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open mike 27 Feb 11 - 10:33 PM
open mike 12 Nov 12 - 04:29 AM
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Bettynh 12 Nov 12 - 01:05 PM
reggie miles 12 Nov 12 - 04:51 PM
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BK Lick 13 Nov 12 - 01:26 AM
open mike 13 Nov 12 - 03:50 AM
moongoddess 13 Nov 12 - 02:38 PM
Bettynh 13 Nov 12 - 03:16 PM
Joe_F 13 Nov 12 - 08:58 PM
GUEST,Eddie1 (Still sans cookie) 14 Nov 12 - 10:33 AM
open mike 24 Nov 12 - 10:00 PM
Bert 24 Nov 12 - 11:15 PM
open mike 26 Nov 12 - 08:11 PM
Arkie 27 Nov 12 - 09:50 AM
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open mike 27 Nov 12 - 01:47 PM
YorkshireYankee 27 Nov 12 - 09:49 PM
Jim Dixon 21 May 13 - 09:33 AM
May Queen 21 May 13 - 05:24 PM
Jim Dixon 13 May 14 - 06:18 PM
Black belt caterpillar wrestler 14 May 14 - 06:15 AM
Bert 15 May 14 - 01:07 AM
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Subject: RE: food songs
From: open mike
Date: 27 Feb 11 - 10:33 PM

that guest at 1:48 was me without cookies..hey, that's food, too

Kate Campbell has a song about tomato seeds: “Jesus and Tomatoes”, coming soon.

and Stephanie Davis has a song about gardening, planting and canning food..”Talkin’ Harvest Time Blues”

also Peach Pickin’ Time in Georgia
and If You Don’t Want My Peaches don't shake my tree

Chris Smither has a song about a vegetable vender who calls out
the wares on his wagon...watermelon, etc.

Peanut, peanut butter, and jelly...is a kid's song with hand movements describing making bread, and jelly and spreading p.butter and jelly on bread

Norton Buffalo did a song about "Ain't No Bread in the Breadbox"
the Grateful Dead sang it..

John Prine has a line about a bowl of oatmeal staring him down and winning [=“Illegal Smile”]

Simon and Garfunkel had a line about raisin bran or corn flakes in a song about roger draft dodger....? [=“Punky’s Dilemma”]

any one remember that one??


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: open mike
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 04:29 AM

ahh...refreshing this thread...looking for food songs for my radio show ... my next 2 hour show will be around thanksgiving (NOV.24) and often the thing we are most thankful for on that day centers around food!

Isn't there a cowboy song about biscuits and gravy? (all i could find was this parody by Lady Antebellum www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXsN-J-ASqg

we sing several food songs including GROUNDHOG.

i just found an all girl bluegrass band called Sweet Potato Pie.
Their title song is featured online...

anyone have any other foodie songs not yet mentioned?

how about Junk Food Junkie ? By Larry Groce
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLiVeRJTtqo


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: CupOfTea
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 12:45 PM

Though the Berrymans' witty When Did We Have Sauerkraut? song was mentioned earlier, they regularly mention food in their songs. Crab Canape is a lovely duet of dueling food sensibilities. Orange Cocoa Cake is a whole recipe interspersed with mom-to-kids chat interruptions. As your show is Thanksgiving-oriented, their Uncle Dave's Grace would be a gem. Hills, Herdman & Mangsen recorded a great version of it on one of their Winter albums.

Cindy Mangsen's Cat Tales album includes Open That Can detailing food cravings feline, canine, and human.

Deb Cowan's latest album has a fun (how to sing along with) version of the previously mentioned Good Fish Chowder (and is one of MANY reasons to get this excellent album) Also previously mentioned Dad's Dinner Pail is the title song of another album of hers.

Hot Soup's Soup Happens has the song Soup detailing the pleasures of hot soup on cold winter days.

Chicago's duo Small Potatoes Time Flies album has their Avocado song that was featured in a car's sound system sample.

Les Barker is a great source of parody songs featuring food (for as many as there are, he ought to be a good deal wider than he is...) Besides Custard Creams and Hard Cheeses of Old England my favorite is My Husband's Got No Porridge in Him (Food and Fractured Faerie Tales all in one!). I can't remember the rest without digging the albums out - I just remember more.

Long before I got in over my head in folk, I had a brief flirtation with light Jazz, after falling in love with the writing of Michael Franks who does several food songs, though admittedly dripping cutesy innuendo. His Art of Tea album has what might be his best known song Popsicle Toes along with Eggplant

Good luck with your show & happy food contemplation for Thanksgiving

Joanne in Cleveland


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Bettynh
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 01:05 PM

Christine Lavin made a compilation CD, One Meat Ball with some great versions of food songs, including Dave Van Ronk explaining the title song, Tom Paxton singing "Bottle of Wine" in French, and Debi Smith singing "Pie" with Doc Watson accompanying.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: reggie miles
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 04:51 PM

Hmmm, I'm rather surprised after viewing my post in this thread from way back on March 15th of 1999. In that post my song suggestion is linked, via some strange computational algorithm, to another song, not the song that I had in mind. Weird!

I, too, enjoy food songs. I've written a couple of them since then. A nice video of my latest food songMakin' Bacon was captured on April 4th, 2012 as I was offering it to listeners at Sliders Cafe in Carnation, WA.

And here's a link to an audio file of my song A Dilly Of A Tale (The Pickle Song). This song was inspired into existence via a thread post that I was answering right here at The Mudcat Cafe. I recall that we were having a conversation about a woman who was going to take McDonalds to court, because she burned her lip on hot pickle. As I was writing my response, about having recently consumed some just plain bad dill pickles and wondering if I had a case of my own, my song was born. Enjoy!


