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Songs about Fruit n veg

Forsh 31 Jan 08 - 05:57 PM
Melissa 31 Jan 08 - 06:09 PM
Jack Campin 31 Jan 08 - 06:23 PM
Melissa 31 Jan 08 - 06:25 PM
Stringsinger 31 Jan 08 - 06:39 PM
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Leadfingers 31 Jan 08 - 06:51 PM
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Anglo 31 Jan 08 - 07:27 PM
bobad 31 Jan 08 - 07:36 PM
McGrath of Harlow 31 Jan 08 - 07:42 PM
Melissa 31 Jan 08 - 07:50 PM
bobad 31 Jan 08 - 07:53 PM
Kent Davis 31 Jan 08 - 09:41 PM
Nancy King 31 Jan 08 - 10:08 PM
topical tom 31 Jan 08 - 11:24 PM
topical tom 31 Jan 08 - 11:41 PM
peregrina 01 Feb 08 - 02:37 AM
peregrina 01 Feb 08 - 02:38 AM
melodeonboy 01 Feb 08 - 02:58 AM
Jim Carroll 01 Feb 08 - 03:30 AM
Sugwash 01 Feb 08 - 03:35 AM
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Subject: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Forsh
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 05:57 PM

Has anyone got any sugestions for (folk) songs about fruit, veg, growing stuff, farming the land, cooking even.. FOOD based, please, no dope growing songs!
Any MP3s even better!
Ta


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Melissa
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 06:09 PM

The YumYum Tree
Music, Sex and Cookies

The Beach Boys did a song that I think was some sort of campaign for a Vegetable Council (or something similar) I think it's maybe called "Vegetables"

I heard a song quite a while back called "The Corn Will Still Grow" which was about an old farmer.."don't worry farmer and don't shed a tear, the corn will still grow when you're gone"

On the other hand, surely these wouldn't be considered Folk.
However, they ARE the ones I thought of.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Jack Campin
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 06:23 PM

The Banana Boat Song

Any number of street cries (I have the Edinburgh ones, London ones are easy to find).

Bile Them Cabbage Down

Tatties and Herrin

Lots of fiddle tunes with "apple" in the title

I Gave My Love a Cherry

The Praties They Grow Small

Bulbes (Yiddish, "Potatoes")

The Old Maid in the Garret ("...if I can't get a man, I'll have to use a carrot")


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Melissa
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 06:25 PM

Too Pooped to Pop


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Stringsinger
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 06:39 PM

BarnYard Song by Bogan, Armstrong and (?) I've forgotten one of the names.

It's a good one:

Late last night in the broad daylight all the vegetables gave a spree.
They held out a sign saying "dance at nine" and
All the admission was free.
There were peas and beans, cabbages and greens,
The biggest crowd you ever seen.
And when Old Man Cucumber struck up his number,
You oughta' hear the vegetables scream.

The little turnip top did the backwards flop,
The cabbage did the shimmy and she did not stop.
The little red beet shook his feet and
Watermelon died with a cockeyed heave.
Little termatter, that agitator,
She shook the shimmy with the sweet potater,
And Old Man Garlic dropped dead of the colic,
Down at the Barnyard Dance, this mornin'
Down at the Barnyard Dance, I seen 'em
Down at the Barnyard Dance

Frank


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 06:50 PM

Oats Peas Beans and Barley grow.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Leadfingers
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 06:51 PM

Does cider count ??


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Subject: Lyr Add: VEGITALES
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 07:01 PM

FROM - VEGITALES
http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/vegitales/

[Ahem] And now it's time for love songs with Mr. Lunt
The part of the show where Mr. Lunt comes out
And sings a love song

He said to her "I'd like a cheeseburger,
And I might like a milkshake as well."
She said to him "I can't give you either"
And he said "isn't this Burger Bell?"
She said "yes it is but we're closed now
But we open tomorrow at ten"
He said "I am extremely hungry
But I guess I can wait until then"

[Chorus]

'Cuz you're his cheeseburger
His yummy cheeseburger
He'll wait for you-ou
Yeah, he'll wait for you-ou
Oh, you are his cheeseburger,
His tasty cheeseburger
He'll wait for you-ou
Oh he will wait for you

He stayed at the drive-through till sunrise
He may have dozed off once or twice
When he spotted a billboard for Denny's
Bacon and eggs for half price
How could he resist such an offer?
He really needed something to munch
Cheeseburger please do not get angry
He'll eat and be back here for lunch.

