Meals: The Musical – The Song List

Readers have wondered if this would ever be done, but here it is – the first-ever song list of a musical. For those wanting to make a collection of recordings, a note of caution – this list contains 267 songs. A big shout-out to The Producer for leading this production. More importantly, many thanks to everyone for their contribution in creating the one of the best song lists about food in one place that I’ve seen.

MealsPlaybillAct 1: Meals (28 songs)
St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (Frank Zappa)
Breakfast Blues (Unknown)
Supper’s Ready (Genesis)
Breakfast in America (Supertramp/Roger Hogson)
Lunch Will Keep Us Together (Neil Sedaka)
TV Dinners (ZZ Top)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)
Breakfast Time (Cookie Monster, Sesame Street)
Beans for Breakfast (Johnny Cash)
Blueberries for Breakfast (Mamas and Papas)

Whiskey Before Breakfast (Norman Blake)
It’s Suppertime (Little Shop of Horrors)
Suppertime Reprise (Little Shop of Horrors)
Hey Food (Cookie Monster, Sesame Street)
Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch (Weird Al Yankovic)
Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast (Pink Floyd)
Food, Glorious Food (Oliver Twist)
The Food Song (Rae Patalinghug)

Food (Turtles)
Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast (Julie London)
Out to Lunch (Eric Dolphy)
Dinner with Deloris (Prince)
Breakfast at Sweetheart’s (Cold Chisel)
Breakfast in Bed (Dusty Springfield)
Food on the Table (Alabama)
Healthy Food (Cookie Monster, Sesame Street)
Dinner at Eight (Rufus Wainwright)
Soul Food to Go (Manhattan Transfer)

Act 2: Fruit (35 songs)
Peel Me a Grape (Diana Krall)
Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino, Vladimir Putin)
Raspberry Beret (Prince)
I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas (Raffi)
Kiwi and the Apricot (Keller Williams)
Banana Pancakes (Jack Johnson)
Peaches and Cream (Beck)
Chiquita Banana Song (The Terry Twins)
Tangerine (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Frank Sinatra, Dr. John)
Cherry Ripe (Dame Joan Sutherland)
Banana in Your Fruit Basket (Bo Carter)
Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles)
Strange Fruit (Beth Hart, Billie Holiday)
Tangerine (Led Zeppelin)
Peaches (The Presidents of the United States)
Grapefruit Juicy Fruit (Jimmy Buffett)
Mandarin Oranges Part 3 (Little Simz)
Apple Bottom Jeans (T-Pain)
Banana Boat Song (Harry Belafonte)
Orange Crush (REM)
Watermelon in Easter Hay (Frank Zappa)
Scrapple from the Apple (Charlie Parker)
Pineapple Express (Annette Funicello)
Why is a Carrot More Orange Than an Orange (Amboy Dukes)
Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)
Banana Juana – Ralph Robles
Banana Splits Show Theme Song (Banana Splits, The Dickies)
Spontaneous Apple Creation (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
Elderberry Wine (Elton John)
One Bad Apple (The Osmonds)
Little Green Apples (Glen Campbell)
Cherry Bomb (John Mellencamp)
Cherry Cherry (Neil Diamond)
Kiwi (Maroon 5)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (CCR)

Act 3: Sides (22 songs)
Broccoli (The Association)
The Potato Song (Cheryl Wheeler)
Captain Vegetable (Sesame Street)
Call Any Vegetable (Frank Zappa)
Butterbeans (B52s)
Quiche Lorraine (B52s)
Side Dish (Robert Cray)
The Eggplant that Ate Chicago (Dr. West’s Medicine Show Junk Show Band)
Glass Onion (The Beatles)
Hang on Little Tomato (Pink Martini)
Space Nuts (Booker T and the MGs)
Yellow Yam Blues (Yank Rachell, Sonny Boy Williamson)
The Golden Potato Song
Frim Fram Sauce (Diana Krall)
Beans & Cornbread (Louis Jordan)
Pork and Beans (Weezer)
Mashed Potato Time (Dee Dee Sharp)
Mom’s Spaghetti (Eminem)
Bread and Butter (The Waitresses)
Salt Peanuts (Dizzy Gillespie)
Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream? (Super Simple Songs)
Collard Green & Cornbread (Fantasia)

