Song Lyric Sunday — “You Make My Pants Wanna Get Up and Dance” and “The Wonderful Soup Stone”

With Helen Vahdati taking a break from blogging, Jim Adams of A Unique Title for Me stepped in and chose this week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme: doctor/health/medicine. My first thought was Dr. Hook. I wanted to choose a song featuring co-founder Ray Sawyer, who passed away on December 31.

Although Ray was always front and center, his primary contribution was guitar, percussion, and backup vocals. I took myself over to Google and got lost in the ’70s thicket of great music (mostly hits) the band put out that I had forgotten about. I had also forgotten these guys were stoners. Man, did they enjoy making music! Their songs ranged from the silliness of “I Got Stoned and I Missed It” to lovely ballads like “Only Sixteen,” most sung by lead vocalist Dennis Locorriere. If Ray had been the lead on “Judy,” that would have been a slam dunk despite the spelling.

I’ve narrowed my choices down to two that showcase Ray and also show the silly and the serious. The silly is “You Make My Pants Want To Get Up and Dance,” written by Sam Weedman. The serious choice is “The Wonderful Soup Stone,” written by Shel Silverstein.   Enjoy!

 

You Make My Pants Wanna Get Up And Dance
by Sam Weedman

You make my pants wanna get up and dance
You make my face wanna grin
You make my knees wanna kneel down say please
Honey, won’t you kiss me againYou make my pants wanna get up and dance
You make my face wanna grin
You make my knees wanna kneel down say please
Honey, won’t you kiss me again

I was a lost and lonely man
Now I get through life the best I can
‘Til the day I laid my eye on you
That day I decided what I had to do

You make my pants wanna get up and dance
You make my face wanna grin
You make my knees wanna kneel down say please
Honey, won’t you kiss me again

Start the music strike up the band
I never done the boogie but I believe I can
Never met a girl half as sweet as you
Nobody’s ever moved half the moves you do

You make my pants wanna get up and dance
You make my face wanna grin
You make my knees wanna kneel down say please
Honey, won’t you kiss me again

You make my pants wanna get up and dance
You make my face wanna grin
You make my knees wanna kneel down say please
Honey, won’t you kiss me again

 

 

The Wonderful Soup Stone
by Shel Silverstein

I swear you could taste the chicken and tomatoes
And the noodles and the marrowbone
But it really wasn’t nothing but some water and potatoes
And the wonderful, wonderful soupstoneHanging from a string in my mama’s kitchen, back in the hard time days
Was a little ol’ stone ’bout the size of an apple, it was smooth and worn and grey
There wasn’t much food in my mama’s kitchen, so whenever things got tight
Mama boiled up some water, put in the stone and said “Let’s have some soup tonight”

And I swear you could taste the chicken and tomatoes
And the noodles and the marrowbone
But it really wasn’t nothing but some water and potatoes
And the wonderful, wonderful soupstone

It had been in the family for a whole lotta years, so we knew it was a nourishing thing
And I remember mama, as she stirred it in the water, and we could all hear her sing
“Its a magical stone and as long as we got it, we’ll never have a hungry night
Just add a little love to the wonderful soupstone and everything will be alright”

And I swear you could taste the chicken and tomatoes
And the noodles and the marrowbone
But it really wasn’t nothing but some water and potatoes
And the wonderful, wonderful soupstone

So it carried us all through the darkening days, ’til finally the sunshine came
And the soupstone started into gathering dust, but it hung there just the same
And ever since then the food’s been plenty, but every now and then I find
That mama in the kitchen with the wonderful soupstone, drifts across my mind

And again I can taste the chicken and tomatoes
And the noodles and the marrowbone
But it really wasn’t nothing but some water and potatoes
And the wonderful, wonderful soupstone

And again I can taste the chicken and tomatoes
And the noodles and the marrowbone
But it really wasn’t nothing but some water and potatoes
And the wonderful, wonderful soupstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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