[Chorus]

'Cuz you're his cheeseburger
His precious cheeseburger
Be back for you-ou
He'll be back for you-ou
Won't be so long cheeseburger
Oh lovely cheeseburger
Be back for you-ou
Oh he'll be back for you

'Cuz he loves you cheeseburger
With all his heart
And there ain't nothin'
Gonna tear you two-o apart
And if the world suddenly
Ran out of cheese
He would get down on his
Hands and knees
To see if someone accidentally
Dropped some cheese in the dirt
He would wash it off for you
Wipe it off for you
Clean that dirty cheese off
Just for you

You are his cheeseburger

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Anglo
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 07:27 PM

I'll admit that I've always loved Squalor.

It's all because she didn't eat her vegetables.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: bobad
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 07:36 PM

Call Any Vegetable
Frank Zappa

(Cheesey, Cheesey)
(This is a song about vegetables, they keep ya regular
They're real good for yo)

Call any vegetable Call it by name
Call one today When you get off the train
Call any vegetable And the chances are good
Aw, The vegetable will respond to you

(Some people don't go for prunes...I
don't know, I've always found that if they...)
Call any vegetable Pick up your phone
Think of a vegetable Lonely at home
Call any vegetable And the chances are good
That a vegetable will *respond* to you

Rutabaga, Rutabaga,
Rutabaga, Rutabaga,
Rutabay-y-y-y...

(A prune isn't really a vegetable...
CABBAGE is a vegetable...)

No one will know
If you don't want to let them know
No one will know
'Less it's you that might tell them so
Call and they'll come to you
Covered with dew
Vegetables dream, Of responding to you

Standing there shiny and proud by your side
Holding your hand while the neighbors decide
Why is a vegetable something to hide


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 07:42 PM

If It Wasn't for the 'Ouses in Between:
"If you saw my little backyard, "Wot a pretty spot!" you'd cry,
It's a picture on a sunny summer day;
Wiv the turnip tops and cabbages wot peoples doesn't buy
I makes it on a Sunday look all gay.


Yes have no Bananas

I've got a luverly bunch of coconuts


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Melissa
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 07:50 PM

Arlo Guthrie's "Me and My Goose" is kind of about eating..
Junk Food Junkie
Butter Beans
Take an Old Cold Tater

Pass the Other Udder


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: FARMER'S SONG (Murray McLauchlan)
From: bobad
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 07:53 PM

FARMER'S SONG
Murray McLauchlan

A          A6         A            A6
Dusty old farmer out working your fields
       A          A6            E    E/F#
Hanging down over your tractor wheels
    E            E/F#          E            E/F#
The sun beatin' down turns the red paint to orange
    E         E/F#       A    A6
And rusty old patches of steel
       A                A6          A       A6
There's no farmer songs on that car radio
      A               A6         D
Just cowboys, truck drivers and pain
                Bm          A             F#m
Well this is my way to say thanks for the meal
       A                E          A      A6
And I hope there's no shortage of rain


                A             A6         A       A6   
Chorus                Straw hats and old dirty hankies
=======          A       A6          E    E/F#
                Moppin' a face like a shoe
                 E            E/F#          E            E/F#
                Thanks for the meal; here's a song that is real
                      E            E/F#    A    A6
                From a kid from the city to you

Repeat chorus


The combines gang up, take most of the bread
Things just ain't like they used to be
Though your kids are out after the American dream
And they're workin' in big factories
If I come on by when you're out in the sun
Can I wave at you just like a friend
These days when everyone's taking so much
There's somebody giving back in


Repeat chorus


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Kent Davis
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 09:41 PM

How about "Big Rock Candy Mountain"? Sugar is sort of a vegetable, isn't it?
On a healthier note, there are "The Cherry Tree" (Child #54), "Lemon Tree", and "Goober Peas".
The lyrics are in the Digital Tradition.
Kent


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Nancy King
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 10:08 PM

Heard this one from a friend of mine; don't know who wrote it --

VEGETABLE LOVE

Don't you carrot all for me? My heart beets for you.
Please tell me you love me. Don't snap my heart in two.
Don't turnip your nose at me, or squash my loving lines --
Like a little sweet tomato, you're growing on my vine.