Act 4: Meat (41 songs)
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (Asleep at the Wheel)
Jive Turkey (Ohio Players)
Burger on a Bun (Wilma & Betty)
Chicken Wing Song
Struttin with some Barbecue (Louis Armstrong)
Cheeseburger in Paradise (Jimmy Buffett)
Pickin’ a Chicken (Eve Boswell)
Boiled Beef and Carrots (Harry Champion)
Chicken in Black (Johnny Cash)
Chicken Song (Techno Chicken)
Dixie Chicken (Little Feat)
Bacon Blues
Chicken Dance
San Antone Meat House (Woody Guthrie)
Meat and Potatoes (Belle & Sebastian)
All the Meat and No Potatoes (Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald)
Hot Dog (Elvis Presley)
Pork and Beans (Weezer)
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charlie Mingus)
Cold Turkey (John Lennon)
One-Eyed Chicken (Beth Hart)
Chicken Pot Pie (Weird Al Yankovic)
Funky Chicken (Rufus Thomas)
Chicken Breast Bone (Manhattan Transfer)
Meat is Murder (The Smiths)
Uncle Meat (Frank Zappa)
Hot Dog Song (Mickey Mouse Club)
Pork Chop Song (Guitar Shorty)
Rump Steak Serenade (Fats Waller)
Ribs (Lorde)
Tastes Like Chicken (The Austin Lounge Lizards)
Fried Chicken and Gasoline (Southern Culture on the Skids)
Pork Chops (Two Gentlemen Band)
Pork Chops and Mustard Greens (Ernie Andrews)
Hot Dog Song (Led Zeppelin)
Eat Steak (Reverend Horton Heat)
Chicken Reel (Les Paul)
On Meatball (Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters)
Meat and Potato Man (Alan Jackson)
Jerky Ribs (Kelis)
T-Bone (Neil Young)

Act 5: Ingredients (20 songs)
Sugar Shack (Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs)
Sugar Sugar (Archies)
Coriander (David Brookes)
Salt and Pepper (Harry Chapin)
Just Like Honey (Jesus and Mary Chain)
Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles)
Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison)
Oregano Flow (Digital Underground)
I Should Live in Salt (The National)
Salt of the Earth (Rolling Stones)
Sassafras Roots (Green Day)
Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
The Herbs and Spices Song (Todd Gilbert)
The Garlic Song (Andrew Rouse)
Hot Sauce (Louis Prima & Keely Smith)
Mean Mr. Mustard (Beatles)
Green Onions (Booker T & the MGs)
Bar-B-Q Sauce (Sam Price)
Taste of Honey (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass)

Act 6: Non-Alcoholic Drinks (24 songs)
Soda Fountain Rag (Duke Ellington, Shelly Berg)
Apple Cider Reconstitution (Al Stewart)
Tea for Two (Ella Fitzgerald)
Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Rufus Wainwright)
Imaginary Tea (Jon McLaughlin)
Lemonade (Coco Rosey)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)
Black Coffee (Ella Fitzgerald)
Milkshake (Kelis)
You’re the Cream in My Coffee (Marlene Dietrich)
I Like to Buy the World a Coke (Commercial)
Dr. Pepper (Commercial, Garth Brooks)
The Song of Lime Juice and Despair (Shinyribs)
A Nice Cup of Tea (Binnie Hale)
Orange Crush (REM)
Nesbitt’s Lime Soda Song (Negativland)
Proper Cup of Coffee (Trout Fishing in America)
Coffee and TV (Blur)
Black Coffee in Bed (Squeeze)
Cool Water (Johnny Cash)
Java Jive (Ink Spots, Manhattan Transfer)
Horchata (Vampire Weekend)
Juice Box Rap (Preschool Popstars)
The Beverage Song (Judson Brown)

