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Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)

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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Aug 12 - 02:19 PM

How bout them toad suckers
ain't they clods
Sittin there sucken them green toadies frogs
Sucken them hop toads
Sucken them chunckers
Sucken them leapy type
Sucken them plunkers
Look at them toad suckers ain't they snappy
Sucken them bog frogs sure make em happy
Them hugger mugger toad suckers way down South
Stickin them sucky toads in they mouth
How to be a toad sucker, no way to duck it
Just get yourself a toad and rare back and suck it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST,MB in KC
Date: 18 Oct 11 - 02:06 PM

More Toad Suckers tales... I retired from GM in 07, but I'll always remember Toad Suckers. I heard it about once a week when a certain toolmaker and I worked the same shift. Being in maintenance, we all carried two-ways, and although it pissed management off somethin' fierce, it didn't deter my toolmaking friend from keyin' up and reciting Toad Suckers whenever things got quiet. Invariably, we laughed our a**es off when we heard him, his rhythm and intonation just perfect, and they never could pin it on him, exactly. Great to see there's a SITE devoted to Toad Suckers, and even an explanation as to where it started and what it really means. Thanks, Mason, for making us all laugh, 40 years later.
MB


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST,mamatia
Date: 12 Aug 09 - 09:40 PM

I first heard "Toad Suckers" in 1980 when I was in high school. Every morning someone would call the radio station (which was located 50 miles away) to request it. Living in rural Virginia, we thought it was the "dirtiest" song we'd ever heard!!!   I have thought of it off and on since then but could only come up with "Frog Sucker" and I knew that wasn't right. I've been trying for several months to get the lyrics. Sitting in a meeting this morning, "Toad Sucker" hit me....I'm glad I didn't blurt it out loud!!! Now I just wish I had a recording of it!!!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 18 Jul 09 - 11:31 AM

The Kingston Trio recorded two different selections from Them Poems:

"Them Poems Medley" is on their last Capitol album, "Back in Town".

"More Poems" is on their first Decca album, "Nick, Bob and John":

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Trio-Nick-Bob-John/dp/B000001845/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1247930686&sr=1-4


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 06:07 PM

You are way more charitable than I, Joe...

someone did a search, and since Mudcat is often at the top of results, they landed in this one thread, and somehow got the idea that 'we' just sit here, waiting to 'answer requests'...even if the requests are vague and presumptuous.
(Just looked, and in this case, THIS thread in Mudcat is the third hit in Google)

(I have done a search for a song, and found the first hit was my own post from 6-7 years ago!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 05:48 PM

It always makes me wonder. This is the e-mail I sent to the requestor (along with the lyrics):
    Hi -
    You posted a request for "Them Toad Suckers" in a Mudcat Cafe thread that contained the lyics and all sorts of backgorund information on the song. We're wondering why, since we get requests like this quite often. Did you get to Mudcat by a search that showed you only part of the thread, or how is it that you got to Mudcat without seeing lyrics in the thread where you posted?
    I think there must be something wrong with Mudcat, because it happens so often. Could you please let me know so we can rectify the problem?
    Thank you very much.

    -Joe Offer, Forum Moderator, The Mudcat Cafe-


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: Bill D
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 02:35 PM

"send it back"?? It's posted right above.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jul 09 - 02:29 PM

i honestly have forgotten toad suckers can someone send it back to me thanks

pslbluesfan1@aol.com


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 01 Mar 09 - 08:22 AM

Toad Suck Daze (sic) is an annual festival held at Conway, Arkansas. From the official web site:
    What does "Toad Suck" mean anyway?

