After reading Kat at Angel Who Swears’ post on surviving her childhood from the 1970’s and then reading Robbie Yate’s funny poem entitled “Cold,” not to mention just reading one of the funniest damned posts from Lille Sparven called, “An Exciting Geographical Discovery” — well, how could I not be inspired to share funny songs that I remember from my childhood. (If you haven’t already read these posts, all you have to do is click on the highlighted portion and it will take you directly to their posts — and, please, let them know what you think! We all need love and encouragement from you! Also, if you like what you read here or in the others’ posts, please tell family and friends to check us out!)
Our house was always full of music when I was growing up and, of course, these tunes were catchy and easy to sing along with or they had a funny story to tell. Except the last song, “They’re Coming to Take Me Away.” I gotta admit, as a little girl, that song terrified me. It’s a little intense. Ah, good times.
Mom and Dad played all of these songs on the radio or our Sony stereo. Some of of these songs hail back to well before I was born. Anyway, I hope that for those of you who are old enough to remember them, it will put a smile on your face. For those of you who have never heard some or any of these — well, it’s about time, doncha think? How else are you gonna be well-rounded if you don’t educate yourself with truly fun music?
Of course, this isn’t a complete list of silly songs. I’m hoping that you will share your favorite funny or silly songs in the comment section below. Or maybe you’d like to share a favorite memory that these or other songs bring back. Anyway, as we head toward the end of August and another summer, I thought these might be fun. I know I enjoyed putting this baker’s dozen together for this post. Also, a special shout out to my blogger bud, Allen at The Midnight Goose, who without his help, I could never have provided you with anything more than a link. Thanks, again, Allen!
Last but not least, I dedicate “Hair” by the Cowsills to my big brother, Richard! Just cuz.
I hope y’all enjoy!
23 thoughts on “A Silly Blast from the Past”
All great choices! Songs that I remember laughing at growing up are “Dear Abby” by John Prine, “The Chimney Song” by Bob Rivers, and “Why Don’t We Get Drunk” by Jimmy Buffett. And thank you for the shout out, my friend. I’m always glad to help a blogger out–especially one I’m lucky enough to call a friend and has taught me so much as well. *tipping hat*
Okay, I’ve never heard either the Dear Abby song or the Chimney Song. And the Dear Abby song is fine and all, but all I’m gonna say about the Chimney Song is that this explains much about you my dear, twisted friend! And it’s for these reasons, that I hold you in such high esteem! For those who have not heard The Chimney Song, you can listen to it at — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW6nyN1bf8g. Yep, you can thank Allen for that one! LOL!
The stand out song from my childhood was usually sung quite loudly by my father who insisted that we join in singing after the first few lines. The song was “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog” by Three Dog Night. I kept the tradition alive by torturing my kids with the same song and request they sing along.
Welcome and all right at the top of our lungs on a count of one, two, three —
“JEREMIAH WAS A BULLFROG. HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE. I NEVER UNDERSTOOD A SINGLE WORD HE SAID, BUT I HELPED HIM DRINK HIS WINE! YEAH, HE ALWAYS HAD SOME MIGHTY FINE WINE! SINGING, JOY TO THE WORLD…”
I love that song which you can find at — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtYnCmw2CWE.
And our children should thank us for the torture we put them through! Thanks for sharing!
Abba! That is my childhood in a nutshell. Driving in the back of the van, sitting in unfastened lawn chairs, holding on for dear life, while belting out Dancing Queen. Amazing! AND I SURVIVED! Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
So glad to hear from you! Every time I hear Abba I think of the late, great Art Bell, who was the creator and original host of Coast 2 Coast at night! He loved Abba and always played “Dancing Queen” as part of his bumper music! BTW, everyone, if you haven’t read Tanya’s blog, you are missing out! This woman can write a story like no one’s business! You can find her at https://www.theincurabledreamer.com/
Oh my God! I didn’t realize you just put something new out in the last couple of days! Okay, gotta run, cuz I have some hardcore reading to do on Tanya’s blog! Woman, I’ll catch you in your comment section over there! Thanks so much for stopping by! *humming — See that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen.*
For some reason, NONE of your notifications ever come through to me on WP. Ugh! I am convinced that WordPress hates me! You are so kind, Mona, thank you for saying this! I am so happy I found you! Looking forward to your next post!! 🤗
Pretty much everything by Roger Miller, but this song (You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd) is why I started to love him.
What a fun song! I’ve never heard it before so thanks for that! Every kid should be, as Tracy referred to it, “tortured” by listening to this! Someone on the comments section of this song described Roger Miller as “inspired lunacy” and that is the best compliment and description! Thanks for sharing!
I’m in my late 40s so I remember some of these. The one that really sticks in my mind, which is quite a bit older than me is George Formby singing My little stick of Blackpool rock. It wasn’t until I was older that my dad informed me that nearly all his songs were full on innuendos. His little stick of Blackpool rock was his…… 😳
Oh my! Well that is scandalous! And that’s why I love the internet because we can find these things that are so near and dear to us — or traumatizing — I’m not judging — so for everybody’s listening pleasure, Pip gives us this — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KQ6Wmbi5ig
Thanks for sharing!
That’s brilliant sharing that YouTube video. It made me giggle. ‘when I’m cleaning windows’ is funny too. Thanks Mona x
Love all these songs, Mona! The Husband Dude was just talking about “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” the other day. So funny. Thanks for the shout out!
Glad you’re enjoying them! Hope you’ve been having a good first day at the new job as well!
So much nostalgia!!!
Hopefully, FUN nostalgia! Robbie, any particular songs stand out from your childhood? King Tut, perhaps, by the inimitable Steve Martin? Perhaps a Monty Python number?
Thanks for the fun romp. I remember many of these songs. It’s good to play and smile. Thanks, Brad
Welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed these!
I adore this list–totally takes me back to my childhood!
So glad you enjoyed! I had fun putting it together!
The same friend who introduced me to “They’re Coming to Take Me Away” in my late teens also introduced me to “Alice’s Restaurant”. I’d call that well-rounded. Talk about ear-worms! This post should be banned in every country! LOL
Al-righty then! It’s funny how different songs have so many different reactions in people! Yeah, I don’t know what inspired anyone to write the “Coming to Take Me Away” song. I’m sure there are more than a few people who have had nightmares after listening to that one! But listening to Alice’s Restaurant is a Thanksgiving tradition in my family, and I’d be thrown out of the house if I didn’t play it on the radio in the kitchen as we prepared Turkey Dinner.