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Purple People Eater

Updated on January 14, 2013

Welcome to the Purple People Eater

This loopy lens is devoted to one of my favorite funky critters, the "one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater", (incidentally, one of the greatest songs of all time!)

Frankly, if you haven't bumped into one lately, or even chimed in when one of those retro radio shows features this silly song about him, you've definitely missed out on a vital slice of life! Chalk one up for those blessedly boisterous Baby-Boomers!


Photo Insert Credit: Album cover, "Purple People Eater", (from Terr-bo's photostream on

A VERY SHORT STORY - What happens when a dragon meets a purple people eater?

Puff, the Magic Dragon, had no idea what to expect when he polished off a pesky Purple People Eater for breakfast.


Image Credit: Posted Jan. 8, 2012 in

IS PISCES A PURPLE PEOPLE EATER? - Yes, but only when he's not fishing for compliments!


PROFILE OF A PURPLE PEOPLE EATER: - How would you describe a Purple People Eater Personality?

Personality Type: Odd, Strange, Peculiar, Eccentric

Favorite Habitat: Pomegranate Martini

Favorite Food: Purple Potatoes, Eggplant, Purple Cabbage

Favorite Song: Purple Electric Violin Concerto

Arch Nemesis: Santa Claus


Image Credit: Joe


Before delving into all you ever wanted to know about the "purple people eater", perhaps it's helpful to consider why he finds "purple people" so tasty.

Apparently scientists have concluded that "purple people" are usually the offspring of "red-neck" and "blue-blooded" parents. Being a combination character means that purple people often "middle-of-the-road" munchkins who are just trying to get along in a color-coded world that often doesn't recognize, accept or include them because they're different.

This probably accounts for the reason why one-eyed, one-horned flying creatures have a particular penchant for devouring "purple people". Frankly, "purple people" are easy to pick out in a crowd - they're the colorful characters, not the typical people-pleasing ones. So it's not hard to see why if a one-eyed, one-horned, unidentified flying object had the grumbles in his tummy and hated high-calorie homo-sapien snacks like burgers, fries and fizzy water, he might be attracted to the "purple people" on the planet.

In an effort to save the lives of "purple people" and promote downtown commerce and development, one American color-blind community has stepped up to the plate. They are now building a "purple bridge" that will help bring people back and forth between Ohio and Kentucky. It seems the "purple bridge" is one of the few places that "purple people" can hang out without fear of being rejected by the pesky people of Round Bottom, Hicksville and Knockemstiff, Ohio or the feisty folks from Big Bone Lick, Rabbit Hash, and Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky).

Word has it that "purple people" (especially those with lovely lavender locks who adore wearing purple metallic corset outfits are also congregate at "The Purple Onion" cafe and nightclub San Francisco, California. On the other hand, maybe they were a figment of everyone's imagination and were really shooshing down the slopes in Mirebel, France at the "Purple Ski Resort".

There are some in the scientific community who dispute the generally accepted theory that one-eyed, one-horned flying creatures eat only "purple people". These pundits of pith and piffle prefer the notion that there is a dangerous alien species of one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eaters out there who have a taste for all homo-sapiens independent of their age, color, gender, occupation, or religion.

On the other hand, while the banks are being bailed out by big government, at lease some folks know how that "The Purple People Collective" is the place for laid off tech people go to band together and find some work in a really crappy economy.


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The authoritative source on "purple people eaters" is Shelby "Sheb" F. Wooley, a character actor, composer and recording artist best known for his 1958 novelty hit song, "Purple People Eater".

Purple People Eater - Lyrics by Sheb Wooley

"Well I saw the thing comin' out of the sky

It had the one long horn, one big eye

I commenced to shakin' and I said "ooh-eee"

It looks like a purple eater to me

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater

(One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater)

A one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater

Sure looks strange to me (One eye?)

Well he came down to earth and he lit in a tree

I said Mr. Purple People Eater, don't eat me

I heard him say in a voice so gruff

I wouldn't eat you cuz you're so tough

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater

One-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater

One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater

Sure looks strange to me (One horn?)

I said Mr. Purple People Eater, what's your line

He said it's eatin' purple people and it sure is fine

But that's not the reason that I came to land

I wanna get a job in a rock and roll band

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater

Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin' purple people eater

(We wear short shorts)

Flyin' purple people eater

Sure looks strange to me

And then he swung from the tree and he lit on the ground

He started to rock, really rockin' around

It was a crazy ditty with a swingin' tune

Sing a boop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater

Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin' purple people eater

I like short shorts

Flyin' little people eater

Sure looks strange to me (Purple People?)

And then he went on his way, and then what do ya know

I saw him last night on a TV show

He was blowing it out, a'really knockin' em dead

Playin' rock and roll music through the horn in his head


Image Credit: Guitar tribute to Sheb Wooley's "Flying Purple People Eater" song at the "Rock & Roll Museum" in Cleveland, Ohio; (jawbone radio's photostream at




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Image Credit: Trading card illustration by Perogatt (Carlo Peroni) from inaugural issue of the Italian comic magazine (back cover), "Psycho", published in 1970.


