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Little Mama San

Updated on February 11, 2011

In Vietnam I had a friend named Bill Buckley. He wrote a verse of a song that went with with the tune of Hank Snow's "Movin' On".

Bill found a guitar somewhere. It was missing strings. Strings were very improbable to get. The guitar was probably left at the Rock Pile as it couldn't be taken on hikes.The Rockpile was a small fire-base between Khe Sahn and Quang Tri (Quang Tri, Cam Lo, Dong Ha Mountain, Cam Lo Bridge or the "Wash-out", Rockpile, Vandergrift or LZ Stud, Khe Sahn).

I suppose that a lot of folks found the guitar without strings. Without strings, it may as well be left behind. Bill found some radio wire. For some of the strings, Bill twisted a couple or several radio wires together to get a sufficient sound. Bill could play a terrible guitar pretty well.

I remember the movie "Good Morning Vietnam". The Vietnamese ladies seem to be one lady. But so pretty.

You might listen to Hank Snow's "Movin' On" to catch the tune that rambles through Micky Dee's head.

When I read the poem, as I finished it, I hear Hank's band.

This is in memory of Bill Buckley from upstate New York.

Hope you're well Bill.

God bless!

Enjoy!


Bill wrote the first verse:

Hank Snow - Movin' On 1967

Little Mama San

Little mama san coming down the track.

Doing the boogie woogie up and down a doggy’s back.

She’s movin’ on.

She’ll soon be gone.

Well I held my nose,

When I buried her clothes.

She’s movin’ on!



I first saw her,

On the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

She was shakin’ a leg,

And shakin’ her tail,

She was movin' on.

She was rollin’ on.

That little mama,

In her black pajamas,

She was movin on.



She hid behind,

A big banana tree,

She cursed me twice,

Then took a shot at me.

Then she was movin’ on.

She was Viet Cong.

She was a little wood nymph,

She was smoking hemp,

And she was movin’ on!



I can hump like a chump,

Over any speed bump,

And that big Rock Pile,

Was just another little lump.

But she’ll show you how,

To deedee mao!

She chews betel nut,

But has a cute little butt,

She’s movin’ on!



As time flew by,

She caught my eye.

Now she’s the apple pie,

Of my honky round eye.

She sure looks nice.

Could have killed me twice.

You know, I think I’m gone,

For a Viet Cong,

And she’s movin’ on.



I thought I saw her,

At the DMZ,

And a few days later,

In the South China Sea.

She was in Long Binh

Then Phnom Penh!

I saw her in Saigon,

Black pajamas on,

She was movin on!



I chased her,

Then she chased me.

And I let her catch me,

Around old Quang Tri.

She said, “You’re dinky dao,

You’d better deedee mao!”

She said,”I think you’re cute,

But don’t think I won’t shoot!”

And I was movin’ on!



She was chasing me,

Through all of Quang Tri,

She ran me through Cam Lo,

On a water-buffalo.

I was movin’ on.

I had to git gone.

Two rights ain’t a wrong,

It’s a tired old song,

I’m movin’ on!



Over Mutters Ridge.

She had an axe to grind,

Across a pontoon bridge,

Up and down Highway 9.

I’m moving on.

Don’t need a “carry-on”,

No hangers-on,

No more goings-on,

We’re movin’ on!



Little mama san,

Coming down the tracks,

Doing the boogie woogie,

Up and down this jarhead’s back.

She’s my mama san.

I’m her papa san.

We have a hooch to smooch,

We have a house in Laos.

We’re movin’ on!


That mama san is sweet,

                                       I love her sweet bare feet,



And we’re movin on’.



Mama san and me,

                               And baby san makes three



We’re movin’ on!

                              Here we go!

                                                      Yeehaw!



~Micky Dee~


Hank Snow - I've Been Everywhere

"Hank" Snow was born Clarence Eugene Snow on May 9, 1914 in Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada. Hank Snow was an American country music artist and charted more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. He died December 20, 1999. Hank number 1 hits include "I'm Moving On", "The Golden Rocket", "I Don't Hurt Anymore", "Let Me Go, Lover!", "I've Been Everywhere", and "Hello Love" as well as other top ten hits. He is a member of both the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and the Music Hall of Fame.

