Sunday, January 6, 2008

Thanks, Uncle Sam

Read the following song lyrics:

CHICKEN!
pay the chicken back back, pay the chicken back,
pay back the chicken back, do the chicken payback.

PIGGY!
pay the piggy back back, pay the piggy back,
pay back the piggy back, do the piggy payback.

MONKEY!
pay the monkey back back, pay the monkey back,
see the monkey, do the monkey, pay the monkey back.

CHICKEN!
pay the chicken back back, pay the chicken back,
pay back the chicken back, back, do the chicken payback.

CAMEL!
pay the camel back, sittin' on the camel back,
see the camel, do the camel, pay the camel back.

DONKEY!
pay the donkey back, back, pay the donkey back,
pay back the donkey, pay back, pay back the donkey.

all the animals together, break it down, let me hear ya …

CHICKEN!
pay the chicken back back, pay the chicken back back,
do the chicken payback, pay back the chicken.

PIGGY!
pay the piggy back back, pay the piggy back
see the piggy, do the piggy, pay the piggy back.

MONKEY!
pay the monkey back back, pay the monkey back,
pay back the monkey, pay back, pay back the monkey.

CHICKEN!
pay the chicken back back, pay the chicken back,
pay back the chicken back, do the chicken payback.

CAMEL!
pay the camel back back, pay the camel back,
pay back the camel, pay back, pay back the camel.

DONKEY!
pay the donkey back back, pay the donkey back,
pay back the donkey, pay back, pay back the donkey, pay back.

PAY THEM ALL BACK!
pay back the donkey
PAY THEM ALL BACK!
pay back the piggy
PAY THEM ALL BACK!
pay back the monkey
PAY THEM ALL BACK!
pay back the chicken
PAY THEM ALL BACK!

Do you find it hard to imagine why in the world I've posted these? You won't, if you go here and then imagine how much fun it is to jump around the kitchen with my 16-month old to this catchy number, while he laughs and screams contagiously. Every time we play this song, I'm amazed at how such meaningless, almost idiotic lyrics can bring such happiness to our little threesome. Way to go, Band of Bees, way to go!

But really, thanks goes to Dietrich's uncle, Sam, who put the song on a mix CD in celebration of the little one's life. Sam has been great about keeping us up-to-date musically through periodic mix CDs. Were it not for Sam, I would be in the dark about Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, all bands that I can't imagine not listening to. Being in Ukraine, we miss out on a lot of American culture, but with Sam's help we're staying somewhat in touch musically. Keep it up, Sam, it's greatly appreciated.

3 comments:

shaun said...

If you haven't already, you should check out The Bees' album, Octopus. It's got some serious kitchen-dancing tunes.

Statistics Born said...

Well, that sure makes me glad!
-U.S.

Mark McD said...

Eric, you are a nut. I showed Donna the chicken payback song and we laughed, although we most of all enjoyed the thought of you and Dietrich dancing around the kitchen.