Never let it be said that Sheb Wooley had the last word on the ever-popular purple people eater.

Another country music man by the name of Joe South, added yet another chapter to the tale of the "purple people eater".

In this iteration of odd things that happen on a planet called Earth, the ugly, unidentified flying object (a trumpet-blowing beast from outer space) teams up with an unprepossessing, unconventional type better known to many as a mean guitar-picking Witch Doctor.


While strolling through the woods,

Not so far from town,

I got real shook.

I heard the strangest sound.

I saw the Purple People Eater,

And to my surprise,

I saw the Witch Doctor sittin' by his side.


The Witch Doctor had a guitar in his hand.

They were boppin' and a-rockin',

With a ???? band.

Well the Purple was a blowin',

Like a People Eater should.

The Witch Doctor picked,

Like a Johnny B. Goode.


There went a-...

Eww eee,

Ewww huh ha.

Ewww, huh...

Walla walla ding dun.

[End Chorus]

Yeah, the Doctor got in trouble,

When the People Eater said,

The girls keep a-laughin'

At the horn in my head.

Then the Witch Doctor smiled,

And I heard him say,

Yeah man, you're ugly,

But you sure can play.

Well there in the moonlight,

It sure seemed strange,

While he played a little chorus of,

Home On The Range.

They were comin' in strong,

Like a rock n' roll star.

With the craziest beat,

This side of Mars.

[repeat chorus]

Yeah, these cats from outer space,

They were givin' it all.

I could tell the way they jumped it,

They were havin' a ball.

They had me pattin' my feet,

And just a clappin' my hands.

They stopped just long enough to say,

Crazy man!


Twilight time,

When the sun goes down,

Way back up in the woods,

Along the edge of town,

Yeah, the people all gather

From a-miles around,

To hear Doc and ole Purple with that crazy sound.

[repeat chorus]

One more time...


[repeat chorus]

Wait til they see us on American Bandstand!

Crazy man,


Ha ha ha ha...


"Two nudists of Dover,

Being purple all over,

Were munched by a cow

When mistaken for clover.


Words by Ogden Nash, (1902-1971), American poet, author and lyric writer

Illustration: Purple people eater -

A Pithy Piece of Purple Prose

What does the Purple People Eater do to join in the fun and festivities?

Frankly, he would like nothing better than to take a long winter's nap after devouring either Santa or the Grinch, but that's not likely to happen any time soon.

So, in the meantime, he's getting in the spirit of spunk by opening up a trunk filled with all manner of garish goodies.

Let's see there's a sparkling special effect purple ball or pretty peculiar purple ornament to hang on his 4 1/2 foot pre-lit tinsel Christmas tree or a tawdry two-foot twig tinsel tree.

And, what would the holidays be without some amusing attire like a lovely Leopard Print Purple Santa Hat and a matching Leopard Print Purple Stocking.

The only thing left is to find some ripsnorting reindeer who will do as they're told. Of course, that's not hard to do when the Purple People Eater belts out his favorite tinsel tune, "Purple Reindeer":

The Purple Reindeer Song

My reindeer flies sideways; she's better than yours.

My reindeer can cha-cha, and she can open up doors.

Bum ba dum bum bum bum

My reindeer is purple; yours is a pea green.

My reindeer's a Girl Scout, and she can dig a latrine.

Bum ba dum bum bum bum bum.


Image Credit: Ian Marsden -

The Purple People Eater Doesn't Do Christmas. - However according to the Big Book of Bunkum -- he advises you to dress warmly, smile, and be of good cheer or he


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What's the Purple People Eater's Favorite Holiday Habit? - Eating purple people and puffing on purple prose!


Image Credit: Ian Marsden, illustrator - marsdencartoons

PURPLE PEOPLE EATER PARAPHERNALIA - What do you mean you don't do purple!*?

Purple People Eater [VHS]
Purple People Eater [VHS]

Yup, movie fans can fill their boots with a classic cult comedy called "Purple People Eater"!

Purple People Eater
Purple People Eater

What's not to like about those lovely lullabies from way back when like..."Purple People Eater", "Witch Doctor", or "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"!

Purple People Eaters Autographed Minnesota Vikings 16" x 20" Photograph (Unframed)
Purple People Eaters Autographed Minnesota Vikings 16" x 20" Photograph (Unframed)

For those grid-iron guys who not only sing in the shower but have a fondness for the Minnesota Vikings 1970s defensive line better known as the "Purple People Eaters".


FRIENDLY FEEDBACK FROM THE FEED BAG - Friendly feedback from purple-people-eating enthusiasts plus the odd purple cow milker or two will be much appreciated.

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    • Mamaboo LM profile image

      Mamaboo LM 

      6 years ago

      I love your lens and never dreamed it'd be a Squid! Thanks so much for it, and be blessed!

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      Mamaboo LM 

      6 years ago

      I love your lens and never dreamed it'd be a Squid! Thanks so much for it, and be blessed!

