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saticoy Sep 6, 2010 08:46 AM

I'm looking for songs that either are about food, or reference food heavily. I have enjoyed reading a few really fun threads about food songs. I'm compiling a list for a specific purpose, and have combed the web for ideas - there are lots out there, so I don't really need links, I need some specific suggestions......so I thought I would throw this out to the Chowhounds!

Specifically, I am in need of ethnic songs, or ....even if they are in a different language. So, are there any Vietnamese folk/pop songs that celebrate food? Puerto Rican? El Salvadoran? Guatemalan? Russian? Native American/Inuit/Eskimo? Hawaiian? Filipino? Chinese? Swedish? See what I am getting at?

Any and all help is EXTREMELY appreciated!!!

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    bear Oct 1, 2010 02:29 PM

    Not sure if you're still looking, saticoy, but I heard an interview with Sol y Canto, a Boston-based Latin duo, today on All Things Considered. They recently recorded a CD of food songs in Spanish. Sounded like great stuff. It's called Sabor y Memoria.


    1. Rmis32 Sep 22, 2010 10:47 AM

      and a bunch more...
      1. One Meatball (Dave Van Ronk) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mE_xaE6sUK8
      2. The Newbeats - Bread and Butter (1964) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m1cP0ez_S8
      3. (Hot Tamales) They're Red Hot 1936 - ROBERT JOHNSON http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOXXh24HnmY
      4. dee dee sharp - mashed potato time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQBKpV9emKc
      5. John Lee Hooker - One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMYQnpTuXyI
      6. Maceo Parker LIVE "Pass The Peas" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJmIN8RNBUg
      7. Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five ~ Beans and Cornbread (1949) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fM9jT2eM6KQ
      8. Donald Byrd & The Blackbyrds Cornbread http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxnKe-p_LqY
      9. Frank Zappa & The Mothers - Call Any Vegetable, Live Fillmore East 1970 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPJuOC...

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        PotatoPuff Sep 22, 2010 10:35 AM

        "C is for Cookie" from sesame street!

        1. Rmis32 Sep 22, 2010 10:18 AM

          Willie Bobo's Fried Neck Bones and Some Homefries


          1. souschef Sep 19, 2010 05:25 PM

            Here's one about celebrating the end of slavery. It's in Portuguese, and the translation to two of the lines is:

            I remember the manioc stew
            and drinking alua

            Are you done with your project or do you need more material?

            Lyrics of 13 di maggio - (13 de mayo) by Fiorella Mannoia
            (C. Veloso – C. Veloso/ P. Fabrizi)
            Il 13 di maggio a Santo Amaro
            in piazza del mercato i neri celebravano
            (come da sempre fanno)
            l’addio alla schiavitù, alla schiavitù
            l’addio alla schiavitù
            l’addio alla schiavitù
            alla schiavitù
            Dia 13 de maio em Santo Amaro
            Na Praça do Mercado
            Os pretos celebravam
            (Talvez hoje inda o façam)
            O fim da escravidão
            Da escravidão
            O fim da escravidão
            Quanta Pintòba
            profumava l’aria
            e poi, poi Maniçoba
            e gusto d’Aluà
            Per salutare Isabel, o Isabel
            per salutare Isabel
            per salutare Isabel, o Isabel.
            Quanta Pintòba
            profumava l’aria e poi, poi Maniçoba
            e gusto d’Aluà.

            1. souschef Sep 14, 2010 06:15 AM

              Drink to me only with thine eyes,
                   And I will pledge with mine;
              Or leave a kiss within the cup
                   And I'll not ask for wine.
              The thirst that from the soul doth rise
                   Doth ask a drink divine;
              But might I of Jove's[8] nectar[9] sup,
                   I would not change for thine.

              I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
                   Not so much honouring thee
              As giving it a hope that there
                   It could not withered be;
              But thou thereon didst only breathe,
                   And sent'st it back to me;
              Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
                   Not of itself but thee!

              1. queenscook Sep 13, 2010 08:30 PM

                Any interest in camp songs? One that springs to mind is one we sang in Girl Scout camp in the 70"s: Fried Ham.

