Almanac Music: ‘Eat the Music’ – Songs Involving Food




Almanac Music: ‘Eat the Music’ – Songs Involving Food


Hi, Almanackers! This week’s piece in my ongoing series about key popular song themes concerns songs that in some way involve food.


So, dear readers, please put your relevant songs in the ‘Comments’ section. Below, as usual, are some examples from me to get things going. (Note: please leave any songs involving drinks out of your choices, as we’ll deal with those on another occasion.)



‘Green Onions’, written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg and Al Jackson Jr., performed by Booker T and the MG’s (1962)


A classic instrumental twelve-bar.





‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, performed by the Beatles (1967)


Written by Lennon, credited to Lennon-McCartney, this is certainly a high water mark in terms of Lennon’s songwriting genius.





‘Savoy Truffle’, written by George Harrison, performed by the Beatles (1968)


This Harrison number, possessing some searing lead guitar work by George, centres upon varieties of chocolate.





‘Life is a Minestrone’, written by Eric Stewart and Lol Creme, performed by 10cc (1975)


Clever-clever, but also very good.





‘Eat to the Beat’, written by Deborah Harry and Nigel Harrison, performed by Blondie (1979)


Punky Blondie.





‘Jack and Diane’, written and performed by John Mellencamp (1982)


‘Suckin’ on a chili dog…’





‘Eat It’, written by Michael Jackson and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, performed by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic (1984)


Grammy Award winning comic parody of Michael Jackson’s hit, ‘Beat It’.





‘Eat the Music’, written and performed by Kate Bush (1993)


Sensual, textural, and very foody indeed! The video is Kate Bush meets Carmen Miranda – wow!








Now, wonderful readers / listeners – over to you. Your responses to this topic are warmly welcomed. In the ‘Comments’ section, please add your own choice of a song (or songs) involving food, along with any other relevant material you wish to include.



[Note: as usual, Wikipedia has been a good general reference for this piece, particularly in relation to checking dates and other details.]




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  1. Colin Ritchie says

    ‘Vegetables’ – Jan & Dean
    ‘Does your chewing gum … ‘ – Lonnie Donegan (food?)
    ‘Mashed Potato’ – James Brown
    ‘Little Green Apples’ – O C Smith
    ‘Apple Suckling Tree’ – Bob Dylan & The Band
    ‘Sweets for my Sweet’ – The Drifters / The Searchers
    ‘Summer Wine’ – Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood

    Just a few that jumped to mind.

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Great stuff, Col. Thank you for getting this ‘innings’ off to a fine start. To select just one of your choices for comment – ‘Summer Wine’. The first two words of this song are foods, of course: ‘Strawberries, cherries…’

  3. Adam Muyt says

    I heard it through the grapevine – Credence Clearwater Revival.
    Let’s Cook – Mental as Anything
    Duck Soup – Drumbago’s All Stars

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Adam, for this fine trio of songs..

  5. Karl Dubravs says

    Hey KD – I’ll kick off my contribution with a very fine dining establishment, where you can get anything you want:
    Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie

  6. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Karl – classic song!

  7. “American Pie”, by Don McLean.

  8. “The Candyman Song”, by Sammy Davis Jr.

  9. “Sugar Sugar”, by The Archies.

  10. “My Favourite Things” by Julie Andrew’s.
    In the lyrics, “Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels” and “Door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles”.

  11. “Build Me Up, Buttercup”, by The Foundations.

  12. “Toast and Marmalade for Tea”, by Tin Tin.

  13. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon – you’be certainly contributed to a flying start for our innings, with your song choices of the ‘sweet’ variety. ‘Build Me Up, Buttercup’ has been a particular favourite of mine since childhood.

  14. “Food, Glorious Food”, written by Lionel Bart, is the opening song from the 1960s West End and Broadway musical (and 1968 film) Oliver.

  15. Kevin Densley says

    Hard to get a more iconic food song than the one you’ve chosen from Oliver, Anon. Cheers!

  16. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Here’s my entree KD – I think it is some coded metaphor for something or other – perhaps the readers could help.

    Food – The Pursuit Of Happiness

    Your love is like greasy fried noodles
    Instantly gratifying – makes me want to come back for more
    You fill me up and I’m hungry an hour later
    Got to have another serving – give me a sweet encore

    Come on over for some barbecued pork
    I want to get you on my fork and then I’m gonna swallow you whole
    Want to baste you on both sides get you nice and tender
    Want you to melt in my mouth – give me a sensory overload

    Ring the dinner bell, I’m starving to death
    Ring the dinner bell, I’m starving to death

    Sometimes you’re a little like shake and bake chicken
    A little hard on the outside but so soft within
    I bite through your coating and you ooze all over me
    I feel just like a pig with your juice running down my chin

    Ring the dinner bell, I’m starving to death
    Ring the dinner bell, I’m starving to death

    For dessert how about a nice piece of your cherry pie
    With some whipped cream on it, that would taste so unreal
    After we’re done I see you sucking on a cigarette
    You know there’s nothing like a smoke after a good hearty meal

    Ring the dinner bell, I’m starving to death
    Ring the dinner bell, I’m starving to death

  17. In the Stray Cat’s ‘Stray Cat Strut’, Brian Setzer sings.

    ” Get my dinner from a garbage can.”

