Zeke helped me write this for Bea’s 50th birthday, and here we are, 15 years or more later, still neighbors, and she’s still the heart of it all. It’s still for Bea, but it’s also for all you other mothers (and fathers and step-parents and grandparents) out there! As Bob Franke said in his wonderful song Boomerang Pancakes, “It may not be one of the things I do best, but it’s the best thing that I do.”
Here is Zeke’s song in honor of mid-winter. He’s written a new verse in honor of this year’s date, which is a palindrome. Although the new verse is not in the recording, it’s printed here so you can sing it to yourself.
Groundhog Day spelled backwards
Doesn’t make much sense.
And if you say, “Yad Gohdnuorg”,
Your friends will take offense.
But 02 02 2020 reads the same both ways
So have a happy palindromic Groundhog Day!
I learned this song from a Holy Model Rounders album. Peter Stampfel got it from an as-yet-un-named 1950s Girl Group (I’m still researching) and then added a bunch more verses. Carole King clearly heard the same song. There’s sometimes a period in a young woman’s life when Bad Boys look awfully exciting, though the irresponsibility can wear out pretty quickly. Which can lead to the next song being “The Bald-Headed End Of A Broom.” Bad Boy is descended from the great blues song Stagger Lee. Alice Stuart taught me the guitar lick, bless her heart! And Zeke delightedly misbehaves in this recording as only he can. My favorite audience for this song is the little old ladies in senior residences, the ones with the reminiscent smiles… Thanks again to filmmakers Tom & Kelly!
Our dear friend Jo Zeimet created this little snippet of nonsense and oh-so-unwisely shared it with us, to our lasting delight. The song spontaneously erupted during our filming session. Everything really IS a song cue in our lives together!