The Purple People Eater

Album: Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection (1958)
Charted: 12 1
  • Well I saw the thing comin' out of the sky
    It had the one long horn, one big eye
    I commenced to shakin' and I said "ooh-eee"
    It looks like a purple eater to me

    It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
    (One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater)
    A one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
    Sure looks strange to me (One eye?)

    Well he came down to earth and he lit in a tree
    I said Mr. Purple People Eater, don't eat me
    I heard him say in a voice so gruff


    It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
    One-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
    One-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater
    Sure looks strange to me (One horn?)

    I said Mr. Purple People Eater, what's your line
    He said it's eatin' purple people and it sure is fine
    But that's not the reason that I came to land


    Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater
    Pigeon-toed, under growed, flyin' purple people eater
    (We wear short shorts)
    Flyin' purple people eater
    Sure looks strange to me

    And then he swung from the tree and he lit on the ground
    He started to rock, really rockin' around
    It was a crazy ditty with a swingin' tune
    (Sing a boop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom)

    Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flyin' purple people eater
    Pigeon-toed, under growed, flyin' purple people eater


    Flyin' little people eater
    Sure looks strange to me (Purple People?)

    And then he went on his way, and then what do ya know
    I saw him last night on a TV show
    He was blowing it out, a really knockin' em dead
    Playin' rock and roll music through the horn in his head

Comments: 5

  • Colleencanuck from Vancouver, Bc, CanadaI always thought it was an ear, not a horn! Gotta change my Halloween costume!
  • Randy from TexasAnyone know what the b side of flying purple eater?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 9th 1959, the television western series 'Rawhide' had its premiere on the CBS-TV network...
    The series ran for eight seasons with 217 episodes...
    Sheb Wooley*, who played cowpoke Pete Nolan, appeared in 110 episodes...
    Eight months earlier on May 25th, 1958 Sheb Wooley's "The Purple People Eater" became the Best Selling record in the U.S. according to Billboard Magazine, and remained the best seller for six consecutive weeks...
    As stated above he reached #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart with "That's My Pa"; that was for one week on March 11th, 1962...
    Shelby F. 'Sheb' Wooley passed away on September 16th, 2003 at the age of 82...
    May he R.I.P.
    * He also released records under the name Ben Colder; and in 1962 his "Almost Persuaded No. 2" reached #6 on the Country Singles chart.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 27th 1958, Sheb Wooley performed "The Purple People Eater" on the CBS-TV program 'The Ed Sullivan Show'...
    It peaked at #1 (for 6 weeks) on Billboard's Best Selling in Stores chart on May 25th, 1958, and it was only its second week on the chart...
    And the week it reached #1 there was another novelty song on the Top 10; "Witch Doctor" by David Seville was at #3 on the Best Sellers chart...
    R.I.P. Shelby F. Wooley (1921 - 2003) and David Seville, aka Rostom Sipan 'Ross' Bagdasarian, (1919 - 1972).
  • Zabadak from London, EnglandVal Doonican's version was a big hit in Finland!
see more comments

Editor's Picks

History Of RockSong Writing

An interview with Dr. John Covach, music professor at the University of Rochester whose free online courses have become wildly popular.

90s MetalFact or Fiction

Test your metal - Priest, Maiden, and Beavis and Butt-head show up in this one.

Tanita TikaramSongwriter Interviews

When she released her first album in 1988, Tanita became a UK singing sensation at age 19. She talks about her darkly sensual voice and quirky songwriting style.

Matt SorumSongwriter Interviews

When he joined Guns N' Roses in 1990, Matt helped them craft an orchestral sound; his mezzo fortes and pianissimos are all over "November Rain."

Jon Foreman of SwitchfootSongwriter Interviews

Switchfoot's frontman and main songwriter on what inspires the songs and how he got the freedom to say exactly what he means.

Allen Toussaint - "Southern Nights"They're Playing My Song

A song he wrote and recorded from "sheer spiritual inspiration," Allen's didn't think "Southern Nights" had hit potential until Glen Campbell took it to #1 two years later.