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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000474.txt from 2000/04

From: Ken Wolman <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Music and Academic Achievement
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 14:06:57 -0400

> 1. Flat Foot Floogie with a Floy Floy
> 2. Three 'iddy Fishies ina 'iddy Biddy Pool
> 3. Mairsy Doats and Doazy Doats and Little Lambzy Divy
> 4. Hut Sut Ralson on a Rillera and a Fralla Fralla Suet
> I'm anxious to hear Tony Pay's commentary on all this.

I'm not Tony Pay, sorry:-). But I remember the late George C. Scott
going on some TV talk show way back when and reciting the lyrics to
1940s songs...because the songs of the Sixties and Seventies were
ostensibly drek, and the "old standards" were supposed to be classics of
some mythic Golden Age. You had to hear Scott, in that gravelly and
unforgettable voice, declaiming the lyrics to "Three Little Fishies ina
iddy-biddy poo'" and "Mairsy Doats" like he was reciting poetry by Byron
or Shelley. Let's say every lyricist back then was not Ira Gershwin....

And of course my parents had a party record from the 1940s called "She
has freckles on her butt, she is nice." Do you think I could make this
up?? Plus the standard stuff like Vaughn Monroe singing "Ghost Riders
in the Sky" which Mickey Katz brilliantly spoofed as "Borscht Riders in
the Sky," plus the usual collection of Spike Jones, complete with
"Cocktails for Two" sung to the accompaniment of cowbells and barking

Even the great songs could be parodied. Lenny Bruce used to do a bit
involving "Old Man River" which was totally un-PC (as was everything
that man did), and involved correcting someone's pronunciation. "No,
no, not 'river,' RIBBER, RIBBER!"

Kenneth Wolman Deutsche Bank, NA 212-469-6026
1251 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020
You DO know that the bass clarinet is the earthly equivalent of God's
don't you?--Shouryu Nohe

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