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Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts

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GREAT GREEN GOBS
GREAT, GREEN GOBS OF GREASY, GRIMY GOPHER GUTS (2)
LITTLE JOE THE RUSTLER
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Gene Graham 22 May 97 - 08:09 PM
Joe Offer 24 May 97 - 02:33 AM
cleod 24 May 97 - 09:12 AM
Gene Graham ah827@rgfn.epcc.edu 24 May 97 - 12:21 PM
Peter Timmerman - ptimmerman@ifias.ca 24 May 97 - 01:55 PM
rich r 25 May 97 - 12:40 AM
Joe Offer 25 May 97 - 01:27 AM
H. Burhans 25 May 97 - 04:56 PM
Peter Timmerman 26 May 97 - 09:31 AM
ron k 28 May 97 - 09:30 PM
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catfeet 04 Jun 97 - 11:37 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: GREAT, GREEN GOBS OF GREASY, GRIMY GOPHER
From: Gene Graham
Date: 22 May 97 - 08:09 PM

Hey, Ya'll - let's mix some of this with the WORMS and make a pot of WITCHES' BREW!

GREAT, GREEN GOBS OF GREASY, GRIMY GOPHER GUTS
(Words and music by Tom Glazer)

Refrain:
Great, Green Gobs of Greasy, Grimy, Gopher Guts
Mutilated Monkey Meat, Itty Bitty Birdie Feet
Great, Green Gobs of Greasy, Grimy, Gopher Guts
And me without a spoon.

Some people eat hamburger meat;
While others like potatoes
And some must chew their Irish stew;
Along with ripe tomatoes
I can't understand why in ev'ry land;
They serve such peculiar dishes
For wherever I go - they always say No!;
When I tell them what my wish is
... I scream for:
Refrain:

I can pay my way in a French Cafe;
Which is big and quite expensive
Where the diners dine and the wine is fine;
But I'm always apprehensive
When the menu comes - I twiddle my thumbs;
At the list of fancy dishes
Caviar and steaks - champagne and cake;
Is never what my wish is
... I beg for:
Refrain:

In the life to come - I intend to hum;
This hymn to old Saint Peter
I won't need much - when my harp I touch;
And become a heavenly eater
I won't ask for money or milk and honey;
And my voice will never falter
While the trumpets blare on the Golden Stair;
As I stand at the Shining Altar
... I yell for:
Refrain:

TAG: And me without a spoon! .. YUK!


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 May 97 - 02:33 AM

Wow! This was one of my favorites when I was in third grade, but I didn't know it had verses. Is there a recording available? -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: cleod
Date: 24 May 97 - 09:12 AM

I remember this from a book I had when I was a kid, something 'bout a kid who got sent to summer camp; I always wondered what this sounded like...


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Gene Graham ah827@rgfn.epcc.edu
Date: 24 May 97 - 12:21 PM

YEP! Got the album - LONG ago for the Grandkids..

Still trying to restore My WAV maker/audio program from the BIG CRASH OF '97....

Can email an attachment when I get it working again..email me privately, if interested.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Peter Timmerman - ptimmerman@ifias.ca
Date: 24 May 97 - 01:55 PM

I believe there is a book in print of disgusting songs for children. I have seen a copy recently and will hunt it out.The version of this song I remember had two different lines, and a missing word that has bothered me. The lines were: "Mutilated monkey meat, concentrated dirty feet, one whole pound of all-purpose porpoise pus, swimming in _____oil." I forget what the oil was - saturated? (seems a little bland). Anyone? Yours, Peter


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW AND GREEN
From: rich r
Date: 25 May 97 - 12:40 AM

This song needs a side dish. I heard Roy Harris do this years ago on the radio.

BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW AND GREEN

There was an old woman she kept fat hogs
She made plum puddings they poisoned the dogs
They were black, white yellow and green
Black white yellow and green
the rarest plum puddings you ever have seen
They were black, white, yellow and green.

She took them and dropped them into a pot
And she boiled them until they were blazing hot
They were....

She baked them until they were blazing red,
One was like leather, the other like lead
They were...

She took up a pin and pricked the skin
The gravy ran out and the maggots ran in
They were....

She took them and put them down on the floor
They each in turn ran out of the door
They were...

She took them and put them up on a shelf
If you want any more you can help yourself
They were....

rich r


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 May 97 - 01:27 AM

Here's what's in the Prairie Home Companion Folk Song Book (Marcia & Jon Pankake):
    Great big gobs of
    Greasy grimy gopher guts
    Jubilated monkey's feet
    Concentrated birdies' feet
    A great big jar of
    All-purpose porpoise pus
    And me without a spoon!
    (I love it so)

    tune: "the Old Grey mare," with a "Good Evening, Friends" ending)

Well, in third grade in Detroit, it was
    Great green gobs of
    Greasy grimy gopher guts
    Greasy grimy gopher guts
    Greasy grimy gopher guts

    Great green gobs of
    Greasy grimy gopher guts
    And me without a spoon.


