There are many variations of this song!

Notes

Different versions of this song exist. If you'd like to send us your version to post, please email me. Thanks! -Mama Lisa

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"Growing up we sang this with 'crushed up parakeet' as the third line." -Gary

Here's the version Gary grew up with:

Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat
Crushed up parakeet
French fried eyeballs
Rolling down the dirty street...

and then something about forgetting or bringing a spoon ...

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Here's another version we were sent:

Great big globs of greasy, grimy gopher guts,
Mutilated monkey meat
French fried parakeet
Wormy vomit flooding down the street
And I forgot my spoon.

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Here's another one...

My name is Jennifer Haroldson and this is the version that I know...

Great big globs of greasy grimy gopher guts,
Mutilated monkey butts
Roasted, toasted parakeets
Luke warm vomit
Floating down the avenue
And I forgot my spoon...

But I brought a straw!!!

From the Haroldson's

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Barbara wrote:

"The version I grew up with is a little different...

Great green gobs of
greasy, grimy, gopher gut,
mutilated monkey meat,
toasted dirty birdie feet,
lukewarm vomit rolling
down the alley street
and me without my spoon,
but I got a straw.
"

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Chris Quinn wrote:

Here's the version I grew up with...

Great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts
Mutilated monkey meat
Pretty birdies little feet
Rolling eyeballs cooking in a pan of blood
And for dessert a cake of mud.

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Scott Rayow sent this version:

Canarsie Brooklyn, NYC - circa 1979

(1st section)

Gobs & gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
mutilated monkey meat
little birdies' dirty (turdy) feet
all wrapped up in alligator purple puss
you forgot your spoon…

(2nd section, different melody)

Cows eyeballs, nuts on top
elephants vomit monkey snot
fingernails dipped in goo (doo)...
eat it jerk it's good for you!

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Scott Rayow sent his version (found in the Song Notes) with a recording of the tune and this note, "I've recorded me plunking it out on keyboard. The difference between this and the standard 'Old Gray Mare' tune begins in the 'spoon' line, and then the whole thing changes. New melody, new rhythm. The music continues through the 'fingernails dipped in goo' (or 'doo' if you prefer)... hanging nice and long on the 'oooh' sound... and then the final line is yelled out triumphantly, each word a quick beat: 'EAT it jerk it's GOOD for you!'"

Here's his version once again:

(1st section)

Gobs & gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts
mutilated monkey meat
little birdies' dirty (turdy) feet
all wrapped up in alligator purple puss
you forgot your spoon…

(2nd section, different melody)

Cows eyeballs, nuts on top
elephants vomit monkey snot
fingernails dipped in goo (doo)...
eat it jerk it's good for you!

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Thanks to Scott Rayow for the tune!

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Gary, Barbara and the Haroldson's, Chris Quinn and Scott Rayow for sending their versions of the song.

Thank you!