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: reggie miles
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 05:02 PM

I never did get litigious with the company that produced those awful tasting dills but I did get a great song out of the deal. I figure a jar full of sour pickles in exchange for a sweet song is a fair trade.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: BK Lick
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 01:26 AM


Old Woman From Wexford
aka Marrow Bones


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: open mike
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 03:50 AM

hooray for the fresh and spicy additions to this smorgasboard of tunes.
Yes, it was while listening to Deb Cowan's version of Good Fish Chowder that I decided that my thanksgiving show would be centered around food! inspiring, that! luckily listening to songs about food is not likely to add pounds as actually consuming it does!

Kate Campbell has several songs about food...Funeral Food and casseroles as well as holy tomato seeds -- Jesus and Tomatoes coming soon! Let's see... who does Animal Crackers in my Soup? oh yes, Shirley Temple!


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: moongoddess
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 02:38 PM

One Clam Cake by Jon Campbell over here in Rhode Island.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Bettynh
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 03:16 PM

Junk Food by the Four Bitchin Babes

and


Slow Food by David Holt


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 13 Nov 12 - 08:58 PM

From barley we get home-brewed ale,
From malt our whiskey comes,
But from the oats in Staffordshire
Do come our lumpytums.

*

There's folk that's teetotalers, they drinks water neat.
It must rot their gullets and given them webbed feet,
But I always say that a man can't grow stale
On boiled beef and bacon and good English ale.

Ale, ale, glorious ale!
Served up in pewter, it tells its own tale.
Some folks likes cabbages, some curlye kale,
But give I boiled parsnips,
And a great dish of taters,
And a lump of fatty bacon,
And a pint of good ale!


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: GUEST,Eddie1 (Still sans cookie)
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 10:33 AM

Here's the Playlist for a radio show I did a few weeks back:


Artist – Title – Length
Chet Atkins – Country Champagne – 02:36
Various Artists – Strawberry Fields Forever – 02:21
Jean Jacques Milteau – Gumbo – 01:49
Willie Nelson – Whiskey River – 04:04
Archie Fisher – Gunsmoke & Whisky – 03:34
The Carter Family – Chewing Gum – 03:05
Chet Atkins – Java – 02:41
Chuck McCabe – Meats in a Can – 01:48
Virginia Boys – Dill Pickle Rag – 01:30
Emmylou Harris – Another Pot o' Tea – 03:03
Flatt & Scruggs – Hot Corn, Cold Corn – 02:32
Grandpa Jones – Mountain Dew – 02:13
Gretchen Wilson – One Bud Wiser – 03:39
Hamish Imlach – Goodbye Booze – 03:10
Harry McLintock – Big Rock Candy Mountain – 04:39
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Jambalaya – 03:22
Janis Ian – Hunger – 06:28
Jerry Garcia – Whiskey in the Jar – 04:17
Jimmy Rodgers – Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia – 02:51
Lefty Frizell – Cigarettes and Coffee Blues – 02:37
Lonnie Donegan – Take a Drink on Me – 03:15
Merle Haggard – I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink – 03:58
Hank Thompson – What Made Milwaukee Famous – 02:08
Burl Ives – Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly – 02:39
Slim Dusty – Pub With No Beer – 03:00
Eddie – Put Another Log on the Fire – 01:39
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – We Will Rock You – 02:22
Red Ingles – Cigareets & Whuskey – 02:42
Red Foley & Ernest Tubb – Too Old to Cut the Mustard – 02:54
Johnny Paycheck – The Bottle Let Me Down – 04:23
The Dubliners – Rare Old Mountain Dew – 01:27
Iain MacKintosh – The New Restaurant – 02:15
Tom Paxton – Bottle of Wine – 02:54
Tom T Hall – Old Dogs & Children – 04:10
Emmylou Harris – Two More Bottles of Wine – 03:15
George Jones – White Lightnin' – 02:45
Young Tradition – Chicken on a Raft – 03:34

Eddie –


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: open mike
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 10:00 PM

ok,i am not hungry or thirsty any more!
what a great "menu" thanks all you mudcats
for sharing...hope everyone had a good thanksgiving...


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Bert
Date: 24 Nov 12 - 11:15 PM

Found a peanut.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: open mike
Date: 26 Nov 12 - 08:11 PM

here is a playlist and a link to listen to the archived show: FOOD
Crossroads Show - November 25, 2012 - Thankful for Bountiful Harvest
KROV f.m. 91.1 f.m. Oroville, CA, www.orovilleradio.org, http://orovilleradio.org/shows/view/45
Host, Laurel Paulson-Pierce, "Your Radio Common 'Tater", veraloe@ gotsky.com
Artist / Song / C.D. / Record Label / approximate Time song starts in the show

Tom Russell / Bowl of Red / Heart on a Sleeve / Bear Family Records
Sweet Potato Pie / Roly Poly / Brand New Day / Mountain Fever Records
Dave Van Ronk / One Meat Ball / title Song / Appleseed Records
Tom Paxton, Anne Hills, Bob Gibson / Bottle of Wine / see above
Debi Smith, Doc Watson / Pie / See Above                                                             16:15
Chuch McCabe / Meats in a Can / Creatures of Habit in a World of Change / Scuppernong        20:30
Chuck McCabe / Hollandaise / see above
Lance Brown / Kitchen Blues / Too Busy to Work / www.lancetunes.com                        
"Uncle" Dave Osterreich / Beans, Bacon and Gravy / Mudcat Sampler / Blue Plate Special        31:00
Yvonne Hollenbeck / Bachelor Junk Food / Sorting Time /        Dorian Buttes Publishing         35:18
Joe Craven / Hot Turkey / Camptown / Acorn Music                                                37:05
Faith Petric / Highway Hunter / When Did We Have Saurkrout? / Center Records                        41:49
"    "    / Idaho Spud /    see above                                                                44:55
    "    " / Title Song / see above                                                                        47:40
Cathy Fink , Marcy Marxer / Orange Cocoa Cake / Parent's Home Companion/ Rounder                51:16
Rail Road Earth / Livin' the Good Life / Title Song / Sugar Hill                                        54:20
Greg Brown / Canned Goods / Prairie Home Companion 1983 /                                        1:00:00
Peter Cooper and L.G. / Mamma Bake a Pie / The Lloyd Green Album / Red Beet Records                1:02:15        
Ellis Paul / The Star in the Apple / Dragon Fly Races / Black Wolf Records                                1:06:32


