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July 21, 2005

String Beans and Onions And Big Juicy Lemons

Today's soundrack is my boys singing jazz. . .

Yes, we have no bananas
Louis Prima version

(Oh yes,) We have no bananas
We have no bananas today
We got string beans and onions
And big juicy lemons
And all kinds of fruit and say…

We got an old fashioned tomato
A Long Island pot-at-o
(Oh yes,) We have no bananas
We have no bananas today

There’s a fruit man on our street
Whose name is Mr Pete
And he keeps good things to eat
But you should hear him speak
When you ask him anything
He never answers no
He just “Yeses” you to death
And then he takes your dough

(Oh yes,) We no gotta the banana
We no gotta the banana today
We gotta little beans and a big beans
The red beans and the white beans
And all kinds of beans and say…

We gotta the old fashioned salami
Mmmm we even gotta the Brooklyn pastrami
(Oh yes,) We no gotta the banana
We no gotta the banana today

Business got so good with him
He wrote home to say
“Send Pasquali, Nick and Jim
I need help right away”
When he got them in the store
There was fun you bet
Someone asked for bananas
And then the whole quartet

(Oh yes,) We have no bananas
We have no bananas today
(We have peppers, and carrots, and celery, and olives)
But we got no bananas today
(Who asked you for bananas anyway?
Ahh, who asked ya?
I only want a hotdog sandwich
Hotdogs are better than bananas
I always say, ain’t it?)

(Oh yes,) We have no bananas
(We have no bananas today)

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THanks for the memories! I grew up in a small town where we had two old Italian bachelors who ran a fruit store. They would drive 200 miles to Chicago in the middle of every night and then back again to bring us fresh produce and fresh it was. I can still picture the long bunches of fresh bananas hanging in the front windows and the ripe peaches and apples that were displayed in bushel baskets turned on their ends. My dad would often sing "yes we have no bananas" to me, both of us knowing, full well, that there were bananas and lots of them for the eating from that little store!

Posted by: Karen Campbell at August 4, 2005 09:24 AM

I love louis prima!

Posted by: matt at August 8, 2005 01:32 PM

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