   Your love's like the sun above, shining on my garden of love.
   Love me long and love me true. I'd like to share my garden with you.

Don't think I'm a pumpkin head, corny as it may sound.
Though I get radish in the face, I like having you around.
Watercress you every night, endive more to say:
Tell me when we cantelope. Lettuce name the day.

CHO

Watermelon colly feeling, when I'm nut with you.
Olive for the time when I can spinach night with you.
Apple eve we'd make a lovely pear, my dear, it's true.
We don't need mushroom to love, so love me, honeydew.

CHO


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: topical tom
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 11:24 PM

Tom Paxton's "The Pizza That Ate Chicago"?

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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: topical tom
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 11:41 PM

Sorry.Here's the tricky clicky


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: peregrina
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 02:37 AM

Ralph McTell, Peppers and Tomatoes


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: peregrina
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 02:38 AM

Stan Graham, The Olive and the Vine


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: melodeonboy
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 02:58 AM

"I'm going to bring a watermelon to my girl tonight" by the Bonzo Dog Band.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 03:30 AM

Dowie Dens of Marrow,
Turnip Hero
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Sugwash
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 03:35 AM

Ivor Biggun's 'Cucumber Number'


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: PeadarOfPortsmouth
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 12:24 PM

Little Bit of Cucumber.

Chorus:
I like pickled onions, I like piccalilli,
Pickled cabbage is all right
with a bit of cold meat on a Sunday night,
I can go tomatoes, but what I do prefer
Is a little bit of cucum, cucum, cucum,
a little bit of cucumber.

Peter


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 02:17 PM

Inch by Inch Dave Mallet
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off (You say tomato/I say tomato)
Lemon Tree
The Yucky Bug Song


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,the button (on somebody else's pooter)
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 03:00 PM

Greenland Kale Fisheries
Tam Lin(ganberry)


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 03:47 PM

Cherry Ripe, Strawberry Fair, the Prune song, Mike Sparks' Potatoes have feelings (not just eyes and peelings), Watercress o (tuppence a basket), poor frozen out gardeners...

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Forsh
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 04:30 PM

Thanks everyone! Now I am feelin' hungry!
I will have fun looking this lot up!
Forsh


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Bobert
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 04:46 PM

I've got two that come to mind...one silly and one not so silly:

The silly one is "Peaches" ("movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches") by, yes, "The Presidents of the United States"... Good song, but silly...

The other is Stephen Stills song "Johnny's Garden" off the 1st "Manassas" LP... Real nice song...

Hope they help...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 04:58 PM

Yes! We have no bananas!

The theme tune from "Watch out! Beadle's a sprout"


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Melissa
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 05:15 PM

Beans in your ears


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Leadfingers
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 05:23 PM

Most of Adge Cutlers stuff is cider orientated , apart from the Trevor Crozier stuff he rewrote from Dorset to Somerset !


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Melissa
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 06:14 PM

My Wife Left Town with a Banana


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,wordy
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 07:02 PM

THE VEGGIE SONG


Times are hard, times are tough
It's time for change, we've had enough
Let me say, there's a way,
To improve your every day
It's a simple recipe,
It suits the way I like to be
You know life can be so sweet,
When you don't eat meat.

Please don't cut that throat for me,
I'll eat mushroom fricassee
Wheat and corn, you ain't born,
Till you've tried some home fried quorn
Steamed or stuffed, creamed or puffed
Glazed or braised, ain't that enough
Veg can be a treat…when you don't eat meat.


Mister butcher, spare that lamb,
Please don't turn that pig to ham
We can solve all farming's ills,
If we stick to pasta quills

There's no need for blood and murder,
Just chomp on this nice bean burger
And here's a baby beet…don't eat meat.