Act 7: Alcoholic Drinks (22 songs)
Bottle of Wine (Fireballs)
Scotch and Soda (Kingston Trio)
Titties and Beer (Rodney Carrington)
Beer for My Horses (Toby Keith & Willie Nelson)
Bourbon in Your Eyes (Devil Doll)
Spill the Wine (Eric Burdon & War)
Tequila (Terrorvision)
Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett)
Red Red Wine (UB40)
Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer (Billie Holiday)
Rum and Coca Cola (Andrew Sisters)
Blue Champagne (Manhattan Transfer)
‘Piña Colada (Rupert Holmes)
Straight, No Chaser (Miles Davis & John Coltrane)
Summer Wine (Lee Hazelwood)
Bourbon and Boys (Laura Bell Bundy)
Days of Wine and Roses (Frank Sinatra)
Strange Brew (Cream)
Titties and Beer (Frank Zappa)
1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, 1 Beer (John Lee Hooker)
Little Old Wine Drinker Me (Dean Martin)
Beer Barrel Polka (Valerio Longoria)

Act 8: Desserts (25 songs)
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy (Dinah Shore)
American Pie (Don McLean)
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked A Cake (Eileen Barton)
Mom’s Apple Pie (Tyrone Davis)
Coconut Cream Pie (Galt MacDermot)
Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake (Irish Rovers)
Key Lime Pie (Kenny Chesney)
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Four Tops)
Custard Pie Led Zeppelin
Gelato Al Cioccolato (Pupo)
Ice Cream (New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
Savoy Truffle (The Beatles)
Wild Honey Pie (The Beatles)
Honey Pie (The Beatles)
Cream Puff (Johnny Nash)
Country Pie (Bob Dylan)
Tutti Fruitti (Little Richard)
Soul Cake (Sting)
Tapioca Tundra by The Monkees
Ice Cream (Sarah McLachlan)
Birthday Cake (Rihanna)
Poundcake (Van Halen)
Cakewalk Into Town (Taj Mahal)
Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie – Jay & The Techniques
Banana Split (Louis Prima)

Act 9: Snacks and Leftovers (24 songs)
Saturday Night Fish Fry (Louis Jordan)
Animal Crackers in My Soup (Shirley Temple)
Animal Crackers (Melanie Safka)
Hold Tight Want Some Seafood Mama (Fats Waller)
Lollipop (Chordettes)
Chocolate (1975)
The Candy Man (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Pretzel Logic (Steely Dan)
Cheese (Tim Minchen)
My Nuts Song (Hammy the Singing Hamster)
Candy Shop (Madonna)
Beef Jerky (John Lennon)
Popcorn (Hot Butter)
Mother Popcorn (James Brown)
Rock Lobster (B-52s)
Buttered Popcorn (Diana Ross & The Supremes)
Oysters (Tori Amos)
Pizza Pie (Norman Fox & the Rob Roys)
Candy by Big (Maybelle, Manhattan Transfer)
C is for Cookie (Cookie Monster)
The Black Bat Licorice (Jack White)
My Boy Lollipop (Millie Small)
I’m a Nut by Roger Miller
Song of the Shrimp (Elvis Presley)

Act 10: The Mess (28 songs)
Don’t Go Reachin’ Across My Plate (Albert Collins)
Mack the Knife (Louis Armstrong)
Cuts Like a Knife (Bryan Adams)
Silver Spoon (Kiss)
Pot Kettle Black (Tilly and the Wall)
Spoonman (Soundgarden)
Washing Dishes (Jack Johnson)
Chopsticks (Liberace)
Blue Plate Special (Freddie Cannon)
Eggs on a Plate (Iggy Pop)
Blunt the Knives (from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”)
Dirty Dishes (Scotty McCreery)
Pans in the Kitchen (Patka Pacic)
Love is the Knife (Bonnie Tyler)
Moonlight Over a Spaghetti Plate (Lady Anne Montgomery)
A Spoonful Of Sugar (from “Mary Poppins”)
Boogie Woogie Blue Plate (Louis Jordan)
Dish (Pulp)
The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon (Merrie Melodies)
Glass of Water (Coldplay)
Raise Your Glass (Pink)
Silver Kettle (Al Stewart)
One more cup of coffee (Bob Dylan with Joan Baez)
Knives (Brad Mehldau Trio)
Hot Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel (Frank Zappa)
Old Black Kettle (Dolly Pardon)
Polly Put the Kettle On (Sonny Boy Williamson)
Spoonful (Howlin’ Wolf)

Dance: The Musical – Act 1: Dance

The Story
Dance: A rhythmic movement to music

Dance: Shake a leg, cut the rug, trip the light, get down, groovin, jivin’