    Well, the answer is quite simple... Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn't, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said: "They suck on the bottle 'til they swell up like toads." Hence, the name Toad Suck. The tavern is long gone, but the legend and fun live on at Toad Suck Daze.
An NPR report about a toad-sucking dog.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: Joe_F
Date: 27 Feb 09 - 09:11 PM

On 3 July 1983 The New York Times reported:

Token Sucking

"I frankly couldn't think of anything more downright unhealthy," said Hugh A. Dunne, a special assistant to the president of the Transit Authority.
Mr. Dunne was discussing token sucking. Transit and police officials said in February that a number of youths were stealing subway tokens -- sometimes dozens a day -- by sucking them from turnstile slots.
The youths would either first jam the turnstiles with cardboard or simply suck out the token before the rider could go through the turnstile. The token sits on a lever in the turnstile slot until the patron goes through.
Now, according to Edward J. Silberfarb, a transit police spokesman, token sucking is a "nonsituation."
"It wasn't a big problem at the time and it isn't now," Mr. Silberfarb says. He says he doesn't know how many incidents have occurred recently or if any arrests have been made.
"There's no token sucking squad," he says. "It's not really the kind of thing we keep separate records on. From time to time a clerk reports an incident, and if it persists we send a plainclothes patrol there."
"The story caught the interest of a lot of readers," he says. "But the size of the interest doesn't always indicate the size of the problem."

It seemed to me at the time that this was the stuff of a Masonic song:

How about them token suckers?
Ain't they the pits?
Sucking them tokens
To save six bits.

Them foulmouthed token suckers,
Prob'ly New Wave.
Bet they buy mascara
With the money they save.

Sucking that dirty brass,
Sucking it clean,
Lurking in the shadows
Of the turnstile machine,

Hoping Mr Silberfarb will
Wander thru the station,
Hoping they can trap him
In a nonsituation.

Lookit them token suckers --
Ain't they odd?
Keep an eye peeled
For the token sucking squad.

New York's a rotten apple,
The biggest in the store:
Suck a dozen tokens,
And you can have the core.

How to be a token sucker?
Don't even try.
They's nicer things to suck, and
They's better ways to die.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Them dog pickers (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Feb 09 - 01:18 AM

I was in elementry 40 yrs. ago and was read a poem about dog pickers aint they recluse upon them boonedocks goosen them moose ? cant remember but is stuck in my head. WHO Or What is the rest?


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 08 Jan 08 - 04:27 PM

Many years ago, in my 60's single life, I befriended a delightful young lady who, when she wasn't preparing my herbal tea or slaving away at macrame',collected odd books. One of these was "The Mason Williams Reading Matter," a paperbook with a white cover, as I recall. I borrowed it for a time, but relenquished it after noting "Them Toad Suckers" and a lot of other such material. She very much reminded me of the woman in Gordon Lightfoot's "Susan's Floor." I played a lot of songs on hers. We have long since lost touch, but the book must exist somewhere.

Several years later, I found myself distributing the wines of Tom and Dick Smothers and Pat Paulsen, all of whom I would see, from time to time. I never did meet Mason Williams, though I once knew a studio guitarist who had worked with him.


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Subject: Lyr Add: YOU DONE STOMPED ON MY HEART (M Williams)
From: oldhippie
Date: 07 Jan 08 - 10:10 PM

You Done Stomped On My Heart

Mason Williams


I told you that I loved you
You said that is so good
I called you my darlin'
I thought I always would
But now you've gone and left me
I don't know what to do
So my little darlin'
I write these words to you

Chorus:

You dun stomped on my heart
And you mashed that sucker flat
You just sortta stomped on my Aorta
You started going out with guys
I felt us drift apart
And every step you took
Was a stomp upon my heart

I only hope that someday you get
Them low down blues
In some smokey honky tonk
You looked down at your shoes
You'll think about that tender heart
That you crushed beneath them soles
With your cold bustin' stompers
You left my head so full of holes


Chorus


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: GUEST,Bill The Pony
Date: 07 Jan 08 - 02:35 PM

I know for a fact that Mason Williams is the author of "Them Toad Suckers" because I also remember him performing it in 1968 on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, along with his brief intro about imagining it would be something folks in the south would do.

And a few years later I saw the book with a number of the "Them..." ditties by Mason Williams and have regretted not purchasing it ever since. But I do remember it included both "Them Moose Goosers" and "Them Dog Kickers".

BTW, I learned the 7th line of "Them Toad Suckers" as: Suckin' them bog-frogs sure make 'em happy...(vs. "bullfrogs" as noted above)


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: Auxiris
Date: 16 Jan 04 - 11:26 AM

And here's another,though I don't know who to credit it to:



How 'bout them bosom barers, ain't they brass?