Boil that rice, oh that's nice,
Pancakes you could just eat twice
An aubergine, a butter bean,
Something green, I feel so clean
Mangoes, apples, melons, limes,
Add the good fruit of the vines
It's all great to eat…..bin the meat

Let's let lambs baa and bleat,
Don't mince up that udder teat
Cows and calves don't eat meat,
So why do we, let me repeat
There's a simple remedy,
So why don't you join with me
And life could be so neat
Don't eat meat.

Harvey Andrews


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: open mike
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 07:05 PM

i think we have discussed food songs here before..did you look in the search feature?
Home Grown Tomatoes by Guy and Susanna Clark
Harvest Time by Stephanie Davis
Potatoe by Cheryl Wheeler
Out in the Country by Greg Brown
and he has several others too:
Walking the beans, and Canned Goods.
there is a recipe song by Lou an Peter Berryman
Rosalie Sorrells has a song If you love me, plant a tree for me.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: open mike
Date: 01 Feb 08 - 07:39 PM

yes, put food in the search box and you will find everything from
asparagus to zucchini!


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 02:37 AM

Beans, Bacon and Gravy
Don't be cruel to a vegetabule
Numerous broadsides on the potato

Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: cptsnapper
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 02:40 AM

The Riddle Song ( I Gave My Love A Cherry etc. ): Boiled Beef And Carrots: Don't Slay That Potato by Tom Paxton: Chicken Cordon Blues by Steve Goodman, P. Ballan & T. Mandel


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: open mike
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 04:02 PM

there is a great kids song about a watermelon
where they all get to make a juicy slurping sound
in the chorus....fun!


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Snuffy
Date: 02 Feb 08 - 07:18 PM

Wheezy Anna, wheezy Anna, down where the watermelons grow (And they've all got pips in)


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,Jacqued
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 03:10 PM

HARD CHEESE OF OLD ENGLAND
(A Traditional English Food Song Pre-dating Lymeswold -Les Barker)

There's Cheddar and Cheshire and Lancashire too,
Leicester's bright orange and Stilton is blue.
It waxes so lyrical what can you do –

Oh the hard cheese of Old England,
In Old England very hard cheese.


Derby's got green bits because of the sage,
And when it gets older it's kept in its cage.
And what does it hum when it reaches this age –

Chorus

The double Gloucester is twicest as nice,
They say double Gloucester there I've said it twice.
It's nice in potatoes but nicest in mice,

Chorus

Those damn foreigners aren't worth a mention,
Old Gorgonzola's renowned for its stenchen.
His brother Emil wrote novels in French en –

Chorus

There's Swaledale and Wendslydale, Rutland to add,
Shropshire and Cornish you may not have had.
It's not bad on salads this ballad's not sad –

Chorus

My young love said to me my mother won't mind,
And my father once liked you for your lack of rind.
No cheese greater love for his food than mankind.

Chorus
11/


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Snuffy
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 06:50 PM

They say double Gloucester is twicest as nice ...

Those Edam foreigners aren't worth a mention ...

And my father won't slight you for your lack of rind ...


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: The Walrus
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 07:14 PM

My Meatless Day

"...I'm thin and pale, all I've had today
Is five pound of 'taters, that I had to thieve,
A vergitable marrow as long as my sleeve,
A jar of pickled onions (you can tell it when I breathe)
'cops it's my meatless day..."

W


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 07:23 PM

In the DT, including a midi:

GARDEN SONG
(Dave Mallett)

Inch by inch, row by row,
Gonna make this garden grow,
All it takes is a rake and a hoe,
And a piece of fertile ground.

Inch by inch, row by row,
Someone bless these seeds I sow,
Someone warm them from below,
'Till the rain comes tumblin' down.

Pullin' weeds and pickin' stones,
Man is made of dreams and bones,
Feel the need to grow my own,
'Cause the time is close at hand.

Grain for grain, sun and rain,
Find my way in Nature's chain,
Tune my body and my brain
To the music from the land.

Plant your rows straight and long,
Temper them with prayer and song,
Mother Earth will make you strong
If you give her loving care.

An old crow watching hungrily
From his perch in yonder tree,
In my garden I'm as free
As that feathered thief up there.