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      Teri Villars 

      6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I remember this song growing up! I love the color purple, although I am color blind and can't see it unless it is very stark. Thanks for posting! Squid Angel blessed!

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      food monkey 

      7 years ago

      i grew up listening to my mom sing this!

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      7 years ago

      Ha Ha Ha. This lens had me laughing so much. I had completely forgotten about the Purple People Eater until I saw the link to this. Thanks for creating it. I remember my grandparents singing this song to me. Thanks again.

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      7 years ago

      awww....its wonderful..great to have you on squidoo

    • iWriteaLot profile image


      7 years ago

      Fun lens and purple is one of my favorite colors. I remember the Purple People Eater song, too! Great idea for a lens

    • RavenRunner profile image


      7 years ago

      Many people think that the purple people eater is in fact purple and he eats people. While it is true that he eats people, he only eats the purple kind of person. So anyone that is not purple should not be afraid of the cuddly little monster. Furthermore, I believe he is actually blue in color and not purple.

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens so much. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      I've LOVED the purple people eater snong since I was a Kid (I had a 45 of the song)

      I'm going to include this in the fetured lenses on Horifically everything Halloween lens (being as I have the songs listed on there)

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      7 years ago

      Neat and interesting lens fellow Squid! This PPE sure seems like a handful!

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      7 years ago

      Loved this lens, and it was funny as well. Gotta be honest, growing up I had nightmares about purple people eaters stalking my parents as they watched tv. It was a terrifying song! But now I am really.

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      Pete Schultz 

      7 years ago

      Ah, they heyday of the Viking, when the Purple People Eaters ruled the gridiron....well at least in Minnesota. Maybe their mistake has always been having two horns on their helmets.

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      7 years ago

      Such a fun song - and a great lens, to boot! Great work!

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      7 years ago

      The Minnesota Vikings were dubbed "the purple people eaters" in the 70's and 80's too. earned a 'thumbs up' from me on your lens.

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      7 years ago

      What an amusing lens, made my day tottally! I love the purple people eaters also as the squidoo theme I keep using :) Good one, thumbs up!

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      7 years ago

      This is absolutely wonderful!.....

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      Ellen Gregory 

      7 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very inventive and original lens. Great!

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      7 years ago

      What an incredibly fun page. I always wondered 'bout those popular purple people an' how they felt about being chased down by someone at dinner time. I cannot leave this page without telling you that one 'uh my favorite colors is purple. Alla' my other favorite colors have a penchant for hanging around in the rainbow, but once in a while they all come out to play. Thank you for a great deal of fun whilst I visited.

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      7 years ago

      Fun lens. Now I have the song in my head. Wonder how long it will stay?

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      7 years ago

      Thank you so much, this definitely put a smile on my face!

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      7 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I love that pic with the ipod!

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      7 years ago

      Ok, had my morning laugh, all the way through this! Way too much fun, ergo, enjoy a little Angel Dust for your efforts!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      9 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      This is absolutely wonderful! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      9 years ago

      This was spectaularly PURPLE!! It was great and explained every thing about purple people eaters! I was really a lot better then i thought and i'm really impresses!! I want to say the same thing as tandemonimom " 5 sparkly purple start!"

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      9 years ago from UK

      This lens would great with the new 'Purple People Eater' theme - go to to find out how...

      (how funny - the security word when posting this blurb was 'purplesquid').

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      9 years ago

      I loved this song when I was a kid! I remember listening to it on the 8 track in my dad's old Bronco. I'm going to feature this on my Passion for Purple lens. :)

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      9 years ago

      I actually always wondered if he ate purple people or was purple... modifiers. :)

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      9 years ago

      You're insanely funny. Loved this crazy lens. (I remember that song, btw..."retro radio channels"? LOL) I caught up with you on Twitter. Love your sense of humor.

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      9 years ago

      How could the purplelady not respond to this purple lens of yours. What fun. But I will not forgive you this afternoon when I am humming that obnoxious song in my head over and over. But once again the Quipping Queen has outquipped herself.

      5 Purple People Eaters are coming your way to hum in your head. Great fun lens.

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      kellywissink lm 

      9 years ago

      Welcome to the The Mother of All Song Lyrics Group- Kelly

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      9 years ago

      Ha, I'm old enough and purple enough to remember that one. And I admit that I did ponder as to whether the character was purple or the tasty people were purple. 5 Stars.

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      9 years ago from Chicago area

      very fun lens! 5*****

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      10 years ago

      Absolutely Purplicious!!! I also loved your "50 Ways to Retain a Healthy Level of Insanity"

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      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      Purple people unite for purple power! 5 sparkly purple stars!

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      10 years ago

      Gotta love it! I've featured this on my 'Monster Mash' lyrics lens.

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      gmarlett lm 

      10 years ago

      Welcome to the Squid-groovy Group!. Ou-ee, Ou-ah-ah, Ting Tang, Wallah, Wallaw, Bing, Bang!


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      10 years ago

      You Are Invited To Join My Group - Bring as many lenses as you like -



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