Friday, July 04, 2008

This is a song my Grandpa taught me:

"Oh Thunderback, oh Thunderback, how could you be so mean?
To ever have invented the sausage-meat machine,
now alley cats and gutter rats are nowhere to be seen,

Ok, I forgot the rest of it, but in the end Thunderback gets made into sausage by his sleep-walking wife. I've just been thinking about meat a lot lately and thought I would share.

9 comments:

Axel said...

There was a little Dutchman,
His name was Johnny Berbeck.
He was a dealer in sauerkraut
And sausages, in fact,
He made the finest sausages
That you have ever seen.
And one day he invented
A wonderful sausage machine.

Chorus:
Oh Mister Johnny Berbeck
How could you be so mean?
I told you you'd be sorry for
Inventing that machine.
Now all the neighbors cats and dogs
Will never more be seen.
It all began with sausages
And Johnny Berbeck's machine.

One day a boy came walking,
He walked into a store.
He bought a pound of sausages
And laid them on the floor.
The boy began to whistle,
He whistled up a tune.
And all the little sausages
Went dancing around the room

(Chorus)

One day the machine got broken,
The darn thing woudn't go.
So Johnny Berbeck he climbed inside
To see what made it so.
His wife was having a nighmare,
She was walking in her sleep.
She gave the crank a hellavah yank
And Johnny Berbeck was meat.

(Chorus)

Ali Fitzgerald said...

Wow Axel. I'm actually amazed. I wonder why my grandpa called him "Thunderback?" Johnny Berbeck is a more plausible name for a sausage maker.

Anonymous said...

Sausage Meat. Thunderback sounds cool though.

Lisa said...

Ok so this is strange. I googled the lyrics b/c my Dad used to sing this to me. And I came across your blog. Here are the words that I can remember (hope you dont mind this useless information)

Oh thunderback oh thunderback how could you be so mean for ever have invented the sausage meat machine now all the cats and ringtail rats will never more be seen cause theyve all been grounded to sausage meat in thunderbacks machine

Now one day the darn thing busted, the ole thing wouldnt work, so thunderback climbed into it, the reason for to know, he wife was a having nightmare and gave the thing a heck of a yank and thunderback was meat

Oh thunderback oh thunderback how could you be so mean for ever have invented the sausage meat machine now all the cats and ringtail rats will never more be seen cause theyve all been grounded to sausage meat in thunderbacks machine

Jaime Purish said...

so this is a song my father began singing to me in the late 70's and I googled it to find out it's origin as well. I always knew it as Thunderback as well but find it funny that you all have your own versions as well. Awesome!

iamjahnke said...

I remember it as Thunderback too. We used to sing it at Boyscout camp in upstate New York.

Amanda said...

My mother taught me this song, and it was taught to her by her maternal grandmother. Since she was an Irish immigrant, I always assumed it was an Irish or English folk song.

Oh Thunderback, oh Thunderback
How mean could you be
To ever have invented
The sausage meat mahine
Now all the rats and pussy cats
Will never be seen again
Cause they've all turned to sausage meat in thunderback's machine

One day the darn thing broke
The darn thing wouldn't go
Thunderback crawled inside it
The reason we don't know
His wife was hbing a nightmare
And walkin in her sleep
She gave the crank a hell of a yank
And thunderback was meat

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this posting. I learned this song in camp. Thunderback was the name the we used. I have heard this name used in relation to flatulence (sp), which is probably why that was the name we learned in camp.

Carol Findlay said...

I learned that song as thunderback too!