Can Anyone Help with a Song that Starts “Long Time Ago, Johnny and Joe”?

Wendy wrote:

HELP!

As a young child my Italian grandmother used to sing me a song all the time. She used to sing it to me in English. Recently my father and I were trying to remember all the lyrics to it to sing it to my kids. I stumbled along your website and did not see it. Was wondering if you have ever heard of it and know the rest of the words.

This is what we can remember:

Long time ago
Johnny and Joe
Came from Italy to make a lot of dough
Oh what do you do John in the Dellalaqua One
Oh what do you do John
I push, I push the truck
Oh what do you do John in the Dellalaqua One, one, one, one.

A name of this song or anything you could tell us would help.

Thanks, Wendy

If anyone can help Wendy with this song, please comment below.

Thanks!

Mama Lisa

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7 Responses to “Can Anyone Help with a Song that Starts “Long Time Ago, Johnny and Joe”?”

  1. Christian Says:

    Wendy-
    This is what my dad sang to me…

    “Long time ago
    Johnny and Joe
    Came from Sunny Italy to make some’a dough
    Johnny, he a stay and Joe he a go
    and whenna they meet the other day
    this what they had to say…ay!

    Oh whataya do a John?
    I’ya work at the Delaware Locawon
    and whataya dowa John
    I push, I push, I push
    and whataya push a John
    I pusha the truck around
    and where do you pusha John?
    at the Delaware locawan, at the Delaware locawan…”

    There are a few more verses. It’s a Italian immigrant depression era song. One verse is about the WPA. (Works Project Administration)
    another is something like…

    “Whataya do a Jay…
    I juiced, I juiced, I juiced
    and whataya juiced a Jay
    I juiced to collect my pay!”

    all of the above is best sung with a heavy Italian accent.
    -C

  2. Lisa Says:

    I’d love to hear that song!

    Mama Lisa

  3. Erin Vogler Says:

    I love it my great grandma who is from italy would sing it to all of us and now i sing it to my kids…

  4. dawne marshall Says:

    Whataya do marie
    oh i push i pust the buttons and wheredaya push the buttons
    at the telephone company a nee a nee the telephone company

    Some time ago john and joe came over from sunny italy
    came over to maka the dough

    Then one day john met joe and this is the way the conversation was intended to go

    Oh where do you work a john
    on the delaware lacawan
    and whata ya do a john
    oh i push i push i push
    and whata ya push a john
    i push i push the truck
    and where do you push the truck
    on the delaware lacawan awan the delaware lacawan

    oWhataya do marie
    oh i push i push the buttons and wheredaya push the buttons
    at the telephone company a nee a nee the telephone company

  5. Gloria Sees Through Rain Says:

    My father used to sing that song for us as well. The song was known both as “Push-a Push-a Push” and “Delaware Lackawana”. It is a children’s song but I can remember hearing sung by Dean Martin and Perry Como, possibly on an old TV show. Youtube has the children’s version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFa4QvBU4n8

  6. Gloria Sees Through Rain Says:

    I found another version that came out in 1926 called “Where Do You Worka John” and is quite different than the children’s version and has more verses and is more conversational. I know that I have heard a version that has all of the previous mentioned verses but I have yet to find it. I like this following version much better than the children’s version, you just have to listen to the first 25 seconds or so of old music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1Gzk9lZRZw

  7. Tom Says:

    Other verses
    Where do you work a Marie, for the telephone company?
    What do you do a Marie. I push a push a push
    What do you push a Marie? I Push a pusha the plugs.
    Where do you work a Marie; for the telephone company a nee the telephone company

    Where do you work a Gus? For the city terminal bus
    What do you do a Gus? I push, I push, I push.
    What do you push a Gus? I pusha pusha the bus.
    Where do you work a Gus? For the city terminal busa busa bus, the city terminal bus.

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