A song for Tiny

The Statler Brothers

Saturday morning serials chapters 1 through 15,
Fly paper, penny loafers, Lucky Strike Green,
Flat tops, sock hops, Studebaker, "Pepsi, please."
Ah, do you remember these?

Cigar bands on your hand, your daddy's socks rolled down,
Shticks, snow globes, and aviator caps with flaps that button down,
Movie stars on Dixie Cup tops and knickers to your knees.
Ah, do you remember these?

The Hit Parade, grape Tru-Ade, the Sadie Hawkins Dance,
Pedal pushers, duck-tail hair, and peggin' your pants,
Howdy Doody, Tutti-Frutti, the seam up the back of her hose.
Ah, do you remember those?

James Dean, he was keen, Sunday movies were taboo,
The Senior Prom, Judy's mom, rock 'n' roll was new,
Cracker Jack prize, stars in your eyes, ask daddy for the keys.
Ah, do you remember these?

The boogey man, lemonade stand, and takin' your tonsils out,
Indian burn, and wait your turn, and four foul balls you're out,
Cigarette loads, and secret codes, and savin' Lucky Stars.
Can you remember back that far?

The boat-neck shirts, and fender skirts, and crinoline petticoats,
Mum's the word, and a dirty bird, and a double root beer float,
Moon hubcaps, and loud heel taps, and "he's a real gone cat."
Ah, do you remember that?

Dancin' close, little moron jokes, and cooties in her hair,
Captain Midnight, Ovaltine, and The Whip at the County Fair,
Charles Atlas Course, Roy Roger's horse, and "only The Shadow knows."
Ah, do you remember those?

Gable's charm, froggin' your arm, loud mufflers, pitchin' woo,
Going steady, Veronica and Betty, white bucks, and Blue Suede Shoes,
Knock-Knock jokes - who's there? Dewey! Dewey who?
Do we remember these? Yes we do!
Ah, do we, do we remember these!


Tiny said...

Tiny remembers most of these. She does remember and loves the Statlers. Some of the things mentioned in the song, she only learned about after leaving home and seeing things on TV and hearing on the radio.

Tiny grew up without electricity until she was around 15 of 16 years of age. Movies were a one way ticket to hell, as was every thing except church, work and school...and in that order. LOL

Not funny back then, but can laugh at the primitive upbringing now. She knows her parents did the best they knew how with what they had to do with.

Tiny remembers ration stamps during and after WWII. Few people seem to remember that. Tiny has three-cent sales tax receipts which were seperate from your purchase. Had to have them to show when income tax was filed.

Tiny remembers the Indian head pennies and buffalo nickels, five gallon ice cream freezer we had on the farm and other things that became obsolete way back when!

Tiny has seen a lot of history during her life. Growing up without electricity to seeing the world run by electricity.

The only running water we had was in the creek and Tiny running to the well to draw another bucket of water! All true! LOL

Tiny still loves the Statlers, although they recently retired.However, they were on PBS fund raiser recently and she was fortunate enough to see them in action one more time.

Thanks for the song and the memories. Love Ya...

B.J. said...

I thought you would like the song! And the singers! I remember almost everything in the song, except have no idea what "pegging your pants" means - unless it was putting those small metal studs down the side seam of pants with a device made for that purpose.

I remember as a kid getting kits with studs, glitter, sequins, etc., to make things with and loving that. I remember pinning sequins to a round cork ball and attaching to a piece of velvet rope and wearing as a necklace. Also making potholders with that little metal loom. I still have some of the potholders I made with that thing!

Old wallpaper sample books you could ask for at the hardware store made great paper doll clothes!

And, then there were mudpies!

And, who could forget dogtags with your name and address on them and exchanging them with your steady?

Sue said...

BJ, I know of those things but they were a wee bit before my time. I'll say one thing tho, it was the best of times and I'da LOVED being a teenager then!

Frodo, waiting for Bill Maher said...

Frodo has been thinking about how to address things remembered for their importance to those who follow usn's. If not for the "Baby Boomer," there never would have been any "Dirty Dancing." Without "Dirty Dancing," there would never have been a Patrick Swayze. The theory goes on, merely to demonstrate that we brought life to the show, and art to the music. That's entirely worth the sniveling little hodads putting a few extra shekels into Medicare.

tnlib said...

Sue: Brag, brag, brag.

Uhhh, yes, I do remember all this. And men who wore white socks with black lace-up shoes, drinking RCs out of bottles with peanuts in them, guys with cigarette packs rolled up in their short sleeves, hitting the drive-in restaurants and being served by gals on roller skates, and going roller skating in a big indoor arena, steaming up the car windows at the drive-in theatre - but no touching, class rings, etc, etc.

At this point my memory fades. Good one, BJ.

tnlib said...

Tiny: Wow, what a way to grow up. Did you feel deprived or was that just a part of life?

Tiny said...

tnlib: That's how life was when Tiny grew up. We lived at Fortieth and Plum. Forty miles out in the country, Plum up a hollow in a two room hand-hewn, with dove tail joints, log cabin that was over 150 years old when my Dad bought it. But every thing that even resembled entertainment or fun was against religion.

We whittled out our own wooden cars, whirly gigs from thread spools, made our rubber guns from wood and old inner tubes, our own bow and arrows. We had very little store bought anything, including food. We raised our own food, including meat. A bologna sandwich with store bought loaf bread was a treat.

First movie Tiny saw she was supposed to be in church. Tiny and two sisters, a neighbor lady and her two daughters had attended an afternoon June wedding at the church and was supposed to stay for the evening service.

We pooled our church money and had enough to pay for three to get in to the drive-in theatre. The other three of us hid under a tarp in the back of the neighbor's pick-up truck. We saw the movie, "Mother Wore Tights" starring Betty Grable. Tiny was in high school then.

Had parents found out, Tiny would have worn stripes made across her back and legs from a hickory stick. The old leather shaving strop had been buried under boards nailed down to make two bedrooms in the attic. Funny how no one knew how or when that strop went missing.

But that's how it was down on the farm! LOL

Malcolm said...

Although I've heard of many of these things, they were before my time. Even as a kid though, I had a keen interest in nostalgia and still do. The song you transcribed kinda reminds of another Statler Brothers tune... "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott?" I know that song because it was featured in a mail order TV ad for one of their greatest hits collections.

B.J. said...

For the under-60 crowd: Randolph Scott was an actor of the caliber of Gary Cooper, Joel McCrea and Alan Ladd and was in hundreds of flims. Recommend: “My Favorite Wife” with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” with Shirley Temple, “Follow the Fleet” and “Roberta” with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and “The Virginian” with Gary Cooper.

Malcolm said...

B.J.: Over the last few years, I have become a fan of the westerns Randolph Scott made with Budd Boetticher. Speaking of "The Virginian", I recently acquired the season 1 DVD boxed set of the TV adaptation with James Drury, Lee J. Cobb, and Doug McClure. If you are a fan of the show, I highly recommend the DVD set.