Barin' they bosom, barin' they ass,

Barin' from the bottom up, from the top down,

Barin' 'til the customer's eyes roll aroun'


How 'bout them bosom barers, takin' off they clothes,

Even when they don't feel like it, I suppose.

If ya see a bosom barer's teeth start to chatter,

Be a bosoma barer's buddy an' lend her a sweater!


cheers,

Aux


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: alanabit
Date: 16 Jan 04 - 03:40 AM

Paul Downes did "Them Toad Suckers" on the Downes and Beer live album back in the early eighties. I suspect that if you run into Paul or Phil and ask them very nicely, they might be able to dig up a copy. There's some good music there too...


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Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 16 Jan 04 - 12:58 AM

Who's Benjamin Williams, Garg? I closed the other thread and crosslinked to this one, because this one had already answered half the question. Didn't make sense to split the answer into two threads.

As Bee-Dubya-Ell said above, information on the book is available from this site (click) - it's for sale for ten bucks from the Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin. The "Them Poems" I posted above are identified on the Julesarts website as having been written by Mason Williams - but were they?

The only "Them Poems" I've heard on recordings are the three done by the Kingston Trio on Back in Town:
  • Lunch Toters
  • Stamp Lickers
  • Them Hors d'oeuvres


  • Also see The Mason William Webpage for a list of more "Them Poems" - but I can't tell if it's complete.
    -Joe Offer-


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
    From: GUEST,.gargoyle
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 09:48 PM

    I think you screwed the pouch on this one JOE!

    Is Benjamin Williams the same????? As this thread???

    Banjoman_CO
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 01:05 AM

    Long time ago, Mason Williams wrote a bunch of what he called "Them Poems". Anybody familiar with these and do you know if they are available in print.

    Sincerely,
    Gargoyle

    Joe - you tweakin' too much!


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    Subject: ADD: Them Fast Talkers (Mason Williams)
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 08:50 PM

    Them Fast-Talkers
    by: Mason Williams

    How about Them Fast-Talkers,
    Ain't they slick?
    Tell'n everything they know,
    Say'n it quick.

    Them dad-gun fast-talkers,
    Act'n like they play'n;
    Keep'n people so confused,
    Wonder'n what they say'n.

    Whether they be twenty-five,
    Or even if they thirty,
    Somethin' 'bout 'em is for sure,
    They be awfully wordy.

    How to be a fast-talker,
    This is what ya do;
    No matter really what ya say,
    Just finish 'fore ya thru!


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    Subject: ADD: Them Clod Busters (Mason Williams)
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 08:47 PM

    Them Clod-Busters
    by: Mason Williams

    How about them clod-busters,
    Ain't they neat?
    Bustin' them clods flat
    With they feet.

    Stomp'n them big clods,
    Bust'n them little,
    Mash'n them dirt clods,
    In they middle.

    Look at them clod-busters,
    Have'n lots of fun?
    Kick'n ever dirty clod,
    Stomp'n on the run.

    How to be a clod-buster,
    Fix'n fields to sow,
    Just find ya-self a dirt clod,
    And bust it with ya toe!


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    Subject: ADD: Them Sticker Gitters (Mason Williams)
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 08:45 PM

    Them Sticker Gitters
    by: Mason Williams

    How about Them Sticker Gitters,
    Ain't they neat?
    Gittin' them stickers
    In they feet.

    Gittin' them goatheads,
    Gittin' them briars,
    Pickin' them out with
    Sticker Pickin' Pliers.

    Look at Them Sticker Gitters,
    Can't they cuss?
    Soons git a sticker,
    Raise a mighty huge fuss.

    Them tender-footed Sticker Gitters,
    How they squeal,
    Stickers in they toes,
    Stickers in they heals.

    How to be a Sticker Gitter?
    Don't need a ticket.
    Stick yer foot'n the weeds.
    Let the stickers git it.


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    Subject: ADD: Them Whisker Flickers (Mason Williams)
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 08:44 PM

    Them Whisker Flickers
    by: Mason Williams

    How about Them Whisker Flickers,
    Ain't they weird?
    Sittin' there thinkin'
    And flickin' they beard.

    Flickin' they goatee,
    Flickin' they muff,
    Flickin' it gently,
    Flickin' it ruff.