None of that fancy stuff if you want the Motown sound.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: H. Burhans
Date: 25 May 97 - 04:56 PM

I learned this in 2nd grade in Karachi, Pakistan in 1960 -

great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts
mutilated monkey meat
dirty little birdie's feet
one-half pound of all-purpose-porpoise pus
floating in the pink lemonade

The other song that springs to mind in this vein is the good old" "Did you ever see a black car go by" Ah, those were the days! HB


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Peter Timmerman
Date: 26 May 97 - 09:31 AM

Dear HB, By george I think you may be right! I somehow got oil on the brain. Pink lemonade. The dactylics tell the tale! Now where is that spoon. Yours, Peter


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: ron k
Date: 28 May 97 - 09:30 PM

At the summer camp I went to we sang it this way...

Great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat, itty-bitty birdie feet
French-fried eyeballs swimming in a pool of blood
And I forgot my spoon

Great song, I would love to get a copy of that wav file when it comes available.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: joepasky@cyberlynk.net
Date: 04 Jun 97 - 08:11 PM

or ....thirty turdy birdie feet....


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: catfeet
Date: 04 Jun 97 - 11:37 PM

or even ...turdy dirty birdie feet swimmin in a great big bowl of blood... What a great thread! I seem to remember that there were infinite variations depending on how badly you wanted to gross out the other kids you were playing with. We did this until somebody unanomously won the gross-out award.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Tamara
Date: 06 Jun 97 - 07:34 PM

Naturally, I must throw in:

...chopped up baby parakeet
[alt: turkey throw-up in the street]
French fried eye-balls
Rolling down the dusty street
And I forgot my spoon.


We always added, with a rag-time drawl:

But I brought my straw --


Tamara


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Cathub@bellsouth.net
Date: 07 Jun 97 - 02:37 PM

When I was a boy in Bolton, England, we had a gross out that went like this...

Coody, coody custard, green snot pie, all mixed together with a dead dogs' eye, slap it on a buttie (sandwich), nice and thick, and wash it down with a bottle of sick.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Peter Timmerman
Date: 08 Jun 97 - 10:20 AM

This sounds like a seminal influence on "semolina pilchard" in the Beatles' I Am The Walrus. i wonder if anyone has noticed. Yours, Peter


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: annie
Date: 10 Jun 97 - 11:45 PM

great big globs of poison ivy pimple pus......


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Peter Timmerman
Date: 13 Jun 97 - 03:31 PM

From: Ian MacDonald, 1994. Revolution in the Head: The Beatles Records and the Sixties (London: Fourth Estate), p. 214.

"Reminiscing, Lennon and his Liverpool friend Pete Shotton recalled a typical playground nonsense chant: " Yellow matter custard, green slop pie/ all mixed together with a dead dog's eye"." (On the writing of "I Am The Walrus").


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Tanya A.
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 01:10 AM

You are WONDERFUL! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I have been looking for the extra lyrics to "Great Green Gobs" for at least 15 years. I kept stopping right at "Irish Stew", but I KNEW I had it right, even though most people haven't heard the whole thing. If this is ever available as a .wav or on an album, I want it! I honestly cannot thank you enough..my search has ended and now I can sing it, at the top of my lungs, to my own children!!

-Tanya


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Barbara
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 01:26 AM

And this NYs, at Joe's camp song workshop someone followed it with "Come up, come up, come up my dinner, come up, come up...." followed by appropriate sounds. (Tune: chorus of My Bonny lies Over the Ocean).
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Owlkat
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 05:55 AM

Morning all,
There is indeed a book with the title "Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts". I know because I took it out of the Whitehorse Library last year,and if I can get it out of a library in the Yukon, surely it can be found in the world down south, as we say up here.
Anyway, the book is full of rhymes and songs created by kids from grown up songs and things. It's hysterical.
Cheers for now
Owl/Mart


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: T in Oklahoma (Okiemockbird)
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 09:26 AM

There is also a book titled, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts: The Subversive Folklore of Childhood. Click here for information.

T.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 12 Jan 00 - 10:52 PM

T: I actually appear in that book, though under an older nickname, "Electro" and mistakenly transplanted to New Jersey. The entry I could find is on P.116, parodying my elementary school to the Marine Corps hymn.

