Classic Culinary Duo

mashed potatoes and gravy

I’m adding two songs to the FACS Soundtrack today:  Mashed Potato and Gravy, both of which were recorded by Dee Sharp in 1962.  These two novelty songs couldn’t be better suited for the Food and Nutrition Playlist.  The song Mashed Potato created a dance craze that became very popular shortly after the song’s release.  I guess after that song became popular, the follow-up song, Gravy was just too potentially lucrative to pass up.  Anyway, if you teach foods, you’ll want to add these two songs to your classroom toolkit.

Can you believe that this song was #1 on Billboard’s chart for 4 weeks in 1962?

(It’s the latest.)
(It’s the greatest.)
(Mashed Potato.)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
(Ooo) a-Mashed Potato started long time ago,
(Wah-ooo.) With a guy named Sloppy Joe.
(Wah-ooo.) You’ll find this dance is a-cool to do,
(Wah-ooo.) Come on baby, gonna teach it to you.

(Mashed Potato.) Hear that groovy beat, now.
(Mashed Potato.) Come on and twist your feet now.
Baby, (It’s the latest.)
Come on, honey, (It’s the greatest.)
Come on, baby, (Mashed Potato.)
Mmmm. Yeah, yeah yeah yeah.

(Ooo.) And then they dance just grew and grew,
(Wah-ooo.) They looked for records they could do it to,
(Wah-ooo.) They found this dance was a-outta sight,
(Wah-ooo.) To, "When the Lion Sleeps Tonight4."

(Mashed Potato.) Yeah, a-wimoweht, a-wimoweht-a.
(Mashed Potato.) Mmmm. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
(It’s the latest.) Ah-hahh, baby,
(It’s the greatest.) Come on, honey,
(Mashed Potato.) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

(Ooo) Now everybody is a-doin’ fine,
(Wah-ooo.) They dance alone or in a big boss line.
(Wah-ooo.) Then they discovered it’s the most, man,
(Wah-ooo.) The day they did it to, "Please Mr. Postman."

(Mashed Potato.) A-wait a minute, wait a minute.
(Mashed Potato.) Deliver de letter.
(It’s the latest.) Come on, baby,
(It’s the greatest.) Ah-hahh, honey,
(Mashed Potato.) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

(Ooo.) Well, they got with it more and more,
(Wah-ooo.) You ought to see ’em ’round the floor,
(Wah-ooo.) The Mashed Potato took a long, long list,
(Wah-ooo.) They even do it to, "Dear Lady Twist".

(Mashed Potato.) Get up from your chair, now.
(Mashed Potato.) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah-eh.
(It’s the latest.) Come on, baby,
(It’s the greatest.) Ah-hahh, honey,
(Mashed Potato.) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Fade.
(Mashed Potato.) Aggggrrr, feel that groovy beat, now…

These were crazy times musically!

Come on baby I need gravy
Give me, give me
Give me, give me gravy tonight

I know you dance the mashed potato fine
But that don?t show me that you?re really mine
Once start dancin? we?re now romancin?
So put that sucker on extra on the line

Gravy
On my mashed potatoes, give me
Gravy
Come and treat me right
Gravy
You?re the greatest, so
Give me, give me
Give me, give me gravy tonight

I think it”s twisted but I want some more
There?s something missing now we?re on the floor
Come on baby I want some gravy
A little kiss is what I?m waiting for

Gravy
On my mashed potatoes, give me
Gravy
Come and treat me right
Gravy
You?re the greatest
Give me, give me
Give me, give me gravy tonight

Work out baby work out
All that huggin? and kissin? is why
I’ve got to have something else
Now when the mashed potato is finally through
There?s lots of groovy, gravy things to do
Lots of lovin?, kissin?, huggin?
I wanna ride that gravy train with you
Gravy
On my mashed potatoes, give me
Gravy
Come and treat me right
Gravy
Hey baby you?re the greatest
Give me, give me
Give me, give me gravy tonight, give me

Gravy
On my mashed potatoes, give me
Gravy
Come and treat me right

Gravy
Oh baby come on honey
Give me, give me
Give me, give me gravy tonight

Gravy
On my mashed potatoes, give me
Gravy
All that huggin? and kissin? is great
That I like
Yeah, what about gravy on it

Wasn’t that fun?  Have a great Wednesday!

Ramona

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