    Look at them Whisker Flickers,
    Ain't they a twist?
    Some use they finger,
    Some use they fist.

    Them itchy faced Whisker Flickers,
    Don't cause trouble,
    Sittin' there pensively,
    Flickin' that stubble.

    How to be a Whisker Flicker?
    Don't need a ticket.
    Gitcha face fuzzy,
    Sit and think and flick it!


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    Subject: ADD: Them Beaver Cleavers (Mason Williams)
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 08:38 PM

    Them Beaver Cleavers
    by: Mason Williams

    How about Them Beaver Cleavers,
    Ain't they rank?
    Cleavin' them beavers
    Down on the Bank.

    Cleavin' they heads in,
    Cleavin' they spine,
    Clompin' them beavers,
    Ever one they find.

    Look at Them Beaver Cleavers,
    Ain't they a shock?
    Some use a ball-peen,
    Some use a rock.

    Them ever clever Beaver Cleavers,
    Hidin' in the leaves,
    Beaver comes by,
    Gits a few cleaves.

    How to be a Beaver Cleaver?
    Ain't much to it.
    Jist coldcock a beaver.
    Reckon that'll do it.


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    Subject: ADD: Them Moose Goosers (Mason Williams)
    From: Joe Offer
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 08:36 PM

    You never know when the link provided by Bee-dubya-ell might disappear, so I'm going to post the ones identified as Mason Williams pieces (are they???). There's from http://www.julesarts.com/literature/them/main.html. the Webmaster also posted some of his own compositions that are along the same vein, but I think I'll skip those.
    -Joe Offer-

    Them Moose Goosers
    by: Mason Williams

    How about Them Moose Goosers,
    Ain't they recluse?
    Up in them boondocks
    Goosin' them moose.

    Goosin' them huge moose,
    Goosin' them tiny,
    Goosin' them meadow-moose,
    In they hiny.

    Look at Them Moose Goosers,
    Ain't they dumb?
    Some use an umbrella,
    Some use a thumb.

    Them obtuse Moose Goosers,
    Sneakin' through the woods,
    Pokin' them snoozy moose
    In they goods.

    How to be a Moose Gooser?
    I'll turn ye puce.
    Gitchy gooser loose and
    Rouse a drowsy moose!


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
    From: Cluin
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 05:56 PM

    "Oh, go lick a toad!"

    I like that. Think I'll use it.


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
    From: Micca
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 05:39 PM

    For those with enquiring minds who are curious as to why ANYONE would suck a toad try here


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers (Mason Williams)
    From: Cluin
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 02:50 PM

    Using the last link on Bruce's 1st page above...
    (slightly altered)


    Them Mudcatters

    How about them Mudcatters? Ain't they empiric?
    Sittin there postin' Them there lyrics.

    Postin them big ones, postin them small,
    Postin them medium-sized, postin them tall.

    Look at them Mudcatters. Ain't they snappy?
    Postin' them lyrics Sure makes them happy.

    And them GUEST Mudcatters, Ain't they satiric?
    Sittin' there joinin' in, postin' their lyrics.

    Wanna be a Mudcatter? Don't need a ticket.
    Gittchyself a lyric, Rare back and post it.


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    Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Them Poems'
    From: Bee-dubya-ell
    Date: 15 Jan 04 - 01:27 AM

    Click here. It's got 9 of Mason's "Them" poems plus some others that the site owner has written.

    And HERE'S a link to info on a real book. It's a review of sorts, but there's a link to the book's publisher somewhere on the page.

    Bruce


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
    From: judy
    Date: 22 Apr 98 - 12:41 AM

    Roger,

    Thank you so much for Them StampLickers!! I don't remember hearing that one.

    Kicking my internet addiction. Don't come here as often as I used to.

