Country Throwback: Little Jimmy Dickens Sings ‘May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose’ in 1965

by Emily Morgan

If you’re in need of a good laugh to get you through the day, Little Jimmy Dickens’ has you covered. In 1965, Jimmy Dickens gave a hilarious performance of “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” during the Bobby Lord Show.

The performance showcased the late Jimmy Dickens’ humor as well as his immense talent as an entertainer. While some artists just sing a song, Dickens delivers it like no other. During his performance, Dickens played the song’s lead character, making funny faces as he sang the words. 

Little Jimmy Dickens’ Remembered As Comedian & County Music Legend

It’s evident Jimmy Dickens is sincerely having fun while on stage. Dickens was precisely the type of artist who wanted to put on an exciting show for fans— giving a reason as to why he’s regarded as one of the most beloved figures in country music history.

Not only did his music fire on all country music cylinders, so did his comedy. Whenever Jimmy Dickens perfomed “May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” it became a tune that usually ended with fans howling with laughter. Don’t let Dickens’ small stature fool you: he could get some big laughs with his entertainment. 

Penned by Neal Merritt, the witty song became Dickens’ best-performing single of his career. It spent two weeks at No. 1 and stayed on the country music charts for a total of 18 weeks. On the “Billboard Hot 100” the song peaked at No. 15. 

The song is composed of three verses and a chorus. In each verse, Dickens describes a scenario in which he ended up insulting someone, even though it wasn’t always intentional.

In the first verse, a beggar gets angry with Dickens’ after he drops a single penny into his cup. The beggar and other people that Dickens insults in the song get him back by exclaiming, “may the bird of paradise fly up your nose!”