                Lyrics as I remember them:
                Fried ham, fried ham
                Cheese and bologna
                And after the macaroni
                We'll have onions, pickles, and pretzels
                And then we'll have some more fried ham
                Fried ham, fried ham

                I'm sure there were probably some others with food references, but I'd have to think some more about it to remember them.

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                1. re: queenscook
                  Shrinkrap Oct 2, 2010 10:20 PM

                  I remember that one! And like thirty years later, my daughter became a girls cout camp counselor, 3000 miles away, with some of the same songs.

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                    queenscook Oct 4, 2010 02:31 PM

                    Here's another I remember; many food references, though not solely:

                    As I was walking down the street one dark and dreary day,
                    I came across a billboard, and much to my dismay,
                    The sign was torn and tattered from the storm the night before
                    The wind and rain had done its work and this is what I saw:

                    Smoke Coca-Cola cigarettes, chew Wrigley's spearmint beer
                    Ken-L Ration dog food keeps your complexion clear
                    Simonize your baby with a Hershey's candy bar
                    Texaco's the beauty treatment used by all the stars

                    Soooo . . . take your next vacation in a brand new Frigidaire
                    Learn to play the piano in your winter underwear
                    Doctors say that babies should smoke until they're three
                    And people over 65 should bathe in Lipton's tea . . .
                    With Flow-Through teabags

                2. souschef Sep 13, 2010 04:07 PM

                  I GAVE MY LOVE A CHERRY

                  I gave my love a cherry without a stone
                  I gave my love a chicken without a bone
                  I gave my love a ring without an end
                  I gave my love a baby with no cryin'
                  [ string ]
                  How can there be a cherry without a stone
                  How can there be a chicken without a bone
                  How can there be a ring without an end
                  How can there be a baby with no cryin'
                  A cherry when it's blooming it has no stone
                  A chicken when it's pipping it has no bone
                  A ring when it's rolling it has no end
                  A baby when it's sleeping has no cryin'

                  BTW saticoy, when you have a thread title in all CAPS you are shouting. Please don't shout in future.

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                  1. re: souschef
                    saticoy Sep 14, 2010 05:18 PM

                    Thanks for the etiquette check, and all the input. Sometime ya gotta shout to be heard....I will consider your request in my future postings.

                  2. melpy Sep 13, 2010 09:41 AM

                    Don't Buy the Liverwurst


                    These are not the lyrics I know (close with some variation).

                    1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 10:09 PM

                      "La Finca" (The Farm) by Marta Gomez, on the CD "Cantos de Agua Dulce" (songs of sweet water). She has a fund for kids, called "Agua Dulce". I highly recommend all five of her cd's.

                      Translation of the first few lines of La Finca:

                      Stories with flavor of parsely and onions,
                      songs from fresh water accompanied by rum
                      my heart is open, always looking for new memories
                      to tell the stories of all my dreams at once.

                      1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 04:13 PM

                        In the movie "Like Water for Chocolate" the nursemaid rocks the little girl and sings to her "Masa, masa........", masa being cornmeal, I believe (I don't speak Spanish).

                        1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 04:03 PM

                          "Agua ge beber" (water to drink). Portuguese. Song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Brazil's most famous songwriter.

                          1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 03:55 PM

                            Does this count?

                            "Piel Canela" (Cinnamon Skin). Spanish. The only reference to food in the song is the cinnamon colour of the skin.

                            1. blue room Sep 12, 2010 10:21 AM

                              Aksenchu ATE the positive... Elimin ATE the negative...
                              tra la tra la

                              Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt) sang "Come on-a my house...I will give you candy...peach, pear...pomegranate... Easta egg..." many foods in that song.

                              Leon Russell sang "Salty Candy".

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                              1. re: blue room
                                saticoy Sep 13, 2010 09:41 AM

                                Salty Candy! Scandinavian salt lakris! THANKS!

                              2. souschef Sep 12, 2010 05:42 AM

                                How about this - a whole recipe in a Spanish song, by Marta Gomez, from Colombia. I really love her voice.


