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Zambini57
05-11-2007, 05:45 PM
Nearest I can come up with is:


Skiddly eye do do re bim da bo
Reet skat doodly do ree bim da bob
Skiddly eye do do rum di bim da bee
Reet skay diddly eye doo rim da bob

Skeetin scattin skiddlyeye diddoo rop
Skiddly eye doo rum dee bo

Is this correct?

Zambini57
05-11-2007, 05:49 PM
Nearest I can come up with is:


Skiddly eye do do re bim da bo
Reet skat doodly do ree bim da bob
Skiddly eye do do rum di bim da bee
Reet skay diddly eye doo rim da bob

Skeetin scattin skiddlyeye diddoo rop
Skiddly eye doo rum dee bo

Is this correct?


Fourth line, second word should be "skat", not "skay".

samclem
05-11-2007, 05:53 PM
Questions about the ARTS, which include song lyrics, seem to do best in Cafe Society. Moved.

samclem GQ moderator

The Scrivener
05-12-2007, 06:21 PM
I heard an alternate lyric back in the first grade. I only remember one couplet:

"I'm Popeye, the sailor man, [toot-toot!]
I live in a garbage can, [toot-toot!]..."


If anybody can help fill this in, I'd be much obliged.


No doubt this was penned by the same wits who came up with the Snoopy-inspired alternate lyrics to the Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like an Eagle:

"I want to fly like a beagle
To the sea
Fly like a beagle
Let your big ears carry me..."

Only Mostly Dead
05-12-2007, 07:38 PM
I'd always heard

"I'm Popeye the sailor man,
Popeye the sailor man.
I fights to the finish [finich]
'cause I eats me spinach.
Popeye the sailor man (toot, toot)."

And the alternate "garbage can" second line.

Yookeroo
05-12-2007, 08:11 PM
I heard an alternate lyric back in the first grade. I only remember one couplet:

"I'm Popeye, the sailor man, [toot-toot!]
I live in a garbage can, [toot-toot!]..."


If anybody can help fill this in, I'd be much obliged.


He's Popeye the sailor man
He lives in a garbage can
He turned on the gas
And burned off his ass
He's Popeye the sailor man

Tangent
05-12-2007, 08:25 PM
I'm Popeye the sailor man
I live in a garbage can
I love to go swimmin'
With bow-legged women*
I'm Popeye the sailor man.



* alternately, "bald-headed women"

Miss Purl McKnittington
05-12-2007, 10:15 PM
Yet another version.

I'm Popeye the sailor man
I live in a garbage can
I eat all the worms
And spit out the germs
I'm Popeye the sailor man (toot toot)

Courtesy The Babysitters' Club, ca. the late '80s.

lowbrass
05-13-2007, 04:40 AM
He's Popeye the sailor man
He lives in a garbage can
He turned on the gas
And burned off his ass
He's Popeye the sailor man

Should be "frying pan"

I'm Popeye the sailor man
I live in a frying pan
I turn on the gas
And burn up my ass
I'm Popeye the sailor man

lowbrass
05-13-2007, 04:41 AM
And to gratuitously throw in another one:

Jingle Bells, Batman smells
Robin laid an egg
Batmobile lost a wheel
Joker got away....

Frylock
05-13-2007, 05:57 AM
I don't understand the OP. Could someone explain it to me as though I were stupid?

-FrL-

Martini Enfield
05-13-2007, 09:08 AM
And to gratuitously throw in another one:

Jingle Bells, Batman smells
Robin laid an egg
Batmobile lost a wheel
Joker got away....

This works even better when you sing it in Lounge Singer style, just like in that Simpsons Episode where Bart opens a Casino...

Martini Enfield
05-13-2007, 09:10 AM
I don't understand the OP. Could someone explain it to me as though I were stupid?

-FrL-

Popeye The Sailor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye)

Kal
05-13-2007, 09:16 AM
I'm Popeye the sailor man
I live in a caravan
I sleep with my granny
and tickle her fanny
I'm Popeye the sailor man (toot toot)

- Version I remember from the early '70s.

Johnny L.A.
05-13-2007, 09:21 AM
The OP is apparently asking about Popeye's scat singing, but at the bottom of this page (http://math.pitt.edu/~bard/bardware/popeye/faq.html) there are all of the lyrics to the theme song.

Frylock
05-13-2007, 09:28 AM
Popeye The Sailor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeye)

Yes, I know who Popeye is.

What I don't get is what's with all the skat lyrics? They have no resemblance to anything I recognize as having anything to do with a Popeye theme song.

