Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

Album: My Son The Nut (1963)
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  • Hello Muddah, hello Faddah
    Here I am at Camp Grenada
    Camp is very entertaining
    And they say we'll have some fun if it stops raining

    I went hiking with Joe Spivey
    He developed poison ivy
    You remember Leonard Skinner
    He got Ptomaine poisoning last night after dinner

    All the counsellors hate the waiters
    And the lake has alligators
    And the head coach wants no sissies
    So he reads to us from something called Ulysses

    Now I don't want this should scare ya'
    But my bunkmate has Malaria
    You remember Jeffery Hardy
    They're about to organize a searching party

    Take me home, oh Muddah, Faddah
    Take me home, I hate Grenada
    Don't leave me out in the forest where
    I might get eaten by a bear

    Take me home, I promise I will
    Not make noise, or mess the house with
    Other boys, oh please don't make me stay
    I've been here one whole day

    Dearest Fadduh, Darling Muddah
    How's my precious little bruddah
    Let me come home if you miss me
    I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me

    Wait a minute, it's stopped hailing
    Guys are swimming, guys are sailing
    Playing baseball, gee that's bettah
    Muddah, Faddah kindly disregard this letter

Comments: 14

  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaEvery time I hear this song now I also hear another funny one, Kind Of The Camp by Homer and Jethroe.
  • Illinois Geezer from Usaaccording to the site http://pti.illinois.edu/training/facilities.html the Police Training Institute was
    "The building was built in the 1920s and was known as the "Granada Club House." It housed university students until 1988, including famous alums Hugh Hefner, Alex Agase, and Allen Sherman - writer of the song "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)."
    Its reputation in the 1970 era was as a rather raunchy indie resident house, and I recall that Arte Johnson, also '49 alum, may have lived there as well, and if anyone ever gets to talk with him it would be a great trivia question to ask about. Sherman's official sites fail to mention, but seems obvious the connection to his famous song, and "Camp Granada." He attended for only about a year before dropping out, but while other influences obviously fueled the song, I always thought the camp name must have been a sly inside joke for his former college buddies.
  • Guy from Montreal, QcWhere I live (Montreal), I never heard this song on the air back in 1963. However, "Like I D0", another song based on Dance of the Hours, was quite popular (not Maureen Evans' version but Theresa Brewer's).
  • Randy from Houghton Lake, MiWhen I first heard the group Lynyrd Skynyrd I thought it was Leonard Skinner and that maybe they got their name from the line in this song "You remember Leonard Skinner". I later learned that it was the name of a high school teacher they knew.
  • Reed from New Ulm, MnGreat memory from the old days.
  • Gilbert from Brownsville, TxThis music was also used in 1962 on a Maureen Evans song,"Like I Do". Nice song. I don't think Ms Evans ever scored again. Only thing is I think of Allen Sherman everytime I hear it!
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkAllan Sherman was the voice of the Cat in the Hat (Cartoon based on Dr. Seus books).
  • Darrell from EugeneAlthough I never went to camp as a kid (that was way back in the early 1950s), I have been told about how bad it was. It's probably much nicer now because they probably don't have ex-drill sergeants running the place with warmed-up moist dog food as "chow" in the "mess hall".
  • Patrick from Tallapoosa, GaThis was also parodied in a commercial for Advantage flea control products in which a young puppy sings thanking mom for sending some Advantage in her last care package to puppy camp.
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnHello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh is a true comedy classic. It's the song that put Allan Sherman on the map after his successful album My Son the Folksinger.
  • Danny from Sydney, Australiayou cant forget that Sam Raimi directed Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness, theyre always overlooked
  • Madeline from Melbourne, AustraliaThis is The Simpsons song! Good ole simpsons
  • Kat from Sydney, Australiahe he he this is on the simpsons, when bart steals the video game, & he changes the answering machine tape to this... "marge, is lisa on camp?"
  • Mike from Mountlake Terrace, WashingtonSam Raimi, (Spiderman, Spiderman 2, director) who plays the character Stick Coder also attended this camp (Camp Tamakwa) as a child.
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