                                (Marta Gómez)

                                1/4 de vino blanco
                                1 cebolla
                                Vino y un puño de ajonjolí

                                4 zanahorias
                                1/2 panela
                                clavo, canela
                                y un poco de anís

                                Y está el amor cocinándose,
                                y está el dolor alejándose.

                                Y está este beso a término medio
                                solo para ti.
                                Ven a sacarlo pronto del fuego
                                antes de hervir.

                                1/3 de luna llena
                                un cuarto y muchas velas
                                y un lugar para dormir

                                4 pies descalzos
                                1/2 panela
                                clavo, canela
                                y un poco de ti

                                Y está el amor calentándose,
                                y está el dolor alejándose.

                                Y está este cuerpo a término medio solo para ti.
                                Ven a sacarlo pronto del fuego antes de hervir.

                                Volver atrás


                                Para citar esta página: http://www.cancioneros.com/nc/8075/0/...

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                                1. re: souschef
                                  saticoy Sep 13, 2010 09:37 AM

                                  This is GREAT!!!!!!

                                2. souschef Sep 12, 2010 05:26 AM

                                  "Carmina Burana" by Carl Orff. It is about eating and drinking and debauchery. You have definitely heard parts of it as it's been used in lots of movies. Worth getting the CD and listening to it all. One of my favourite pieces of music. Sung in Latin. Get the version by Seiji Ozawa and the Boston SO. Very rhythmic music.

                                  1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 05:20 AM

                                    "Les Amis" by Georges Moustaki. The first few lines translate to:

                                    I would like to offer you my friends at my table
                                    The best wine, the best food
                                    Tobacco perfumed by delicate herbs
                                    And liquors of intoxicating colours

                                    Here are the words:

                                    Je voudrais mes amis vous offrir à ma table
                                    Les meilleurs vins, les meilleures nourritures,
                                    Du tabac parfumé, des herbes délicates,
                                    Et des liqueurs aux couleurs enivrantes.

                                    Des filles qui seraient parmi nous, seraient belles,
                                    Prêtes à offrir tout un lit de tendresse.

                                    Je voudrais regarder briller vos yeux de grâce,
                                    À votre bouche, surprendre un sourire.
                                    Je voudrais chanter toutes les musiques,
                                    Charmer vos coeurs en charmant vos oreilles.

                                    (au Refrain)

                                    Je voudrais allumer des bougies silencieuses
                                    Qui danseraient des danses amoureuses
                                    Et je me sentirais alors un peu des vôtres,
                                    J'aurais moins froid et je serais moins seul.

                                    (au Refrain) bis

                                    1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 05:12 AM

                                      "Something Cool" by Jane Monheit

                                      1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 05:11 AM

                                        Here's an interesting twist. It's about drinking, but not about food or drink:

                                        "Estoy Enamorado" by D'Nigma and others.

                                        First two lines:

                                        "Quiero beber los besos de tu boca
                                        Como si fueran gotas del rocio"

                                        Which translates to:

                                        I'd like to drink kisses from your mouth
                                        As if they were drops of dew

                                        1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 05:07 AM

                                          "In Heaven There Is No Beer"

                                          "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall"

                                          "Drinking Rum and Coca-Cola"

                                          1. souschef Sep 12, 2010 05:04 AM

                                            "Panis Angelicus" (Bread of Angels).

                                            It's available done by a whole slew of people, but I like it best by Chloe Agnew of Celtic Woman.

                                            1. souschef Sep 11, 2010 11:32 PM

                                              "Mando Goemcho" from the Konkani (Goan) movie "Amchem Noxib". Check it out on YouTube. One line on food. I can get you a translation if you want.

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                                              1. re: souschef
                                                saticoy Sep 13, 2010 09:34 AM

                                                I love this - and yes, if you could get me the food line, that would be wonderful.

                                              2. souschef Sep 11, 2010 11:25 PM

                                                "Underneath the Mango Tree". I have no idea whom it is by, but it was used in a James Bond Movie. Lines I remember:

                                                Underneath the mango tree me honey, and we come watch for de moon

                                                Mango, banana and tangerine

                                                Sugar and aki (sp?) and cocoa bean.

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                                                1. re: souschef
                                                  mnosyne Sep 13, 2010 12:20 AM

                                                  I think it's from "Dr. No".

