Halloween Countdown 2017: “Cold Icy Fingers” song!

Steve and I have a couple of versions of this song. Here is the first I found as a video on YouTube.

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(don’t click the picture–it doesn’t go anywhere)

Here’s the lyrics!

COLD ICY FINGERS

Bill Johnson was a feller, that believed in haints and sights
He used to dream about ’em, when he went to bed at night
And when he’d dream about ’em, you could nearly always tell
He’d just throw back the covers, he’d jump right out and yell.

Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me
Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me
I don’t mind them naked bones
I can stand them hollow groans …
But, Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me.

 

Bill went to see the doctor, had a misery in his chest
The doctor looked at him and said take off that coat and vest
He started tappin’ on his ribs, which give Bill such a shock
That he just grabbed the doctor’s hand and he says “now looka here, doc!”

Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me
Keep Them Cold  Icy Fingers Off Of Me
You can cure my aches and ills
With your powders and your pills
But, Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me.

One night as Bill was passin’ a graveyard on the hill
Something dressed in white jumped out and made a grab at Bill
Bill says you may catch me, but I’ll make you do your best
Before we start to travelin’, I’ll make one last request.

Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me
Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Of Me
You may run me out of breath
You may scare me half to death
But, Keep Them Cold  Icy Fingers Off Of Me.

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The Beast of Bethlehem!

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When I was a kid in grade school, probably first or second grade, we often had to sing in school plays and Christmas pageants. One song we sang at Christmas in my school was called “Knock, Knock, Knock Went Joseph”. It went like this:

Knock, knock, knock went Joseph, at an inn in Bethlehem. “Can you shelter a family? It would be a big help to them.”

“No room, no room,” said the man in Bethlehem. “No room, no room,” said the man in Bethlehem.

Knock, knock, knock went Joseph, on the stable door so bright. “Can you shelter a family? For Jesus shall be born tonight.”

“Come in, come in,” said the beasts of Bethlehem. “Come in, come in,” said the beasts of Bethlehem.

 

Nice little song. However, I didn’t gather that the ” beasts of Bethlehem” meant the cows, donkeys, sheep, etc., in the stable at the inn.
I always heard “‘Come in, come in,’ said the Beast of Bethlehem.”

Not even joking. And my mind always conjured the large, hairy, but friendly creature above. After a few years of not hearing the song I heard it again someplace and realized my extreme mistake, but I still look fondly back at the image my weird little mind once conjured. 🙂

Halloween Countdown 2015: Happy Birthday Tom Petty!

(Oct. 20, 2015)

The infamous video for

Don’t Come Around Here No More.

It’s got costumes, it’s creepy. I think we women may get especially squicked out by this video, but I still love it. I always get a giggle out of Mike Campbell’s biting the cup in half and Howie Epstein’s( god rest his soul) making a face as he slams down a plate of donuts.

This video and song have long been some of my favorites of Petty’s work. I know that at the time he was going nuts from taking himself too seriously and recording and drinking and getting all worked up over everything and smashed his hand to smithereens..but after this album, he was a lot mellower, calmer human being.

He’s my favorite musician, and I’ve been a lifetime fan. He sent me some cool stuff after I wrote him an art-filled fan letter(I’ll elaborate on that another day); I’ll always be a fan. Tom, here’s to you on your birthday; have a good one.