At lunch today, Bede brought out the jar of kosher dill pickles, and asked, "Who wants a pickle?"
Lucia and I started singing, "I don't want a pickle-- I just want to ride on my motor-sickle."
"Fine," Bede said. "I'll eat them all myself."
Lucia and I hastily reconsidered and decided we did want pickles after all.
You will find lyrics and chords to Arlo Guthrie's "The Motorcycle Song" (a.ka. The Pickle Song) here.
You may watch and listen to Arlo Guthrie singing the song and explaining the origins of the song with his distinctive storytelling style:
Also, don't miss Randy Kaplan's interpretation of the song on his album Five Cent Piece. In Kaplan's version, he's just trying to comfort his sister on a rainy day, but guess what-- she doesn't want a pickle, or a tickle, for that matter.
Those of you who check in regularly (and I appreciate you very much!) have noticed a bit of a lull lately on the blog. That's just the way it goes sometimes. I had a good gig today, and plan to do some research for more stories and songs in the upcoming months. October and November will be busy with the Pierce County Library gigs. Lucia starts school the week after Labor Day. On September 13, we're going to see Elizabeth Mitchell in concert (Finally! Hurrah!), and the weekend of September 27 is the Second Annual Kidlitosphere Conference in Portland, Oregon.