I know both the instigators (science-fiction authors and editors Josepha Sherman and Toni Weisskopf) and was present in the on-line forum on the now-deceased GEnie online service where the book idea was launched

-- Gary


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: reeebop
Date: 13 Jan 00 - 01:16 AM

of course, when we sang it(and it still alive and breeding at girlscout camps everywhere)

after "and i forgot my spoon"

we'd always add BUT I GOT A STRAW!!!! and start making slurppin sounds....


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: MarkS
Date: 14 Jan 00 - 12:13 AM

The other use of this song was to tease some poor unfortunate. Make the last line: "(insert name of victim here) ain't ya glad you brought a spoon."


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: open mike
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 04:09 AM

In NEBR our menu was Oh So much more refined..

Great big globs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts,
mutilated monkey meat,
contaminated camel crap,
all rolled together at a dollar 98 a plate
at joe's bar and grill


and then there was the ever popular:
Granny's in the cellar,
Lordy Lordy,can't you smell her,
bakin' biscuits on her darned old dirty stove
(dirty stove)
in her eye there is some matter
that keeps drippin' in the batter
and she whistles as a (snif) runs down her nose
(down her nose), down her nose, (down her nose)
down her nose, (down her nose)
and she whistles as a (snif) runs down her nose


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 04:36 AM

And at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School in Philadelphia, ca. 1964, it was:

Great green gobs of ooey gooey gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat
Dirty birdies' smelly feet
Rats and bats and barracuda, slightly chewed
That's what goes into Wilson food!

Then there was (to the tune of the TV commercial for Beefaroni):

What are we having for lunch?
We're having shitaroni
It's made with stale baloney
Shitaroni's really neat
Tastes and smells like dirty feet
Makes you vomit in the street
Yaaay! for Shitaroni

(I think I'd better to go to sleep now...)

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Rapparee
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 08:36 AM

From a maragrine commercial:

"If you think it's butter, but it's snot, it's Chiffon."


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Joe_F
Date: 14 Mar 03 - 07:01 PM

"What's that on your lip, honey?"
"No, it's snot, honey."

And, for dessert:

Old Mr Kelly
Had a pimple on his belly.
His wife cut it off,
And it tasted like jelly.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Former Boy Scout
Date: 11 Jun 03 - 10:18 PM

Great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat, Tiny peoples purple feet,
Itty-bitty birdie beak,
French-fried eyeballs swimming in a pool of snot
And I forgot my spoon....
Great big globs of poison ivy pimple pus
Turkey vomit in the street
and I forgot my spoon.
Coody, coody custard, green snot pie, all mixed together with a dead dogs' eye, slap it on a greasy pork sandwich smothered in flys and I forgot my spoon.
But I brought my strawwwww!


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 16 Jun 03 - 12:25 PM

From Lane School (later Jr. High), West Allis, Wisconsin (west 'burb of Milwaukee) c. 1958 --

Great big gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
Mincilated monkey meat, little girls' dirty feet,
All mixed up for (victim's name here) to eat.

Linn


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: LadyJean
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 01:10 AM

The book, "Greasy Grim Gopher Guts" is the work of a delightful lady named Josepha Sherman. She is a fine writer, an eminent folklorist, and a delightful human being. Drop in on her web page, sometime. The first email I sent was to MS. Sherman. I sent her rhyme my grandmother learned when she was a child, that included the phrase ninny of your tintype.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 07:43 PM

Trying to FIND her web page -- there's a fantasy/science fiction writer by the same name. All sorts of pages devoted to the book Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, but can't quickly find her page in the pile.

Post it? (Please)

Linn


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: LadyJean
Date: 17 Jun 03 - 11:57 PM

Jo Sherman IS the Fantasy and Science Fiction author. I go to cons, when I can afford it, like a lot of us folkies, and I met her at Ad Astra, the Toronto con. We've had some nice talks on the subject of folklore. While I'm sure she likes to meet a nice, fawning fan, she is also pleased to meet another folklore enthusiast.
Oh! Her book about the Babylonian demon in New York is pretty good


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 Jun 03 - 12:43 AM

OK, so now the burning question is, Is this traditional? The first post attributes the song to Tom Glazer, who has also been blamed for "On Top of Spaghetti." But did he really write these songs, or did he just codify an older children's traditional song? What do they conclude in the Sherman/Weisskopf book? Songfile.com (Harry Fox Agency) attributes both songs to Tom Glazer.
The Traditional Ballad Index has an entry on this song, but not much. It cites the Pankake/PHC lyrics that are posted above.
-Joe Offer-

Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts

DESCRIPTION: "Great (big) gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts...." The singer lists a variety of available non-delicacies, and laments, "And me without a spoon."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1988
KEYWORDS: food parody
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 133, "Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts" (1 text, tune referenced)
DT, GOPHRGTS

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "The Old Gray Mare (I) (The Old Gray Horse; The Little Black Bull)" (tune)
NOTES: People swear this is a folk song. I haven't heard it, but I can't prove them wrong. - RBW
File: PHCFS133

Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List

Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography

The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Lidy
Date: 18 Jun 03 - 04:41 AM

To bring in our suburban exotic cooking influence, our monkey feet were always "marinated" when we sang that song, and probably served with a light jus of buffalo fat or something equally middle-class!


