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Lyr Req: Chickery Chick (S Dee, S Lippman)

eekod@yahoo.com 13 Oct 99 - 06:59 PM
John Hindsill 13 Oct 99 - 08:06 PM
Alice 13 Oct 99 - 08:11 PM
Margo 13 Oct 99 - 09:56 PM
kendall 13 Oct 99 - 10:23 PM
Bill D 13 Oct 99 - 10:28 PM
Art Thieme 13 Oct 99 - 11:48 PM
14 Oct 99 - 12:16 AM
Alice 14 Oct 99 - 11:07 AM
lamarca 14 Oct 99 - 11:33 AM
Alice 14 Oct 99 - 08:59 PM
kendall 15 Oct 99 - 03:15 PM
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GUEST,KittenFu 17 Jul 09 - 01:43 PM
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Q (Frank Staplin) 17 Jul 09 - 05:41 PM
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From: eekod@yahoo.com
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 06:59 PM

Thanks to all those who helped with "ting-tang walla-walla bing bang. How about lyrics to another kids tune that starts...chickery chick sha-la sha-la...

Also I am curious if anyone has ever heard a song which starts "There was an old farmer who sat on a rock... then on the second line, the last word would switch just as one might expect a rather obscene word. Somewhat similar to an old college football cheer I remember which goes... Ra-ra race, kick'em in the face; ra-ra rass, kick'em in the WE NEED A TOUCHDOWN!


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From: John Hindsill
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 08:06 PM

eekod, you must be really old or something. I remember this song from about 1946, plus or minus, sung by Perry Como. Come to think of it, I guess that makes me really old...or something.

Regarding your cheer, at good old Venice (CA) High School that cheer went "Rah, Rah, Ree Kick 'em in the Knee. Rah, Rah Rass kick 'em in the other knee." We just wanted to disable them, not make them ugly.---John


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From: Alice
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 08:11 PM

I have the old sheet music to this. If no one else finds it online, I will type it in.


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From: Margo
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 09:56 PM

I only remember the chorus, Alice. No verses. Eekod, I just heard a similar song but it was nautical. You know how sea music is famous for inuendo, so it is especially funny that the song is completely clean. The last line says something to the effect that although this song doesn't rhyme, it's clean.

Margarita


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Subject: Lyr Add: THERE WAS A YOUNG FARMER WHO LIVED BY...
From: kendall
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 10:23 PM

Regarding that farmer who sat on a rock: this is the first song I ever learned. I was about 8 or 10 at the time.

There was a young farmer who lived by a crick,
A decent young farmer who played with his—
Marbles in springtime, with a lady next door.
You could tell by her actions that she was a—
Decent young lady who laid in the grass.
Every time she rolled over, you could see her bare—
Fashions and features. She could swim like a duck.
She showed all the farmers a French way to—
Bring up the children. She taught them to knit
While the boys in the barnyard were shoveling out the—
Contents of the stable out onto the grass.
If you don't like my story, you can kiss my bare—
Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.
If horse turds were muffins we could eat 'til we died.

Is this the same song?

HTML line breaks added. --JoeClone, 22-Aug-02.


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From: Bill D
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 10:28 PM

from memory..It was BIG in New Orleans in about 1946

Chicory chick, cha-la, cha-la,
Checkalaroma Innabananaca
Bolicawolica, cant you see
Chicory-chick is me.

I do NOT guarantee spelling


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From: Art Thieme
Date: 13 Oct 99 - 11:48 PM

Wasn't "Chickory Chick" on some old kid's radio show? Can't remember which one though...

TV wasn't around yet I don't think.

Art


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From:
Date: 14 Oct 99 - 12:16 AM

To John: I'm really not that old. My kids learn these songs and being only 4 and 2, never seem to get the words just right. It's fun knowing what they are trying to say!

To Bill D.: Thanks for your help.

To Kendall: That's the song! I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. This is a such a great site. How do you guys remember this stuff?!


