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Origins: Today is Monday Song

babypix 26 Mar 09 - 12:48 PM
Lighter 26 Mar 09 - 02:54 PM
GUEST,Eva Moravcik 09 Nov 12 - 02:03 AM
Nigel Parsons 09 Nov 12 - 04:16 AM
GUEST,Black Belt Caterpillar Wrestler 09 Nov 12 - 07:28 AM
John MacKenzie 09 Nov 12 - 08:58 AM
EBarnacle 09 Nov 12 - 09:27 PM
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Subject: Origins: Today is Monday Song
From: babypix
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 12:48 PM

Greetings, Gentle Colleagues!

I am interested in thoughts about possible origins of the insipid, yet strangely haunting, "TODAY IS MONDAY SONG", which lyrics are often instructive in helping non-native English speakers learn the language.

The lyrics are simple:

Today is Monday
Monday -- string beans
All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

Today is Tuesday
Tuesday -- spaghetti
All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

Today is Wednesday
Wednesday -- soup
All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

Today is Thursday
Thursday -- roast beef
All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

Today is Friday
Friday -- fresh fish
All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

Today is Saturday
Saturday -- chicken
All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

Today is Sunday
Sunday -- ice cream
All you hungry children, come and eat it up!

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Friends of mine remember hearing this on a Golden Record from the 1940s, but I know others who remember it from the 30s. Some posit that this may have to do with food rationing, and what was available on certain days of the week, others think it was just created to help kids learn the days of the week.

Ideas?

Thanks!

Deborah

Deborah Robins
Nut Hill Productions, Inc.
Executive Producer
THE MUSIC OF AMERICA: History Through Musical Traditions
a WETA-PBS co-production
www.themusicofamerica.org


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Subject: RE: Origins: Today is Monday Song
From: Lighter
Date: 26 Mar 09 - 02:54 PM

See this thread: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=5218


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Subject: RE: Origins: Today is Monday Song
From: GUEST,Eva Moravcik
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 02:03 AM

I remember my grandfather (who was a soldier during world war I saying it was an army song--all you hungry soldiers, come and eat it up.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Today is Monday Song
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 04:16 AM

As Lighter said, but with a useable link:
Previous discussion

Cheers


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Subject: RE: Origins: Today is Monday Song
From: GUEST,Black Belt Caterpillar Wrestler
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 07:28 AM

Didn't The Skaffold have a hit with this or am I confused?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Today is Monday Song
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 08:58 AM

Yes indeed they did BBCW and Here it is
Written by McGear, McGough & Gorman.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Today is Monday Song
From: EBarnacle
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 09:27 PM

The version my father used to sing to me was similar to the original post but the ending was "All you hungry soldiers, come and get it." The pronunciation of the food was split into two beats: Su oop, for example, with a rising note on the the second beat.

Also, the song had a more upbeat tempo than the Skaffold version.


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