Copyright David Mallett

Also "Have a banana" by Matt McGinn, to the tune of Hava Nagila


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 07:24 PM

There's a song with a (no pun intended) salsa-ish feel to it called Pineapples, Bananas, and Mangoes which I can hear in my head but can't remember any more of.   It was on the radio when I was a kid, and had mariachis and a lot of Latin percussion in it.

There's also a song from the Kurt Weill & Maxwell Anderson musical drama Lost In The Stars called "Who'll Buy" (completely different from the one in Oliver) that starts out "Who'll buy my juicy rutabagas, who'll buy my yellow corn? Who'll buy my ginger and my pepper and tomatoes... (can't really remember, but the next line has GOT to end in "potatoes"). It's meant to be suggestive - you can really hear someone like Etta James singing it.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Snuffy
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 07:40 PM

Bonnie, Do you mean the one from the 50s (samba/rumba?) that went:

Mango, papaya,
Chestnuts from the fire
In my house of straw
There is so much more
......
Eat up and drink up
And maybe we'll think up
The day when we say
Preacher man, OK!

Can't remember the middle bit, nor who sang it, I'm afraid


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 03 Feb 08 - 08:20 PM

No - it's more repetitious, along the lines of

I like pineAPPles, baNANas and MANgoes,
Pineapples, bananas and mangoes...

with the stress on the second syllable of "pineapples" which falls a bit awkwardly. I don't think this song was actually About anything much - maybe that's all I can remember of it because that's all there really was! I prefer yours -

Hey - what about the Chiquita Banana song, anyone remember that? I had it emblazoned on one of my schoolbook protective paper covers, which we all had to use, and those four lines have stuck in my mind long after the book's contents fled to the nether regions of oblivion:

I'm Chiquita Banana and I'm here to say
Bananas give you energy for work and play
And the calories count, I am so happy to state,
In the medium banana's only 88 !

But I had no tune for it, only these words; so I promptly made one up and then proceeded to drive my mother crazy. When I finally heard the real music it was a sad let-down, monotonous and tame. Mine was much better -


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 08:00 AM

Just re-read Forsh's opening post, and the mention of "farming the land, growing stuff" etc jogged a more serious thought (don't know how serious it needs to get) -

What about Woody Guthrie's "Pastures of Plenty"? It's about food, all right: lack of it. The central characters are farmers who can't farm because they've been driven off land turned to useless dust by drought and winds. They then have to spend their lives harvesting food for others to eat, while they earn a pittance and are obliged to keep on moving. It's in the DigiTrad - most relevant food-y verses are:

I worked in your orchards of peaches and prunes
I slept on the ground in the light of the moon
On the edge of the city you'll see us and then
We come with the dust and we go with the wind

California, Arizona, I harvest your crops
Then up north to Oregon to gather your hops
Dig the beets from your ground
Cut the grapes from your vine
To set on your table the light sparkling wine


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 09:03 AM

Mike Sparks' "A Potato Has Feelings As Well".
The music hall song "A Little Bit Of Cucumber"


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: The Villan
Date: 04 Feb 08 - 09:37 AM

Crazy Over Vegetables


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Forsh
Date: 05 Feb 08 - 08:05 PM

Thanks all, I was looking for anything to do with food/growing/farming, preferably something olde & traditional, or from the war/music hall arena. Doing a local Radio thing on 'Folk n Food, with the 'Gardening expert' of the station! Something like bill andersons 'po Folk, would be great from the Amerikies, if you cousins have anything of the like, and A nice Traditional one from the Sandal wearers amongst ye!
Thanks to all so far, all great stuff, and I have even uncovered some MP3s of them! :)
Dave (Forsh)


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,Sparkles
Date: 05 Feb 08 - 09:12 PM

Wasn't there some song about making a Cornish pasty? Sort of comical if I remember.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,Sparkles
Date: 05 Feb 08 - 09:22 PM

http://cornishmusic.com/shop/view_product.php?product=djdubcd01


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,Mr Red
Date: 06 Feb 08 - 03:21 AM

Artisan (UK) used to sing one about killing and eating vegitables.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: dwditty
Date: 06 Feb 08 - 08:22 AM

My Wife Left Town With a Banana (Carlos Borzenie, Jr.)