He ran away from home at twelve years of age to escape a brutal stepfather. At 12 he joined a fishing boat as a cabin boy. He ordered his first guitar from an Eaton's department store catalog for $5.95 when he was 14. Hank Snow played his first show in a church basement in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia at age 16. He sang in local clubs and bars in nearby Halifax. He married Minnie Blanche Aalders in 1935 and they had one son, Rev. Jimmy Rodgers Snow.


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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Thank you Scarface!

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      Scarface1300 6 years ago

      Thanks for you're work. I loved it.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Hi Hummingbird. You're right. W're all the same. God bless you dear one.

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      Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

      Your hubs about Vietnam bring the people there to life. Because of the war many only have negative opinions about the Vietnamese completely forgetting that we are all made of the same stuff.

      I like your choice of music too. I remember my parents listening to these songs.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      God bless you pmccray. Be safe and well dear.

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      Excellent hub my friend. Now "I'm movin' on" Good riding bro.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Thank you Micky Dee for sharing! Much love!!!

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      Little Kim 6 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      Thanks Micky Dee. It's great being mixed. 2 cultures to take from. Korean food is great. Bought some kimchi yesterday. Yum! that and some rice and dried sea weed.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      That's funny Little Kim! Half, whole - you ladies are beautiful! God bless you dear!

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      Little Kim 6 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      Love this hub! I call my friend at work Yankee round eye as a joke because I am half Asian. He laughs everytime.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      God bless you Epi. You're a mess! A beautiful mess!

      Yo Rossi! I love you bud!

      God bless you mysterylady. Thank you dear!

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      mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

      You told an interesting story - with humor - and had me hearing Hank Snow's "Movin' On" the entire time I was reading it. Thanks!

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 6 years ago from Biafra

      Oh Brother! this is so lovely.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      .....well Sir Micky of Dee you can put together a hub like no one else in the history of the entire world - except of course - the last one you did - and the one before that - and the one before that!!!!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      That Hank Snow was pretty tough. I can't begin to think about remembering those lines. God bless Wes!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 6 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Very Cool!!! Lots of folks don't know about Hank Snow, thanks for bringing him back to mind!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Yo attemptedhumour! That was a world involved war. Too many Diggers and the rest involved. God bless you brother.

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi Micky that song really demonstrates how sad it is that the world has to fall into conflict. Hank Snow's rendition of I've been everywhere is a masterful vocal performance. great hub. Cheers from Oz where many Diggers joined the Vietnam conflict.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      God bless you Doug. You have to watch all the players- especially when you're on the visiting team.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      I don't know what the VC mama san was saying, but it sounded like fun (and hilarious). Hopefully she didn't put too much shrapnel in your backside.

      Ride on, Micky Dee.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      I've heard much about Vietnam from my cousin who was there and my husband who was there twice. Great visuals though for someone who hasn't been there and just left my heart there many times over - for our men and women and for the people of Vietnam. Great tribute to your friend too Micky.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Hey Katie dear! I'm so glad you liked this. God bless you Katie! Love and peace!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I love the Freddy Fud Puckers of the world. The first time I heard about Freddy Fud Pucker must have been at the motorcycle shop I worked at. Ed Salley had a big repertoire of racing colloquialisms. I like your inability for linear thought. I think you have a gift! I want to be more like you when I grow up! God bless you brother vet Dusty! I love you man!

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Micky, I'm so honored to read this beautiful recollection of such a profound moment in time. How much that guitar must have meant to Bill and it him and them others. Thanks for bringing this time capsul to us, it's a treasure and I appreciate reading about it! Love and Peace :) Katie

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      50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

      Mic' need to hunt Freddy Fud Pucker down, he's a dimwit with scrambled brains and the sorry SOB has lost his ability of linear thought, he leaves inconsolably to many words and going one like that leaving multiple questions that bare an answer brings him are you ok? he replies a resounding "No" sorry. In real life a Bro would have followed up if he thought there existed a problem, but old Freddy is an asshole it seems and without word he was condemned a smart ass, I think he was a dumb ass myself for bothering to read and reply to that hub in the first place, Know what I mean? I bet he takes his lesson and departs from readership at that place at all. Do frogs burp? or just fart under water? Can you cook a turtle in its own shell or do you have to kill another and use it's shell? Why do we drive on parkways and park in driveways? If you fart in a deep divers suit as the methane rises and you breath it in do you get fart bubbles in your blood stream? you know it's all true, eh? That's my nonsense for a messed up Monday,Peace and Love, Brotherman, dusty

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Hey Wayne! Bill Buckley popped that tune out like he lived it. That was so cool. I hope he has his own band.