Readings from several Farmer's Almanacs by Laurel                                                 1:08:00
Background music by Clare Milliner and Walt Koken/ Cookhouse Joe / Mudthumper
Kate Campbell / Pans of Biscuits, Bowls of Gravy / Blues and Lamentations / Large River                1:21:08        
   "    "    / Corn in a Box / Monuments / Large River Music                                        1:25:00
Dana and Susan Robinson / A - Z Farmer's Market / American Hornpipe /Threshold Music            1:28:15        
James Reames & Barnstormers / Cornbread, Molasses,and Sassafrass Tea /
                 One foot in the        Honky Tonk / Mountain Redbird Music                                1:32:00        
Flatlanders / Eggs of Your Chickens / Wheel of Fortune / New West                                1:33:45
Greg Brown / Out in the Country / Prairie Home Companion 1986                                1:37:15
Katie Lee / Ballad of Alfred Packer / 10,000 Goddam Cattle / Katydid Music                         1:42:00
John Walker / Red Beans and Rice / Nebraska Tall Grass Sampler / Prairie Dog Music                 1:45:19
Craig Werth / Zucchini Surprise / The Spokes Man / SELF                                        1:50:15        
Ann Hills and David Roth / Rhubarb Trees / Title Song / Wind River Music                         1:52:37        
Connie Kaldor / Okanagan Peaches / Postcards from the Road / Word of Mouth                         1:55:50        
Fiddlestix /The Beer Song / Live at the Conservatory of Music, Stockton, CA / SELF                1:58:30
Ian Tyson and Nanci Griffith / Canadian Whiskey / Wounded Heart of America,
                Tom Russell Songs/ High Tone Records                                                2:03:52
Water Tower Bucket Boys / Tequila and Lime / Sole Kitchen / Monkey Trench Studios                 2:07:23        
Dandelion Wine / Miss V Gypsy Cowgirl / Range Rider, Songs of the Trail / Self (Eagle)                2:11:45
David Grisman and Jerry Garcia / Drink Up and Go Home /
                Been All Around This World / Acoustic Disc                                         2:15:39
Whiskey Before Breakfast / Huckelberry Flint / Pillowfort                                         to end


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Arkie
Date: 27 Nov 12 - 09:50 AM

Impressive lists and it seemed like everything was covered but I did not find the following:

Lacy Dalton - Black Coffee
Bill Haley - Forty Cups of Coffee
fiddle tune - Sugar in the Coffee
Gene Autry, Red Foley, Lulu Belle & others - Methodist Pie
Guy Clark - Instant Coffee Blues
Merle Travis - Too Much Sugar for a Dime
Baxter Black - A Vegetarian's Nightmare or a Dissertation on Plant's Rights (poem)

Baxter Black


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Arkie
Date: 27 Nov 12 - 10:15 AM

Ok a few more and I will call it quits for now, but I found these on my computer.

old fiddle tune - Paddy Won't You Drink some good old Cider
Bradley Kincaid - I Had but 50¢
Prickly Pear - The Big Food Chain
Bob Campbell - Arbuckle Coffee
Bob Newman - Leftover Hash
Johnny Silvo - Cornbread, Peas, & Black Molasses
old fiddle tune - Sal's Come to the Cider Mill

Did not check to see if this was already posted - All Go Hungry Hash House


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: open mike
Date: 27 Nov 12 - 01:47 PM

Blickie for Open Mike's radio show featuring food songs


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 27 Nov 12 - 09:49 PM

Not a folk song, but "Food, Glorious Food!" (from "Oliver!") would seem an obvious candidate...


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE (Jimmy Buffett)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 May 13 - 09:33 AM

CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE
As sung by Jimmy Buffett on "Son of a Son of a Sailor"

Tried to amend my carnivorous habits.
Made it nearly seventy days,
Losin' weight without speed, eatin' sunflower seeds,
Drinkin' lots of carrot juice and soakin' up rays,
But at night I'd had these wonderful dreams:
Some kind of sensuous treat,
Not zucchini, fettuccine, or bulgur wheat,
But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat.

CHORUS: Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise),
Heaven on earth with an onion slice (paradise),
Not too particular, not too precise (paradise),
I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise.

Heard about the old time sailor men.
They eat the same thing again and again.
Warm beer and bread they said could raise the dead.
Well, it reminds me of the menu at a Holiday Inn.
Times have changed for sailors these days.
When I'm in port, I get what I need:
Not just Havanas or bananas or daiquiris,
But that American creation on which I feed:

CHORUS: Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise),
Medium rare with mustard'd be nice (paradise),
Heaven on earth with an onion slice (paradise).
I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise.

I like mine with lettuce and tomato,
Heinz 57 and french-fried potatoes,
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer.
Well, good God almighty, which way do I steer for my—

CHORUS: Cheeseburger in paradise (paradise)?
Makin' the best of every virtue and vice (paradise),
Worth every damn bit of sacrifice (paradise),
To get a cheeseburger in paradise,
To be a cheeseburger in paradise.
I'm just a cheeseburger in paradise.