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Noneofyour Beeswax
Date: 19 Jun 03 - 10:00 PM

great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, dirty,dirty birdy feet all wrapped up in my father's stinky underwear but i forgot my spoon.......but i had a strawwwwwwww


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 20 Jun 03 - 09:07 AM

I've done a reasonable amount of informal research on the subject (and other regional differences in schoolyard chants), and Milwaukee seems to be the only place using the word "mince-ilated."

Linn


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jun 03 - 12:40 PM

...but do we have any evidence that this song is traditional???
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,.oO0 Mike 0Oo.
Date: 11 Sep 03 - 01:29 AM

All I can add to this is that I still hear kids chanting the first line or two now and again. I am in Connecticut and am 23yrs old and God only know's where I heard it first.... I remember the line as going "..little birdies bloody feet.." I really would like to find an actual recording of any version at all of the song..


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,JB
Date: 18 Oct 03 - 10:51 PM

I sang a part of this to my husband the other day and he thought I was nuts. I just had to do a search to prove I'm not the only one. I remember my brothers singing this around the house, at least 20 years ago. All I can remember is... Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts, choped up frog legs, tiny little monkey brains, throw it in a frying pan.... It was certianly interesting to read all the other variations.


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,l&m
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 09:39 PM

great big globs of greasy
grimy gopher guts
mutilated monky feet
chopped up baby parikeet

also you can say

great big globs of poisin
ivy pimple puss
chopped up baby parikeet
turky throw up in the street


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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 11:40 PM

Learned at Manoa Valley elementary school in Honolulu, Hawaii, 1969-70:

Great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat, chopped up birdies' feet
French fried eyeballs swimmin in a pool of blood
And I forgot my spoon...

So... "EARLIEST DATE: 1988" refers to what? The earliest date on a written copy? The first time one of the editors/collectors knows of the song being sung? All I can say is I'm sure it was around for years before I learned it -- which was almost 20 years before '88...

Cheers,

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Subject: RE: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 12:42 AM

I have LP of GGGoGGG by Tom Glazer

PM me for an MP3 or RealAudio file


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,yucky
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 05:15 PM

Ok this is what I remember from back in grade school:

great green gobbs of greemy grimy goopher guts.
Mutilatd monkey meat, chopped up parakeet.
Chopped up eardrums swimming in my peanut butter.
Oops I forgot my spoon!
So I got me a scab sandwitch right on top(?)
monkeys eyeballs, camel snot.
chopped up eardrums dipped in glue....
eat your sandwitch its good for you!


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,lars_j1@liden.cc
Date: 06 Apr 04 - 03:47 PM

I'd *love* to get an MP3 of this if you have it!

- Lars


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Jord (AKA- Bear Cub)
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 09:31 PM

I'd always heard the song being sung like this:

Great Big Globs of Greasy, Grimy, Gopher Guts,
Marmilated Monkey meat, wrapped in little piggy feet,
luke warm vomit floatin' down the avenue,
and I forgot my spoon, but I have a Strawwww!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Acme
Date: 24 Feb 05 - 01:03 AM

Just this evening while out driving with my children we were arguing good-naturedly and comparing verses to this song. I told them to check out Mudcat, and do a Boolean search on "Great Green Gobs" and "Monkey Meat." Now I'll just direct them to this thread. :)

SRS


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,brit
Date: 15 Apr 06 - 06:21 PM

great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
mutilated monkey meat
chopped up birdy's feet
french fried eyeballs rolling up and down the street
and i forgot my spoon!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jan 07 - 02:32 PM

well, this thread sure goes back a long ways.... I've got a set of lyrics I like to this song (and there are TONS of lyrics), now I'm looking for a strictly instumental version for a Cub Scout Sing-a-long.

any one have it, please email brosia321@yahoo.com

thanks!


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Elettra
Date: 05 Jan 07 - 02:46 PM

We used to sing it as...
BOYS are made of greasy grimy gopher guts, etc.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Rebecca
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 12:44 AM

Boys Are Made Of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts Chopped Up Mokey Meat Little Dirtie Britie Feet French Fried Eyeballs All In A Pool Of Blood Thats What Boys Are Made Of!


