Thursday, November 08, 2007

Song of the Week: I'm a Lonely Little Petunia (in an Onion Patch)

I was addicted to the television program Six Feet Under. It was one of my guilty pleasures. I never watched it while it actually played on cable. We didn't have cable tv to begin with, and after Brad the Gorilla threw out our television, we had to rely on our computers to provide our visual opiates. So, I'd wait until each season of "Six Feet Under" was on DVD, and then I'd wait some more until my library copy arrived. After Bede and I put Lucia to bed, I'd curl up and watch 3-4 episodes a night until I was done so that I could quickly send the DVD on to the next person.

Season four (my least favorite season) features an episode in which the character Ruth Fischer sings a perky little "cheer up" song to her granddaughter called I'm a Lonely Little Petunia In An Onion Patch, written by Maurie Hartmann, Billy Faber and Johnny Kamono. The verses to the song are forgettable, but the chorus is catchy:

I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch,
an onion patch, an onion patch
I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch

and all I do is cry all day
Boo hoo, boo hoo, the air ís so strong it takes my breath away
I'm a lonely little petunia in an onion patch,

oh won't you come and play with me?

Later, as the credits roll, Imogen Heap sings a haunting, spare version of "Lonely Little Petunia." Heap's version is what sticks with me. You can listen to it as the soundtrack to someone's homemade video here.


limpy99 said...

I liked that show for the first couple of seasons, but then, like so many shows, it just went off the deep end and I couldn't bear to watch it. I came back for the finale. I won't ruin it for you in case you haven't seen it, but I will say I don't think I've ever seen a series finale that wrapped everything up quite that well.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Limpy99: I think the show went off the deep-end in season 4 (come to think of it, that was when Buffy had some pains as well), but came back 1/2 way through season 5. The finale was lovely.

samriddleburger said...

Oh Lordy!
Boy does that song drive me up the wall!!!
It's one a CD of Wacky hits which runs over and over in our car CD player. 300 listens is too many!

Q: but what does the book have in common with my Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell? (And other books I'm sure.)

A: It's told by a twice-removed narrator.
Basically it's the petunia's story as told to a bird. Then the bird told it to the singer. And now the singer tells it to you.

jules said...

I remember that episode. I freakin' love that. I just THINK about it and I tear up. I miss the Fishers.

Heard about three more songs on my mix today. I'm enjoying it slowly!

HipWriterMama said...

I've never watched this show. Now I'm going to sound like a total music ignoramus, but I'm really glad you had the audio for this song. Otherwise, I would've thought you could sing it to "I'm a little teacup." I know. Sad.

bookbk said...

I loved that show too! I loved that song too!

I feel like that's all I've been saying lately when I comment on your posts. But it keeps being true!

abcgirl said...

i loved the show for awhile, but had to stop watching it when the opening scenes began making my imagination too morbid. i also like the song (from the traveling CD) and knowing where it's from makes it even more.... funny? poignant? something....

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

Sam: You poor guy. But you are clever.

Jules: Me too. As I was doing the math, I realized that Claire Fisher got married in her early 40's. Go Claire!

HWM: That's funny! I should try it. By the way, click on the link I have to "Six Feet Under" and you'll see the season 4 promo. I think it's rather cool and evocative of the show.

Bookbk: I'm always glad when you leave your calling card.

ABCGirl: Yes. There were times when it was torture, because I kept thinking the opening scene would be one thing and then it would be another. I think part of the reason I kept returning to the show is that it helped me work through my brother's death in a way. I wish I had known when I visited the funeral home that it would have been okay to cry if I'd done so-- I just didn't want to embarass the funeral director. Odd, eh? But that's what I thought.