Silly Songs From The Past
Who can say where they started? The Fifties? Forties? Novelty Songs have been around for years and have usually found a way to make us smile. They may be original in form, or a parody of a better known original song with phrases turned to create something new, something unique and funny.
Here are a few of those songs for your listening pleasure. Enjoy, and do not forget to let yourself go for a bit and just laugh. Lord knows we all need more laughter in our lives.
I can't stand cigarettes, cigars, or pipes but I do enjoy this little song. Tex Williams recorded it many years ago and it has been redone by more than a couple of artists over the years. This song tells of the "needs" of smokers and how they "just gotta have another cigarette".
I especially like the final verse where his lady makes him wait for another kiss because she has to have another smoke.
I was lookin' back to see
If you were lookin' back to see
If I was lookin' back to see
If you were lookin' back at me
Try saying that several times really fast! This is one of those catchy phrase songs that stick in your head (sorry but it's gonna be there for the rest of the day - or until you hear another song further down the list) and you have trouble getting it out. But it is a cute one and has a sentiment of being younger and dying to know if that special someone was watching as you walked away. Remember those happier, simpler times?
Jim Stafford, he of those timeless classics such as "Does Your Bulldog Drink Champagne?", "My Girl Bill", "Spiders and Snakes", and the ever popular "Sixteen Little Red Noses and A Horse That Sweats" had a hit with this little number. In the beginning of this video he explains when and by whom this song was written and the ostracism it received initially. With recent events in states such as California and Colorado perhaps it will see a revival.
Again, I do not personally condone this behavior, but the song is cute. I can just see those guys at the end of the song, watching as they drove away "we just smiled and waved...sittin' there on that sack of seed".
Which is your favorite Ray Stevens song?
In my eyes, Ray Stevens is the King of the Novelty Song. He has recorded such classics as "Ahab the Arab", "Gitarzan", "Shriner's Convention", "Santa Claus Is Watching You", "Mississippi Squirrel Revival"and even going so far as to star as a clucking chicken to a strange version of Glenn Miller's "In The Mood" which tickle your funny bones, and some serious songs such as "Everything Is Beautiful", "Turn Your Radio On" and "Misty".
But this song is the best, funniest, and probably most remembered Ray Stevens song of all time. Remember streaking? Remember all those people letting it "all hang out" at sporting venues and award shows?
Did you ever streak?
Behold Mac Davis. He of the quickest song writing wit in the business. I seem to remember him making up a song on the spot about pink turtles once on his TV show. He had some pretty good songs back in the day: "Lubbock, Texas In My Rearview Mirror", "Baby, Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me", and "In The Ghetto" for Elvis Presley but my hands down favorite of his was this little number. Written as a gentle jab at some celebrities who think their stuff don't stink, those egotistical (did I spell it right?) individuals who enjoy their own company a little too much it was nonetheless catchy and funny, and remains popular to this day.
Sheb Wooley (alias Ben Colter) may be the original Novelty Song artist. Hits (Really? Hits?) such as "Fifteen Beers Ago", "Big Sweet John" and "That's My Pa" were his forte' but this one put him on the map.
"Beep beep. Beep beep. His horn went beep beep beep"
How original and catchy. This song details a driver of a Cadillac on the highway having a little Nash Rambler pull up alongside of him. He speeds up to lose the Nash but cannot. Faster and faster he drives until he is running over 100 miles per hour and yet he cannot lose this Nash! Finally the Nash pulls alongside and asks how to get his car out of second gear!
Perhaps "Boy Named Sue" is better known, but this ditty is fun! I love the premise of working in Detroit and sneaking one piece a day out of the factory, building your own car at home!
Can you imagine what it would look like? Would you drive it down the street? Better yet, can you imagine loaning it to your son to go to his girl friend's house for Prom? Priceless!!
Little Jimmy Dickens. What a character he has been. I love this song and the way the singer deals with things during the verses, especially the verse about the police officer at the end. I always changed the words just a bit to "May your wife be plagued with boogers in her nose" when I was younger.
Sigh. You can't take me anywhere.
I have saved perhaps the best (and most risqué') song for last. Oh what a timeless classic this is! It tells the tale of a little boy and the gift his Grandmother gave him and all the places he holds on dearly to it throughout his youth. Silver bells on a string makes such beautiful music, don't you think?
What were you thinking of?