Surfin' Bird

Album: Surfin' Bird (1963)
Charted: 3 4
  • A-well-a ev'rybody's heard about the bird
    B-b-b-bird, b-birdd's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, bird is a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, well-a bird is a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, well-a bird is a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, b-bird is a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, well-a bird is a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well-a don't you know about the bird?
    Well, everybody knows that the bird is a word

    A-well-a-bird, bird, b-bird's a word, a-well-a

    A-well-a everybody's heard about the bird
    Bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well, a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well-a don't you know about the bird?
    Well, everybody's talking about the bird!

    A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird's the word
    A-well-a bird, surfing bird, brrrrrrrrpagh!
    Aaah, bap-a-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pap

    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-mow
    Ma-ma-ma-ma, ma-ma-mow
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow

    A-well-a don't you know about the bird?
    Well, everybody knows that the bird is a word

    A-well, a bird, bird, b-bird's a word
    A-well-a mow, mow, pa-pa, ma-ma-mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, ma-ma, mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, ma-ma, mow, pa-pa
    Ma-ma-mow, ma-ma, mow, pa-pa Writer/s: John Harris, Turner Wilson Jr, Alfred Frazier, Carl White
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 24

  • Aiken Nutz from Tahlequah OkWhat a fun song! I heard it on "Family Guy." Haven't heard it much since then. Just on radio last year (Nov. 2015. papa-ooooo-mow-mow!!!
  • Babbling Babette from Tulsa OkThe Bird Is The Word !!!
  • Rotunda from Tulsa, OkWhen this song was on Family Guy it was downright hilarious & real fun. Gotta say it was, in my humble opinion, the show's best episode. So crazy & so much fun. I had to get up & dance to it! Gotta say it----The Bird is equal to or greater than The Word ! ! THE BIRD IS THE WORD!
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 4th 1964 the Trashmen performed "Surfin' Bird" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    One month earlier on December 1st, 1963 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on January 19th, 1964 it peaked at #4 (for 2 weeks) and spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #3 on the United Kingdom's Singles chart...
    And forty five years later in 2009 it was re-released in the United Kingdom; and it peaked at #50.
  • Randy from Fayettevile, ArI owned this single when I was in high school in 1963. When it came out, I recall that it sounded very similar to an R&B hit called "Papa Ooo Mau Mau" by The Rivingtons which one of my cousins bought (a year earlier??). Back in '63 we even wondered if "Surfin' Bird" was legally released or not. It was a really bizarre & wild song but it was great to dance to. At the time (early '63) there were a few other 45 rpm singles on the charts about the dance The Bird. They were a whole lot better to dance to than this one. There was "Do The Bird" by Dee Dee Sharp & then "Birdland" by the dance master Chubby Checker. Now, in my opinion both of those records were far better than "Surfin' Bird." They were big Top Ten hits based on the teen dance craze (the Bird) that was going on back then. I think "Do The Bird" was a Top Ten million seller with the girl group sound that was so popular then. But this "Surfin' Bird" record was just wild and crrazy. It's so strange that it became an actual hit. Go figure! But The Trshmen were taking advantage of the Rivington's composition & earlier hit, plus the Bird dance craze of 1963 that teens were doing.
  • Bubblesk from Memphis, TnI freaked out when I heard "Surfin' Bird" on an episode of Family Guy. I hadn't heard this song in.....uh......never mind. Anyway, a long time! It's just so wild and it never did make any sense, but it got into the Top Ten back in 1963 ..1964. They kept playing it over & over on that Family Guy episode that it really irked me and I felt I was going insane. Why? Because I got up and danced to it and nearly broke both of my hips. I stumbled over my poor mashed little pomeranian Peachie Pie and landed in my wading pool and got all muddy. My TV was outside by my garden. Who ever had the bright idea at Family Guy's TV production to use "Surfin' Bird" in an episode is demented! I'm still picking algae& seaweed from my bosom!
  • Elmer H from Westville, OkWhen I heard "Surfin' Bird" on TV's Family Guy I was dumbstruck for a moment then I remembered the hit from 1963. My brother hated this song back in 1963, but I loved it because it was so crazy & idiotic, but more because it creeped-out my brother! HAAA! When it kept playing on that episode of Family Guy I just had to get up and dance. It's a song meant for lunacy & bustin' a gut! With it's super-fast beat, about the only dance you can do to it is The Twist. It was 1963 and way before the beginnings of the more socially significant songs of the later Sixties when rock lost a lot of its "roll." Personally, I loved the original hits by The Rivingtons that inspired the "Surfin' Bird" because those originals had bolder bass beats and far better production quality. Check 'em out!
  • Steven from Universal City, TxI remember hearing this when I was 6, in 1998, and it was kind of a back hit then [only certain stations played it o nthe East coast], then Family Guy came, and revived it. Wonderful! My favorite episode to date!
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlTotally thought this was a joke on Family Guy...lol Kinda creepy now that it's a real song...yep...definitely now...
  • Johnnie from Crystal River , FlBEST SONG EVER!!!! the bird is equal to or greater than the word Family Guy nees to make more episodes with this song in it
  • Chlo from California, Calove this in family guy
  • David from Minneapolis, MnI had the pleasure of meeting and having Steve Wahrer as our drummer long after his hits. Sometime in the mid-eighties we had a small-time band "The Express Band" and played American Legion clubs in Minneapolis. I remember Steve telling me he could not drum fast enough for ths tune so they sped up the drum track on tape and he sang to that. God rest his soul.
  • Eduardo from Toronto, Onthe dance for this song is the cripwalk
  • Jj from Washington, DcThis song was the funniest part in the Family Guy Episode "I Dream Of Jesus".
  • Tim from El Paso, TxBack in 1976-77, Detroit radio stations played this song constantly. Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers was so popular that this song took off and became his "theme". Many other teams wanted to have him pitch when the Tigers came to their stadiums because of the huge numbers of fans coming to see "The Bird".
  • Larry from New York City, NyI believe the songs "Surfin' Bird" and "Wooly Bully," along with "Mickey Mouse," were featured in the movie FULL METAL JACKET to show just what mindless sheep we were in 1968, being led to the slaughter by the profiteers of the Military Industrial Complex, who had already murdered our dreamers, the Kennedy Brothers and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Jeana from Sterling Heights, MiJim,
    That was the funniest episode since "Barley Legal"
  • Dante from Milwaukee, Withe only element of surf music hinted at in this song is the rhythm.
  • Jim from Providence, RiThe song appeared on "The Family Guy" episode "I dream of Jesus". The song ended up being the main theme throughout the entire episode.
  • Dave from Scottsdale, AzDuring Arizona Cardinals home games this song is played while the mascot- a big red bird- is shooting t-shirts into the stands during TV time-outs. I realize nobody but me cares about the Cards but it has introduced this song to a lot of people in the crowd.
  • Arthur from Sydney, AustraliaFeatured in the computer game "Battlefield Vietnam" by Electronic Arts.
  • Don from Newmarket, CanadaI believe the writers of the Rivington's songs sued the Trashmen and won a plagarism suit. This song also covered by the Ramones.
  • Eric from Salt Lake City, UtDallas Frazier did write "Elvira," but not any of the Rivingtons' songs. (he also wrote "Alley Oop" as performed by the Hollywood Argyles)

    Al Frazier was a memeber of the Rivingtons, and he is the Frazier on the songwriting credit.

  • John from Bowie, MdPlayed in the movie "Full Metal Jacket".
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