    Now that’s talking food.


  18. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Couple more KD

    I Eat With Gusto, Damn! You Bet – Jonathan Richman
    Abominable Snowman In The Market – JR
    Ice Cream Man -JR
    Double Chocolate Malted – JR
    Chewing Gum Wrapper- JR
    Accident Waiting To Happen – Elvis Costello
    Uncomplicated – EC
    Alison – EC
    Pulling Mussels From The Shell – Squeeze
    Popcorn – Hot Butter
    Cheeseburger – Gang Of Four
    Iskender Time – Radio Birdman
    London Calling – Clash
    Pizza Van – Greg Champion
    How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly

  19. Kevin Densley says

    Marvellous lyric, Swish – for some reason, the
    Seinfeld episode where George Costanza combines food and sex springs to mind!

  20. Ian Wilson says

    Eggs and Sausage – Tom Waits
    Rock Lobster – B52s
    Fast Food – Richard Thompson

  21. “Dip You In Honey”, “Ice Cream”, “Lemon to a Knife Fight – The Wombats (all from the album ‘Beautiful People Will Kill You’),
    “Peaches” – The Presidents of the United States of America,
    “Hot Potato” – the Wiggles
    “Pour Some Sugar on Me” – Def Leppard,
    “All That Meat and No Potatoes” – Louis Armstrong,
    “Strawberry Swing” – Coldplay,
    “Country Pie” – Bob Dylan,
    “Cake by The Ocean” – DNCE,
    “Lime in the Coconut” – Harry Nilsson,
    “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding” – Dropkick Murphys.

  22. Dave Nadel says

    Hank Williams – Jumbalaya (“Jambalaya, crawfish pie and fillet gumbo”)
    Woody Guthrie – Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) (“Is this the best way we can grow our big orchards?
    Is this the best way we can grow our good fruit? To fall like dry leaves to rot on my topsoil And be called by no name except “deportees”?”)
    trad or anon – The Praties they grow small (a song of the Irish Potato Famine)
    Cyril Tawney – The Oggie Man (a folk song about the seller of traditional Cornish pasties – Martyn Wyndham-Read used to sing this at folk clubs in Melbourne in the sixties)
    Ewan McColl – The Shoals of Herring
    Guy Clark – Texas Cookin”
    Guy Clark – Homegrown Tomatos

  23. That’s Amore, Dean Martin, to kick things off.

  24. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Glen, for the Stray Cats song.

    And thank you, Swish, for your fine list – ‘How to Make Gravy’ had to get a guernsey some time, didn’t it?

  25. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Willo, for your three choices – very pleased that ‘Rock Lobster’, in particular, got an early mention in relation to our developing songlist.

  26. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Smokie – what a fine, eclectic set of song choices there! Just to pick one for special focus – Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s version of Ed Kirkeby and Fats Waller’s ‘All That Meat And No Potatoes’. What a sassy, swingin’, jazzy, swaggering song!

  27. “Honey, Honey”, by Abba
    “Do-Re-Mi”, by Julie Andrews (“Ti, a drink with jam and bread”)
    As ducklings are young ducks, “There once was an ugly duckling”, by Danny Kaye.
    “At Seventeen”, by Janis Ian (“To ugly duckling girls like me”)

  28. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Dave, for your superb choices. There’s a highly pleasing folkiness about many of them.

    And thank you, Rick K, for bringing Dino into this thread.

  29. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks again, Anon.

  30. Rick Kane says

    Okay, a little flexing to get going:

    Ode to Billy Joe, Bobby Gentry
    Turn it On, Turn it On, Turn it On, Tom T Hall (if you don’t know this song have a listen and you’ll understand why he’s one of the best songwriters of any genre)
    Soup, Blind Melon (sorry)
    Down Under, Men at Work
    Cheeseburger in Paradise, Jimmy Buffett


  31. “This Little Piggy Went To Market” – Bounce Patrol – Kids songs (‘This little piggy had roast beef”)

    There are many Television Advertisement Jingles:

    “Birds Eye Fish Fingers”
    “I Feel Like Chicken Tonight”
    “Arnotts Scotch Finger Biscuits”
    “McDonalds” (in the lyrics, burgers, fries, chicken, fish, hot apple pies)
    “Meadow Lea, You Ought To Be Congratulated” (in the lyrics, potatoe, chocolate cake, scones, cherry pies, apple, pudding, garlic bread, kebabs, pumpkin)
    “Kentucky Fried Chicken”
    “Happy Little Vegemites” (in the lyrics, for breakfast, lunch and tea)
    “Four ‘n’ Twenty Pies” (with Ted Whitten, Jack Dyer, Bob Skilton and Des Tuddenham singing the song)
    “Four ‘n’ Twenty Hot Stuff” (four ‘n’ twenty pies sung to the tune of “Hot Stuff”, by Donna Summer)

    “It’s a Long Way to the Shop If You Want a Sausage Roll”, by Dario Western. It’s a song parody of “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll), by AC/DC.

  32. Kevin Densley says

    Great to see you’re really sinking your teeth into this theme, Rick.

    Yes, that Tom T Hall song is a beauty – how brilliant is the ending, especially!

  33. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon – what an interesting collection of jingles (as well as a kids’ song and a parody) you’ve put together in your latest installment.

