The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #89009   Message #1675832
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
22-Feb-06 - 10:02 AM
Thread Name: Your First song
Subject: RE: Your First song
Fifty-five years or so ago, when I was attending the University of Minnesota, I worked summers in a canning factory. (I couldn't eat creamed corn for MANY years thereafter, for memories of ground-up corn borers!)

One day I found the following immortal quatrain scrawled on the men's room wall at the factory:

I knew a little girl, and she wore red shoes
She smoked my cigarettes, and she drank all my booze
She didn't have a cherry, but that's no sin
For she still had the box that the cherry came in!


Sez I to myself, "There's a song there somewhere!"

So this is my first song:

I knew a little girl, and she wore red shoes
She smoked my cigarettes, and she drank all my booze
She didn't have a cherry, but that's no sin
For she still had the box that the cherry came in!

Howdy dowdy, dill di day
Howdy dowdy, dill di day
She didn't have a cherry, but that's no sin
For she still had the box that the cherry came in!

She swore and drank, and went to the bad
Till no more money was what she had!
She couldn't pay the rent, but the landlord took her in
For the sake of the box that the cherry came in!

Howdy, dowdy, dill di day
Howdy dowdy, dill di day
She couldn't pay the rent, but the landlord took her in
For the sake of the box that the cherry came in!

Now girls, if you'll listen, the moral I'll tell
If in this world you'd get along well
You can throw away the cherry, but if you want to win
Keep hold of the box that the cherry came in!

Howdy dowdy, dill di day
Howdy dowdy, dill di day
You can throw away the cherry, but if you want to win
Keep hold of the box that the cherry came in!


I can't post the tune, but it was mine, not adopted from something else. Nice little song, which I still sing occasionally, but even in this day of greater permissiveness I don't find too many audiences to whom I can sing it. And it's too durn short!

Dave Oesterreich