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Subject: Lyr Add: CHICKERY CHICK (S Dee, S Lippman)
From: Alice
Date: 14 Oct 99 - 11:07 AM

From 1945 sheet music:
Added here for educational purposes only

CHICKERY CHICK
Lyrics by Sylvia Dee
Music by Sidney Lippman
1945

1. Once there lived a chicken who would say,
"Chick-chick, chick-chick" all day.
Soon that chick got sick and tired of just chick-chick,
So one morning he started to say:

CHORUS (slowly with an emphatic lift):
"Chickery chick cha-la cha-la,
Checkala romey, in a bananika,
Bollika wollika, can't you see?
Chickery chick is me."

2. Every time you're sick and tired of just the same old thing,
Sayin' just the same old words all day,
Be just like the chicken who found something new to sing.
Open up your mouths and start to say:
Oh! CHORUS

(My mom used to sing this to us, but all I could remember was the chorus. Definitely a silly song, and it has a simple tune that goes around and around in your head. I don't know what slowly with emphatic lift means, but that is what is printed on the music. We didn't sing it slowly.)

alice flynn


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From: lamarca
Date: 14 Oct 99 - 11:33 AM

My Dad used to sing the chorus to me when giving me a bath, when I was 2 or 3. All these years I thought it was Italian! (My Dad's parents were Sicilian). He also used to sing "Old Black Joe", probably the first "folk" song I remember hearing. My mom used to sing one that went:

A song of love is a sad song
Hi lily, hi lily, hi low...

that's all I remember of that one!


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From: Alice
Date: 14 Oct 99 - 08:59 PM

Leslie Caron starred in the movie that featured Hi Lili Hi Lo. Lili won an Academy Award for the music.
HI-LILI, HI-LO
From Lili (1953)
Performed by Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer & The M-G-M Studio Orchestra
Conducted by Bronislau Kaper
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
Arranged by Conrad Salinger
Orchestrated by Conrad Salinger & Robert Franklyn
Published by EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc.
Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture


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Subject: RE: chikery-chick
From: kendall
Date: 15 Oct 99 - 03:15 PM

I cant speak for anyone else, but, I atribute this to an excellent memory, and an open mind. My ex wife has a better memory than I... she clearly remembers things that never happened..


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Subject: Here is another with 'rock' from back in the 30's
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 05:16 PM

Three Irishmen, three Irishmen were diggin' in a ditch.
One called the other one a dirty son of a—
Peter Murphy had a goat; a fine goat was he.
He put him in the neighbor's yard to keep him company.
Johnny had a whistle he put it on a rock.
Along came a bumblebee and stung him on the—
Cocktail, ginger ale, five cents a glass.
If you don't like it you may kiss my—
Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.
A man got hit with a gob of spit for stealing cherry pies.

Goldnguy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicory Chick
From: Art Thieme
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 05:36 PM

So glad to see that some few of us are still kickin' around, and even back here at Mudcat once in a while.

But why is Chicory Chick "Me?"

Art


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: Bill D
Date: 30 Jan 09 - 06:31 PM

Because it was sung by a female poultry who considered herself a 'chick'?

(and *I* always thought, once I began to think about it at all, that it was spelled "chickory"... like the coffee flavoring stuff that was so popular down in New Orleans.)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: GUEST,KittenFu
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 01:43 PM

I learned the song Chickery Chick in the second grade (around 1990) but all I can remember is the chorus,
"chickery chick challa challa,
checka-la-roni, in a bannanika,
bollicka wollicka can't you see,
chickery chick is me".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: GUEST,Kitten Fu
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 01:57 PM

The song is about a chicken who is tired of her name and makes one up that she likes (the chorus). It has nothing to do with chicory, the drink item. That's also why it ends with "Chickery chick is me."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 02:29 PM

Perhaps I thought it was 'chicory' because I learned it in New Orleans....in the 2nd grade.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 05:41 PM

See Alice's post of the words way up above. "For educational purposes only"! Well, kindergarten, perhaps.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: kendall
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 08:35 PM

There is a risqué sea song on the same plane as that one about the farmer:

There was a young sailor who looked through the glass,
Spied a fair mermaid with scales on her—
Island where seagulls fly over their nest
She combed the long hair that hung over her—
Shoulders and caused her to tickle and itch
The sailor cried out "there's a beautiful—
Mermaid sitting out there on the rocks,"
The crew came running and grabbing their—
Glasses and piling 4 deep to the rail
All eager to share in this fine piece of—
News which the captain soon heard from the watch,
He tied down the wheel and he grabbed for his—
Crackers and cheese which he kept near the door
In case he might one day encounter a—
Mermaid he knew he must use all his wits
He said, "Throw out a line and we'll lasso her—
Flippers and then we will certainly find,
If mermaids are better before or be—
Brave my good fellows the captain then said
With fortune we'll break through her mermaiden—
Heading to starboard they tacked with dispatch
Caught that fair mermaid right under her—
Elbows and hustled her down below decks
They each took a turn at her—
Feminine setting her free at the end of the farce
She splashed in the waves landing flat on her—
After a while one man noticed a scab
Soon they broke out with the—
Scratching with fury and cursing with spleen,
This song may be dull but it's certainly clean.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: menderfire9
Date: 10 Oct 09 - 11:12 AM

Fun site ya got here!

My mother used to sing Chickery Chick cha la cha la in the mid to late 1940's and my sister and I sang it all the time when we were little. I just thought it was a regional thing, and that it was some Polish, Slavic or Croatian dialect since the town I lived in was made up of those nationalities and we thought our town was the only town in the universe (northern Minnesota, God's country. Ha ha ha! Oh my!)

Anyway, since my mom passed away a few years ago, and just the other day I got to thinking about some of the songs she used to sing and I decided it was a WW2 song about the shortages of macaroni and bananas like the song "Please, mamma, give me macaroni, please, mamma, give me bananas too. Here, my dear, here is macaroni, now my dear, that's enough for you!" or something like that. I must look it up in the archives....


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: GUEST,Osfan
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 12:59 PM

My mom used to sing "Hi Lily, Hi Lily, Hi Low" to me when I was a child. I have searched the internet to find the lyrics to no avail, but, I can tell you what I remember. They are:

On every tree there sits a bird,
singing a song of love.
On every tree there sits a bird,
and everyone I've ever heard.
Could break your heart without a word,
singing a song of love.

A song of love is a sad song,
hi lily, hi lily, hi low.
A song of love is a song of woe,
don't ask me how I know.

A song of love is a sad song,
for I have loved and it's so.
Hi lily, hi lily, hi,low, hi low,
hi lily, hi lily, hi low.
Hi lily, hi lily, hi low, hi low,
hi lily, hi lily, hi low.

I sit by the window and watch the rain,
hi lily, hi lily, hi low.
Tomorrow I'll probably love again.
Hi lily, hi lily, hi low.

If you ever have a chance to rent this move, you should see it. It's delightful and sad and beautifully done.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick
From: DougR
Date: 24 Feb 10 - 04:32 PM

Perry Como made a bunch of money off this song. (Chicory Chick)

DougR


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick (S Dee, S Lippman)
From: GUEST,Tony Moonman
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 11:55 AM

Here are the Hi Lilli words as I recall them:

A song of love is a sad song Hi Lilli Hi Lilli Hi Lo
A song of love is a sang of woe don't as me how I know
A song of love is a sad song for i have loved and it's so.
I sit by the window and watch the rain Hi Lilli Hi Lilli Hi Lo
Tomorrow I'll probably love again Hi Lilli Hi Lilli Hi Lo.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick (S Dee, S Lippman)
From: Joe_F
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:54 PM

Fred Allen, I think it was, pointed out that the tune was stolen from Beethoven's 5th symphony, 1st movement.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick (S Dee, S Lippman)
From: LadyJean
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 10:13 PM

We had Chicery Chick on a record sung by The Three Stooges. It was an LP. I don't remember any of the other songs, on it. But I'm sorry we gave it away. I could probably get a mint for it now.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chickery Chick (S Dee, S Lippman)
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Oct 11 - 11:19 PM

Patricia, Regina, Sask. Canada
My Uncle John used to call me , Chickery Chick. Was just looking at some information. Chickery is a flower. Also loved that song growing up.


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