I like mine with lettuce and tomato,
Heinz 57, and french-fried potatoes,
Big kosher pickle, and a cold draft beer.
Well, good God almighty, which way do I steer?


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SUPER SUPPER MARCH (Dr. Seuss)
From: May Queen
Date: 21 May 13 - 05:24 PM

Here's my favourite as a kid and probably now too :) I sing this to my husband when its his turn to cook.

The Super-Supper March

Hungry, hungry I am hungry
Table, table here I come
I could eat a goose-moose burger
Fifteen pickles and a purple plum

I could eat three bowls of goulash
Half a pound of wuzzled wheat
I could eat a peck of poobers
Then I`d really get to work and eat

Oysters, noodles, strawberry stroodles
French fries, fish hash, one red beet
Lamb chops, wham chops
Huckleberry mish mash
Oh, the things that I could eat

Doughnuts, dump-a-lings
Blueberry bump-a-lings
Chocolate mush-mash, super sweet
Clam stew, ham stew,
Water melon wush wush
Oh, the stuff that I could eat

Deep dish rhubarb, upside-down cake
I could eat a frittered flum
Hungry, hungry, I am starving
Table, table, here I come

Any one else remember this one from school? It was in the Apusskidu children's song book used in UK primary schools in the 60's and 70's


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Subject: Lyr Add: COME AROUND TO MY HOUSE (Georgia White)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 May 14 - 06:18 PM

COME AROUND TO MY HOUSE
As sung by Georgia White, 1941.

If you want good cookin',
You can get good cookin'.
If you want good cookin',
Come around to my house.
You can get some corn bread,
And if you like good corn bread,
And if you want good corn bread,
Come around to my house.
Well now, you like ham; I like ham
All circled 'round with candied yam.
You like pastry; I've got pastry,
Sweet and hot and oh so tasty.
You can get good cookin'.
If you like good cookin';
And you want good cookin',
So come around to my house.

You can get good gravy
If you like good gravy,
And you want good gravy.
Oh, come around to my house.
You can get hot biscuits
If you like hot biscuits,
And you want good biscuits,
Just come around to my house.
Now you like jam; I like jam,
Grape, for mint or leg o' lamb.
You like pot pies; I've got pot pie,
Guaranteed first time you try 'em.
You can get rice puddin',
If you like rice puddin',
And you want rice puddin'.
Say, brother, come on 'round to my house.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 14 May 14 - 06:15 AM

Has anybody mentioned the ballad of Lumley Kettlewell?


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Bert
Date: 15 May 14 - 01:07 AM

Fried Bread and Brandy-O - The Spinners
Pickin' a Chicken - Eve Boswell
When Your Pickle Glows at Night - Amos Jessup


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Bert
Date: 15 May 14 - 01:08 AM

The Quartermaster's Store.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 15 May 14 - 09:07 PM

I once wrote a song about Stovies - a real staple Scottish dish. Might post it later.


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Subject: Lyr Add: PAPA DON'T WANT NO FISH AND RICE AGAIN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 May 15 - 06:04 PM

You can hear this on YouTube:


PAPA DON'T WANT NO FISH AND RICE AGAIN
Written by Sam Manning, Sam Johnson & Oscar E. Johnson
As sung by Sam Manning & The Felix Krazy Cats on Decca 18257a, 1941.

Papa don't want no fish and rice nor hominy.
That's not the kind of food for a man like me.
My favorite dish is fish,
But for fish sake, finish!*
Papa don't want to see no fish and rice again.

Big fish, little fish, catfish, fresh fish, all the same.
Swordfish, pickle-fish—fish is fish by any name.
Why, the doctors all explain
Fish would help my brain,
So papa don't want to see no fish and rice again.

Mama, ain't there nothin' else that you can buy?
Tummy ache all night, papa want to die.
Tuna swallowed a whale.
Any more fish and I'd go to jail.
Oh, papa don't want to see no fish and rice again.

Oh, papa don't want no fish and rice nor hominy.
That's not the kind of food for a man like me.
My appetite is big,
But, mama, I ain't no pig.
Oh, papa don't want to see no fish and rice again.


* pronounced with the accent on the second syllable.

This song seems related to "Mama Don't Want No Peas and Rice an' Coconut Oil" which was published in 1932.


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Subject: Lyr Add: I HEARD THE VOICE OF A PORK CHOP (Jackson
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 May 16 - 08:57 AM

These words seem to be a parody of "I HEARD THE VOICE OF JESUS SAY (COME UNTO ME AND REST)" but it is sung to a different tune.


I HEARD THE VOICE OF A PORK CHOP


[I. As recorded by Jim Jackson, 30-Jan-1928. YouTube.]


I walked and I walked and I walked and I walked; I stopped for to rest my feet.
I set down on an old oak tree, there went fast asleep.
I dreamt I was settin' in a swell cafe as hungry as a bear.
My stomach sent a telegram to my throat: "There's a wreck on the road somewhere."

I heard the voice of a pork chop say: "Come unto me and rest."
Well, you talk about your stewin' beef; I know what's the best.
Well, you talk about your chicken, ham and eggs, turkey stuffed and dressed,
But I heard the voice of a pork chop say: "Come unto me and rest."


[II. As recorded by Ben Curry (a.k.a. Blind Bogus Ben Covington), 1-Sep-1928. Jim Jackson is credited as songwriter. YouTube.]


I ain't had no use for chicken since way back yonder last spring,
For a chicken tried to peck me 'cause I stepped on his wing.
Old chicken caused me to go to jail; I don't let no chicken do that.
I would have stoled ev'ry hen he had, but I found out they was fat.