(The guitar accompaniment is the same as Alice's Restaurant)

My wife left town with a banana
Life's a rotten deal
Found that yellow sucker hiding in her purse
He's cold and hard, but he's got appeal
I hope it never happens to you
Some fruit breaks your marriage in two
My wife left town with a banana
She's gona away

My wife left town with a banana
Now I'm a jealous man
She found a six inch latin lover
Now she does the tango with her right hand
Right now I could just die
He's eating my banana cream pie
My wife left town with a banana
She slipped away, I mean
She slipped away....she's gone.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: artbrooks
Date: 06 Feb 08 - 08:26 AM

Men of Garlic?


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 06 Feb 08 - 09:08 AM

Have a look at A Song For Every Season - A Hundred Years of a Sussex Farming Family by Bob Copper (published by Heinemann) which is bound to be in the Cecil Sharp House library if it's out of print. There are some farming-related songs in it, plus a chronicle of this wonderful family and their way of life, social history etc. Songs that might be of particular interest are "Brisk Young Ploughboy", "The Ploughshare", "The Labourer", "The Threshing Song" plus there are a couple about sheep-herding. Well worth a read anyway even if you don't use the songs. It's a vanishing (or vanished) way of life. There are other Copper books too - if you're anywhere within hailing distance of London, get thee hence to the Vaughan-Williams library. There's bound to be a lot of other material there too.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 06 Feb 08 - 10:09 AM

A. L. Lloyd's Folk Song In England has some interesting material in the opening sections, though he later moves on to sea songs and industrial songs, among other things - there's no specific "farming" chapter. But on Page 86 of the paperback edition I have, there's this, from Aelfric's Colloquium, a thousand-year-old chronicle giving the words of a medieval peasant. Lloyd then goes on to explore some of the customs of the time, including a ritual cake-baking associated with the first sod broken by the plough.

"Well, ploughman, how do you do your work?"

"Oh Sir I work very hard. I go out in the dawning, driving the oxen to the field and I yoke them to the plough. Be the winter never so stark, I dare not stay at home for fear of my lord; but every day I must plough a full acre or more after having yoked the oxen and fastened share and coulter to the plough."

"Have you any mate?"

"I have a boy who drives the oxen with a goad, who is now hoarse from cold and shouting."

"Well, well, is it very hard work?"

"Yes indeed, it is very hard work because I am not free."


Lloyd's book is fascinating - and very readable - and because farming wove its way through the fabric of society for so many centuries as one of its main strands, the subject is never far from view. Interesting chapter on the acts of enclosure too, which had such a huge impact on landworkers.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: topical tom
Date: 07 Feb 08 - 08:50 AM

When It's Peach Picking Time In Georgia


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 07 Feb 08 - 06:41 PM

I Like Bananas 'Cause They Have No Bones (a Dr. Demento staple)

From Broadway and off Broadway:

Make Our Garden Grow (Candide)
Plant a Turnip (The Fantasticks)
Pineapple Song (Cabaret)
Wick (The Secret Garden) also several others
The Judgement of Paris from The Golden Apple
probably somethng from The Apple Tree

Many Joplin rags have plant names: Pineapple Rag, Fig Leaf Rag etc.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: astro
Date: 07 Feb 08 - 07:32 PM

My ex-wife sang to me at our wedding "I'll give my love and apple", I realized later that she mistook the fruit....and I realized later too that nothing was for free....

astro


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,Booklyn Rose
Date: 07 Feb 08 - 08:20 PM

The old song above with the mangoes and papayas is one I heard on the radio long ago. The middle part says something like,
"So if you like the way I look,
And if you like the way I cook,
Step inside my shady nook,
And you'll have mangos and papayas
Anything your heart desires.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,Neil D
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 01:50 PM

Has anyone ever set the poem "Goblin Market" by Christina Rosetti to music? I always thought it would a great macabre song.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,The Mole Catcher's Apprentice
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 02:55 PM

Yes, We Have No Bananas
There's a fruit store on our street
It's run by a Greek.
And he keeps good things to eat
But you should hear him speak!
When you ask him anything, he never answers "no".
He just "yes"es you to death, and as he takes your dough
He tells you

"Yes, we have no bananas
We have-a no bananas today.
We've string beans, and onions
Cabashes, and scallions,
And all sorts of fruit and say
We have an old fashioned tomato (toe-mott-o)
A Long Island potato (po-tott-0)
But yes, we have no bananas.
We have no bananas today."

