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Down by the river in a iddy-biddy poo,

Fwam twee widdle fishies, and a mamma fishie too.

'Fwim,' said the mamma fishie, 'fwim if you can!'

And they fwam and they fwam, all over the dam.

Ut-ut, ittem bottem, wonum two.

Ut-ut ittem bottem, wonum, two.

And they fwam and they fwam, all over the dam!

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> Anyone check you for a heartbeat recently?

 

Hey, Jump - is that me you're dissin'? It's hard to tell, 'cause you seem to have replied to yourself.

 

I'll have you know that this lovely classic ditty was a big hit back in the Swing Stone Age - you know, like "Mairzey Dotes" and "Hutsut Ralston on the Rillara." My mother and her sisters used to sing it to their respective kids back in the day (and it was already old, even way back when I was a kid), and I sang it to mine, just to keep the torch lit. It's for sure that all the stars we revere on this website knew it well. And a brawla-brawla-suett!!

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Wow, jdb1 you have it all wrong. I was trying to think of a movie quote to post on the pointless thread for today and since I had watched The Last Seduction (1994) yesterday I thought it would be a good source for the quote. I wanted to use the quote about the balls, but thought that would **** off GarboManiac again and I didn't want to do that so I picked a safer quote that I like as well. Sorry about the confusion.

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> Wow, jdb1 you have it all wrong. I was trying to

> think of a movie quote to post on the pointless

> thread for today and since I had watched The Last

> Seduction (1994) yesterday I thought it would be a

> good source for the quote. I wanted to use the quote

> about the balls, but thought that would **** off

> GarboManiac again and I didn't want to do that so I

> picked a safer quote that I like as well. Sorry about

> the confusion.

 

Sweetie, I was just razzing you, as the old folks sometimes do to the young 'uns . . . No harm done.

 

Maybe try using quotation marks.

 

Anyway, every time someone I know bemoans the current state of popular music, I sing them a bar of two of "Twee Widdle Fishies" to let them know things weren't always that great back in the Olden Days, either.

 

I know more of those songs -- maybe I'll bestow some more of them upon you.

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OK - making good on my threat, here's another one. I believe Bing Crosby, among others, recorded it. I know Tiny Tim did. I had an old, beat up copy of his "For My Little Friends" album of children's songs (it's actually quite good), which I played for my nursery school class at naptime:

 

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;

 

CHICKERY CHICK cha-la cha-la, chekala romey,

In a bananika, bollika wollika,

Can't you see CHICKERY CHICK is me.

 

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!

 

CHICKERY CHICK cha-la cha-la, chekala romey,

In a bananika, bollika wollika,

Can't you see CHICKERY CHICK is me.

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> Just for fun, did you light up your spell check?

 

Think I gave it nervous palpitations. When I looked for these lyrics online, to refresh my memory, I got dozens of different versions of the spelling. I used text that purports to track the lyrics of the sheet music (c. 1945). One site called it "an old Cajun song."

 

Here's some more from the golden 40s:

 

Choo-choo to Broadway, foo Cincinnati

Don't get icky with the one two three

Life is just so fine on the solid side of the line - rip.

 

All reet, all reet, Jackson.

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Hey, I'm walking with my woman, she got great big feet

Long, lean and angry, she ain't had nothing to eat

But she's my woman, and I love her just the same

She's a fine looking woman, and Caldonia is her name

 

Now here we go!

 

Caldoni-a, Caldoni-a, what makes your big head so hard?

I love her, yeah, I love her just the same!

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We used to sing this one in day camp, but not with exactly the same melody. Mi - mi - mi. La - la -la. Ahem . . . . .

 

Little man walked up and down,

To find an eatin' place in town.

He looked the menu thru and thru,

To see what a dollar bill might do.

 

CHORUS:

One meat ball,

One meat ball,

One meat ball,

All he could get was one meat ball.

 

He told that waiter near at hand,

The simple dinner he had planned.

The guests were startled one and all,

To hear that waiter loudly call.

 

Repeat CHORUS

 

Little man felt so ill at ease,

He said: "Some bread Sir, if you please."

The waiter hollered down the hall:

You get no bread with your one meat ball.

 

Little man felt so very bad,

One meat ball is all he had.

And in his dreams he can still hear that call

You get no bread with your one meat ball.

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Wake up, America! It's a beautiful NYC summer day. A good day for some mind expansion, the more pointless the better.

 

Wanna do quotations? Here's a good one for movie lovers:

 

"The mind can make substance, and people planets of its own with beings brighter than have been, and give a breath to forms which can outlive all flesh."

----- Lord Byron

 

Rather pithy, eh what? I know you all have your favorites. Absurdist leanings are welcome.

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