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 02:58 AM

and girls are made of sugar and spice and all things nice....

















...so why do they taste of tuna fish?.
    Please use a consistent user name, Terry. Thank you.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Bee
Date: 14 Jan 07 - 12:46 PM

I'm pretty sure I recall singing a version of this to my younger cousins in the mid to late 1960s, so that 'earliest date, 1988' is unlikely, IMO. I had a repertoire that included 'Don't ever look when the hearse goes by' and a couple other nasty rhymes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Atom
Date: 23 Jan 07 - 01:34 PM

O what nastalgia! Brings back such "fond" memories. About 1966-68 I think. We sang:

Girls are made of greasy grimey gopher guts
chopped up monkey meat,
dirty dirty birdy feet
(can't remember this part... eat)
That's what girls are made of.

Are kids this cruel nowdays? What was that tune? From some commercial or other famous tune.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Amber Dawn
Date: 03 Apr 07 - 07:55 PM

haha-- some of these versions are greaaaaaaaat... ive sang this song since i was like 3.... dont know where i heard it, but evidentally it wasnt my parents... theyre kinda disgusted... buuuuuuuut ive always sang it....

Great green globs of ooey gooey gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat
itty bitty birdy feet
french fried eye balls
all floating in my stew
and i forgot my spoon...

but i got a...
one- pound batch of my old granny's toe jam
my dog threw up some goo
smelly runny kitty poo
this flew out when timmy had a big yawn
the booger balls been chewed on
and im glad i remembered my straw!!


--hit me up if you sang some other good ones!!
lollipop_girl_001@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 01:07 AM

I love the question "Do we have any evidence that this is traditional." This thread alone is all the evidence that I, for one, require. Besides, I have made a personal hobby of collecting this song from kids since I was a kid myself. In 1972, I heard a great version from an elderly Native American in a nursing home.

Great big gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts,
Mutilated monkey meat,
Little birdies' turdy feet.
French fried eyeballs floating in a pool of pus.
...And I forgot my spoon.
...But I have my straw.

The singer made little hand gestures demonstrating the pulling of the guts, the mutilating of the monkey meat, etc. The performance was a classic and enthusiastically applauded by other residents and the nursing staff.

I believe the respondent who reported learning "Gopher guts" in Karachi was correct in linking this song with "Don't ever laugh when a hearse goes by" since it is rare to collect the one without the other. I believe that "Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I'm going out and eat worms" is also linked. I'm sure this material has been well published, however. Has anyone done a literature search?


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher G
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Apr 07 - 05:29 AM

Well, yes, but I'm still wondering if I owe the Estate of Tom Glazer for every time I've sung "Gopher Guts" and "On Top of Spaghetti." I've always thought they were truly traditional, but wiser souls than I say Tom Glazer wrote both of 'em.
But did he?

Maybe he revised them so he could claim a copyright. But Tom Glazer wouldn't do that, since he's a Folk Icon.
Or would he?

-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,inkblob
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:20 AM

sorry for the cross post, but thought I should also post this here too!

there were a few versions floating around the school yard but this is the one that I remember from the 80's in BC, Canada

great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
simulated monkey meat
chopped up baby parakeet
french fried eyeballs floating in a pool of blood
and I forgot my spoon, slurp slurp!

from all the versions I've read here and on some other sites I havn't found any other instances of simulated monkies, and am wondering if that was my mis-hearing marinated or just another regional quirk. I always thought of it as some horrid chemical food product made in a lab, much worse than tofu dogs


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 03:47 AM

Hi, Inkblob -
After long years of serious and intense study of this song, I have determined that the consensus is "mutilated monkey meat" - although that isn't the way  I  learned it....

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 07:50 AM

At least the idea of this song goes back before Tom Glazer's rendition, I'm pretty sure (I think Tom must have taken the idea and run with it). Though the copy above is undated, I'm assuming it postdates the version I first heard at George School c. 1951. It was short then, but pungent.

Great green gobs of greasy, grimy gopher guts
Floating in the George School stew.

Chances are it dates well before that, too ... I think it must have been a school and camp chant. Because everybody hates the school food, right?


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 10:12 AM

I've been curious about this rhyme for some time, and for what it's worth, I'd like to share these observations:

In all my years of collecting children's rhymes {my "serious" collection began in 1997}, I've never had anyone who identified themselves racially as Black American or any other "person of color" {such as Latino/a} admit to knowing this "Green Gobs Of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts" rhyme or any other such "yucky" rhyme {as I term this type of childrn's rhyme for lack of a better term}.