Business got so good for him that he wrote home today,
"Send me Pete and Nick and Jim; I need help right away."
When he got them in the sotre, there was fun, you bet.
Someone asked for "sparrow grass" and then the whole quartet
All answered

"Yes, we have no bananas
We have-a no bananas today.
Just try those coconuts
Those all-nuts and doghnuts
There ain't many nuts like they.
We'll sell you two kinds of red herring,
Dark brown, and ball-bearing.
But yes, we have no bananas
We have no bananas today."


and.......

Boiled beef and carrots,

Boiled beef and carrots,

That's the stuff for your "Derby Kell",

Makes you fit and keeps you well.

Don't live like vegetarians

On the stuff they give to parrots,

From Morn til' night, blow out your kite

On boiled beef and carrots.

Charlotte (who's in the kitchen with...)


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Feb 08 - 04:20 PM

Boiled Cabbage (a short Richard Rodgers song from I Remember Mama of 1979, not on the studio cast CD)
Loving You has Made Me Bananas (Guy Marks, circa 1968)
Coconut (Harry Nilsson, circa 1973)


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: bankley
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 12:55 PM

"50,000 lbs. of Bananas" : Harry Chapin

"Stickers on Fruit" : Nancy White

"Melon-Collie Baby" :...ah...never mind..


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,dulcimerjohn
Date: 09 Feb 08 - 01:18 PM

of course FZ told us that any vegetable you call would 'respond' to you. Absolutely Free is how he rests in peace.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,clint
Date: 04 Mar 08 - 04:42 AM

presidents of the united states - peaches


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: pavane
Date: 04 Mar 08 - 05:42 AM

Old songs which are (Supposedly) about Beetroots and White Puddings are mentioned in recent threads. But both are euphemisms, not really food at all.

And there is this humorous item, where you will find a 'vegitable countenance' with 'Turnup Nose, Reddish cheeks and carrotty hair'.
Cauliflowers, cabbages and walnuts also get a look in.

All around my hat

(Walnuts at a shilling a HUNDRED? who counts them!!!!)


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 04 Mar 08 - 05:47 AM

Maybe walnuts are a euphemism too - "crack 'em" sounds painful, though.

Brilliant link, Pavane, thanks.


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: pavane
Date: 04 Mar 08 - 06:09 AM

As far as I know, this is the EARLIEST version of the song, too!


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Subject: RE: Songs about Fruit n veg
From: GUEST,Bruce Michael Baillie
Date: 05 Mar 08 - 12:54 AM

...Fruit & Veg feature quite heavily in part of this monologue about the Battle of Hastings!

It wor just before t'battle of Hastings, and t'protagonists wor waiting to start,

King Harold wor giving some praise to his troops to try and cheer up their dull hearts.

They'd had a reyt week of it so far, up to York and back they'd had to gallop,

an' they'd fowt a big battle at Stamford Bridge, and given Harald Hardrada a wallop!


So his army were all bloody knackered, they'd were sore in both body and foot

and they hadn't had much to eyt neither, cos t'local McDonalds were shut!

...Still, Harold had picked a good site for the fray, on t'top of old Senlac Hill,

and he thowt if he managed to gee up his men, 'at still lots of Normans they'd kill.


He took a quick look at the Normans, they looked wicked, professional and keen,

and at t'side of his mud spattered, slovenly crew, for French folk they looked fairly clean!

He saw big William the Bastard, fannying rahnd on his horse,

and he heard him shout summat i' Norman, that despite his poor French sounded coarse!


So he turned to a man in the front rank, his big Danish axe at his side,

"how stands the shield wall with you my good man?" the dauntless King Harold he cried!"

"What can you do with that axe my good man?" so the chap puts his hands in his pocket,

pulls out some lettuce and fennel and such like, wi' some cucumber, parsley an' rocket!


