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Tik-Tok says Hi!
During the musical introduction to The Clockwork Man Betsy Bobbin proceeds to wind-up Tik-Tok who slowly comes to life to the delight of the little girl.

Tik-Tok
Iím a man of many parts and complicated
Clockwork makes me go;
I can run because Iím finely regulated,
Never fast or slow:
Right on time
Youíre always sure to find me;
If my works run down
You mustnít mind me,
Take the key and then proceed to wind me
And my genius I will show.

Always work and never play!
Donít demand a cent of pay!
What Iím wound to do I do do,
Isnít that the nicest way?
Iím a very clever man!
Find my equal if you can!
When you wind me you will find me
Working on the clockwork plan!

Clock-Girl Chorus
Always work and never play!
Donít demand a cent of pay!
What heís wound to do heíll do, too,
Isnít that the nicest way?
Heís a very clever man!
Find his equal if you can!
When you wind him you will find him
Working on the clockwork plan!

Tik-Tok
Mortal man has
No stem-winding works to guide him
When he gets too fast.
No one knows what
Deviltry there lurks inside him
Till the actionís past.
In my case Iím always true and trusty;
Never get too musty or too dusty;
Keep me oiled and I am never rusty
And a thousand years Iíll last.

Always work and never play!
Donít demand a cent of pay!
What Iím wound to do I do do,
Isnít that the nicest way?
Iím a very clever man!
Find my equal if you can!
When you wind me you will find me
Working on the clockwork plan!

During the final chorus all of Tik-Tok's actions run down, leaving him helpless, as the Clock Girls finish the number.

Clock-Girl Chorus
Always work and never play!
Donít demand a cent of pay!
What heís wound to do heíll do, too,
Isnít that the nicest way?
Heís a very clever man!
Find his equal if you can!
When you wind him you will find him
Working on the clockwork plan!

Tiger Tunes
The Clockwork Man


From the 1913 Musical Comedy
The Tik-Tok Man of Oz
Words by L. Frank Baum
Music by Louis F. Gottschalk

Early in Act One, Betsy Bobbin, Hank the Mule, and the Shaggy Man discover an odd mechanical man at the bottom of a well. They free him. And after being properly wound-up he proceeds to tell his new friends all about himself.

James Morton as Tik-Tok
James C. Morton as Tik-Tok (1913)

As seen in the photo at the bottom of this page the Clock chorus was made up of pretty girls with clocks for heads. They cheerfully swung their pendulums and held mechanical "crickets" in their hands to make the tick-tock sounds.

This charming number has been wonderfully orchestrated for us by James P. Doyle. So sit back, play the MIDI and listen as The Tik-Tok Man of Oz comes to life!

You may also download the sheet music in PDF format which will allow you to save it on disc or print copies for yourself.

Orchestration Copyright © 2001, James Patrick Doyle.

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