I'll go further to say that "Green Gobs Of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts" appears to be one example of a children's rhyme that is very well known among non-Blacks {in the USA, at least} but rarely known among Black/Latina people {at least among those persons I've interviewed and among those people who have identified themselves by race on my website which to a large part is devoted to the presentation of children's rhymes...though admittedly not many persons who submit rhymes to that website identify themselves by race/ethnicity}.

My personal experiences has shaped this theory that "Green Gobs Of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts" seems to be largely unknown among African Americans. I don't remember that rhyme-or any other example of "yucky" rhymes from my childhood in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the 1950s. And when I have specifically asked individual African Americans or groups of African Americans adults, teens, and children about this rhyme, I've not found anyone who has said that they know it.

I have stated and will emphasize the fact that I am very aware that my seach for Black folks who know this rhyme has definitely been limited and has been conducted in an unscientific manner {in the sense that there certainly has not been any control group or strict tabulation of when, where, how, who, and how many people I have asked this question}. However, that said, my "survey" has included numerous children, teens, and adults-mostly in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area but also elsewhere-who participated and volunteered to recite and perform rhymes they know or remembered in what were ongoing [once a week cultural groups] or were participants in one time special programming game song/rhymes sessions that my daughter and I facilited within the Pittsburgh area between 1997-2006, or who were/are folks who I've communicated with as a result of them emailing me via my website. It also should be noted that a number of the African Americans who I've asked about their memory of or their familiarity with Great Green Globs or other such rhymes are {or have been} school teachers or school administrators in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in Southern New Jersey {family members and others}. Thus, they are persons who from the 1980s to date have had access to a "large" number of African American {and in New Jersey, also Latino children}.

None of these "informants" remember this rhyme from their childhood or from their teen hood or in their adult hood. And none of them indicated to me that they have ever heard children in their schools reciting this rhyme {though they have shared with me the "titles" and the words of other rhymes that they have heard children recite from their schools, families, and communities].

If this definitely unscientific finding is true, then I wonder why it is that Great Green Gobs etc appears to be much better known among White Americans than it appears to be known among non-White children. {Furthermore, this rhyme appears to be fondly remembered among White folks, while mention of its title or my reciting its words routinely evokes a "Say what?? or Yuck!" response among Black folks}.

If this rhyme really is largely unknown among African Americans, my theory as to why this can be summarized like this: Black children are and have been much more "in to" rhymes that are composed of two/four sentence formulaic rhymes or near rhymes, and which are percussive and which have accompanying movements. It appears to me that White children may not be as interested in these features for children's rhymes. Btw, I'm assuming that "Great Green Gobs etc" is recited without any accompanying body movements such as handclapping, or jumping rope, or ball bouncing, or doing choreographed, synchronized, percussive foot stomping routines. I'm very interested in knowing is this assumption true, meaning is "Great Green Gobs etc" is recited with no accompanying body movements?

I'm also wondering about the alliterative aspect of this rhyme. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any children's rhymes that seem to be well known among Black children, teens, and adults {who I've known and interacted with, anyway} which are alliterative. This is not to say that the words to rhymes aren't important to Black folks, but maybe-generally speaking-words may be important to us in different ways than in the alliterative sense...

Fwiw, I'm sharing these thoughts as part of my ongoing "mission" to explore the differences and/or similarities between the ways that the same or similar rhymes may be performed by people over time and over space and within different racial/ethnic groups within the same time periods {and sometimes within the same geographical spaces}.

For these reasons, I believe that race/ethnicity is {and should be} as valid a part of the demographical information that rhyme collectors document or attempt to document as are indices such as the informant/s gender, age, geographical location, the date or decade the informant remembers first learning the rhyme example, the informant's ideas about the meaning of the rhyme, particularly with regard to different slang terms and other colloquial expressions found in the rhyme example, the informant's information about how s/he learned the rhyme, and the way/s the informant perform/ed that particular rhyme.

There are some folks who mildly or vehemently disagree with my position about the validity of documenting an children's rhyme informant's race/ethnicity. However, I very firmly stand by this position {in spite of the "There she goes again" responses I have received and will probably continue to receive because of this position here and elsewhere}.

For the purposes of folkloric research and/or the folkloric "record", I'd be interested in any comments from Mudcat members and guests about these observations.

Thanks,


Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Gene
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 10:30 AM

WOW! hard to believe my original post was over TEN YEARS AGO...

how time flies...and i do not recall if i sent anyone an mp3
of the song...

anyone still interested..PM me..or EM: cn8gv9@aim.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 10:36 AM

I "spoke" too broadly- if "On Top of Spaghetti" falls into that Yucky rhyme category, I definitely remember it. But that may have been because of hearing recorded versions of it and not because I or other children or teens "spontaneously" chanted it...


