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Burl Ives - Singer, Actor, Star

Updated on January 24, 2015

Burl Ives - Singer, Actor, Star

Burl Ives, a 20th-century minstrel and balladeer who brought new life and popularity to some of America's oldest folk music with songs of children, history, animals, insects and loves won and lost, died of complications related to cancer in the mouth April 14, 1995 at his home in Anacortes, Wash.

Burl was amazing fellow. Did you know he was a Lone Scout (1915) before it merged with the Boys Scouts of America. A long time supporter of the Scouts, Burl Ives also narratored a 28-minute film about the 1977 National Jamboree. In the film, which was produced by the Boy Scouts of America, Ives "shows the many ways in which Scouting provides opportunities for young people to develop character and expand their horizons. (Wikipedia).

Burl has appeared in countless movies and TV programs over the years, but you might remember him for his voice as Frosty the Snowman (movie/cartoon) that so many of us grew up to love. It is still one of my favorite Christmas cartoons to watch each year.

But, for all of us old timers, we remember his music: Ives is known all over the world for his American Folk Music and Ballads about our country and the people who built it. I hope you will enjoy this tribute to Burl.

Singer - It Was Meant To Be

He recalled (in a 1990 interview in The Decatur Herald and Review) college President, Dr. Livingston Lord, looking at his grades and telling him, “‘I believe you have too restless a spirit to be an educator. You’d better look around a little.’ My clothes and things were in the fraternity house, but I didn’t want to bother with them. I just went down the road.”

A Contagious Smile


Link Along to Great Things


Sitting by the roadside on a summer's day

Chatting with my mess-mates, passing time away

Lying in the shadows underneath the trees

Goodness, how delicious, eating goober peas.

Peas, peas, peas, peas

Eating goober peas

Goodness, how delicious,

Eating goober peas.

When a horse-man passes, the soldiers have a rule

To cry out their loudest, "Mister, here's your mule!"

But another custom, enchanting-er than these

Is wearing out your grinders, eating goober peas.

Peas, peas, peas, peas

Eating goober peas

Goodness, how delicious,

Eating goober peas.

Just before the battle, the General hears a row

He says "The Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now."

He looks down the roadway, and what d'ya think he sees?

The Georgia Militia cracking goober peas.

Peas, peas, peas, peas

Eating goober peas

Goodness, how delicious,

Eating goober peas.

I think my song has lasted just about enough.

The subject is interesting, but the rhymes are mighty rough.

I wish the war was over, so free from rags and fleas

We'd kiss our wives and sweethearts, say good-bye to goober peas.

Peas, peas, peas, peas

Eating goober peas

Goodness, how delicious,

Eating goober peas.

Noah Found Grace - A Young Burl Ives

Burl Ives won an Academy Award in 1959 for his role in 'The Big Country'.

Burl Ives - Actor

Burl Ives - Actor
Burl Ives - Actor

Classic Movies


* Biography for Burl Ives

* All-Movie Guide: Burl Ives

* Burl Ives Biography -

* Great Character Actors

* Burl Ives

* Burl Ives - NNDB

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* Prisma - Burl Ives (german)

* Burl Ives (italian)


* Burl Ives

* Burl Ives - IBDB

* All-Movie Guide: Burl Ives

* Burl Ives -

* Burl Ives Film Biography - Time Out

* Burl Ives - Channel 4 Film

* - Burl Ives

* Burl Ives (french)

* kataweb cinema - Burl Ives (italian)

* Cine Players - Perfis - Burl Ives (portuguese)

Moments from Great Movies

* East of Eden (1955)

* Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Burl Ives continued

The Donut Song

Written by Burl Ives

Burl Ives - The Donut Song

cho: When you walk the streets you'll have no cares

If you walk the lines and not the squares

As you go through life make this your goal

Watch the donut, not the hole.

It's written on the rainbow, in letters made of gold

Written on the rainbow, there's wisdom to behold

My friend the little sparrow flew

Close enough to see

Written on a rainbow is this philosophy.

(Repeat verse)

Little angels wrote it, so folks on earth would know

(Repeat Chorus two times)

I'm off to jolly England where

Bulldogs all wear pants

Off to Pago Pago where alligators dance

My friend the little sparrow will

Take me where he flies

Even to the rainbow to read with my own eyes

(Chorus) (Repeat First Verse)

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    • delia-delia profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice tribute to Burl Ives...On my American side I am related to the Ives line that Burl Ives is from...My grandmother Georgianna Ives was from the clock-makers side of the family.

    • kerbev profile image


      9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      When I hear "Burl Ives", I hear him singing the Ugly Bug Ball.

    • kerbev profile image


      9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      When I hear "Burl Ives", I hear him singing the Ugly Bug Ball.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love the song "Eating Goober Peas" and did not realize that he wrote it. Great lens about Burl Ives. I enjoyed the Frosty the Snowman video,too!


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