Froggy Went A-Courtin'!! (I heart Uncle Pecos)
If you do--do you remember this song? I must’ve listened to it about 75 times yesterday. Cracks me up every time.
Good ol' Uncle Pecos....every time he'd start playing his "ghee-tar", a string would break and he'd go after Tom cat for one of his whiskers. He wasn't afraid of Tom the way Jerry was--and therefore Tom was afraid of him! "Heeeere kitty kitty kitty! Ya know I cain't play the ghee-tar without a ghee-tar strang!"
Anyway, I found that song yesterday because my sister called me up wanting to know the lyrics to this song were. She was going to write them out in some card or something, but thought better of it since it was unlikely that the reader would know what she was talking about.
She knew that I would, though—because she grew up listening to me sing that song. I had always sung this song, but of course butchered the lyrics much the same way that Uncle Pecos does in his version.
Incase you’re wondering—(and I know you are)—the lyrics to this song are right here.
I think he was actually mixing two songs together, since who the hell knows where “Crambo” came from. Not to mention the fact that he skips half the song, mumbles, replaces words with ones that he can actually say and explains, "That's the hard part right in there N-N-N-n-Nephew!" and that "yodeling goes in thar somewhar", but it's too high for him.
I think the memory that sticks out in my sister’s head the most is when one year we were all sitting around my mother’s formal dining room table having Thanksgiving dinner, or some kind of special occasion and I was sitting to my mother’s left. My sister was sitting directly across from me.
I shoveled a few big mouthfuls of turkey and potatoes in my mouth and looked at my mother. The very second that she turned her head towards me, I busted out with, “WEEEEEEELLLLLLLL! Froggy went a-courtin’ he did ride, CRAMBO!”, with a mouth full of food. Some of it sprayed out at her, and in that split second she reached over and smacked me upside the head. All of this occurred w/in the time span of about a second.
I thought my sister was going to CHOKE TO DEATH laughing. I thought it was pretty funny too, which is why the slap really didn’t hurt. My mother didn’t hit me hard anyway—just enough to let me know she didn’t appreciate A.) My singing a hillbilly song quite loudly in her face; B.) My doing it with a mouth full of food and C.) Some of said food flying out of my mouth in her direction as a result.
I told my husband this story yesterday and he was surprised that my mother would slap me for that. I told him that it wasn’t a big deal because we were all laughing about it anyway. Getting slapped in our family was sometimes an expression of love. Perhaps that’s why we were so entertained by watching our like minded kin in the form of a cartoon mouse on television.
He then replied that he would have paid good money to see that whole scene go down. He asked why I would just bust out with that song out of nowhere and I didn't have an answer for him. So he said, “Well, you were probably a very hyper active kid.”
To which I replied, “Um….yeah, but I was 28 at the time.”