I was walking down the street today just as hungry as I could be,
And I walked right in a swell cafe; this is what they said to me:
"Hey, won't you have some chicken?" "Oh, no, I'll have some beef."
"Anytime a man refuse chicken here, he has to pay before he eats."

I heard the voice of a pork chop say: "Come unto me and rest."
You talk about liver, stew and beans, but I know what's the best.
That's pork chop, veal chop, ham and eggs, turkey stuffed and dressed.
I heard the voice of a pork chop say: "Come unto me and rest."

Well, I walked and I walked and I walked and I walked and I stopped to rest my feet.
I set down beside of a great big tree; then I soon was fast asleep.
I dreamed I was settin' in a swell cafe just as hungry as a bear.
My stomach sent a telegram to my throat: "There's a wreck on the road somewhere."

I heard the voice of a pork chop say: "Come unto me and rest."
You talk about liver, stew and beans, but I know what's the best.
That's pork chop, veal chop, ham and eggs, turkey stuffed and dressed.
Heard the voice of a pork chop say: "Come unto me and rest."


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Subject: Lyr Add: BANGERS AND MASH (Kretzmer/Lee; Sellers)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Aug 16 - 01:17 AM

This was mentioned by Bert on 16 Mar 1999:


BANGERS AND MASH
Words by Herbert Kretzmer ; music by Dave Lee.
As recorded by Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren, 1961

I met her down in Napoli and didn't she look great!
And so I brought her back to Blighty just to show me mates;
And though we're married happily, I'll tell you furthermore,
I haven't had a decent meal since nineteen forty-four.

—Eat your minestrone, Joe. —That's all you ever say.
—Eat your macaroni, Joe. —Ev'ry blinking day.
—No wonder you're so bony, Joe, and skinny as a rake.
—Well then, give us a bash at the bangers and mash me mother used to make.

Bangers and mash! —Minestrone!
—Bangers and mash! —Macaroni!
—Give us a bash at the bangers and mash me mother used to make.

—Eat your tagliatelle, Joe. —That's all I've heard for years.
—Eat your vermicelli, Joe. —It's coming out me ears.
—You've got to fill your belly Joe; Joe, for heaven's sake!
—Well then, give us a bash at the bangers and mash me mother used to make.

Bangers and mash! —Tagliatelle!
—Bangers and mash! —Vermicelli!
—Oh, give us a bash at the bangers and mash me mother used to make.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ENGLISH MUFFINS AND IRISH STEW
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 Aug 16 - 01:16 AM

I must admit this is one of the stupidest songs I've transcribed.


ENGLISH MUFFINS AND IRISH STEW
Words by Bob Hilliard, music by Moose Charlap.
As recorded by Sylvia Syms, 1956.

You'd never think they'd go together, but they certainly do:
The combination of English muffins and Irish stew.
I must admit that they're quite delicious and so easy to chew:
The combination of English muffins and Irish stew.

I've tried macaroni and Spanish rice.
That's not so very nice.
That's not so very nice.
I've tried French pancakes with German sauerkraut,
But that's one dish I'd do without.

You'd never think they'd go together, but they certainly do.
The combination of English muffins and Irish stew.
The Mexican army has eaten salami and onions from Peru,
But it don't compare with English muffins and Irish stew.

The English and the Irish have been firish(?) now and then,
'Cause the Irish think that they can knock the stuffin'
Out of any old English muffin.

So you'd never think they'd go together, but they certainly do:
The combination of English muffins and Irish stew.

I've tried sukiyaki in Labrador,
And I don't want no more.
No, I don't want no more.
I've tried hot tamale with Turkish shish kebab,
But I prefer corn on the cob.

You'd never think they'd go together, but they certainly do:
The combination of English muffins and Irish stew.
The Mexican army has eaten salami and onions from Peru,
But it don't compare with English muffins and Irish stew.
No, it don't compare with English muffins and Irish stew.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: open mike
Date: 24 Aug 16 - 07:46 AM

One of the songs on that compilation that Christine Alvin put together on the c.d. one meat ball was "Tomato Puddin'". I can't recall the artist's name....Jeff?? He is an actor and the name escapes me now I think he is involved with a theater group called rose?? Oh my.s aged y Google...Jeff Daniels


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Subject: Lyr Add: MEMPHIS WOMEN AND CHICKEN (Dan Penn)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Sep 16 - 09:55 PM

This was mentioned by Ronn on 17 March 1999:


MEMPHIS WOMEN AND CHICKEN
As recorded by Dan Penn on "Do Right Man" 1994.

[spoken:] I see the sign: "Memphis, twenty-five miles"
It goes like this:

I'm headin' into Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.
There's one place in this world I can get some'n' good to eat.
I'm hungry for some lovin', some fried chicken
Cooked up greasy an' finger-lickin'.
I know just where to go; there's this woman I know.
She shakes it up right and lets it simmer real slow—
Memphis women and fried chicken.
Memphis women and fried chicken.

Over on Union there's a good ol' gal.
She can smoke a pig; she can fry some fowl.
She got biscuits in her oven, cornbread in the pan.
I get by to see her ever' chance I can.
I catch a whiff when I turn the corner.
My mouth starts to water and I'm a goner
For them Memphis women and fried chicken.
Memphis women and chicken.

Yeah, I take my old guitar and I go down on Beale,
Play some good blues and get a read good meal.
I don't care if whiskey ever hits my lip
As long as I get a taste o' them barbecued ribs.

Now that ol' woman up on the bluff makes her livin' makin' pies.
Got them choc'late-covered fingers, dark blueberry eyes.
Got the light powdered sugar sprinkled all in her hair.
Her apple turnover is beyond compare.
When it's hot, late and sticky and you want some'n' cool an' sweet,
She keeps her handle crankin' on that homemade ice cream.
Memphis women, good fried chicken.
Memphis women and chicken.