    Anyone? Any more?

    enjoy!
    judy


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
    From: rich r
    Date: 12 Apr 98 - 10:12 PM

    I think the "correct" pronunciation for the last of those Thems is "horse doovers"

    rich r


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    Subject: Lyr Add: THEM POEMS (Mason Williams)
    From: Roger Himler
    Date: 11 Apr 98 - 06:19 PM

    Them Stamp Lickers

    How about them stamp lickers, ain't they champs?
    Drool, slurp, slobber, lickin' them stamps.
    Lickin' them green stamps, lickin' them blue,
    Lickin' that paper, eatin' that glue.
    Look at them stamp lickers, ain't they gung ho?
    Lickin' them thrift stamps with they tongue-o,
    Them lollygoggle stamp lickers, ain't they a rage?
    Stickin' them licky-stamps on that page.
    How to be a stamp licker? Don't need a ticket.
    Get a stamp or two, juice up and lick it!



    Them Lunch Toters

    How about them lunch toters, ain't they a bunch?
    Goin' off to work a-totin' they lunch.
    Totin' them vittles, totin' that chow.
    Eatin' it later, totin' it now.
    Look at them lunch toters. Ain't they funny?
    Some use a paper sack, some use a gunny.
    Them food-frugal lunch toters, ain't they wise?
    Totin' they lunch made by they wives.
    How to be a lunch toter? If I may emote it,
    Gitchy wife to fix it. Go to work and tote it.

    These are two of M. Williams' "Them Poems" mutilated by my own folk process. If you are familiar with the "talkin' blues" style of Woody Guthrie and others, that is the basic musical background for these tunes. You learn one tune and you've learned them all. Oh yes, even as I speak one more comes to me.

    Them H'or Dourvers (sp?)

    How 'bout them H'or Dourvers ain't they sweet?
    Little piece of cheese, little piece of meat. THE END


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
    From: judy
    Date: 11 Apr 98 - 04:38 PM

    For text only, Los Angeles Freenet charges something less (maybe $20/yr). They went full graphics maybe 3 years ago. The disadvantages are:

    1. You get kicked off after 1 hour of use. You can immediately go back on. The idea was to let the most amount of users on without having busy signals.

    I have been on extensively for the past two years (read that as 1-3hr/day) and can count on one hand the number of times I've gotten a busy signal. (Better than some mainstream ISPs I've heard of that start with A and end with L). Usually it's been when they're upgrading. It is a problem to me once in a while when I need to download a large file. But I hear Netscape is going to let you continue a download (like I can on my BBS. Only get 1hr/day there)

    2. You cannot get RealAudio or some kinds of chat through their firewall.

    That is again to avoid the jam of constant downloading. The lack of RealAudio is annoying because it means I cannot listen to some archived radio shows I'd like. Probably other things I haven't been able to explore for lack of having it as well. I have been on a couple of chats so I don't really know which ones are not allowed. It's no biggy to me anyway.

    3. I don't believe LAFN provides member webspace. But as you can see Eugene Freenet does.

    Other than those three restrictictions, I have found LAFN to be terrific. Your price sounds a heck of a lot better than the $20/mo. fee most places charge but when it's up you may want to look into your nearest freenet.

    Thanks for the offer to tape (with permission). I'll check with a bunch of people around here if no one posts.

    enjoy!
    judy


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
    From: Bill D
    Date: 11 Apr 98 - 01:47 PM

    By the way...I know about freenets, but thought they were usually text only?!?!...and I gotta have my full graphic, super connection!! (I found a deal that will keep me on unlimited service with full everything till April of 2000, at $6.74/mo....yes, it helps to live in a major metropolitan area with LOTS of competition!)


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
    From: Bill D
    Date: 11 Apr 98 - 01:42 PM

    Judy..most of the record is 'them' songs...*grin* thats about 30-35 minutes 'live'...at my typing speed, that would be about....oh, 8 weeks...*wink*...the easy way is to make a tape copy...you might inquire of Mason how he'd feel about that after all these years...it's easy enough for me....


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
    From: judy
    Date: 11 Apr 98 - 02:27 AM

    Darn! Typed a reply and it vanished into the ether.

    Mountain dog and Bill D,

    Thanks for the verses. I love the "moose goosers". What a hoot! Bill, I'd be gratefull if you have the time (and I know how that is) to type up the intros to the other verses and the verses themselves.

    I went to Mason Williams' site and saw he's got quite a few. He has requested people to suggest what they'd like to see on the site. I'll email him a request for all of Them Poems and post them here if I get a reply. I see he's on Eugene freenet. Yeay for freenets, you all should look into them. My connection only costs $40 per year.