  34. Greg Champion has sung many song parodies about pies over the years. Among them are the following:

    “Bye Bye Miscellaneous Pies”, (1986) to the tune of “American Pie”, by Don McKean.
    “Silly Pie Songs”, to the tune of “Silly Love Songs”, by Paul McCartney and Wings.
    “The Pies Got Smashed”, to the tune of “Monster Mash”, by Bobby Pickett.

  35. Kevin Densley says

    Well, Anon – what an interesting sub-genre – or is that sub-sub-genre? – the parody pie song, as opposed to the non-parody pie song!

  36. As you can see, this topic, similar to songs concerning animals, is very addictive. “Joy to the World”, by Three Dog Night (in the lyrics “Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea”. I’m sure they were referring to the plural fish, which of course is food.

  37. “SPC Baked Beans & Soaghetti” television advertisement jingle.
    “Mary Had a Liitle Lamb” – YouTube – Chu Chu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs. Of course, lamb is a type of food.
    “You’ve Never Had Chocolate Like This”, (Hoverchocs) by The cast of Wonka and Timothée Chalet, from the Wonka 2023 film.
    “Oompa Loompa Songs”, from the 1971 film, Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. (lyrics, “What do you get when you guzzle down sweets?”)

  38. Rick Kane says

    Hey Anon, c’mon man, it was right there in front of you. I’m talking about Mother Goose and their song, Baked Beans. Cheers

  39. “Two Strong Hearts”, by Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham (lyrics, We stick together like the honey and the bee”).

    Apologies for my spelling mistake in my previous comment, where I should have typed “SPC Baked Beans & Spaghetti”.

  40. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon and Rick, for keeping the momentum going here.

    And Anon, all your talk of pies reminded me of Paul McCartney’s fine rocker, ‘Flaming Pie’ (written with Jeff Lynne), from Macca’s 1997 album of the same name.

  41. “Another Brick in the Wall”, by Pink Floyd (lyrics, “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding”).

    “The Milky Bar Kid” television advertisement jingle. It concerned Milky Bar chocolates.
    “Caramello Koala” television commercial jingle. It concerned Caramello Koala chocolates.

  42. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    A handful before tonight’s game KD

    Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please – Splodgenessabounds
    Down In A Tube Station At Midnight – The Jam
    We’re A Happy Family – The Ramones
    I Just Want To Have Something To Do – The Ramones
    Meat Is Murder – The Smiths

  43. Karl Dubravs says

    In 1976, Dylan offered a recently penned song called ‘Sign Language’ to Eric Clapton. The song was included on Eric’s ‘No Reason to Cry’ album and has Eric & Bob duetting on the song.
    The opening verse offers this foodie lyric:
    “You speak to me/in sign language
    As I’m eating a sandwich/in a small cafe
    At a quarter to three”

  44. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Smut – Skyhooks

  45. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks again, Anon – you’re certainly a font of knowledge in relation to themed song choices.

  46. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks so much for your latest choices, Swish – excellent. I’m also glad you mentioned the song that immortalised Twisties, ‘Smut’. Ah yes, ‘Munchie munchie Twisties…’

    Good pickup with your latest Dylan-related contribution, Karl. Thanks!

  47. Kevin Densley says

    *Or, above, it probably should be ‘Munchy munchy Twisties…’* Mmmm…

  48. Karl Dubravs says

    Happy weekend KD
    I’ll kick off a lazy Saturday with an oldie but a goodie (in fact it’s as old as I am!)
    My Boy Lollipop – Barbie Gaye
    (although Millie Small’s 1964 version is the one most of us will remember – and has a nice harmonica section that could have easily been included in a previous post).

  49. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie and the Banshees (chicken chow mein and chop suey)
    Dance This Mess Around – B52s (limburger)
    I Don’t Mind – Hitmen (T-Bone steak, HJ yumbo)
    There’s a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis – Kirsty MacColl

  50. I have decided to bring up the Almanac Music Reader’s 50, with a single.

    “On the Good Ship Lollipop”, by Shirley Temple.

  51. “Lollipop” (1958 song), by Chordettes.

  52. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Karl – happy weekend to you, too. ‘My Boy Lollipop’ is a beauty! (Good note about the harmonica, also.)

  53. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Swish, for your latest bunch. To single out just one: ‘Hong Kong Garden’ is replete with food references, to be sure.

  54. Three from Warner:

    Late One Saturday Afternoon (it’s a ripper)
    Million Miles from Home (steak that bends)
    Old Stock Road (in my top 5 Warner songs, KD you’ll have to allow it as butter is mentioned)

    and one from Cold Chisel, Breakfast at Sweethearts


  55. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Anon, for your latest choices – and for bringing up our fifty!

  56. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Rick. Thanks for the the three ‘Warners’ and the Chisel. (And butter is certainly fine as a food item – I’m a big fan of butter!)

  57. “The Tra La La Song”, (One Banana, Two Banana) – 1968 pop song, which was the theme song for the children’s television program, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour.

    “PK Chewing Gum” television advertisement jingle.