[spoken:] That's the thing about Memphis:
Ever' time I come down here it speaks to my senses.
It's got some'n' to do with—
They got that fried chicken.
They got that fried chicken.
They got that fried chicken.
They got that fried chicken,
Down in Memphis—
Fried chicken.
Barbecue too!
[ad lib and fade]


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOUR GREENS GIVE ME THE BLUES (Wirtz)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Sep 16 - 11:15 PM

Another one mentioned by Ronn:


YOUR GREENS GIVE ME THE BLUES
As recorded by the Rev. Billy C. Wirtz on "Deep Fried and Sanctified" 1988.

Baby, don't you know it's a sad circumstance
That I wear the apron and you wear the pants?
Yo, but baby, I love you; that ain't the question.
Your cookin' would give Godzilla indigestion.
Your chicken ain't clickin'; your greens just gi' me the blues.

Your biscuits don't rise; your muffins don't work.
If Betty Crocker saw 'em she'd go completely berserk.
You burned the toast.
You even burned up the roast.
Your fried chicken ain't clickin' and your greens just gi' me the blues.

You deep-fried the jello; you boiled the bacon.
The artichoke told me his heart was breakin'.
I ate one of your biscuits; the dog ate seven,
And now he's restin' up in canine heaven.

Now that cake recipe that you got from your mom,
It looks like Hiroshima after they dropped the bomb.
You totaled the toast.
Just look at this roast!
Your fried chicken just ain't clickin' and your greens still gi' me the blues.

You even fouled up the turkey.
You make my beef kinda jerky.
Well, your chicken ain't clickin' and your sweet potato, stewed tomatoes, ravioli, guacamole, … chowmein, quiche Lorraine, and most of all, your greens just gi' me the blues.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: GUEST,Anne Neilson
Date: 07 Sep 16 - 03:33 PM

Adam McNaughtan from Glasgow (Scotland) has two grand food-related songs.

The first is Cholesterol, inspired by a west of Scotland health campaign for healthier eating. To the tune of the WW2 song 'Bless 'em All', Adam produced memorable lines like '"Brown bread with a low fat paste thinly spread on' (margarine) / May be healthier than a meat pie / But I don't give a hoot for their yogurt and fruit / I'll have Black Forest gateau and die! / Cholesterol, cholesterol -- my chance of surviving is small. / The cream I consume, it might lead to my doom, / but I love my cholesterol!

And a wonderment of word smithery is to be found in his tribute to a very local Scottish delicacy, the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer! Scots are well known for their sweet tooth/teeth and this song celebrates the hundredth anniversary of the baking company who became renowned -- following the removal of rationing restrictions post-WW2 -- for sweet biscuits/cakes such as the tea-cakes and the aforesaid Caramel Wafers.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 07 Sep 16 - 03:37 PM

Not forgetting 'The Unquiet Gravy'
Jim Carroll


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Subject: Lyr Add: MANGO VERT (calypso - Mighty Sparrow)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Sep 16 - 07:13 PM

This was mentioned by Mark Roffe on 26 March 1999 (who earlier referred to it incorrectly as a "papaya song." This is my transcription; it needs some correction. In particular, I'm sure the last half of the last line is very wrong, but I can't get do any better. Also, I don't know what "mango vert" means—does it mean an unripe mango?


MANGO VERT
As recorded by Mighty Sparrow.

1. A Yankee man and a woman was in confusion.
This Yankee man and a woman, whoa-ah! was in confusion.
The woman give him something to eat with stringy, stringy hair but it tasted sweet.
He say: "I rather do without; you stick up in me teeth and don't(?) wash me mouth."

CHORUS: She said: "You eat it right, the hair won't stick in your teeth,
And you're bound to say how it tasted sweet, sweet, sweet;
But if you eat it wrong, don't walk in the street.
Ev'rybody will know when they see the hair in your teeth."

2. So the Yankee man tell her: "Honey, tell me why you're forcin' me.
As a rule, when I'm done, scrub me teeth, I want nothing more to eat."
So she said: "Take it easy, Joe; it seem to me like if you don't know,
But this thing is tasting so nice, if you eat it once, you must eat it twice." CHORUS

3. At the time, I living next door; what they talking 'bout, I don't know,
But the conversation interest me, so I listenin' attentively.
She try to rub the thing in he mouth; he started runnin' and jumpin' 'bout.
She said: "You think I making sport; keep a-runnin' or I push it straight down your throat, Joe." CHORUS

4. As I leave, I wanted to know; I ain't care if they call me mango.
After listening attentively, I knock on the door very boldly.
When I bust the door and I enter, I see them standing up in the center.
The stupid Yankee catching cold feet; he's a mango barely man 'fraid to eat(?). CHORUS


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Subject: Lyr Add: BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUE PLATE (Louis Jordan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Dec 16 - 07:55 PM

BOOGIE WOOGIE BLUE PLATE
Words and music by Joe Burhkin & Johnny De Vries.
As recorded by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five, 1947.

There's a gal at the local beanery.
She's a pretty hunk o' scenery.
She can make a choc'late soda go s-s-s-s-s.
You oughta go around and dig it
When she's workin' at the spigot.
You can hear her calling orders like this:

Give me a ham white down and a burger rare,
Side o' slaw an' a seven-layer,
O.J. up, wreck two in a cup,
And a boogie-woogie blue plate.

Give me a crippled beef on a load o' hay,
Combo rye and a bottle of "A,"
Comin' through with a slab o' moo,
And a boogie-woogie blue plate.

Draw one; draw two.
Get that coffee perkin'.
Draw three; draw four.
Hold that mayo on the chopped egg workin'.

