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February 22nd, 2007

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02:53 pm - doodles would often use names of his family members in this one -- such as sylvester
It's a beautiful day for a race. Stoogehand is the favorite today, Assault is in there, Dogbiscuit is three to one, Safety Pin has been scratched (HYUHR HYUHR!) and at twenty to one, Feitlebaum.

Now the horses are approaching the starting gate, and THERE THEY GOOOO!

And it's Stoogehand going to the front, Cabbage is second on the rail, Beautiful Linda third by a length, and Feitlebaum. Around the first turn Stoogehand is still in front, Cabbage is second by a head (CABBAGE BY A HEAD!!) Beautiful Linda is third, and Feitlebaaaaum.

Into the back stretch, Dogbiscuit is now leading the pack, Lady Eveline is second, very close, Banana is coming up through the bunch (BANANA COMING UP THROUGH THE BUNCH!!) and Feitlebaaaum.

At the half, Stoogehand still out in front, Apartment House is second with plenty of room, Assault is passing Battery (ASSAULT AND BATTERY!!) Notary Sojac is fourth, and in last place by ten lengths, I believe it is, yes, it is, Feitlebaaaaaum.

Around the turn, heading for home, it's Stoogehand and Dogbiscuit and Girdle in the stretch. Flying Sylvester is third and Mother-In-Law nagging in the rear (ARRH ARRH ARRH!!)

And now they come down to the wire, and it's number one and now number two, and it's very close, it'll either be a photo finish or an oil painting, and now Louis leads with a left, and Louis is in there slugging, and it's a battle, and now they are tearing hair, there's hair all over the ring, there's hair all over the place, I don't know whose hair it is--

It's mine.



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Date:February 22nd, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
I always heard it as "Beetlebaum." The alliteration of the b's makes it a funnier word.

Ah, to be eight years old again, listening to Spike Jones records with my dad as he made us cheese sandwiches...
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Date:February 22nd, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
I always did too! Especially since the low voice made it sound like a B and yeah, the alliteration is funny.

But apparently it was always a Feitelbaum with an F, because Doodles Weaver had a character named Professor Feitelbaum (the one who would mangle songs with spoonerisms and stupid jokes in between, I think.)
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Date:February 22nd, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)

my favorite

A man came up to me the other day and said, "Doodles, did you leave home?" I said I left home. He said, "Did you put the cat out?" I said, "I didn't know he was on fire!"


I like to be reminded of Doodles every now and then. Thanks!
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Date:February 23rd, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)

Re: my favorite

Also, 'Who wants fat hair?'
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Date:February 23rd, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)

Re: my favorite

So when it's raining, have no regrets
Because it isn't raining rain, you see, it's raining violets

Raining violets, huh? That's better than hailing taxicabs.


That pitch pipe gag cracks me up every time.
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Date:February 23rd, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
Doodles Weaver is a new one on me, never heard of him.
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Date:February 23rd, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Do not mock the awesome power of Doodles Weaver.

"You load sixteen tons, and what do you get? Filthy! Ready for the Biz Bag."
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Date:February 23rd, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Can't you just see him there, darning his socks in the dark (knit one, ouch! purl two ouch!) no wonder they call him the Band-Aid Bishop.
Date:February 23rd, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)

Lurker here...

I also remember it as "Beetle:x"..It always sounded like the first sound was definitely voiced, so it had to be 'B" as opposed to "P" (which is unvoiced). The unvoiced counterpart of /b/ is /p/ and it never sounded like 'Peetle...". I am pretty sure it was voiced ,so the candidates are /b/, /v/ or /k/


I vote for Beetle...the transcription was not necessarily phonetic!

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Date:February 23rd, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Just to add the chorus, I always thought it was Beetlebaum too.
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Date:February 23rd, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the memories. My grandpa and I listened to that countless times.

For the record, I always thought it was Feetlebaum. Perhaps because my grandfather would recite it along with the record.

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