  58. Two from Led Zeppelin:
    “Custard Pie” (Physical Graffiti)
    “Hot Dog” (In through the out door)

  59. Karl Dubravs says

    KD – I note you have George Harrison’s ‘Savoy Truffle’ in the video clips.
    George also turned his attention to 2 other food items on his ‘All Things Must Pass’ album:
    Apple Scruffs – some nice harmonica in this one too!
    Thanks For The Pepperoni – last track on album – side 6 (those were the days)! Just a 6min jam – Harrison/Clapton/Mason

  60. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Anon, for ‘Tra La’ and ‘PK’ – your knowledge of TV themes and jingles is impressive.

  61. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Smokie – nothing like a bit of Zeppelin to liven things up! Thank you.

  62. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Karl. Excellent Harrison knowledge displayed on your part.

    This may be stretching things a bit, but ‘Crackerbox Palace’ by George could also be included, in that the word ‘crackerbox’ suggests a box containing biscuits – among other possibilities.

  63. Karl Dubravs says

    I checked out Crackerbox Palace – & yes, stretchhhhhing it a lot KD, but it’s your post, so….
    Now, it seems that Neil Diamond had some serious foodie issues. These are all from Hot August Night:
    Crunchy Granola Suite
    Cherry Cherry
    Porcupine Pie
    Soggy Pretzels

  64. Graham Anstis says

    Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
    “Looking for a dish of beef chow mein”

  65. Liam Hauser says

    Here we go round the lemon tree: The Move
    Lazy day: Moody Blues
    Hotcakes: Carly Simon
    Piggies: The Beatles
    Scarborough Fair: Simon and Garfunkel
    Renaissance Fair: The Byrds
    Breakfast in America: Supertramp
    When I was a boy: Jeff Lynne’s ELO
    Chocolate cake: Crowded House
    Brotherhood of the Blues: David Crosby
    Apple tree: Johnny Rivers
    Cherry pie: Daddy Cool
    Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows: Lesley Gore
    MacArthur Park: Donna Summer
    Heinz Baked Beans: The Who
    Tuesday: You Am I
    Meat City: John Lennon
    My Sweet Potato (instrumental): Booker T and the MGs

  66. “You are the Sunshine of My Life”, by Stevie Wonder. (lyrics, “You are the apple of my eye”.)

  67. “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, by The Wiggles (lyrics, “And a partridge in a pear tree”)

  68. “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”, by Cher (lyrics, “Gave him a ride, filled him with a hot meal”.)

  69. “I Made a Hundred In The Backyard At Mum’s”, by Greg Champion (lyrics, “And when we stopped for lunch, I was 24 not out”.)

  70. “Sing a Song of Sixpence”, by The Wiggles – Kids Sings and Nursery Rhymes (lyrics, “Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”, “When the pie was opened, the birds began to sing” and “The queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey”.)

  71. “C’Mon Aussie, C’Mon”, by The Mojo Singers (lyrics, “And Dougy’s chewing’ gum).
    “Australiana”, by Austen Tayshus (lyrics, “Bernie says, It’s okay mate, she’s apples, I’ll get em for ya”).

  72. Sorry, but I’m addicted to this songs involving food theme.

    There was a television advertisement jingle in the 1970s, promoting Australia. In the lyrics, “We love football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars”.

  73. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Karl, for your Neil Diamond quartet of songs – Hot August Night is really quite ‘foody’, isn’t it?

  74. Kevin Densley says

    Hi Graham! Very much a song with food/food related content, ‘Werewolves of London’. Good pick. Trader Vic’s restaurant is also mentioned, as is Lee Ho Fooks.

  75. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Liam, for your well-chosen bunch of songs – many of them are well-known, but hadn’t been mentioned yet in our discussion.

  76. Kevin Densley says

    Many thank, Anon, for your latest lot – interesting, varied bunch there.

  77. Karl Dubravs says

    Sugar Man – Rodriguez
    Brown Sugar – Rolling Stones
    Although I accept that neither ‘sugars’ are soluble carbohydrates.

    Tupelo Honey – Van Morrison
    …on the other hand Tupelo Honey is made by bees refining the sugary secretions of plants. It is unique in the realm of honeys due to its high fructose to glucose ratio. It is also a magnificent song!

  78. “Disco Duck”, by Rick Dees

  79. “Piano Man”, by Billy Joel (lyrics, “And they sit at the bar and put bread in my jar”)

  80. “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”, by Merv Griffin
    “Monster Mash”, by Bobbie Pickett (lyrics, “To the master bedroom where the vampires feast”)
    “Sweet Caroline”, by Neil Diamond. Strictly speaking, it’s not a song involving food, but there’s plenty examples of sweet food.

  81. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Long Tall Glasses – Leo Sayer
    I-94 – Radio Birdman

  82. If I Knew You Were Coming I’d have Baked a Cake – Eileen Barton
    The Roving Kind ( I took her for some fish and chips) – Guy Mitchell
    She Wears Red Feathers (She lives on just coconuts and fish from the sea) – Guy Mitchell
    Also here’s three from Peter Combe
    Spaghetti Bolognaise
    Toffee Apple
    Six Juicy Apples

  83. “No Milk Today”, by Herman’s Hermits. Milk is considered as a whole food. It provides 18 out of 22 essential nutrients.