Want a tuna wheat with a side o' fries,
Eighty-six on the cherry pies,
Side o' greens on the franks and beans,
And a boogie-woogie blue plate.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Cool Beans
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 11:46 AM

Here's a link to my song "Cinnamon Rolls" (They come eight to a pack/ Give 'em a whack)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN4s8EuQ95A


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Thompson
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 04:16 PM

And it's bainne na bó is na gamhna, and the juice of the barley for me!


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Joe_F
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 04:29 PM

Eggs, eggs, and marrowbone
Won't make your old man blind.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Thompson
Date: 15 Dec 16 - 06:46 PM

Oh, you did, so you did, and so did he and so did I,
And the more I think about it sure the nearer I'm to cry,
Oh weren't them the happy days when troubles we knew not
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot


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Subject: Lyr Add: RED BEANS AND RICE (Gladys Bentley)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Dec 16 - 12:22 AM

RED BEANS AND RICE
As recorded by Gladys Bentley, 1928.

Red beans and rice, greasy bacon in the pot. (2x)
Cold bread in the oven, coffee on the stove ain't hot.

I don't get no chicken; ham and eggs would poison me. (2x)
He won't buy no sugar, just to sweeten his own tea.

Walked to work this mornin' 'cause I only had one dime. (2x)
Wouldn't spend it on myself; spent it on that man o' mine.

He don't buy no clothes; he don't keep his laundry clean. (2x)
He short-ordered lovin', stingiest man I've ever seen.

I take all my pay to the man I call my pal. (2x)
And he's always broke; my man must have an outside gal.

I'm gonna to leave for work, but I'm gonna double back, no doubt. (2x)
If I can't get in, no one better not come out.

Red beans and rice, mornin', noon and ev'ry night. (2x)
I can't keep on workin' with only rice and beans in sight.


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Subject: Lyr Add: RED BEANS AND RICE (Kokomo Arnold)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Dec 16 - 12:43 AM

RED BEANS AND RICE
As recorded by Kokomo Arnold, 1937.

When I was down in Georgia, I was doin' mighty well. (2x)
Since I been here in Chicago, I been catchin' a bit o' hell.

Said I'm goin' down to the station; ain't gon' take no one's advice. (2x)
Said I'm goin' back to Georgia where I can get my red beans and rice.

Now these Chicago women have give me such a hard way to go. (2x)
Said they done took all my black(?) money and they got me runnin' from do' to do'.

Now I'm just settin' here lookin', way down on that lonesome road. (2x)
Says I'm raggedy and I'm hungry, and I ain't got no place to go.

Now I been rollin', I been rollin' from sun to sun. (2x)
Ever' time I can't get no lovin', … my payday comes.


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Subject: RE: food songs
From: Felipa
Date: 16 Dec 16 - 07:19 AM

Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake has already been mentioned, but I thought I'd remind you due to the season that's in it.

all the songs that came immediately to my mind have already been mentioned by people who got to this thread earlier.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MEAT MAN PETE (Monette Moore)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 16 Dec 16 - 02:21 PM

MEAT MAN PETE
As recorded by Monette Moore, 1924.

Did you ever hear 'bout Pete?
Just Pete, plain Pete.
He had a market down the street.
Pete was a dealer in meat.
Ask anybody you meet
About Pete, and they'll repeat:
His ways are sure a mess,
But his meat is always fresh.

[§] All the butchers, how they envy Pete,
'Cause ev'rybody's crazy about his meat.
They hang around his store
And gang right in his door.
One thing sure: I know that Pete don't cheat.

People come from down in Alabam'
'Cause they've heard about his boneless ham.
They never get enough
Because his meat ain't tough,
And ev'rybody's crazy about his meat. [§§]

Once he was dealin' in wood,
And bus'ness wasn't so good,
And he started dealin' in ice,
But things didn't turn out nice,
So he took it in his head,
Commenced sellin' bread,
But bus'ness was complete
When he started dealin' in meat.

[REPEAT FROM § TO §§.]

[Barbecue Bob (1928) and Vance Dixon (1931) each made recordings that seem to be derived from this version.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: LET ONIONS BE
From: beardedbruce
Date: 16 Dec 16 - 02:29 PM

Let Onions Be


Come all you who would be flatter
Raise your forks and pass the platter
For to live is to grow fatter
While we are together.

cho: Let onions be in all our stews
    Let all our stews be made with wine
    We show them all just how to dine
    We'll end each meal with chocolate.

    Right fol de rol de ri too ra li do
    Right fol de rol de ri too ra li do
    Right fol de rol de ri too ra li do
    While we are together.

Eating and drinking are quite charming
Cakes and ice cream there's no harm in
All these things we take delight in
While we are together.

Grab the platter as it passes
Join with us at all repasses
Those who diet are but asses
While we are together.


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Subject: Lyr Add: STEW MEAT BLUES (Lucille Bogan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Dec 16 - 09:04 AM

In a lot of old blues songs, food has a double meaning.


STEW MEAT BLUES
As recorded by Lucille Bogan, 1935.

A man say I had something looked like new.
He wanted me to credit him for some o' my stew.
Say he's goin' up the river, tryin' to sell his sack.
He would pay me for my stuff when the boat get back.
Now you can go on up the river, man, and sell your sack.
You can pay me for my stew when the boat get back.

I got good stew and it's got to be sold.
The price ain't high, I want to get you told.
Go on up the river, man, and sell your sack.
There'll be stew-meat here, baby, when the boat get back.

Now look here, man: what you want me to do?
Give you my stew-meat and credit you too?
You go on up the river, try an' sell your sack,
'Cause I'll have my stew-meat here when that boat gets back.

