The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

23 May 2005

Down by the deli-side

Some songs are associated with various dates: Bruce Springsteen's "Sandy" (which is officially titled "Fourth of July, Asbury Park"), Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" (the third of June), the Bee Gees' "First of May" (duh).

Then there's this:

When you go to the delicatessen store
Don't buy the liverwurst
Don't buy the liverwurst
Don't buy the liverwurst
I repeat what I just said before
Don't buy the liverwurst
Don't buy the liverwurst

Oh, buy the corned beef if you must
The pickled herring you can trust
And the lox puts you in orbit A-OK
But that big hunk of liverwurst
Has been there since October first
And today is the 23rd of May

So when you go to the delicatessen store
Don't buy the liverwurst
Don't buy the liverwurst
Don't buy the liverwurst
It'll make your insides awful sore
Don't buy the liverwurst
Don't buy the liverwurst

The very last segment of Allan Sherman's "Shticks of One and Half a Dozen of the Other," the last track on My Son, the Celebrity, ostensibly "recorded live at Allan Sherman's birthday party (November 30, 1962)," and the only song I can think of that actually mentions the 23rd of May.

Don't expect me to post "Ode to Billie Joe" next Friday. (And actually, I don't have to: Francis W. Porretto has already blogged the story of what happened in and around the Tallahatchie Bridge.)

Posted at 7:25 PM to Tongue and Groove


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Aha! A song of my childhood...and of my children's childhood, too, come to think of it, since I've been known to sing the whole thing on occasion.

Incidentally, the iTunes Music Store now has a number of the original Allan Sherman albums; the only one they're missing, so far as I can tell, is My Son The Folk-Singer.

Posted by: Will Duquette at 9:26 PM on 23 May 2005

It was the third day of September
A day I'll always remember
Because I got lots of presents...

Posted by: Dawn Eden at 12:20 AM on 24 May 2005

Now I am going to have to get out my Allan Sherman records! Thanks, that song brought a smile to my face!

Posted by: Donna at 6:36 PM on 24 May 2005