      Thank you dear shygirl. I'd better get over your way. God bless you!

      Hey Hokey bud! I have to check you out. It's been a while. I know you have something good!

      I bet 50 could cure my ills and even give me more! I love you guys! God bless!

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      DavePrice 6 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Awesome Mick, one of your best. hope you got the pain managed, probably could get 50 to help you with that. Peace brother - love ya man.

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      Hokey 6 years ago from In the energy.

      That was awesome! I love Hank Snow and your version although funny really makes me think. Thanks Mickey.

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      shygirl2 6 years ago

      Great hub and tribute with poem and song to a friend. : )

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      How many times do you sing that one in a year while chasing Cong, Mick. Sooner or later, you know it by heart! WB

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Yo Saddlerider! You know Hank Snow! There have so many gifts of entertainment from Canada! Thank you folks for contributing so much! God bless Saddlerider!

      Hey dear Peggy! God bless you! It comes and goes from the head to legs but I have it better than most maybe. Thank you dear! You can warm a heart up on a cold day. God bless you Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hope your pain is abated...better yet...GONE. Hate to think of you suffering with any kind of pain.

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      Very well done Micky and thanks to Bill Buckley and Vietnam he was able to have a sense of humor and talent for making a cheap guitar twang.

      Your wonderful ramblings to the tune of a good ole Canadian boy, Hank Snow was marvelous. I sang your words to the tune of Moving On...

      I use to listen to Hank Snow so much as a boy, my mother would play his records over and over, she loved him to. He had a very unique twangy voice and moving songs. Bravo, really enjoyed the read.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      God bless you Lis!

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      liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

      It's awesome to have those kind of memories of a special friend. As usual, excellent read, Micky:)

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      God bless you drbj!

      Thank you dear charmgirl.

      Daski, you sure can warm a heart. God bless!

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Hello Micky, is their some truth in your poem it's a perfetly written charming even intising hub and an awesome thougt to remember your friend. I would never miss any of your hubs, you are the best...tate up love & peace darski

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      charmgirl 6 years ago

      Thanks for the lovely story and the music.We all have to move on sooner or later even if it causes pain bu8t that's life I guess. God Bless.

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Little Mama San is beatiful, Micky, thanks for taking the time to share her with all of us.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      You all are so wonderful! Thank you all so much. Each one of you is dear to me. I do appreciate how you have responded to "Little Mama San". I have to manage some pain right now but thank you all. God bless each of you!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Micky, I love this. I remember Hank Snow. Your poetry is just wonderful. I could see the Mama San in her black PJ'S. You tell a serious story so well, yet, you make it funny. Thank you for sharing a part of your life while in Nam. I hope your friend Bill is well. Your story made me think about the old cliche, 'One man's trash is another man's gold' I know finding that guitar was like finding gold for Bill. Take care my friend.

      Love and Peace.

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Good hub brother, hope you're doin' well. Peace!! Tom and Justin

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wherever there are men and women, despite their differences, there will be love. Love this reminiscent, evocative, earthy and realistic piece, Micky Dee. Peace and love

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I was not familiar with that first song but enjoyed hearing "I've been everywhere" again. Amazing he doesn't get some of those towns, cities and states mixed up as he rattles them off so quickly!

      Little Mama San...your words were so evocative of the danger and some fleeting comforts grabbed by people during wartime. The "Baby San's" left behind...a wartime tragedy...especially for them and how most of them were shunned and forced to live. Not really wanted by the Americans or Vietnamese...

      Hope this hub reaches your good buddy "Bill (who) could play a terrible guitar pretty well." That was about how I played my $23 guitar purchased in Mexico many years ago. Haha!

      Buttons up!

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      A wonderful post and a fine tribute to your friend. Your hubs reflect the kindness in your heart. Hugs to you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      The lyrics are great and I loved the hub. Voted/rated up.

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      Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Glad Bill's lyrics stayed in your head for 40 years, Micky, and that you wrote the rest of the story...puts an interesting spin on collaboration. Thanks for the intro to Hank Snow. Back in those years my only musical interests were folk and rock...missed anything to do with country completely.

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      My brotherman - don't want to delay your ride but just gotta say this is awesome anhd I tap danced all over the buttons, bro! Its a truly beautiful Hub and I hope your buddy Bill finds it.

