Thursday, August 22, 2013
We've been paying a lot of attention to Allan Sherman this summer because it's the 50th anniversary of the release of Hello Mudddah, Hello Faddah, his classic funny tribute to the agonies and joys of summer camp.
Today we're posting Shticks and Stones from Sherman's record My Son, The Folksinger (1962). It's hard to believe this album is 50 years old.. The references are so outdated, yet somehow still so hilariously clever.
It's a collection of eleven partial songs that could have been a whole new album, but instead, Sherman combined them into a five minute long medley. In his prime, Sherman was bursting with puns and ideas for song parodies. In his world view, Jews tended to be in the garment business, manufacturing, retailing, or sales, either as owners or workers, and his songs reflect the seasonal nature of those businesses.
His timing was impeccable, and his delivery was always timed to make a direct hit on the funnybone.
This medley includes two of our favorites, I Gave My Love a Cherry, a takeoff on The Riddle Song, one of the oldest English folksongs, and I'm Melvin Rose of Texas, a takeoff on The Yellow Rose of Texas. Here are some of the lyrics:
I gave my love a chicken; it had no bone.
I gave my love a cherry; it had no stone.
I gave my love a baby, and then you see, my love got very angry and she said to me:
I didn't mind the chicken without the bone.
I didn't mind the cherry without the stone.
But when you give a baby there's just one thing...
You ought to give at least an engagement ring.
Oh I'm Melvin Rose of Texas, and my friends all call me Tex.
When I lived in old New Mexico, they used to call me Mex.
When I lived in old Kentucky, they called me old Kentuck.
I was born in old Shamokin, which is why they called me Melvin Rose.
Thanks to Jerry Funk for posting this gem on YouTube.
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