He chucks 'em all up in to t'air like, and chops them all up ere they dropped,

and up fills his helmet wi a nice little salad as in there each piece well it plopped!

"A present my Lord!" said the warrior, "And tonight when in victory we feast,

please enjoy this gift as a starter, in the hope that my honour increase!"


Well the troops started cheering like thunder, "That went rather well!" thought the King,

and next he strode up to a swordsman, and his praises he started to sing.

"Give us a show of your skill with that blade!" so the chap he pulls out a dead rabbit!

that he'd somehow managed to keep tucked away up the left sleeve of his habit!


His sword it flashed upwards and outwards, reflecting the suns rays so hot,

and before his eyes full of startled surprise it was skinned, chopped and dressed for the pot!

"To the Victor the spoils!" said the warrior, as he lay it down by the Kings feet,

"Please remember the deeds of this warrior, as tonight you sit down to your meat!"


The troops now they cheered even louder, and started to jump up and down,

as Harold went up to a Spearman, a big man with face gnarled and brown,

"What can you do with that spear my good man, canst thou cast the thing far good and true,

"Aye that I can!" said the soldier, "Just let me show what I can do!"


He threw the spear up to the heavens, (it was lost for a while in the sky,)

but each man held his breath as it soared back to earth, then each gave a piercing cry!

for quivering there on the spearshaft, just at the Kings feet in the muck,

were there if you please, three fine fat geese, a partridge and two brace o' duck!


Each man in the force roared like madmen, as t' King then to t'Archers he strode,

and he stopped in front of an odd lookin' chap, his face it wor t'colour o't'road!

"Now then good archer!" said Harold, "why not give me a taste of your skill?"

"...summat to put t'wind up them Normans!" and t'Archer said, "Reyt then I will!"


Well he fumbled abaht in his quiver, and he nocked up an arrow to t'string,

then he sorta let go a bit quickly, and t'arrow shot off with a spring.

It shot like a bird past t'King's ear oyle, and narrowly missed his old horse,

then it ricocheted back off an axe blade, and flew through the middle of his force.


There were men ducking down all ovver, the buggers were diving in groups,

as that arrow flew back at eye level it wor parting the hair of the troops!

the thing it caused such a commotion, it wor every poor man for hissen,

then it bounced off another mans helmet! and back towards t' King once again!


That arrow it flew straight towards him, he could see it come straight from afar!

as it sailed through the air t'tension mounted, and his men wi' one voice shouted, "Aarrgghh!"

But Harold he stood there undaunted, his courage he never would yield,

and it finally landed 3 inch from his heart, where he'd thankfully just placed his shield!!!


"Bugger me!" whispered Harold in t'silence, his men were all in disarray,

and t'archer were stood looking sorry for hissen thinkin', "Christ there'll be t'devil to pay!

But just at that moment t'horn sounded, and the Normans made haste up the track,

so they hastily got t'shield wall together again, and prepared to repel the attack!



King Harold he frowned at the Archer, and his eye it wor steely and grim!

and he called one of his Lieutenants over, and said, "I'll have a quick word about HIM!"

"When this battle's over I'll tear off his ears!" he said, as up there in his saddle he sat...
,
"But for now you just keep a good watch over him else,

HE'LL HAVE SOME BUGGERS EYE AHT WI' THAT!"


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Subject: Vegetable Song, written by Carl Martin
From: GUEST
Date: 13 May 09 - 02:57 AM

late last night in the pale moon light the vegetables gave a spree.
they put out sign saying danceing @ 9 and all the admission was free!
there were peas & greens, cabbage & beans, the biggest crowd you ever saw.
when old man cucumber struck up a number you could've heard the vegetables scream!
the little carrot top did the backwards flop!
the salad shook the shimmy she couldn't stop. the red beets shook their feet......


I don't know exactly but this is all I can remember from elementary. please let me know if you find/know the rest of song!
    Lyrics posted here (click) and here (click). The Vegetable Song, written by Carl Martin and recorded by Steve Goodman. For further discussion, please post in one of those two threads. Thanks.
    -Joe Offer, Forum Moderator-


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