                                                2. souschef Sep 11, 2010 11:19 PM

                                                  Daaaay oh!

                                                  The Banana Boat Song by Harry Belafonte

                                                  1. souschef Sep 11, 2010 05:46 PM

                                                    "Arroz Con Leche" (Rice Pudding). Traditional Spanish song.

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                                                    1. re: souschef
                                                      saticoy Sep 13, 2010 09:34 AM

                                                      This is perfect!

                                                    2. souschef Sep 11, 2010 04:10 PM

                                                      "Le Temps de Cerises" by Nana Mouskouri. Cherry season and all the stuff that goes with it.

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                                                      1. re: souschef
                                                        saticoy Sep 11, 2010 04:58 PM

                                                        sous, can you share a little more about how/when/why you found these food songs, and what cultural strings they pluck for you? I'm so intrigued by all the French-language picks...how did you first hear them and why do they spring to mind now?!

                                                        Nana Mouskouri - gorgeous - I'm thinking of a theme with this song and Apple Blossom Time....any Spanish-language seasonal fruit celebration songs in that incredible playlist you have in your head?

                                                        1. re: saticoy
                                                          souschef Sep 11, 2010 11:15 PM

                                                          I have been a keen music lover all my life, and listen to songs in a variety of languages, even those that I don't understand. I have a Portuguese last name but don't speak Portuguese. I do, however, listen to a lot of Portuguese (Brazilian) and Spanish music.

                                                          I've been a fan of Nana Mouskouri for the last 40 years, and I do speak French. How do these song titles pop up in my head? Wish I knew! You just have to think hard enough.

                                                      2. souschef Sep 11, 2010 01:14 PM

                                                        Frim Fram Sauce, sung by Diana Krall and others.

                                                        "Enciendete Candela" by Susana Baca - "Light the flame, cook up the onions". BTW if the stuff I am suggesting is too far out, please let me know and I'll stop. I have a bunch of other stuff in Spanish, but am on vacation right now, and can't access my CD's.

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                                                        1. re: souschef
                                                          saticoy Sep 11, 2010 03:34 PM

                                                          PLEASE do not stop! You are a great help and thinking about French and Peruvian food and music is making me hungry and happy!

                                                        2. souschef Sep 11, 2010 01:01 PM

                                                          Would a song about a café count?

                                                          "Le Café Aux Trois Colombes" by Joe Dassin. A place where lovers who have no roof meet. They have nothing but they have all their life. I think wine is mentioned in the song.

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                                                          1. re: souschef
                                                            saticoy Sep 11, 2010 03:32 PM

                                                            Yes! Yes! I have a whole subcategory including The House of Blue Lights, Smokey Joe's Cafe....I will dig into the lyrics and see. I'm loving being turned on to all this music I wasn't familiar with!

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                                                            themags Sep 11, 2010 09:45 AM

                                                            Well it's American but New Orleans voodoo and mentions gumbo - Dr John "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya" come to think of it there's a track on the same LP called "Mama Roux"!

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                                                            1. re: themags
                                                              saticoy Sep 11, 2010 03:31 PM

                                                              EXCELLENT! The first one is now on the list....the second one has some VERY bizarre and slightly disturbing lyrics....not really about food....I need to listen to that!

                                                            2. souschef Sep 11, 2010 09:33 AM

                                                              There is the French song "Paroles Paroles" by Dalida, where two lovers are having a quarrel, and in response to his words she says "caramels, bonbons, et chocolats".

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                                                              1. re: souschef
                                                                saticoy Sep 11, 2010 03:28 PM

                                                                Dalida - Italian Egyptian naturalized French....this has great possibilities! The only other candy song I have is Candyman by Sammy Davis Jr....THANKS!

                                                              2. souschef Sep 11, 2010 09:29 AM

                                                                You no doubt have already thought about, "Jambalaya, Crawfish Pie, Filé Gumbo", or have you ?

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                                                                1. re: souschef
                                                                  saticoy Sep 11, 2010 03:20 PM

                                                                  Yep. That was the one that set the whole thing in motion!

