Song Lyric Sunday was a bit of a challenge for me this week with the prompts of Alligator, Crocodile, Snake and Lizard. Two obvious songs came to mind but I avoided them wanting to give others a chance to use them and stretch myself to search for something else. I am happy I did because I found a song performed by Bruce Springsteen, called Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips. I hadn’t heard it before but if you have young kids it’s a fun song to sing with them. The lyrics are hilarious! I hope you enjoy it.
Oh and just for balance, I included some Lizard Life by ZZ Top at the end!
Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips is a 1986 song by Nancy Cassidy. See the original Nancy Cassidy version for more details.
Bruce Springsteen recorded a version of the song for the 1991 Disney charity various artists album For Our Children, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The lyrics below are Bruce Springsteen’s official studio version as released in 1991.
Bruce Springsteen recorded the song in late 1990 at Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA. The song was recorded and mixed by Toby Scott with Rob Jaczko and Allen Abrahamson. Springsteen first recorded the traditional song PONY BOY for the upcoming Disney charity album, but he replaced at the last minute with a cover of Nancy Cassidy’s song which he discovered in his son’s nursery. According to Brucebase, another recording of the song was made, featuring additional vocals by Patti Scialfa.
Bruce Springsteen’s cover of CHICKEN LIPS AND LIZARD HIPS was released in January 1991 on the Disney charity album For Our Children. The song was also released in 1991 on a withdrawn Australian CD single. A 10th anniversary edition of the album was released in October 1999. The song was also included on Every Child Deserves A Lifetime, an album released in October 2007 and compiling tracks from the For Our Children series.
Lyrics Alright A-one, two, a-one, two, three, four This is for all you kids out there that hate your mom and pop forcing you to eat everything that's on your dinner plate every night. Yeah, when I was a little kid, see, I never liked to eat And Mama'd put things on my plate and I'd dump 'em on her feet But then one day she made this soup, I ate it all in bed I asked her what she put in it, and, well, this is what she said: Oh, chicken lips and lizard hips and alligator eyes And monkey legs and buzzard eggs and salamander thighs Well, rabbit ears and camel rears and tasty toenail pies Stir 'em all together and it's Mama's soup surprise Well, now I went into the bathroom and I stood beside the sink I said, "I'm feeling slightly ill, and I think I'd like a drink" Mama said, "I've just the thing, I'll get it in a wink It's full of lots of protein, and vitamins, I think" It was chicken lips and lizard hips and alligator eyes Yeah, monkey legs and buzzard eggs and salamander thighs Rabbit ears and camel rears and tasty toenail pies Stir 'em all together, it's Mama's soup surprise
Information and Lyrics Courtesy of SpringsteenLyrics.com
Lyrics I got the attitude And that's all I ever say Don't have to tell nobody How their tail ought to lay Had a sudden revelation The heights that I've sunken down to And I don't mind I can't find My way out of this witch's brew Livin' for the lizard life Livin' for the lizard life I stumbled on the way around My own reality Gettin' right-tightly wound Past the pale of normality I like big loungin' every day On the iguana side of town The lizard love, it mighty deep Talkin' way underground Livin' for the lizard life Livin' for the lizard life Livin' for the lizard life Livin' for the lizard life I be a reptile all day… More Source: LyricFind