I'll admit that I've cheated a bit on some of these kid's records. Most of these I never had growing up. (I still think they're pretty neat though.) However, this is one that I did have and I remember it pretty well. I was eager to put this on, but my record had a big crack in it. Fortunately I found another copy recently at Goodwill, so here it is!
This is probably the only kids record that sings about beer and cigarettes: a girl drinks a glass of beer (among other things) in "I Had But Fifty Cents", and the song "Big Rock Candy Mountain" mentions "The buzzin' of the bees and the cigarette trees". I assume that's the original words to the song, but they'd certainly change it now. (I don't indulge in beer or cigarettes, so hearing it didn't hurt me any!) Also, in the song "Cindy" when the guy sings about wishing he was an apple he sounds a little too excited wanting Cindy to take a BITE of him!
The last thing I wanted to mention here is that to my uneducated ears it sounds like Thurl Ravenscroft (of Tony the Tiger fame) is singing on some of these songs as well. See if you agree.
Here it is. Hope you like it!
Here's the track list:
- I Am a Little School Girl
- I Had But Fifty Cents
- The Piper Band
- There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
- 1000 Legged Worm
- Ebenezer Fry
- Boom Boom Ain't It Great to Be Crazy
- Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track
- John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
- Seven Sneezes
- Icka Backa Soda Cracker
- I Know an Old Lady
- Funiculi Funicula
- On Top of Spaghetti
- Ooey Gooey
- I Love You
- Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends
- Big Rock Candy Mountain
UPDATE: An album with the very same versions of several of these songs (along with many others) is now available in CD and mp3 formats from Amazon.com! You can get the CD here and the mp3 version here.