Dance: Sways, twirls, gyrations, dips, whirls, hops, spins, swings, smimmiesDancePlaybill

Dance: Ballet, Disco, Club, Boogie, Ballroom, Contemporary, Belly, Square, Hip-hop

Dance: An expression of feelings – a story – a style

Dance: As a metaphor – When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. (Wayne Dyer, psychologist)

Whether as a ritual, a tradition, or the sign of the times, dance is an expression that crosses many cultures. Dance is social, ceremonial, and competitive. Whether at a club, in a ballroom, on a gymnastic mat, in water, on a stage – dance is personal – dance is fun – dance is energy on display. Dance expresses – Dance entertains.

From the time we are babies bouncing along in someone’s arms or on a lap, dance has played a role in everyone’s life in some way. Dance: The Musical aims to capture the essence of this activity that brings joy to many

Program
Act 1: Dance
Dance: The Musical starts with dance – that is all songs must have Dance in the title.

Caution: Other forms of the word (dance) as dancer, dances, dancing, dancin’, dancefloor, dancehall, and any other form of the word are excluded from this act.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
Welcome to Opening Night of the latest aFa Production – Dance: The Musical. High school dances on the weekends were big back in my day. In honor of those days in my past and for your opening entertainment – ladies and gentlemen – it’s time to Dance to the Music with Sly and the Family Stone.

On a Hall

I’ve criticized the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Hall) on more than one occasion, especially regarding the Moody Blues. In order to satisfy my disapproval and curiosity, I decided to examine the qualifications established by the Hall for honorees.

According to the Hall’s website,

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others who have made rock and roll the force that it is in our culture

… to recognize the contributions of those who have had a significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll by inducting them into the Hall of Fame.

Eligibility
the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.

We shall consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of induction.

Admissions and Omissions
In the list below, I selected performers in relationship to the status to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are randomly paired, and this doesn’t not imply that none of the honored shouldn’t be – but I feel the Hall is missing more than a few worthy artists. At the end is a song by an omission with a fitting title.

In – The Stooges
Out – Yes

In – Green Day
Out – Doobie Brothers

In – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Out – Jethro Tull

In – Sex Pistols
Out – Three Dog Night

In – The Staple Singers
Out – The Cars

In – The Clash
Out – Electric Light Orchestra

In – Lovin’ Spoonful
Out – Guess Who

In – Heart
Out – Journey

In – Hall & Oates
Out – Moody Blues

So … what do you think?

Meals: The Musical – Act 10: The Mess

The Story
Meals: The Musical is an original aFa production is about an important aspect of daily life – eating.

Whether a snack, something on the run, a glorious sit-down feast, or something in between and regardless of the time of day, food is a life necessity. There are three aspects to a truly fantastic meal: the food, the occasion, and the company. We know Meals: The Musical is a festive occasion where friends gather to share wonderful music – thus the acts will focus on what the dining friends encounter.

MealsPlaybillProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Meals
Act 2: Fruit
Act 3: Side Dishes
Act 4: Meat
Act 5: Ingredients
Act 6: Non-alcoholic Drinks
Act 7: Alcoholic Drinks
Act 8: Desserts
Act 9: Snacks and Leftovers

Act 10: The Mess
The meal is done – the guest are gone – the host is left with the mess. It’s been a grand time but, so much work is necessary to bring order back to the house. This act features songs with the following in the title: fork/forks, knife/knives, spoon/spoons, bowl/bowls, cup/cups, glass/glasses, dish/dishes, pot/pots, pan/pans, and kettle/kettles.

Caution: These items have multiple meaning, so make sure the term is used in proper context. (EX) Heart of Glass (Blondie) is NOT acceptable because “glass” is not in the correct context.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
Thanks for attending Meals: The Musical. on closing night. The mere sight of the mess can give anyone the blues – so a touch of the blues is here to start the final act. Let’s give a big hand to Albert Collins … and Don’t Go Reaching Across My Plate.

On You Hear What?


Louie Louie is a classic song. Although written in 1955, it’s The Kingsmen version (1963) that became a hit. Its legendary status includes many awards and even an FBI investigation into its famous hard-to-decipher lyrics … especially at 0:56 mark in the music.