  84. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Karl – for your latest three songs. Bob Dylan apparently said, in relation to ‘Tupelo Honey’: ‘Tupelo Honey has always existed, and Van Morrison was merely the vessel and the Earthly vehicle for it.’ Beautiful praise indeed.

  85. Kevin Densley says

    Many thanks for your latest lot, Anon – ‘I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts’ particularly tickled my fancy. For me, though, ‘Sweet Caroline’ is pushing the boundaries in relation to the theme.

  86. Kevin Densley says

    Fine couple there, Swish. Thanks for your latest choices. One reminded me how good some of the early Leo Sayer songs were.

  87. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Fisho – great to see you onboard for our latest theme. Almost always you come up with some wonderful classics, like ‘If I Knew You Were Coming I’d have Baked a Cake’.

  88. There was a Tall Oak Tree (If she’d left that apple on that apple tree) – Dorsey Burnette.
    Cherry Ripe – Julie Andrews
    This Little Girl’s gone a rocking – Ruth Brown
    Anything you can do, I can do better (can you bake a pie, no, neither can I) – Howard Keel and Betty Hutton from Annie Get Your Gun.

  89. And here’s a few more –
    Banana Boat (Day-O) Harry Belafonte or Stan Freberg (lots of fun with this one)
    Ginger Bread – Frankie Avalon
    Mangoes – Rosemary Clooney
    Lemon Tree – Trini Lopez
    A Marshmellow World – Bing Crosby
    Beans in my Ears – the Serendipity Sisters

  90. “All Night Long”, by Lionel Richie (lyrics, “We’re going to have a party, Karamu, Fiesta, forever”). Fiesta is a Spanish word for feast.

    There was a song released on You Tube in 2022, in honour of the number 1 ranked female tennis player in the world, Iga Swaitek. It’s titled “IGA (Swiatek)”, by Ben Robinson. (lyrics, “Breadsticks here and bagels there”)

    The television advertisement jingle, “The cats of Australia have made their choice, Snappy Tom”. (cat food)

  91. Fancy me forgetting this one –
    One of those days (ants come dancing carry off the bread) – Elvis Presley’s final song from G I Blues.
    This Elvis song rates as one of my favourite Elvis songs. I once wrote a fishing article based on this song about a time when everything I did was wrong.

  92. Rick Kane says

    Well, this theme is cookin! I offer these tidings:

    Dining Alone, Shakey Graves
    She Don’t use Jelly, The Flaming Lips
    If You Don’t Like My Peaches, The Cartridge Family
    Carmelita, Warren Zevon
    Dinner with Friends, Kacey Musgraves

  93. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Fisho, for your latest selections – you’re really ‘cooking on gas’, to use the well-known saying!

  94. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you again, Anon, for your most recent material – you’ve certainly been a major contributor as we head towards another century.

  95. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for your latest choices, Rick. It can be so interesting where a food reference crops up, such as ‘Pioneer Chicken stand’ in the junkie’s lament, the beautiful ‘Carmelita’.

  96. Rick Kane says

    Exactly KD, and if you don’t know the Cartridge Family song have a listen. Vocals by the ridiculously underrated Suzannah Espie.

    And a few more:

    Spanish Pipedream, John Prine
    You Never Can Tell, Chuck Berry
    School Days, Chuck Berry
    Back in the USA, Chuck Berry
    Promised Land, Chuck Berry
    A Week in a County Jail, Tom T Hall

  97. Kevin Densley says

    Great stuff, Rick – this current list is proving to be one of our best yet, I feel.

    And what about the plentiful food references in ‘Jambalaya (On The Bayou)’ – enough to make one want to do a major Cajun style cook-up!

  98. Karl Dubravs says

    We’ve had Breakfast At Sweethearts, so why not Breakfast In America – Supertramp?
    ‘Can we have kippers for breakfast/Mummy dear, mummy dear?’

    Thanks for your Dylan quote re Van Morrison – high praise indeed!

    I’ve been reluctant to add: Tea For The Tillerman – Cat Stevens (of course) – but although the album cover suggests the liquid beverage only, the concept of ‘tea’ can be broadened to include a food additive on the side.

  99. “Octopus’s Garden”, by the Beatles. Octopus is a type of food.

  100. I have decided to bring up the century with “Jam”, by Michael Jackson.

    Well done everyone. It’s our 3rd consecutive century and our 4th century of the season.

  101. Unfortunately, it’s dawned on me that the song “Jam”, by Michael Jackson in my previous comment, is not about the food, jam.

    So, I was given a run short by the umpire. Therefore, I will bring up the Almanac Music Readers century instead with the song “Chocolate”, by Kylie Minogue. (lyrics, Like chocolate, come here)

  102. Dave Nadel says

    Joni Mitchell – Ladies of the Canyon (” Annie sits you down to eat”)
    Judy Collins – Cook with Honey
    Bob Dylan – North Country Blues (“With the lunch bucket filled every season”)
    Brisbane Realist Writers Group – On a Queensland Railway Line (This was a song about the problems of Queensland Railways (including buying Food) in the early 1960s. Check it out on YouTube, it’s a bit daggy but I have always found it amusing)

  103. Aeroplane Jelly television advertisement jingle.
    “I’m Popeye the Sailor Man”, by Billy Costello (lyrics, Cause I eats me spinach)

    On YouTube, Shirley Serban sings the following:
    “Hopelessly Devoted to Food” – Parody of “Hopelessly to You”, by Olivia Newton-John
    “Take My Bread Away” – Parody of “Take My Breath Away”, by Berlin
    “I Will Always Love Food” – Parody of “I Will Always Love You”, by Whitney Houston

  104. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”, by Rupert Holmes (lyrics, “I’m not much into health food.”)

  105. Kevin Densley says

    Fair enough, Karl, regarding your point about ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ – thank you for that.

    Liam Hauser had already listed ‘Breakfast in America’.

    And, I thought you would like that Dylan quote regarding ‘Tupelo Honey’. It certainly stood out when I read about it.

  106. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for bringing up our century – you deserved to be at the crease when it happened. Of course, thank you, also, for your latest song choices.

  107. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Dave, for your most recent choices, and, in general, for the folk influence you so often bring to the table.

  108. “Do they know it’s Christmas?”, by Band Aid (lyrics “Feed the world”)

  109. Kevin Densley says

    Yes, Anon – I’ll certainly pay that one. Food is absolutely central to the song, of course.

  110. Smiths Chips television advertisement jingle, sung to the tune of “Happy Together”, by The Turtles (lyrics, “To think about the chips you love”)

  111. When the Boat Comes In (Theme song from my all time favourite TV series) – Bob Fox
    If you want to be Happy, Never Make a Pretty woman your wife – Jimmy Soul
    Take Me out to the Ball Game – Frank Sinatra
    Shrimp Boats – Jo Stafford
    Saturday Night at the Movies – The Drifters

  112. Kevin Densley says

    Great jingle knowledge displayed yet again, Anon – many thanks.

  113. Kevin Densley says

    Interesting bunch of song choices, as usual, Fisho. Believe it or not, I know ‘When the Boat Comes In’, too!

  114. Rick Kane says

    Okay, the Food theme is roaring along, so many great suggestions and Swish has thrown in some rippers, including the B-52s and of course the Skyhooks song!

    Here’s a couple I reckon are core to your theme KD, including Merle going political!:

    Memphis Soul Stew, King Curtis
    Rainbow Stew, Merle Haggard
    Stoned Soul Picnic, The 5th Dimension

  115. Kevin Densley says

    Three fine numbers there, Rick, including ‘Memphis Soul Stew’, which can be classified as an instrumental, in spite of a fair bit of introductory spoken material.

    And, everyone, how about this addition – an ENTIRE 1965 album by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, called Whipped Cream & Other Delights. The tracks are, as listed by Wikipedia:

    Side 1

    “A Taste of Honey” (Bobby Scott, Ric Marlow) – 2:43
    “Green Peppers” (Sol Lake) – 1:31
    “Tangerine” (Johnny Mercer, Victor Schertzinger) – 2:46
    “Bittersweet Samba” (Sol Lake) – 1:46
    “Lemon Tree” (Will Holt) – 2:23
    “Whipped Cream” (Naomi Neville) – 2:33

    Side 2

    “Love Potion No. 9” (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) – 3:02
    “El Garbanzo” (Sol Lake) – 2:13
    “Ladyfingers” (Toots Thielemans) – 2:43
    “Butterball” (Mike Henderson) – 2:12
    “Peanuts” (Luis Guerrero) – 2:09
    “Lollipops and Roses” (Tony Velona) – 2:27

  116. Luke Reynolds says

    Vegemite- King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

  117. Kevin Densley says

    Nifty song – thanks, Luke. The film clip for it is cool, too!

  118. ‘Eat to the Beat’ – Blondie (title track of their fourth album)

  119. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Smokie – that song was done in my initial list in connection with this food theme.

  120. Karl Dubravs says

    Time to turn up the heat on this foodie theme KD:
    ‘Hot chili peppers in the blistering sun’
    Romance in Durango (opening line): Dylan with a dash of Jacques Levy

  121. Rick Kane says

    Hey KD, King Kurtis is delivering the ingredients for a Memphis Soul Stew (four tablespoons of boiling Memphis guitars) and then the band kicks in and cooks! Love it.

    Now on with the game.
    We missed the absolute classis WZ song, Excitable Boy, Warren Zevon (he rubbed a pot roast all over his chest)
    Fish & Chips, Chuck Berry
    I Love, Tom T (not his finest but there’s a mention)
    Hey Ya, Outkast (Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor) and one of the best songs of the last 25 years
    That’s Entertainment, The Jam (watching the news and eating your tea) just barely scrapes in.


  122. rick kane says

    King Curtis

  123. “YMCA”, by the Village People (lyrics, “you can have a good meal”)

  124. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”, by Judy Garland (lyrics, “Where troubles melt like lemon drops”)

  125. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for more Dylan, Karl – while we’re on the the subject of turning up the heat, a Graham Parker song is relevant, ‘Heat Treatment’: ‘I tried to eat but could not swallow’.

  126. Ian Wilson says

    Baked Beans by the wonderful Mother Goose

  127. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for the additions, Rick – great variety across your five latest songs. And ‘Excitable Boy’ – yes, how could we forget the wonderful Warren – well, we haven’t now!

  128. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks again, Anon. You’re certainly clocking up some major ‘runs’ here!

