Wondering about wild grapes

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Wondering about some old songs (again).

Go to my old blog:
and you will see where I wrote about a couple of old songs that mean a lot to me, ones that I have heard since the beginning of my memory. I have not been able to find any information about the “K-K-K-Katy” song. I still remember the words and its tune echoing through the rooms of my Grandparents home. Warms the cockles of my heart. (As if there are any bi-valve shelled creatures living in my heart – at least I hope not) Gee, I wonder how that saying got started. I am always curious about the origins of sayings, aren’t you? Anyway, if you know anything about that song or the other one mentioned in my older blog, let me know.

Yesterday, my wife started singing another old song. It is not quite as old as the ones above, but my Mother used to sing it a lot. So, it must have originated in the 40’s or early 50’s. The words go like this:

I love you,
A bushel and a peck
A bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck
A hug around the neck and a barrel and heap
A barrel and heap and I’m talking in my sleep
About you. . .

It is amazing to me that I can remember all the words and the melody to a tune and I can forget what I just came in a room to get. Now a days, just listening to songs on the radio or TV, I don’t seem to remember the words, but back when I was young, every one sang those songs. If you sing a song a lot, you will remember the words and the tune.

What are some of the unique old songs that keep going through your heads? Everyone has some, and there is usually a couple that you keep remembering more than others.

When I said that I could remember music but not other things, maybe there is a logical explanation for that. The brain processes music on the opposite side as it does speech. Just look at Mel Tillis. He stutters when he talks but not when he sings. Maybe if I want to remember something, I should write a song about it (grin).

You all start humming some songs and have a great weekend.


  1. Two songs that that stays with me are (The old master painter an The old lamp lighter and Furlin Husky's On the wings of a dove.He passed away the 17th of march.one by one (he's) taking away my genaration!

  2. Everyone in my family sang ,some better than others,but Daddy not at all. Couldn't carry a tune in a bushel basket,But quite often in out farm house kitchen someone would start signing or humming or whistling a song and before you knew it, we had a full chorus going!!! All of boys played in the HS and college bands , so I guess we got our musical talent from Mothers side of the family.

  3. Dizzy...I found a few videos of the K-K-K-Katy song for ya!

    It was written in 1918 from what I gather! Here is the link.

    I'm still working on the other!

  4. I remember my mom singing the "bushel and a peck" song.

  5. Ben all my family were farmers,they had everything a rancher had but just less of it.But I will say in a lot of ways they had more.I often wonder about John an his longhorns I think someone should tell him that at certain times of the year you just give them a little more room ,but as I say just a thought.

  6. Ted, yes, I know and loved all those songs, too. Furlin’s “Wings of Dove” was beautiful. I also knew of his passing. You are correct; we are losing a lot of our generation..

    Ben, I used to sing a lot, but then I got old and my voice doesn’t sound good to me anymore. Maybe we could sing a duet. . .

    Hermit, That’s it!!! Wow, how that song brings back memories. And no, I wasn’t born before 1818, although I may look and smell like it (grin).

    Gypsy, yes, our Mom’s came from the same generation, although I am sure you Mom was younger than mine.

    Ted, my uncle was a farmer and I spent a lot of time on his farm. Learned to milk cows by hand. To me, farm chores were fun. Maybe it is because I didn’t have to do them every day.

  7. I also loved the old lamp lighter,a very pretty song. Blessings jane

  8. Sugar in the morning
    Sugar in the evening
    Sugar at supper time..
    Be my little sugar and love me all the time!

  9. Jane, I really like that song, too, especially done by the Browns. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tuO-auG5uk
    The Browns did a lot of songs that I loved.

    Frann, Oh yeh, I remember that song, that was in my time. Maybe if I get to see you some time we can sing it togethere.

  10. As tffnguy says, I got CRS but probably because those songs were not playing anymore by the time I was squeezed out.

  11. Yep Nick, you young whipper shappers missed out on a lot of good stuff.