I credit one man; it was to my sorrow.
It's cash today, credit tomorrow.
So hurry up the river, baby, an' try to sell your sack.
It's gonna be meat here, when that boat get back.

Now it's ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
You try my stuff one time, you can't get enough.
So go on up the river, man, and sell your sack,
'Cause the stuff'll be here, baby when the boat get back.


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Subject: Lyr Add: MEAT CUTTER BLUES
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Dec 16 - 04:55 PM

MEAT CUTTER BLUES

I. As recorded by Roosevelt Sykes with St. Louis Bessie (Bessie Mae Smith), 1930.

I been … all day; ain't had a bite to eat.
Walkin' the street … for a butcher to cut my meat.
Now it's night; still lookin' for a butcher to cut my meat.
'Cause I cannot sleep till I get a butcher to cut my meat.

I want you cut my bacon and grind my sausage, too. (2x)
You's a real good meat cutter an' you know just how to do.

I want you to cut my liver, chop my ribs, and cut my steak. (2x)
Ev'ry time I think about you, it make my poor heart ache.

I've had a fire in my range an' water in my pot. (2x)
You ain't cut my meat yet, an' my range is still gettin' hot.

If you can't cut my meat, I'll get a butcher from way downtown. (2x)
But my range is still heatin' an' my damper need turnin' down.

Mm-mm, [mister] butcher please cut my meat. (2x)
I been standing here all day long, beggin' you to cut my meat.

II. As recorded by Kansas Joe McCoy, 1934.

I'm th'old meat cutter; babe, I can cut your meat.
Anything in(?) a lot o' trimmin', I can do it so nice an' neat.

I can grind your sausage; I can cut your pork chop too.
I can do any kind o' cuttin' [you] want ol' Joe to do.

I can slice your bacon; I can cut your ham.
I'm th'only cutter right out o' Alabam'.

Now bring me my cleaver an' my ol' butcher knife.
While(?) some low-down rascal sure done cut my wife.

Now listen here, babe; oh, please don't be no fool.
Some o' these ol' meat cutters will use you as a tool.

Now come in here, babe; let me look on(?) your ham.
I'm th'old meat cutter an' I sure don't give a dozen(?).*

I got a brand-new knife and I grind it on my stone.
When I go to cut your meat, I can cut it to the bone.

[* McCoy substitutes a non-rhyming word for the expected "damn" ]

III. As recorded by Peetie Wheatstraw, 1936.

I been walkin' all day, walkin' up an' down the street. (2x)
I'm gon' put you out of a job, whoo, well, well, then I want to chop somebody's meat.

[Said] I want to cut your bacon, mama; grind your sausage, too.
And then I'm a good meat cutter; whoo! Well, well, babe, I know just what to do.

I can cut your liver, [and] chop your ribs, mama, and I can cut your steak.
Because now you know I'm a good butcher, whoo! Well, then again, you know I know just what it takes.

[I said] I keep fire in my range and hot water in my pot. (2x)
Well, I keep this water boilin', whoo! Well, well, mama, and it steams really hot.

Whoo-hoo, well, well, mama, let me cut your meat. (2x)
Well, well, I been walkin' the streets all day, whoo! Well, well, like a policeman on his beat.


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Subject: Lyr Add: PIG MEAT MAMA (Mae Glover)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Dec 16 - 07:11 PM

PIG MEAT MAMA
As recorded by Mae Glover, 1929.

I'm a pig meat mama; pig meat's all I crave. (2x)
Pig meat's gonna carry me, carry me to my grave. (yodel)

Some women like their pork chops; some women like their wine. (2x)
But I'm a pig meat mama; give it to me all the time. (yodel)

I got pig meat in Texas, pig meat in Tennessee. (2x)
My pig meat in Virginia, Lord, he's wild about me. (yodel)

[I want to] Tell all you women what you better do. (2x)
You better lay off my pig meat, or it won't be good for you. (yodel)

[It's] Pig meat for breakfast, pig meat when I'm in bed. (2x)
If I don't get my pig meat, Lord, I'd rather be dead. (yodel)


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Subject: Lyr Add: RAD GUMBO (from Little Feat)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Mar 17 - 07:00 PM

RAD GUMBO
As recorded by Little Feat on "The Best of Little Feat" (2006)

If you walk right in off the street,
You can take the load right off your feet.
Mama'll bring a menu to your seat,
But the bill of fare be short an' sweet.

Won't find no étouffé.
Mama never ever could cook that way.
She's all ancien regime,
No nouvelle cuisine.

She cookin' gumbo,
A mighty rad gumbo.
It's the only way she can go
Down at the Club Rad Gumbo.

Heads and shells stay in the stock.
She stirs her roux and really rocks.
One gallon shellfish stock or water.
Man, this gumbo is made to order!

Two toes of garlic finely chopped.
Man, this party just can't be stopped!
Mama's pots are boilin', band starts to blow,
Piano keys flyin' like a Fats Domino.

She cookin' gumbo,
A mighty rad gumbo.
It's the only way she can go,
Down at the Club Rad Gumbo.

Oh, no, no escargot, no cordon bleu.
This ain't the place to go lookin' for beef stew,
But if you like a tender shrimp and rice,
If you think you can stand the spice,

She cooks a gumbo,
A mighty rad gumbo.

Now the people come from miles around
To dig what Mama's puttin' down.
Ever'body knows her name.
She in the Seafood Hall of Fame.

I gotta get that recipe
If it means the death of me.
Get my spy-boy to sneak a look
In Mama's book.

She cookin' gumbo,
A mighty rad gumbo.
It's the only way she can go,
Down at the Club Rad Gumbo.

She cookin' gumbo.
It's a mighty rad gumbo.
It's the only way she can go,
Down at the Club Rad Gumbo.


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