    Thanks, Willo – like yourself, I was/am a Mother Goose fan. Our list is getting so long now, and increasingly difficult to check back through in a thorough way – Rick Kane mentioned ‘Baked Beans’ earlier in the thread.

  129. Thanks, the next milestone is 150. It’s definitely achievable, as we’ve acquired extra specialist food song music batsmen as the innings has progressed. It’s been a great team effort.

    “A Spoonful of Sugar”, by Julie Andrews

  130. Rick Kane says

    A couple of well-known tunes and a bit of a dive into three excellent artists. The Earle song is a bit of a fave of mine.

    Number 29, Steve Earle (I take him for a steak sometimes)
    A Town Called Malice, The Jam (A whole street’s belief in Sunday’s roast beef gets dashed against the Co-op)
    Scarborough Fair, Simon and Garfunkel
    Separate Beds, UK Squeeze (My mother didn’t like her, she’d never peel the spuds, so we took off together and stayed at Mrs. Smith’s, breakfast at half seven where you can view the cliffs)
    What I Don’t Know ‘Bout You, You Am I (Do you remember the gear I first saw you in eating Mexican in ’92?)

  131. Karl Dubravs says

    Like your Graham Parker lyric KD – some of these food suggestions are a bit hard to swallow.
    Here’s a whimsical & easy to swallow food lyric from our nobel prize winning laureate for literature Mr Dylan:
    ‘Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle like a bowl of soup’ – from Wiggle Wiggle, off the Under The Red Sky album.

  132. Frank perich says

    A smorgasbord of tunes. My belated contribution if not already lodged is The Jam – Down in the Tubestation at Midnight.” I’ve a little money and a takeaway curry “ which unfortunately later the “curry gone cold” Sad song but one of the best.

  133. A short time ago I was thinking about Peter Sellers’ songs and although, not one of his, I remembered this one – Boiled Beef and Carrots – Harry Champion ( the Sellers one I was thing of was Any Old Iron which has nothing to do with food).
    That’s Amour a – Dean Martin

  134. “Like a Rolling Stone”, by Bob Dylan (“Now you don’t seem so proud about having to be scrounging your next meal.”)

  135. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Frank – ‘smorgasbord’ is a very fitting description, I feel. And fine song choice with ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’.

  136. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, Rick, Karl and Fisho, for your most recent material.

    This list feels like it has developed a life of its own! Wonderful!

  137. Dave Nadel says

    Ralph McTell – Peppers and Tomatoes Several vegies get mentioned in this song but it is really about the Bosnian War and quite possibly Ralph’s second best song.
    Richard Thompson – Beeswing (“We busked around the countryside and picked food down in Kent”) This is really a song about the Hippy Lifestyle and lost love but as you can see it does mention food.
    Mary Chapin Carpenter – He Thinks He’ll Keep Her (“She makes his coffee, she makes his bed She does the laundry, she keeps him fed”)
    Kate and Anna McGarrigle – I Eat Dinner
    Harry Chapin 30,000 Pounds of Bananas
    Michael Nesmith – Texas Morning (“Cactus Jack drinks coffee black”)

  138. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Dave – there are excellent songs in your latest installment, such as the Ralph McTell number.

    In ‘Texas Morning’, the coffee reference relates to drink, not food – I wrote in the second paragraph of my intro to this piece that we’ll be covering the drink theme in a later, separate Almanac music piece.

  139. Wow, it was so long ago that I forgot. Sorry.

    Beatles – “A Taste of Honey”

  140. “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”, by The Beatles (“Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies”)

  141. Kevin Densley says

    No worries, Smokie. Thanks for the Beatles’ version of ‘A Taste of Honey’.

    Thank, Anon, for another song from the Beatles.

  142. The “Life Savers” lollies television advertisement jingle (“Get a whole lot more out of life.”)
    The “Samboy Chips” television advertisement jingle (“Hit me with a Samboy Chip, to the tune of “Hit me with your rhythm stick”, by Ian Dury and the Blockheads).

  143. Karl Dubravs says

    Coming in at 16m 33s, ‘Highlands’ off Dylan’s 1997 ‘Time Out Of Mind’ album, is his 2nd longest song.
    Around the 7min mark, Dylan is in a restaurant in Boston – not sure what he wants to eat.
    The conversation with the waitress follows:

    I said “Tell me what I want”
    She say “You probably want hard boiled eggs”
    I said “That’s right, bring me some”
    She says “We ain’t got any, you picked the wrong time to come”

    Not sure if hard boiled eggs have been mentioned in this post before, so this might be a ‘first’ for that excellently naturally packaged, easy to peel, nutritious food source.

  144. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon. Lifesavers and Samboy Chips certainly bring back memories.

    Thank you, Karl, for your info surrounding the Dylan song, as much as for the song itself.

  145. I have more television food advertisement jingles:

    1) Pizza Hut (“481 11 11 Pizza Hut delivery”), obviously involving pizzas.
    2) Cadbury Roses chocolates (“Thank you very much”)
    3) Cadbury Flake chocolates (“Created like no other chocolate”)
    4) Tip Top bread (“Good on you Mum, Tip Top’s the one)
    5) Arnott’s Sao biscuits (“You can’t beat a Sao for a snack”)
    6) Caramello Koala chocolates (“They call me Caramello”)

    By the way, is anyone hungry?