This post is about lyrics, but not those in Louie Louie. Depending on the recording artist, some lyrics are more distinguishable than others. However, there is another factor – what one’s mind hears or even wants to hear.

Let’s take Sway. No matter if its Dean Martin, Michael Bublé, or the Pussycat Dolls, Sway is a wonderful dance song. On to the lyrics …

OldieLyrics.com says, “Other dancers may be on the floor”

I hear, “Other dances may pee on the floor.”

Check for yourself (the first time at 0:47) .. .and do you recall this video?

We were dancing one evening to a very good song for East Coast Swing. Because neither of us knew the song, we listened to the chorus for hints to the song’s title. Because we were close to the computer monitor, we checked it – only to find “EC #28” on the screen, which told us nothing. We kept listening, then finally asked the owner about the song, including my thought about the lyrics – which got a good laugh.

azlyrics.com says, “It’s better to have and don’t need, Than need and don’t have.”

I hear, “You’re havin’ no meat, and meat you don’t have.”

Judge for yourself. (Chorus the first time is at 0:47, then repeated later)

Do you hear what I hear in these songs? Do you have any songs when the words you hear don’t match the lyrics?

Meals: The Musical – Act 9: Snacks and Leftovers

The Story
Meals: The Musical is an original aFa production is about an important aspect of daily life – eating.

Whether a snack, something on the run, a glorious sit-down feast, or something in between and regardless of the time of day, food is a life necessity. There are three aspects to a truly fantastic meal: the food, the occasion, and the company. We know Meals: The Musical is a festive occasion where friends gather to share wonderful music – thus the acts will focus on what the dining friends encounter.

MealsPlaybillProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Meals
Act 2: Fruit
Act 3: Side Dishes
Act 4: Meat
Act 5: Ingredients
Act 6: Non-alcoholic
Act 7: Alcoholic Drinks
Act 8: Desserts

Act 9: Snacks and Leftovers
The meal is done, but your guests are now enjoying the evening moving about enjoying discussions with others. Some are on the patio, while others in the sitting area. Other course the crowd is near the food and drink.

This act features Snacks and Leftovers.

  • Snacks are snacks, so suggestions include (but not limited to) candy, chocolate, cookies, nuts, pizza, popcorn, potato chips, and pretzels.
  • Leftovers actually stand of items that have not been part of previous acts; such as seafood, eggs, and others. (Previous acts are listed above)
  • Caution: No items from previous acts as fruits, meats, sides, and desserts

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
We at aFa Productions are big fans of this performer, so we couldn’t pass on this opportunity to get him here for the opening act. For those ready to dance or tap those toes, head to the patio for the infamous Louis Jordan with Saturday Night Fish Fry. Enjoy!

Meals: The Musical – Act 8: Desserts

The Story
Meals: The Musical is an original aFa production is about an important aspect of daily life – eating.

Whether a snack, something on the run, a glorious sit-down feast, or something in between and regardless of the time of day, food is a life necessity. There are three aspects to a truly fantastic meal: the food, the occasion, and the company. We know Meals: The Musical is a festive occasion where friends gather to share wonderful music – thus the acts will focus on what the dining friends encounter.

MealsPlaybillProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Meals
Act 2: Fruit
Act 3: Side Dishes
Act 4: Meat
Act 5: Ingredients
Act 6: Non-alcoholic Drinks
Act 7: Alcoholic Drinks

Act 8: Desserts
We’ve had a wonderful meal, but diners have left room for dessert. After all, history shows that the human sweet tooth has been around a long time. The ancient Chinese, the Romans, Greeks, Egyptians, Europe of the Middle Ages, and many others have enjoyed sweet delicacies and treats.

For Act 8, song titles must include a dessert. Good examples include (but not limited to) dessert, cake, tart, pastry, pudding, ice cream, pie, and their plural forms.

Notes of Caution

  • No cookies
  • No candy
  • No fruits unless as a descriptor of a dessert: Blueberry Hill (no), Blueberry Pie (yes)

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
We love to open an act with a classic, and this time we venture back to the early days of television. She was a star with a popular variety show, so making her first appearance ever at an aFa musical production, let’s give a rousing welcome to Dinah Shore singing Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy.