?

So from that boy who went to school
there grew a man who played it cool
and came back home a full fledged auctioneer.

And the people came from miles around
just to hear him make that friendly sound
that filled their hearts with such a happy cheer.

His fame spread out from shore to shore.
He had all he could do and more.
Had to buy a plane to get around.

Now he's the tops in all the land.
Lets pause and give that man a hand.
He's the best of all the auctioneers.

Forty-five dollar bid and now fifty dollar fifty
will ya give me fifty, make it fifty
bid it upon a fifty dollar
will ya give me fifty,
who'll bid a fifty dollar bill.

Fifty dollar bid and now fifty-five
will ya give me fifty-five
make it a fifty-five, a bid of fifty-five
Sold that hog for a fifty dollar bill.