                                                                2. souschef Sep 10, 2010 08:38 PM

                                                                  I just HAVE to relate this:

                                                                  Many years ago my wife and I were at a delightful Christmas Pageant on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, and bought one of the VHS tapes of previous pagents they were selling after the performance. One of the "Christmas Songs" was in Spanish and English, and I thought I heard the word "chocolate" in it, so I listened closely, and sure enough, the words were, "Maria, Maria. Come quickly and see, they're eating all the chocolate, there'll be none left for me". I kid you not !

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                                                                  1. re: souschef
                                                                    saticoy Sep 11, 2010 07:03 AM

                                                                    Thanks for the Tish tip - good stuff! Funny story too....makes me think that I should also be scouring holiday songs for food references....this is an apparently never-ending quest!

                                                                  2. souschef Sep 10, 2010 08:21 PM

                                                                    Check out the line "La cocina de comadres manos, chocolate tamales y ajo"

                                                                    (Little Christmas Tree - Spanish version)
                                                                    by Tish Hinojosa

                                                                    Arbolito, tengo siete anos, tengo pecas, yo te los regalo
                                                                    Viene mamacita con luces y esferas para vestirte y ayudo,
                                                                    Pero, no me deja con los Icicles

                                                                    La cocina de comadres manos, chocolate tamales y ajo
                                                                    Donde esta mi madrina y Santo Clos, no son los regalos que quiero,
                                                                    Solo el paquete, para adivinar

                                                                    Donde pasan los anos y suenos y abrazos viejo navidad
                                                                    Amistades parientes y el Andy Williams con noche de paz
                                                                    Arbolito que brillante estas!

                                                                    Arbolito tengo quince anos, tu estrella ya mero alcanzo
                                                                    Lo que yo deseo es secreto, te digo, se llama,
                                                                    Ay mama mira mi hermana no deja con los icicles


                                                                    Arbolito, tengo trienta y algo, cuantas veces hemos platicado
                                                                    No mijita, pon las esferas, verdad que parece Better Homes magazine,
                                                                    No me importa, son mis icicles


                                                                    1. Sandwich_Sister Sep 10, 2010 09:18 AM

                                                                      How about Una Mas Cerveza by Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs

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                                                                      1. re: Sandwich_Sister
                                                                        saticoy Sep 10, 2010 08:04 PM

                                                                        YES - looks like I have a very diverse beer tradition to draw upon. THANK you - I love this song! I used to go see BB and the FP all the time. Any Czech, German, other beer songs out there???

                                                                        1. re: saticoy
                                                                          Sandwich_Sister Sep 12, 2010 06:41 AM

                                                                          hehehe I didn't think anyone knew Billy Bacon and The Forbidden Pigs. Great band, saw them several years back as well.

                                                                      2. HillJ Sep 10, 2010 12:45 AM

                                                                        as mentioned above, with song list

                                                                        Food, Wine, & Song - Music and Feasting in Renaissance Europe

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                                                                        1. re: HillJ
                                                                          saticoy Sep 10, 2010 08:06 PM

                                                                          WHOA. That Renaissance album is wild, and needs much more investigation. There are definitely some prospects on there.....maybe even material towards a dissertation....THANK you!

                                                                          1. re: saticoy
                                                                            HillJ Sep 11, 2010 06:07 AM

                                                                            You're welcome, saticoy. You might find the international music section of Amazon.com a surprisingly good research tool.

                                                                        2. HillJ Sep 9, 2010 07:33 AM



                                                                          one stop food in the title song shopping. Good luck with the project.

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                                                                          1. re: HillJ
                                                                            saticoy Sep 9, 2010 04:58 PM

                                                                            Thanks HillJ - I'm well-acquainted with both of these lists, and many others like them, but I appreciate the input. I'm really looking for specific songs that are still under the radar of these kinds of lists...specifically those with ethnic slants.