  146. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon – your knowledge pf advertising jingles, especially Oz ones, is phenomenal!

    And I’m pretty sure no-one has mentioned ‘Sloop John B’ (with its lines related to grits and corn), a song I came to know via the Beach Boys.

  147. Sara Lee cakes television advertisement jingle (“Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.”)

  148. Kevin Densley says

    You’re more than ‘eating the music’ in this discussion, Anon – you’re devouring it! Thanks yet again.

  149. Day off to attend a meeting in Sydney and then endure, nay suffer a flight delay heading home, had to eat dinner in the food court! I tell ya, my first world problems are tough as Styrofoam.

    Anyways, here’s a few more:

    I Remember Carolina, Margo Cilker (rippa country rock tune)
    Light on in the Kitchen, Ashley McBryde (great songwriter)
    Lemon Tree, Peter, Paul and Mary (may have already been posted

    and Buttholeville, a song by Drive By Truckers, southern country rock band, who are playing the Northcote Theatre on Sunday night and it’s gunna go orf.

  150. Kevin Densley says

    It’s a tough life, Rick, but not so tough that you couldn’t provide more quality material for our theme. Thanks again.

  151. Congratulations for bringing up the Almanac Music Readers 150, our 2nd 150 of the season, following songs concerning animals. It was a captain’s innings. Once again, well done to all those involved who contributed to the team score.

    Peters Choc Wedge TV advertisement jingle (“It’s the Daddy of ‘em all”).

  152. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Anon!

  153. “Remember the Days of the (Old Schoolyard), by Cat Stevens (“When we had simplicity and we had warm toast for tea”).

  154. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon – very good song choice there.

  155. “Milkshake”, by Village People “Add some ice cream (some ice cream) and blend (yeah-eah)”.

  156. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks again, A.

  157. “Down Under”, by Men at Work (“She took me in and gave me breakfast”, “Buying bread from a man in Brussels” and “He just smiled and gave me a Vegemite sandwich”).

  158. Kevin Densley says

    Good selection, Anon! Thank you.

  159. “Saturday in the Park”, by Chicago (“A man selling ice cream”)

  160. Kevin Densley says

    Another good one – thanks, Anon.

  161. “Walk On The Wild Side”, by Lou Reed (“Looking for soul food and a place to eat”)

  162. “You’re Movin’ Out Today”, by Carole Bayer Sager. “The grocer told me what you do with bread (what you do?)”

  163. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Anon – soul food is definitely good enough for me in terms of this food theme, as is, of course, bread!

  164. “Brown Girl in the Ring”, by Boney M (“She looks like a sugar in a plum, Plum plum”) and (“We had fried fish and Johnny-cakes”).

  165. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, A – another good pickup in relation to this theme.

  166. “Walk Like an Egyptian”, by The Bangles (“They’re hanging out in the donut shop.”)

  167. Kevin Densley says

    Yep, thanks, Anon. Cops and donuts go together like a…um…er…you know…

  168. “Penny Lane”, by The Beatles (“A four of fish and fingerpies”)
    “When I’m sixty-four”, by The Beatles (“Will you still need me, Will you still feed me, When I’m sixty-four?”)

  169. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks for this excellent Beatles pair, Anon. (And I have read many times that ‘finger pie’ is slang and has sexual connotations.)

  170. “My Girl”, by The Temptations (“I’ve got so much honey, the bees envy me.”)

  171. Kevin Densley says

    Yep, honey is certainly a food – thanks, Anon.

  172. “Mrs Robinson”, by Simon and Garfunkel (“Put it in the pantry with your cupcakes.”)

  173. “Matthew and Son”, by Cat Stevens (“There’s a five-minute break and that’s all you take for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake.”)

  174. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers,. Anon – thanks for your latest two – well-known songs, indeed!

  175. “Nutbush City Limits”, by Tina Turner (“Salt pork and molasses is all you get in jail.”)

  176. “Big Yellow Taxi”, by Joni Mitchell (“Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees.”)

  177. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Anon, for this latest pair – both rippers!

  178. “Boney Maroney”, by Larry Williams (“We’re all happy now as we can be making love underneath the apple tree.”)

  179. “When You’re Gone”, by Bryan Adams (“Even food don’t taste that good”)

  180. Kevin Densley says

    Thank you, Anon, for your latest two choices.

  181. “True Blue”, by John Williamson (“If they sell us out like sponge cake”)

  182. Kevin Densley says

    Now there’s a line from ‘True Blue’ one doesn’t immediately think of. Thanks, A.

  183. Pop goes the Weasel – Anthony Newley (half a pound of fourpeny rice, half a pound of treacle)

  184. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, Fisho – a well-known song.

  185. Kevin Densley says

    And ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ reminds of of an old schoolboy ditty popular in the wake of the notorious Profumo affair of the early nineteen-sixties: ‘Half a pound of Mandy Rice / Half a pound of Keeler / Put ’em together and what have you got? / A pound of sexy sheila…’

  186. “Boogie Fever”, by The Sylvers “I took my baby to the pizza parlour (pizza parlour) to get a bite to eat, na na na” and “ You know she ate her pizza dancing to the beat.”

  187. Kevin Densley says

    Cheers, Anon – thanks for your latest choice.

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