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Lyr Req: 'the vinegar's mother was dead'

GUEST,sheepyone 05 Oct 11 - 05:17 PM
giles earle 05 Oct 11 - 05:56 PM
GUEST 05 Oct 11 - 09:06 PM
GUEST,leeneia 05 Oct 11 - 10:29 PM
Jim Dixon 06 Oct 11 - 04:30 PM
Jim Dixon 06 Oct 11 - 04:39 PM
GUEST,sheepyone 06 Oct 11 - 09:50 PM
GUEST,Something Similar! 20 Feb 12 - 11:40 PM
GUEST,Iona 21 Feb 12 - 03:36 AM
GUEST,Iona 21 Feb 12 - 03:37 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Folk song or poem
From: GUEST,sheepyone
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 05:17 PM

Hi,

I"m trying to remember the words to a song or poem my dad used to recite. Part of it was "the potatoes are crying their eyes out, the vinegar's mother is dead." It was full of little puns about stuff in the root cellar. Obscure, I'm sure, but it was cute and it's driving me nuts that I didn't pay better attention before he was gone. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Folk song or poem
From: giles earle
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 05:56 PM

This is all I could find. Any help?

There were tears in the potatoes' eyes,
The cabbage hung its head,
There was sorrow in the cellar,
Because the vinegar's mother was dead.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Folk song or poem
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 09:06 PM

OMG, that's it!!!   THANK YOU SO MUCH!   What is this from??


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Folk song or poem
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 05 Oct 11 - 10:29 PM

are you sure that wasn't 'mother of vinegar'? Mother of vinegar is something like mother of pearl.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Folk song or poem
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 04:30 PM

From The Harvard Lampoon, Volume 42, No. 1, October 14, 1901, page 206:

The potato's eyes were full of tears;
The cabbage hung his head.
Alas! there was grief in the kitchen that night;
The vinegar's mother was dead.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Folk song or poem
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 04:39 PM

Mother of vinegar at Wikipedia.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Folk song or poem
From: GUEST,sheepyone
Date: 06 Oct 11 - 09:50 PM

Thanks, Jim, that source makes sense. Dad was an avid reader and the time frame was right for him to have seen it. He had a good memory for amusing bits of doggerel. You made my day :-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'the vinegar's mother was dead'
From: GUEST,Something Similar!
Date: 20 Feb 12 - 11:40 PM

This is a little rhyme I grew up with. In a small Oregon town! My Grandpa used to say it, don't know where it came from. He was a Longshoreman. The version he sang/said is almost identical . . . I love to see other people with the same good memories as me.

The potatoes' eyes were full of tears,
The cabbages hung their heads.
There was tragedy in the cellar that night.
The vinegar's mother was dead.

He had a couple more, as well. Some not so nice, but they make me smile and miss him!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'the vinegar's mother was dead'
From: GUEST,Iona
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 03:36 AM

I would surmise that the "Vinegar's mother" is something like a kombucha "mother".
Though I can't recall my homemade vinegar ever developing a mother, it is certainly possible!

Cute little ditty: I'll have to learn it!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'the vinegar's mother was dead'
From: GUEST,Iona
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 03:37 AM

*slaps forehead*
I missed it, Jim Dixon beat me. ;)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'the vinegar's mother was dead'
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Feb 12 - 09:29 AM

The "best" part about the "mother" is its resembalance to primordial ooze... LOL   

When we pressed cider, we usually got more than we could use up quickly... so some went into the freezer, some went into carboys to make hard cider (just like making homemade wine)and the rest went into crocks or buckets to make vinegar. They were only covered with cheesecloth or old towels so that the air would keep the process aerobic, so we usually got a large mass of mother at the bottom of the crock.

Fermentation is a messy business no matter what you are using, but if done with care the end results are pretty darn tasty.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'the vinegar's mother was dead'
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Sep 15 - 08:32 PM

The potatoes were crying their eyes out
The cabbages hung their heads
There was grief in the cellar that morning
The vinegars mother was dead

(The mother actually produces the vinegar hence the name mother)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'the vinegar's mother was dead'
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 14 Jan 16 - 05:12 PM

GUEST,Something Similar!

My grandmother was from Oregon too. Her version was almost the same


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'the vinegar's mother was dead'
From: GUEST,Rebecca Woods
Date: 05 Jan 17 - 10:25 AM

There was sorrow in the cellar.
The cabbage hung its head.
The potatoes' eyes were filled with tears
For the vinegar's muther was dead.


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