archy on October 01, 2007, 04:27:31 pm
If any of y'all aren't familiar with this great old banjo picker's standard and wonder why the good Father Karol Wojtyła found it such a toe-tapper, understand that it was written by the team of musician/publisher Milt Ager and lyricist Jack Yellen, also responsible for Ain't She Sweet  and Happy Days Are Here Again, just two of the songs that helped put the *roaring* in  the Roaring Twenties. Also commonly known by its third verse opening line *Washington at Valley Forge* the tune also turned up in a couple of later animated films, as well as cover versions by everyone from the Firehouse Five to the Grateful Dead.

It goes like this:

Original Ager-Yellen version, by Irving Aaronson & His Commanders: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl7NQlejSDQ

Banjo/Mando/Uke pickers' instrumental version to work with: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSvZnHkGVnE

Current version by The Windbreakers [the Song that Will Not Die!] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-gYm7h3eUs


Crazy words, crazy tune,
All that I ever hear him croon
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe--doe doe doe.
Sits around, all night long
Sings the same words to every song
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe.
His ukulele, daily
How he'll strum!
Bum bum bum!
Vampin' and stampin'
Then he'll holler, "Black bottom!"
Crazy words, crazy tune,
He'll be driving me crazy soon
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe.

Napoleon
Marched his men
To Waterloo
What did he say to them?
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe.
Oh, is that so?

Washington
At Valley Forge
'Twas bitter cold and up spoke George
Vo do do, vo doe doe de o, doe.
No--you don't say?

And Simon Legree
In Uncle Tom's Cabin
What did he say to Uncle Tom?
I'll tell you what he said,
He took his whip and said to Uncle Tom--
"C'mon, Charleston!"

And in the Senate
The other day
What did our President Coolidge say?
Vo do de o, vo doe doe de o, doe!

Ah'm just a lowly salesman for the Deef Smith Greeting Card Company....

klblack on October 12, 2007, 12:30:03 pm
Thanks for the link to the Aaronson song on YouTube. I have that song on a "Greatest Hits of 1927" record, which is one of my favorites.

Another is "Constantinople" -- I spent quite some time getting the syncopation right in singing

Constantinople
C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E
Constantinople
Itís as easy to sing it as saying your A B Cís
C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E
Show your pluck now try your luck
And sing it loud with me
Constantinople
C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E
Constantinople
C-O-N-S-T-A-N-T-I-N-O-P-L-E

archy on October 17, 2007, 12:17:28 pm
Thanks for the link to the Aaronson song on YouTube. I have that song on a "Greatest Hits of 1927" record, which is one of my favorites.

Another is "Constantinople" -- I spent quite some time getting the syncopation right in singing


Now it's ISTANBUL, not Constantinople! http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~yavuzcet/lyrics.htm
Ah'm just a lowly salesman for the Deef Smith Greeting Card Company....

klblack on October 18, 2007, 08:48:55 pm
Heh heh; gotta love TMBG's cover of that song (here's an interesting fan video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGZEmx0aVGE).

wdg3rd on October 22, 2007, 09:18:57 pm

Now it's ISTANBUL, not Constantinople! http://www-unix.oit.umass.edu/~yavuzcet/lyrics.htm

And some us still think of the place as Byzantium.
Ward Griffiths        wdg3rd@aol.com

Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.  --  Denis Diderot

archy on October 25, 2007, 05:14:17 pm
Heh heh; gotta love TMBG's cover of that song

I pick at a tenor banjo from time to time, and have been pressganged into joining in with a band of brigands with a decided taste for music from the period of Spike Jones and the Firehouse Five. Problem is, the local juniuor college crowd hasn't much of a clue of just who those bands were. Accordingly, it was decreed that a TMBG reference would come pretty close.

Locally, we've been referred to as *They Might NOT Be Giants....*
Ah'm just a lowly salesman for the Deef Smith Greeting Card Company....

klblack on October 26, 2007, 09:32:11 am
Locally, we've been referred to as *They Might NOT Be Giants....*
And then there's "We're Certainly Dwarfs" from Terry Pratchett's Soul Music.