    Or is there anyone else out there who knows some? Or any homemade verses? I just LOVE them poems!!

    enjoy! judy


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
    From: Mountain Dog
    Date: 09 Apr 98 - 10:40 AM

    Dear Bill,

    Now "THEM's" the goods!

    Thanks a heap!


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    Subject: Lyr Add: THEM TOAD SUCKERS (Mason Williams)
    From: Bill D
    Date: 08 Apr 98 - 10:26 PM

    yep, Mountain Dog....that was one of the highlights of my TV watching career...He was introduced, and the camera focused on a totally black stage....then a lone spotlight slowly came up with Mason sitting on a tall stool..he began clapping in a slow, forceful rhythm, like a chain gang holler or something, and proceed to sing/chant...

    THEM TOAD SUCKERS
    (Mason Williams)

    "How about them toad suckers? Ain't they clods?
    Sittin' there suckin' them green toady frogs.
    Suckin' them hop-toads, suckin' them chunkers,
    Suckin them leapy types, suckin' them plunkers.

    Look at them toad suckers. Ain't they snappy?
    Suckin' them bog-frogs sure makes 'em happy.
    Them huggermugger toad suckers, way down south,
    Stickin' them sucky toads in they mouth!
    How to be a toad sucker? No way to duck it.
    Gittchyseff a toad, rare back and suck it!"

    ....and then the spotlight dimmed again, leaving the stage dark.

    On the record,(which I am looking at as I type), he has little intros to each 'them' song, with a homey explanation about each. I am sure that when I saw it on TV there was NO introduction..(perhaps he did it more than once). I remember sitting there stunned as that spotlight dimmed....The record is called "The Mason Williams Listening Matter" Everest 3265...it says he was the head writer on the Smothers Brothers show in 67-68.The record has a date of April 11, 1969 on it....

    (he also sang what he called his attempt at country music on this record..."You Done Stompt on my Heart"

    All the 'Them' songs were short things, like Haiku...same rhythm, same length...


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    Subject: RE: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
    From: Mountain Dog
    Date: 08 Apr 98 - 01:03 PM

    Hi, Judy

    I remember howling, holding my innards and laughing 'til I cried the night I heard Mason Williams recite "Them Toad Suckers" on the Smothers Brothers Comedy show in the summer of '68!

    He introduced it by saying: "I've never actually seen anybody do this, but it struck me as something they'd probably do down South..." (I was living in Houston, Texas at the time, very much against my will, and resentful as only a thirteen year old boy can be about such things. I still thank Mason for that gift of humor and insight that brightened an otherwise miserable year! Then, years later, I came across an Associated Press blurb in the paper that mentioned the upcoming celebration of Yellville, Arkansas' "Annual Toad Suck Parade"! I'm certain it was inspired in some fashion by Messr. Williams' poetic jibe, but I've never been able to garner further details…nor to attend the doubtlessly awesome festivities. Anyone know anything more about this fabled festival?)

    Regretfully, I remember only snippets of "Them Toad Suckers" and, like you, hope someone can recall the entire opus. Williams composed a wonderful corpus of "Them Poems" along the lines of "Toad Suckers", including one of my favorites, "Them Moose Goosers", which boasted such deathless lines as: "Look at them moose goosers, ain't they obtuse? Sneakin' through the woods, just a-goosin' them moose. Goosin them huge moose, goosin them tiny, goosin them little moose in they heinie. How 'bout them moose goosers?, Ain't they dumb? Some use a um-barella, some use their thumb…"

    If nothing else, I found a Mason Williams Homepage (see URL below) that promises to put up some or all of "Them Poems" in the near future.

    Judy, thanks for jogging my memory! I have a feeling today's going to be one in which "Classical Gas" will be chasing snatches of "Them Poems" all through my head…

    You'll find lots of info on Mason Williams, past and present, at:

    http://www.efn.org/~masonwms/

    Best regards


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    Subject: LYR REQ: Them Toad Suckers
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    Date: 08 Apr 98 - 12:37 AM

    Bill D,

    How about Them Toad Suckers? Do you have some of the verses? Or anyone else? (I know, I know: not folk) But I get such a kick out of it!
    enjoy!
    judy


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