A D A Went to a party the other night, everybody was there D E Thought that I would have some fun as I started up the stair. A D Somebody tried to ruin it when he won a raffle prize, A E Tried to shake and shock us right before our eyes. D E A While we danced, while we were dancing D A E F#m Who was the fool throw the basket in the pool? It was filled with the finest cheeses filled with imported wine, Wish that I had won it, and I wish that it were mine I know some wino lives outside of town Hw would gladly cut your throat if he could drink it down While we danced, while we were dancing Who was the fool throw the basket in the pool? If I had found out who he was, if I'd have found his face, Next time we have a party gonna find out his name. I've been on the ocean swimming know poroise led the way, It wasn't worth the matter and it wasn't worth the pay. We were there, go right on dancing Who was the fool throw the basket in the pool? How can I go swimming now my world is laid to waste? It was the worst of manners and it was the worst of taste Why can't we be left alone? Think that it was a crime If everyone was groovy we could all have a real good time. We could dance, go right on dancing Who was the fool throw the basket in the pool?
This song is based on a real incident, summarized here by Dave Cohen:
Phil was attending a party at tommy smother's house (in honor of Donovan, i think) part of the party was a raffle for a basket filled with wine, cheese, fruit, etc. Phil won the basket and proceeded to make a speech (more or less) about the absurdity of beautiful people partying in the Hollywood hills, while in Vietnam... (much to the dismay of host T. Smothers) then Phil threw the gift basket in the pool (to a mixed aaudience reaction)(more details in There but for Fortune, p. 217 (end of chapter 11).
Chords supplied by Jim Lesses Last modified 18 Oct 98 by trent