Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday Thirteen

Today I offer you up 13 songs from childhood.

1. Senor Don Gato. We sang this song in elementary school. You can see a youtube vido of it here. The words are included.

2.  Goodbye, Ol' Paint, I'm leavin' Cheyenne. I couldn't find a video of this song, but found some words similiar to what I recall here. I still say this to my husband. I say, "Goodbye, Ol' Paint," sometimes when I am leaving. It has perplexed him for nearly 30 years. "Why do you call me Ol' Paint?" he says.

3. The Three Billy Goats Gruff. I know I did not make this up but I cannot find it online anywhere. It went like this:
This is the story of the three billy goats Gruff,
and the giant who owned a bridge.
One was named Taffy, the other called Creampuff,
and the tiniest goat was called Midge.

4. Lavendar Blue. I think, but am not sure, that this was on the soundtrack to a Disney record, possibly called So Dear to My Heart. My brother loved this song for some reason, if I am remembering correctly. Here's a youtube video of it.

5. The Big Rock Candy Mountain. This is actually a song about drinking and being a hobo, but I learned it as a child. Here are the lyrics.* This is not the same version as you hear on O Brother Where Art Thou.

6. 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall. Okay, so apparently I learned a lot about alcohol when I was small. But I have been singing this for as long as I can recall. 99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer! Take one down, pass it around, 98 bottles of beer on the wall. 98 bottles of beer on the wall . . . all the way to "no more bottles of beer on the wall." And yes, I have sang it to the end.

7. I've been Working on the Railroad! All the live-long day. Here's a rather interesting kid's video of this song.

8. She'll be comin' round the mountain . . . when she comes! (when she comes). One of the verses says "and we'll all have figgy pudding when she comes" and I never did know what that meant. At least that is what I thought it said. Anyway, here's a video, though I can't say I've ever actually heard it sung this way before. It doesn't have the figgy pudding line, though.

9. Daisy, Daisy, or A Bicycle Built For Two. My grandmother used to sing this song to us to shush us when we were crying or needed a nap or something. I can still see her rocking my brother and singing it to him to put him to sleep. Here's a Nat King Cole version of the song.

10. Down in the valley. The valley so low. I loved this song, still play it sometimes on my guitar. It's rather melancholy, though. Here's a version from the Andy Griffith show. Hear the wind blow, dear.

11. Froggie Went a Courtin'. Here's a funny version from Tom and Jerry (remember that cartoon?). And here's a Burl Ives version.

12. Jimmie Crack Corn. I always thought this song was about moonshine for some reason. Back to that alcoholic drinking theme, I guess. Here's Bugs Bunny singing it.

13. On Top of Old Smokey. This song was mutilated many times to have something more to do with spaghetti than losing a love. Even so, it's worth a mention. The only video I could find of it was of Hank Williams and I just didn't want to link to that. But here are the words to the mutilated version, as I recall them:

On top of ol' sghetti, all covered with cheese!
I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed!
It rolled off the table, and onto the floor,
and then my poor meatball, rolled on out the door.
It went down the sidewalk, and under a bush
and now my poor meatball, is nothing but mush.

Have a Happy Thursday!

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 268th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

*Corrected, thanks Alice!


  1. My ex-boyfriend never let me live down the fact I knew the words to Froggy Went a Courtin'.

    Now I'm teaching several of these same songs to my hubby, who's Italian and finds it all quite charming. Heh. ;)

    Happy TT!

    1. There are worse things in the world to know than that Froggy Went A Courtin'!

  2. I can remember sitting in a circle in first grade while my teacher, Mrs. Willhide, played a record with Burl Ives singing "Jimmie Crack Corn" ("The Blue-Tail Fly") while we sang. Given that this is a song from the 1840s, it is no doubt not polically correct for sings to sing now. Burl Ivves sings it here:

  3. I have good memories of most of these. You can search Billy Goats Gruff at youtube and hear the story. I've played it (and told it) to the boys. Another favorite of mine was "I'm a Little Tea Pot."

    Yes, I am at 337 TT's!

    1. I thought you were at 337 TTs. You're the queen of TT!

  4. You've got the Big Rock Candy Mountain linked to the Blue Lavender video.

    I don't recognize the first ones, but my family and I sand the ones from six on when I was a kid. We did a Jimmy Crack Corn/ Little Brown Jug medley on long distance trips.

  5. How nice! I remember most of these. Thanks for a great TT.

  6. I remember singing all of these with you!!! We had the book for "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" as well, which you used to teach me to read. Do you also remember " A Day in the Life of a Dinosaur" that we had on an old 33 LP? Great childhood memories!!!

  7. I have the sudden urge to go on a family road trip......

    Have a great Thursday!

  8. i remember the billy goats gruff, how weird you can't find it!

  9. I'm very prone to having tunes get stuck in my head & being unable to release them. (My friend refers to this phenomenon as "earworms".)

    Thanks a bunch.

  10. Those are quite fast lyrics - Froggie went.... he must be nervous around his ladylove :) In my part of the world we sang She'll be coming round the mountain and Senor Don Gato. Round the mountain - I learned it first on the piano, playing a duet of it with my piano teacher.

  11. Ah, some of these are very familiar. Froggie went a' courtin! Memories :)

  12. I have been trying to remember the words to "Three billy goats gruff" and your blog has jogged my memory. Have you found the words to fill in the missing spots?

    There were three billy goats living in the meadow.
    One was big, one was small and one was in between.

    One was named Creampuff, one was called Taffy
    And the tiny little goat was called Midge.

    This is the story of the three billy goats living in the meadow
    And the giant who owned the bridge.

    "Don't you cross my bridge or I'll eat you,"
    Said the giant with the terrible roar!

    Midge said, "Please don't eat me, sir, cause I'm tiny
    And my brother's right behind and he weighs a great deal more."

    So the giant let him pass and he sang this song,
    "I'll just wait here 'til Taffy comes along. Ah, here he is now!"

    "Don't you cross my bridge or I'll eat you,"
    Said the giant with the terrible roar!

    Then Taffy said, "Please don't eat me, sir, cause I'm tiny
    And my brother's right behind and he weighs a great deal more."

    So the giant let him pass and he sang this song,
    "I'll just wait here 'til Creampuff comes along. Ah, here he is now!"

    "Don't you cross my bridge or I'll eat you,"
    Said the giant with the terrible roar!

    "If you think you can, then come ahead and try,"
    And when Creampuff hit the giant, he was gone forever more.

    Now the three billy goats are living in the meadow.
    One is called Creampuff, one is called Taffy and the tiny little goat is called Midge.

    And they never, never worry when they have to cross the bridge
    Cause the big, bad giant is never seen.


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