      Love the Fud Pucker too!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      A poetic trist with mama san,now it's time to be movin on,a rhyming treat Micky!;)

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Wow! I was moving out the door on my bicycle but I saw these words of lov and I just melted. Thank you dear Eiddwen. I have a little something in my eye. God bless you dear Eiddwen!

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      TO MICKY DEE

      Many moons ago

      I wrote my first hub

      You said it's so good

      Happily my hands together I did rub!!

      Then once more the sun shone

      But don't you be moving on!!!!

      Then one day I felt sad

      And the day was so dull!!

      But you made me laugh

      And made my heart full!!

      Then once more the sun shone

      But don't you be moving on!!

      Then today I felt great

      And laughed so happily

      There is no need to fret

      from now on I'm worry free.

      Because the sun always shone

      And together we all moved on.

      Thank you for being a great friend Micky.

      take care,

      Eiddwen.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Howdy Vietnam Vet brotherman! Marble Mountain was one of her hide-outs. God bless you Vietnam brotherman!

      Hey there pretty Bobbi! I love you and that Viet Vet guy! God bless y'all!

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      A very nice tribute to memories of an old friend and things that happened in your life. I love reading things about the memories of those times in a persons life. Great reading, I enjoyed this very much.

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      Beautiful write Brother Man,I can see you chasing Mama San over Marble Mountain

      God Bless Micky

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Hi dear creativeone! I'll come get a word from you. God bless Faye.

      Hey there MartieCoetser. We can't leave the friends. God bless you dear one.

      Yo! We need SomewayOuttaHere! absolutely! Be well brotherman!

      A.A. Zavala- thank you for dropping by. That Hank Snow is tough!

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Love the music and insight into the war. Thank you for sharing.

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      SomewayOuttaHere 6 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

      ...excellent!....vietnam...hmmmmmm......i'll have to read some of your other work MD....i'm movin' on......

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      I love the music, and the lyrics. We just can't forget old friends. Have a nice day, Micky. You are special!

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      benny Faye Douglass 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Micky, for a great hub, keep on working it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Mr. Happy! It is so good to see you have a good time! Yes sir! I'm amazed that he can rattle all that off like so. Great stuff!

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Awesome! So much to say right now.

      I never heard these guys before. I am not even sure what this would be classified as ... country music? The closest to this in anything I have heard would be Janis Joplin but she was singin' the blues and this is not blues I don't think.

      The "Moving On" song made me want to fast-forward the time to summer (now I'm thinking of Janis' "Summertime") so I can go on a road-trip. This song would be great on a sweet summer day with my sun-roof open and the windows down ...

      And he's Canadian too, shows that I have much to learn.

      On the second song, at 0:51 the man went bananas lol Awesome! Very good. Thank you for sharing!

      PS After listening to the second song, forget the Janis Joplin comment, if it fit the first song a little it certainly does not do so for the second one.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      God bless you dear nephew! You know I want to be just like you when I grow up. God bless you Prasetio!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is so beautiful, a nice tribute for your friend, Bill. Thanks for taking us a great tour to Vitnam. I really enjoy read this poem. You still the king of poem, my uncle. Your presentation always stunning. Vote up and God bless you.

      Your nephew, Prasetio

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Man I haven't heard from Freddy Fud Pucker since I was Freddy Fud Pucker. But I spelled it Fuddpucker. And be careful saying that. A friend who passed away a decade ago would call me using that name and I would do the same. Now some other friends are using that. So- I'm thinking I know who this is without asking and we've never used the term between us. Congrats on the burp!

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      Freddy Fud Pucker 6 years ago

      Excellent guess I'll hang my hat here instead of the crp house it's at now! I just cut a 29 second butt burp, 2 more seconds I'll get in the Guinness book of records, peace, the revers two leters and you got it right!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Hi Will Starr. Most of the lyrics are mine. All I can remember Bill doing was the first one up there. But that really rocked. I was amazed. It stuck with me for 40 years. God bless!

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Wonderful Hub and great memories!

      And many thanks to Bill Buckley for the Vietnam lyrics.

      Up and awesome!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Yo Pan! You got here really quick. I don't see how he does that so fast. I haven't seen commercials in a long time. I'm out of that loop. God bless Pan!

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      April 6 years ago from Columbus,Ga

      enjoyed your hub, I did not know he sang that song" I been everywhere", I'm so use to that song being on TV commercial.