July 27, 2013

Goober Peas

I learned this song in grade school.
For some reason I just thought of it today.
I don't know why.
It was sung by Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.
Life was tough enough for the Johnnies and then all you had to eat were peanuts.

Sitting by the roadside on a summer's day
Chatting with my mess-mates passing time away
Lying in the shadows underneath the trees
Goodness how delicious eating goober peas.

Peas, peas, peas, peas
Eating goober peas
Goodness how delicious
Eating goober peas.

These are the rest of the stanzas.

When a horse-man passes, the soldiers have a rule
To cry out their loudest, 'Mister, where's your mule?'
But another custom, enchanting-er than these
Is wearing out your grinders, eating goober peas.


Just before the battle, the General hears a row
He says 'The Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now.'
He looks down the roadway and what d'you think he sees?
The Georgia Militia cracking goober peas.


I think my song has lasted just about enough.
The subject's interesting but the rhymes are mighty rough.
I wish the war was over so free from rags and fleas
We'd kiss our wives and sweethearts, say good-bye to goober peas.



Gorges Smythe said...

I haven't heard that since I was a lad.

sig94 said...

Gorges - same here. We sang that song here in NY ages ago. I just liked the word "Goober" as a kid.

The Underground Pewster said...

I never was quite sure who started it, but we sang that one too.

Mamahen said...

I think Katharine Hepburn sings part of this to John Wayne in Rooster Cogburn and the Lady....i'll have to go watch it to find out now lol.

sig94 said...

Pewster - I'm still wondering why this popped into my head. Been spinning around my brain now for two days. I do remember my class singing the chorus vigorously.

sig94 said...

Mamahen - lemme know...