-FrL-

Kalhoun
05-13-2007, 10:26 AM
I heard an alternate lyric back in the first grade. I only remember one couplet:

"I'm Popeye, the sailor man, [toot-toot!]
I live in a garbage can, [toot-toot!]..."


If anybody can help fill this in, I'd be much obliged.

Blah-blah-blah blah-blah-blah
Cuz I eats me spinach

I'm Popeye the sailor man! (toot-toot!)

Proudest Monkey
05-13-2007, 12:11 PM
I'm Popeye the sailor man
I live in a garbage can
I love to go swimmin'
With bow-legged women*
I'm Popeye the sailor man.



* alternately, "bald-headed women"


* With bare-naked women

Ooohhh. . . how naughty we felt singing that when we were 8!

Tikki
05-13-2007, 01:52 PM
I do remember Popeye singing some skat when he wasn't occupied with wooing Olive Oyl or beating up Brutus (or Bluto, depending on how old the particular cartoon was) but it's been so long since I've seen any Popeye cartoons that I don't remember the exact wording.

The Scrivener
05-13-2007, 02:08 PM
The funny thing is, even though I'd long since resigned myself to never knowing the ersatz Popeye lyrics, now that I've got a very young niece & nephew, I'm finding new uses for all sorts of fun juvenilia. I'll try to remember these for the next time I see them...

Thanks, guys!

Lumpy
05-13-2007, 02:54 PM
Yes, I know who Popeye is.

What I don't get is what's with all the skat lyrics? They have no resemblance to anything I recognize as having anything to do with a Popeye theme song.

-FrL-Not the official "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" song that dates all the way back to the 1930s Fleischer cartoons, or any alternate lyrics. What the OP is referring to is a song Popeye would sometimes sing to himself in the 1960-1961 King Features cartoons (the ones where his enemy was called Brutus). A sort of bee-bop tune with improvised nonsense lyrics (is that style called skat?)

Doctor Who
05-13-2007, 02:57 PM
I'm confused too! :confused:

I thought the scat part of the Popeye song went something like this:
Yub nub, eee chop yub nub,
toe meet toe pee chee keene, g'noop dock fling oh ah.
Yah wah, eee chop yah wah,
toe meet toe pee chee keene, g'noop dock fling oh ah
Coat ee chah tu yub nub,
Coat ee chah tu yah wah,
Coat ee chah tu glo wah.
allay loo ta nuv
Glo wah, eee chop glo wah, ya glo wah pee chu nee foam,
ah toot dee awe goon daa.
Coat ee cha tu goo (Yub nub!)
coat ee cha tu doo (Yah wah!)
coat ee cha tu too (ya chaa!)
allay loo tu nuv (3 times)
Glo wah, eee chop glo wah.
Ya glow wah pee chu nee foam,
ah toot dee awe goon daa
allay loo tu nuv.

Tangent
05-13-2007, 03:07 PM
No, that's the Witch Doctor song.

cochrane
05-13-2007, 03:42 PM
I remember Popeye scatting in many an old cartoon. Certainly in the Max Fleischer cartoon, and possibly in the cartoons of the Famous Studios era. Jack Mercer provided the voice of Popeye from 1935 until his death in 1984, except for a period during WW II, when he served in the U.S. Navy, so it's possible to hear him scatting during just about any era.

Qadgop the Mercotan
05-13-2007, 04:28 PM
The line "skiddly-bop a doo skiddly skee bop a skiddly bop" sticks in my memory as one of his lines, too.

Thanks for making those long-repressed memories surface up! I wonder what other sorts of flotsam and jetsam was pulled up with it.

panamajack
05-13-2007, 05:43 PM
Here's one example of Popeye singing nonsense to the music in 1936. Little Swee'pea (http://archive.org/details/little_sweepea).
It's not quite the same as the scat singing in the later cartoons (which I think the OP is referencing). I don't recall any particular song he usually sang, I think he just did this to any music (though this meant mean that he can hear his own theme song playing). But I'm no Popeye expert.

MovieMogul
05-13-2007, 05:55 PM
Sing Along with Popeye (http://youtube.com/watch?v=kyWv2YkdHss).

rowrrbazzle
05-13-2007, 06:33 PM
Here's one example of Popeye singing nonsense to the music in 1936. Little Swee'pea (http://archive.org/details/little_sweepea).That music is from the Popeye cartoon "Brotherly Love". Original lyrics here: http://bcdb.com/cartoon_information/1792-Brotherly_Love.html
The skat singing the OP refers to occurs in one or more of the color (Harvey? Paramount?) Popeye cartoons, not the earlier b&w, according to my vague memories of the audio.

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