Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Silly Songs

I love all music but my passion is silly songs. The sillier the better. Some of the songs I consider silly may not strike the funny bone of others because sometimes the humor is dark. But most of them just make me happy. If you do not know them or just would like to hear them again most are available on UTUBE. Some even have videos.

It Came Out Of The Sky by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Seven Little Girls Sittin In The Backseat by Paul Evans and the Curls

The Mississippi Squirrel Revival by Ray Stevens

Frog Kissin' by Ray Stevens

It's Me Again Margaret by Ray Stevens (I guess you should just listen to Ray Stevens. He has a lot of good ones.)

The Ballad of Irving by Frank Gallop ( The Son Of Irving followed and was close to being as funny)

Chug-A-Lug by Roger Miller

Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh by Alan Sherman (There was also a sequel about the second year at camp but it was not as good)

La Dee Dah by Billie and Lillie

Happy Go Lucky Me by Paul Evans

Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (I also like it by Alvin and the Chipmunks)

I'm In Love With A Big Blue Frog by Peter, Paul, and Mary

I Wanna Be Like You and also Bare Necessities from the Disney cartoon Jungle Book

I Know An Old Lady which is a very old song Burl Ives does it best

The Marvelous Toy written by Tom Paxton My favorite version of it is sung by the Chad Mitchell Trio but the Irish Rovers also have a good version

The Battle of Kookamonga (as well as almost any thing else) by Homer and Jethro

Mahna Mahna by the Muppets

The Witch Doctor by David Seville

At The Codfish Ball and Singin' In The Bathtub by John Lithgow

High Hopes by Frank Sinatra

The Motorcycle Song by Arlo Guthrie ( Alice's Restaurant Massacree is a good one too)

Lollipop by The Chordettes

Mika also did a different song named Lollipop which is excellent. But Billy Brown was the best of his songs

The Jolly Green Giant by the Kingsmen

Splish Splash by Bobby Darin

Billie and Lillie are back with Lucky Lady Bug

Dead Skunk In The Middle Of The Road by Loudon Wainwright III

Purple Poeple Eater by Sheb Wooley

Rolf Harris sang Tie Me Kangaroo Down and My Boomerang Won't Come Back

Beans In My Ears by The Serendipity Singers

My Old Man's A Dustman has been done by so many. I like Lonnie Donegan and the Irish Rovers versions the best

Speaking of Lonnie Donegan I like Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor ( I have heard him do three different versions... all good)

Rainbow by Russ Hamilton ( not really silly but I do love this song)

Lily The Pink by either The Scaffold or the Irish Rovers

Little Bitty by Ala Jackson

Snoopy and the Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen (They actually have a whole album of the exploits of Snoopy and the Red Baron)

The Pheasant Plucker's Son I like the versions sung by both the Smothers Brothers and The Irish Rovers (There are several others who sing it)

Tippy Toeing by the Harden Trio

Miller's Cave by Bobby Bare

Iko Iko by the Dixie Cups

Johnny Cash had several... Dirty Old Egg Suckin' Dog, Joe Bean, The Boa Constrictor, Everybody Loves A Nut, and The One On The Right just to name a few. He had a marvelous sense of humor

Ugly Bug Ball by Burl Ives

The Witch Doctor by David Seville (the mastermind of the Chipmunks)

Spiders And Snakes by Jim Stafford

Marie Laveau by Bobby Bare

Crabs Walk Sideways by the Smothers Brothers

Beep Beep by The Playmates

Poor Jenny by the Everly Brothers

Please Mr Custer by Larry Verne

Speedy Gonzales by Pat Boone (believe it or not)

Put The Lime In The Coconut by Harry Nilsson

Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba

Who Put The Bomp by Barry Mann

Gonna Hire A Wino by David Frizzell

Girl On The Billboard by Del Reeves

Daffy Duck's Rhapsody by Mel Blanc

This House Is Haunted by Alice Cooper

I'll Stay In The House by Little Jimmy Boyd

There are a lot of serious songs that can be done in a funny way that I did not include. Most songs by Victor Borge were done in such a way as to make classical music fun, for instance.

This is only a partial list. I tried to stay away from holiday songs but I see a couple slipped in. There are also a lot of "off-color" songs that I did not include. I know that a bunch will pop into my head as soon as my head hits the pillow tonight. I hope you will listen to some of them at least and smile. It is good for you.


  1. Within the past few days I have heard Beep Beep a couple of times and now I know what group did the ditty, thanks Emma! I recognized quite a few songs on the list and so many that I did not. How about "On Top of Old Smokey(?)" not sure of that title and the one about "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?" and finally "Love Potion No. 9" or one that had the line "Get Outta Here with that ....."?

    1. Do you mean On Top Of Old Smokey or On Top Of Spaghetti? Both good songs. I do mention Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor. There are several versions of that. I like skiffle anyway. Love Potion No 9 is a great song but it as well as Poison Ivy are ear worms for me (I can't get them out of my head when I hear them) so I purposely did not mention them. As far as the last one I will only guess. It could be either Get Up Offa That Thing by James Brown or The Thing (Get Out Of Here With That Boom Boom Boom). My favorite version of that is by Phil Harris (the voice of Baloo in Jungle Book). I hope that helps.

  2. It did help, Emma. I was thinking of On Top od Spaghetti...all covered with cheese, Imlost my poor meatball when somebody sneezed.
    And, yes I do believe it was Phil Harris singing Get Out of Here with that...

  3. Whoops had the song title wrong it was simply named The Thing.

    1. I thought you might be thinking of The Thing. My mother used to sing it to us when we were little. She absolutely loved that song. And of course what child has not sung On Top Of Spaghetti? Both are good choices.