                                                                            1. re: saticoy
                                                                              HillJ Sep 10, 2010 12:38 AM

                                                                              African beer song (under the radar


                                                                              Writer Yvonne Machaka Mhinga
                                                                              Year 1998
                                                                              We MaDlamini
                                                                              Uph'umqombothi (3x


                                                                              I work hard every day
                                                                              To make my beer
                                                                              Wake up early every morning
                                                                              To please my people with African beer
                                                                              I make sure the fire burns
                                                                              To make my beer
                                                                              My special beer Umqombothi
                                                                              Is African beer

                                                                              We MaDlamini (Everybody)
                                                                              Uph'umqombothi (Come and drink my)
                                                                              We MaDlamini (magic beer)

                                                                              I work hard to make them happy
                                                                              Every weekend (Umqombothi)
                                                                              Makes them party to the rhythm
                                                                              Makes them dance, this magic beer (Umqobothi)
                                                                              I wanna make you happy (Umqobothi)
                                                                              I wanna make you smile (Umqobothi)
                                                                              I wanna make you dance (Umqobothi), dance
                                                                              I'll make sure there's a party
                                                                              Where they drink my special beer
                                                                              Umqombothi is magic beer
                                                                              Umqombothi is African beer

                                                                              Chorus 3x
                                                                              We MaDlamini (Everybody)
                                                                              Uph'umqombothi (nawu)
                                                                              We MaDlamini Uph'umqombothi (nawu madoda)

                                                                              Wozani ka MaDlamini
                                                                              Wozani ngithi wozani
                                                                              Wozani ka MaDlamini
                                                                              Come on I wanna make you happy
                                                                              I wanna make you smile lets boogie together
                                                                              Umqombothi (Umqombothi)

                                                                              I work hard every day
                                                                              To please my people with African beer

                                                                              Repeat Chorus

                                                                              © Yvonne Chaka Chaka

                                                                              1. re: HillJ
                                                                                saticoy Sep 10, 2010 08:02 PM

                                                                                Wow - you made me smile, and I didn't even drink any special beer. AWESOME - thanks!

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                                                                            rockycat Sep 8, 2010 07:45 PM

                                                                            There's an Israeli kids' ditty that goes something like:
                                                                            Artik, mastik,
                                                                            shokolad, banana
                                                                            something, something.

                                                                            I'd have to ask my kid if you want the rest, but the part I've written translates out to
                                                                            Ice pop, chewing gum,
                                                                            chocolate, banana

                                                                            I don't know if it's an actual song or a playground chant.

                                                                            Edited to add: Wow, Google is amazing. The song, which is actually called "Artik, Kartiv" was a non-successful candidate for a Eurovision competition. The song is generally about first love, but the chorus is
                                                                            Artik, kartiv,
                                                                            shokolad, banana,
                                                                            Artik, kartiv,
                                                                            shokolad, limon.

                                                                            Artik and kartiv are both slang for popsicle-type treats.

                                                                            Here's the link. Try to ignore the cheesy dancers.

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                                                                            1. re: rockycat
                                                                              saticoy Sep 9, 2010 04:57 PM

                                                                              This is exactly what I am talking about, and the Eurovision aspect makes it that much crazier. EXCELLENT - thank you so much!!!!

                                                                            2. Jen76 Sep 8, 2010 07:44 PM

                                                                              A Canadian band - The Arrogant Worms - have a few food related songs. The Hot Dog song seems particularly apt. I think my favorite may be Carrot Juice Is Murder. Yes, they are funny songs, but not parodies!


                                                                              1. SDGourmand Sep 7, 2010 07:32 AM

                                                                                madeline l pots- the pasta song

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                                                                                1. re: SDGourmand
                                                                                  saticoy Sep 8, 2010 04:20 PM

                                                                                  This looks promising - she has other food-oriented songs too, like Everybody Eats and a whole song about Brussels Sprouts. Thanks for the rec!

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                                                                                  danagrace Sep 7, 2010 04:28 AM

                                                                                  There is a Putumayo Kids cd called Picnic Playgrond. Every song is about food! In a variety of languages.

                                                                                  My daughter loves it; but I think I love it more!


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                                                                                  1. re: danagrace
                                                                                    saticoy Sep 8, 2010 04:15 PM

                                                                                    Oh thank you so much for this! I can't wait to dig into these songs - not just for my project, but for my son and my dancing pleasure....I love getting a great mom tip combined with a great chow tip! THANKS!

                                                                                  2. Shrinkrap Sep 6, 2010 11:00 PM

                                                                                    How about the remakes from Mad magazine ( or maybe it was Wired )

                                                                                    To the tune of "Downtown"

                                                                                    When you eat meat, but hate the meat that your eating then you always know

                                                                                    Ground round

                                                                                    It's so unnerving when they're constantly serving at an eating spot

                                                                                    Ground round

                                                                                    It may be called chopped sirloin or hamburger or beef patty

                                                                                    No matter what they call it, it is overcooked and fatty

                                                                                    What can you do

                                                                                    something something something...stand up on the table, sound off to you waiter and

                                                                                    Ground round...

                                                                                    Cant remember the rest

                                                                                    I think there was one about chopped liver too
                                                                                    ( Tune of Moon River )

                                                                                    Chopped liver...onions on the side, my social life something something

                                                                                    My friends shun me, they out run me,...

                                                                                    The smell of my breath is slow death, sad but true...

                                                                                    Not what you're looking for?

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                                                                                    1. re: Shrinkrap
                                                                                      saticoy Sep 8, 2010 04:05 PM

                                                                                      Not exactly what I am looking for, but thanks for a great belly laugh!! Not really looking for parodies (no Weird Al!), more for songs that truly celebrate a food - along the lines of Jambalaya by Hank Williams or That's Amore by Dean Martin...but more off the beaten path.

                                                                                    2. SDGourmand Sep 6, 2010 04:21 PM

                                                                                      le festin

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                                                                                        saticoy Sep 6, 2010 08:34 PM

                                                                                        Ooohhh...this is good....how did you find it? When did you hear it? I love it....

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                                                                                          SDGourmand Sep 6, 2010 08:50 PM

                                                                                          It's the theme song to ratatouille.

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                                                                                            saticoy Sep 8, 2010 04:12 PM

                                                                                            A-HA! I dug a little online and found it - gorgeous, but written directly for the film...I'm looking for more folkloric things - things your Cuban grandmother or Korean aunt would sing while cooking....

                                                                                      2. Father Kitchen Sep 6, 2010 03:47 PM

                                                                                        Way back in the early years of Disney, there was a Mickey Mouse and Goofy rendering of Funicoli Funicola with food words. The refrain was, "I'm going to eat and eat and eat and eat and eat until I die." I don't know where you find it, however.

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                                                                                          saticoy Sep 6, 2010 08:32 PM

                                                                                          Thanks! I will look for it - I appreciate you throwing it out there....a lot of people have brought up "On Top of Spaghetti" and I think this might have the same resonance.

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                                                                                            momjamin Sep 13, 2010 04:16 AM

                                                                                            It's on this album, which we have/used to have somewhere:


                                                                                          2. Veggo Sep 6, 2010 09:59 AM

                                                                                            Chowhound is an english-speaking site as I have been reminded numerous times, and a lot of lyrics and poetry don't translate well, so this will be an awkward one.

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                                                                                              saticoy Sep 6, 2010 08:30 PM

                                                                                              OK - I think if we discus bun bo hue and enchiladas and entrecote and macarons and chorizo and siu mye that this request isn't too far off - just asking for impressions and remembrances, shared in English, of songs that might related to foods other than the ones already mentioned. Just digging!

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                                                                                              small h Sep 6, 2010 09:19 AM

                                                                                              Start here:


                                                                                              That thread has 174 responses. You might also consider retitling your post to make it more specific, since you're seeking songs in languages other than English.

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                                                                                                saticoy Sep 6, 2010 08:27 PM

                                                                                                Hey - thanks for replying - to clarify - I have read all the posts, here and elsewhere, and am in the process of compiling a list of those songs that meet my needs.

                                                                                                And, I am not necessarily seeking songs in other languages, just trying to dig a little deeper and see if there are songs that illuminate a more diverse cultural landscape. As I said, I am in need of ethnic songs, EVEN IF (not only if) they are in another language.

                                                                                                I got one from another source - "Si no me dan de beber, lloro" which is a great x-mas Puerto Rican song about going to a party and asking for a drink, or else the person will cry. This is what I am after....whether in English, Spanish, or other languages.

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