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Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by Lincolnzephyr » Mon Jul 04, 2022 10:00 pm

Old folks young folks everybody come
Join our happy Sunday school and have a lot of fun
Please check your chewing gum and raisins at the door
And we'll tell you Bible stories that you never heard before.

Adam was the first man, Eve she was his spouse
They both got together and started keeping house
All went well until the babies came
Then Eve she started into raising Cain

Danny was a bad boy he wouldn't obey the king
The king said he wouldn't stand for any such a thing
He put him in the lion's den with lions at his feet
But Danny was a dentist and he pulled the lion's teeth

God made Satin, Satin made sin
God made a hot place to keep Satin in
Satin didn't like it and said he wouldn't stay
He's been acting like the devil ever since that day.

These are the only verses I remember from when I was in the second or third grade.

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by Lizzy » Mon Dec 13, 2021 12:36 am

My grandad used to play his guitar while we sang the song. I don’t remember much of it except for bits and pieces. Here’s what I do recall: (I’m sorry for the wording as I am aware of how racist it sounds)

First god made the ocean then he made the sky’s,
Then he made the stars to put in little darkies eyes,
(I don’t remember the next two lines)

A walkin’ a walkin’ a walkin’ I say,
Walkin’ to the parlor and I listen to ‘em play,
Walkin’ to the parlor and I listen to ‘em sing,
And I see the darkie’s fingers as he picks upon the strings,

(There was some more stuff and the chorus would repeat a few times)

Salome was a dancer she danced the hoochy cooch,
The king said he liked it very very mooch,
But the Queen said “we’ll have to scandal here!”
“Oops!” Said Salome as she kicked the chandelier.

That’s all I remember.

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by gabulmer » Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:34 am

Samson was a very mighty man,
He could do anything that dynamite can
He leaned upon the temple and the temple fell
And all the people ran like . . .

(go immediately to chorus!)

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by gabulmer » Tue Aug 31, 2021 2:26 am

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Couldn't please the king so out they had to go;
He threw 'em in the fire, tried to burn 'em with his staff,
But they wore asbestos underwear and gave the king a laugh!

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by bontmawr » Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:04 am

I learnt this partly I think from the University of Wales song book available in the 1960s, but also from singing on students' coach outings.

Young folk, old folk, everybody come
John the darkies' Sunday School and make yourselves at home
Bring your sticks of chewing gum and sit upon the floor
And we'll tell you Bible stories that you've never heard before


Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Annoyed the King of Babylon and so they had to go
Into the fiery furnace - but none of them was hurt
'Cos the Lord provides his children with a good asbestos shirt

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by bontmawr » Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:48 am

Samson was a strong man with a head of lovely curls
He fought against the Philistines and flirted with the girls
But Delilah caught him napping and his hair it had to go
So he pulled down the temple on the whole bang show

Solomon and David both led naughty lives
Flirting all the afternoons with other people's wives
But when in their later lives their conscience gave them qualms
Solomon wrote the Proverbs, and David wrote the Psalms

Elisha was an old man with a head devoid of hair
The children called out 'Shiny Top, who don't you cut your hair?'
But Elisha getting angry went and called his brindled pup
Which, being fond of children, promptly ate the blighters up

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by Keithglenny » Wed Jul 07, 2021 1:44 pm

Moses was the leader of the Israel stock
With his old umbrella he brought water from the rock
Everyone came forward and gave a might cheer
But they were disappointed when they found it wasn’t beer

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by Daddy's girl » Wed May 12, 2021 12:42 am

Bathsheba was a dancer she danced the hoochie cooch the king said he liked her cause she didn't wear so mooch. The king got fresh and tried to set the pace but Bathsheba was a dancer and kicked him in the face .
The only verse I remember every word. My dad would sit me on his lap and sing every verse. But this is the one that stuck all these years. Looking at the others here I swear I can hear him singing it all again

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by geodejerry » Sat Mar 20, 2021 8:02 pm

One verse I remember, Boy Scouts around the campfire:

"The Earth was made in six days and finished on the seventh,
Accordin' to the contract it should have been the eleventh.
But the masons got drunk and the carpenters wouldn't work,
So what was left to do but to fill it up with dirt!"

(chorus)
"Old folks, young folks, everybody come,
Join the [pick one, "darkies" or "Baptist"] Sunday School and make yourselves at home.
There's a place to check your chewing gum and raisins
[I bet that's original, "razors" which I remember doesn't make much sense]
at the door,
To hear some Bible stories that you've never heard before."

(There's also one about Adam, don't remember most of it, but it ends with "raising Cain.")

Re: Old folks, young folks everybody come

by Susan Wilkin » Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:47 pm

My mother was a church secretary, the pastor's teen-aged daughter used to sing this song and her version of the Salome story went like this:

"Salome was a dancer, she danced before the King.
She wiggled and she wobbled and she shook most every thing!
The King said "Salome! There'll be no scandal here!"
Salome said "Oh yes there will!" and kicked the chandelier"

of course, as 8 year olds we delighted in changing the verse somewhat to:

"Salome was a dancer, she danced before the Queen.
She wiggled and she wobbled and her underwear was seen"

LOL Great memories

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