Saturday, December 22, 2007

Poignant childhood memory recalled

Great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat, concentrated turkey feet
One quart can of all-purpose porpoise pus
Swimming in pink lemonade.
And I forgot my straw!!

To the best of my recollection, this is how we sang this well-known camp song, but there are as many different versions of this as there are internet posters, I suspect.

This is called the folk process. It's why there are so many different versions of, say, 'Shenandoah', or 'What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor', both classics in their own right.

I am filled with nostalgia tonight.

P.S. We have passed the shortest day and the longest night. Hooray for the return of the light!



Anonymous said...

Oh - no worries - I laughed at your Great green.....

My version was simpler -

It was - great green GOBS and then it was birdy feet (not turkey) and finished with

Thanks for the laugh!

May Terry said...

Thanks, anonymous (?) Feel free to identify yourself if you like :-)