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 12:08 PM

In the prairie provinces of Canada, 'gopher' is generally applied to the Richardson's ground squirrel, which was a plague on Canadian farms. Schoolkids were paid for each gopher tail they brought to school. This was in the depression years. No real evidence, but old timers claim they knew the rhyme back then, but I have no solid evidence. Pre-school kids still try to gross out their parents (a pretend situation) with the rhyme.

I am sure that the same 'gopher' problem existed throughout the plains states as well.
I don't know if the rhyme originated in the States or western Canada.

The pocket gopher has extended its range northward into central Alberta, etc., and may also contribute to the preservation of the rhyme.


Blacks were uncommon among the rural and small town citizens of this region and would be less likely to have carried it on.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 12:58 PM

Thanks for that information, Q.

I think "Gross out" rhymes is a better genre name for these types of children's rhymes. Is that what folklorist use to sub-categorize them?


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 03 Sep 07 - 01:10 PM

No idea what professional folklorists would call these rhymes.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,pauly
Date: 25 Nov 07 - 01:16 PM

big green gobbs of greasy grimy gopher guts
mutilated monkeys butts, bloody ribs and birdies feet
french fried eyballs rollin down a dirt street
me without my spoon
but i got my straw
slurp pop
lol


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,jessica
Date: 27 Nov 07 - 10:44 PM

the version i sang when i was a kid was a little different, and ive been looking all over the place for a website with this song!!


Boys are made of
Greasy grimy gopher guts
mutilated monkey meat
turkilated terkey feet
French fried eye balls swimming in a pool of blood
and i forgot my fork

SOOOOOOOO

I had a ham sandwitch with mustard on top
Eagle eyeballs and camel snot
All these things were cooked in a pot
And i forgot my spoon


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Bob
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 12:21 PM

In grade school in the early 1970's, our music teacher let our class sing this song after we completed our music assignments. It was quite a motivator for a bunch of 3rd and 4th graders.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Bob
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 12:34 PM

I just read some of the posts for other than song lyrics, so forgive the follow-up. I am white and we sang the song in a suburban elementary school outside of Buffalo, NY. The teacher had printed lyrics and I always had the impression that this was a well established song.

The song we sang had a refrain and three vereses. I remember nothing of the verses, but the refrain went like this (or at least I remember it like this):

Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher gusts,
mutilated monkey meat,
itty bitty birdie feet,
great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts,
a meal without a spoon.

I hope this helps anybody researching the song.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 07:56 PM

One of the verses begins with this:
"Some people eat hamburger meat,
Others like potatoes"

That's all I have


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Goose Gander
Date: 25 Dec 07 - 02:55 AM

This rhyme is definately traditional. This is what I remember from middle school (circa 1980/81):

Great green globs of greasy, grimey gopher guts
Marinated monkey nuts
Itty, bitty birdy's feet . . .

and that's all I remember . . . sorry, wish I could add a little more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Dave from Stanford
Date: 30 Mar 08 - 02:30 PM

I remember the ending being:

"All on a plate for a dollar ninety-eight
at (name of teased kid)'s grocery store"


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 11 May 08 - 09:28 AM

great green gobbs of greemy grimy goopher guts.
Mutilatd monkey meat, chopped up parakeet.
Chopped up eardrums swimming in my peanut butter.
Oops I forgot my spoon!
So I got me a scab sandwitch right on top(?)
monkeys eyeballs, camel snot.
chopped up eardrums dipped in glue....
eat your sandwitch its good for you! whats for dinner cow manuer were'd you find it ..in the sewer


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Dec 08 - 02:15 AM

Great big globs of ooey gooey gopher guts
mutilated monkey meat
crunchy little birdie feet
french fried eye balls
swimming in a pool of blood
and I forgot my spoon

I forgot my spoon
in the toilet bowl
I forgot my spoon
in the toilet bowl
great big globs of ooey gooey gopher guts
and I forgot my spoon!


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Lighter
Date: 05 Dec 08 - 09:49 AM

I first heard it in New York City in 1971 as follows:

Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts,
Mutilated monkey meat,
Itty bitty birdy feet,
Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts,
And me without a spoon!

The tune was "The Old Gray Mare, She Ain't What She Used to Be."

The grown-up who sang it had heard it in high school about 1966.

