Tuesday, August 23, 2011

For Sunday Scribblings and ABC Wednesday

“F” is for “Fish”

For those of us who belong to an older generation, today’s popular music is often difficult to appreciate. It doesn’t always seem to make sense.

How different, then, is an old song I heard recently on the radio. Way back in the late 1930s it was the top hit of the land, primarily because of its touching, beautifully nuanced lyrics, very unlike so much of the “music” of today. It was sung by the Andrews Sisters, whom you may have heard of because of their careers in grand opera.



With this song, the Andrews Sisters, aided by their muse, were able to bring out overtones of tenderness and sadness, of serenity and tranquility, as well as of deep psychological understanding.

Join with me now as we study their unforgettable lyric:

Hold tight, hold tight,
Foo-da-yacka-saki,
Want some sea food, Mama?

I like oysters, lobsters too,
And I like my tasty buttered fish, foo!
When I come home late at night
I. Get. My. Fav. Or. Ite. Dish:
FISH!!!

Hold tight, hold tight,
Foo-da-yacka-saki,
Want some seafood, Mama?


They just don’t write songs like that any more. :-)


29 comments:

Gigi Ann said...

What a FUN FUN FUN post today for F day. I loved it.

Carver said...

I am familiar with and have always enjoyed the Andrew Sisters. Great F day post.

Roger Owen Green said...

I love the Andrews Sisters' harmonies. But I didn't know about the fish song!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Reader Wil said...

I like the Andrew Sisters and... I like fish! Good combination!

Jane and Chris said...

Sniff, brings a tear to my eye.
Jane x

Kay L. Davies said...

I remember hearing this song when I was a kid but haven't thought of it since, nor about its deep psychological meaning, its impact internationally, its contribution to creativity worldwide, nor even its serenity and tranquility. Silly me.
My father was a musician in the 40s and 50s. He loved to introduce us to all the songs, and he also loved to fish. Thanks for posting this!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Berowne said...

Jane x: "Sniff, brings a tear to my eye."
Yes, a sad melody...

Berowne said...

Thanks to Gigi Ann, Carver, Roger O G, Reader Wil, Kay L D and anyone else who found this little effort amusing. :-)

Leslie: said...

OMG! I've got tears running down my Face - they sure do NOT write songs like that anymore, but then are they really any better now? Good, FUN post today! Loved it...

Leslie
abcw team

Berowne said...

Leslie: "Good, FUN post today! Loved it..."
Now THAT is the kind of comment we love to get.

Sylvia K said...

Well, a FUN post it is and definitely a great laugh! Hadn't thought about the Andrews Sisters in years! Thanks for laughs and the memories!! Have a great evening!

Sylvia

chubskulit said...

I don't know about the Andrews Sisters nor the Fish song but I agree with the kind of song then and now.

First Grade's Fees is what I have for ABC this week.

Tumblewords: said...

Good catch!

Paula Scott said...

Ain't that the truth!!

sharplittlepencil said...

Three little fishies in a itty bitty poo
...and they swam and they swam
right over the dam!

I totally loved "Hold Tight," have the Andrews Sisters Christmas collection with Bing and that good Jewish boy, Danny Kaye (and Barbra thought she was the first to put out a Christmas album, LOL).

I didn't notice the "fun" part of the prompt, so this is not going to be fun. I'm just saying. Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/bitter-fruits/

Berowne said...

Always glad to hear from Amy and her sharp little pencil, which is mightier than the sword. :-)

Nanka said...

Enjoyed the fun lyrics but I have not heard them before. Fun post indeed!! ....and it made me hungry too.

Jo Bryant said...

What fun - it is great to be reminded of the things that came before.

Berowne said...

Jo Bryant: "It is great to be reminded of the things that came before."
The things that come before the fish are usually the appetizers. :-)

Berowne said...

More thanks are due to Sylvia K., chubskulit, Tumblewords, Paula S. and Nanka; glad to have your comments.

Elizabeth said...

'Because of their careers in grand opera'! I do so love your fun posts, Berowne. x

Joy said...

Perhaps following it with rum and coca cola. What luscious harmonies they made.

Francisca said...

Andrew Sisters... the personification of FUN. I hadn't heard this song and couldn't find it on YouTube... but did find another FISH song of theirs. It's the one Amy quotes.

Mildred said...

Had to go and find a video on youtube! Those sisters look fishy, but their music is very jazzy and very...funny too!
Fanks for faring;o)
¤ Have a fantastic day ¤

Ann said...

Can you guess what school kids sing these days? I was at the school's seniors speech competition, and to ease the boredom of waiting, they sang a fe w songs. The first one was about the kid of food a dog was given, like 3 day off pizza.

Berowne said...

Francisca: "Couldn't find it on YouTube."
It's there; look for it under Andrews Sisters "Hold Tight."

Mary said...

So true that they don't write songs like this any more. LOL. I don't know the one you quoted, but they have written some gems!

jaerose said...

They certainly don't - that song has been on the TV here in an advert recently..good ones stick obviously..Jae

Stafford Ray said...

I read down from the intriguing umbrella story and found this! Oh yes, the Andrews Sisters. But Grand Opera??? Haha! And as for lyrics, remember Mairzy Doats? Beats the hell out of the Sex Pistols.

 
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