They're Not Dirty - Just Funny: The Best of the Double Entendre Songs
Probably the best known of that laughable group of dual meaning songs is Chuck Berry’s version of
“My Ding a Ling” written in 1952 by New Orleans great, Dave Bartholomew.
The way Dave tells it in the song, is that a Grandmother gave her grandson a set of silver bells on a string. She called it a “Ding a Ling”
Just about everyone has heard this classic and it is worth listening to again, but most people probably have not heard two other great double meaning tunes from long ago.
“Sweet Violets” dates back to 1882 when it was featured in a play by Joseph Emmet. In 1951 Dinah Shore had a Number 3 hit with it. I’ve included a listing of one verse of the song. I recommend reading the verse and then listening to Dinah's recording. It will make much more sense when you hear it and you will get a few laughs from this evergreen.
There once was a farmer who took a young miss
In back of the barn where he gave her a...
Lecture on horses and chickens and eggs
And told her that she had such beautiful...
Manners that suited a girl of her charms
A girl that he wanted to take in his...
Washing and ironing and then if she did
They would get married and raise lots of...
Sweet violets, sweeter than all the roses.
Covered all over from head to toeCovered all over with … sweet violets
The next great old two-meaning tune was written and recorded by Benny Bell, a vaudevillian who performed from the 1920s to the 1990s. His best seller “Shaving Cream” was a hit in the 1940s and again in the 1970s. Listen to this one a few times. It gets funnier with each replay.
For Dave Bartholomew's original version and more detail on "My Ding a Ling", follow this link
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