Looking back on the thread, these words are identical to the quoted chorus of Tom Glazer's version. He may only be responsible for the stanzas, which I've never heard.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 09 - 08:33 AM

In Alabama when i was a kid it was:

Big fat globs of
ofer goffer gopher guts
mutulated monkey meat
little birds tiny feet
rotton eye balls rolling down the street
and i forgot my spoon
but i brought a strawwwwww!


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Cindy
Date: 18 Aug 10 - 01:32 AM

Whats For Supper?.........

Great Green Gobs Of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
Chopped Up Monkey Meat
Contaminated Parakeet
And I Forgot My Spoon.....

I'M GLAD

Learned in Oregon Growing up


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,Mai Nehme Iz
Date: 19 Jul 11 - 01:45 AM

And I forgot my spoon
But I brought my straw (southern drawl)
And I ate it all (also with a drawl)


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Apr 12 - 09:44 PM

Lol I taught this to my sister she loves it!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Feb 14 - 05:08 AM

Well, I'm 74 and can remember singing this, especially on the school bus when the driver wanted us to sit down. It has been going on over and over in my head, just the first line, and driving me crazy . So thanks to all you other crazies out there for putting this information on the internet. If I find an audio version I'll post it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,David
Date: 16 Mar 16 - 08:00 PM

Here is some information related to the Tom Glazer / Vic Flick collaboration on the song and record.... and here is a link to an .MP3!

Great Green Gobs

Golden Records LP 267, On Top of Spaghetti and Other Songs That Tickle Your Funnybone.


http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/04/tom-glazer-as-played-by-vic-flick.html


http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/MW/Vic_Flick_-_Great_Green_Gobs.mp3


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Mar 16 - 01:15 AM

Here's the review from allmusic.com of Tom Glazer's 1963 album, On Top of Spaghetti:

    Tom Glazer's "On Top of Spaghetti," a rewrite of "On Top of Old Smokey," is one of the left-field pop hits of the '60s, having reached the Top 15 in 1963. The accompanying album is in the same vein, with Glazer and a banjo performing song parodies with a choir of kids. The remakes of familiar songs are given preposterous lyrics that constitute children's music only in the Shel Silverstein sense. For example, "Dunderbeck" is about a man who invents a meat grinder that turns all the neighborhood cats and dogs -- and finally Dunderbeck himself -- to sausage, and the tongue-twisting rendition of "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea" is so crazy it could have come off a They Might Be Giants' children's album. You might be getting the impression now that On Top of Spaghetti is pretty cutting-edge for children's music in 1963, and it is, but it isn't unprecedented -- Homer & Jethro's "The Battle of Kookamonga" seems to have influenced, or at least have been a precursor to, the songs heard here, particularly "From the Halls of Montezuma (To the Shores of P.T.A.)." Before the tradition of great subversive children's entertainers like Soupy Sales and Shel Silverstein, Glazer was already making children's music that adults could enjoy as well.

I'd swear I learned "Spaghetti" and "Gopher Guts" while I was in grade school, and I graduated from 8th grade in 1962 and went to high school, where we sang cool stuff and wouldn't be caught dead singing these kids' songs.
I'm still having a hard time believing that Tom Glazer composed these. The "On Top of Spaghetti" I knew was very similar to the lyrics Glazer sang on his recording. The "Gopher Guts" we sang was much simpler:

    Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
    Greasy grimy gopher guts
    Greasy grimy gopher guts
    Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
    And me without a spoon.


I don't know the name of the tune. We also sang "Here we sit like birds in the wilderness..." to the same tune, but I'm sure there are many others that use that tune and I should know what the root song is.

So, maybe Glazer wrote the "mutilated monkey meat" stuff and the verses, but not the original. Or maybe he wrote the whole damn thing, and I've been foiled again.

-Joe-


I posted the above last night, but couldn't think of the tune until this morning, when I was on the phone with Robert Rodriquez. Of course, the melody is "The Old Grey Mare."


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: Mark Ross
Date: 17 Mar 16 - 11:25 AM

I frequently practice child abuse, playing banjo & fiddle for pre-school kids, and the 1st thing every session is to sing this song. One mother stopped me on the street asking, "Why did you teach my daughter that song?" I replied that it was part of her cultural heritage. She answered me,"But she was standing on her seat on a city bus, singing it at the top of her lungs!"

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Lyr: Great Green Gobs of Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts
From: GUEST,ctaber
Date: 18 Mar 16 - 12:11 AM

I learned it like this:

I've got..... two quart cans of greasy grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat, little tiny birdie feet
French fried eyeballs swimmin' in a pool of blood
and I forgot my spoon! But I got my strawwwww!

(and that was the end).

My best friend might have been the one that mutilated it.... or is there an origin of that variation that anyone else is aware of?


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