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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 06:11 GMT 
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In the Food episode, Bob played the delightful little Bobby Troup song "Hungry Man", performed by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five. In an English course I'm teaching the topic is shopping for food and ordering at restaurants at the moment, so I've decided to play the song in class.
Since I couldn't find the lyrics online, I've transcribed them myself. I had trouble with two words, however, one dish, probably a Philadelphia specialty, and one place name. I've highlighted them in bold - or at least what they sound like to me, which is probably wrong, since I couldn't find anything on the webs that makes sense when I googled them.
Any help very much appreciated!


Hungry Man (Bobby Troup)

I know a chef in Albuquerque
who excels in bakin' turkey,
so when I want turkey, I go to Albuquerque,
'cos I'm such a hungry man..

There is a cook in East St. Louis
who makes the most delicious Chop Suey,
so when I want Chop Suey, I go to East St. Louis,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

Duncan Hines, he ain't got nothin' on me.
I've been known to drive alone
to Butte, Montana to get a banana split.

They got a fishhouse in old Pawtucket
that serves you steamed clams in a bucket,
so for clams in a bucket I go to old Pawtucket,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

I take a train to downtown Philly,
where I eat scrapple 'til I get silly.
I also eat a lot there of the pimple pot (???) they got there,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

I often fly up to the Maine coast
to get royal lobster with some plain toast.
To keep from being melancholy I munch a Mexican tamale,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

Shish kebap, that's one of my favorite snacks,
nothin' beats a piece of pizza.
Out in Laguna, I get my tuna fish.

I met a gal in Tucumkerry (???),
and she's the one I plan to marry.
Now she was fat and not good-lookin', but when she started cookin'....
I'm such a hungry man.

Duncan Hines, he ain't got nothin' on me.
I've been known to drive alone
to Butte, Montana to get a banana split.

I met a gal in Tucumkerry (???),
and she's the one I plan to marry.
Now she was fat and not good-lookin', but when she started cookin'
that's when love began
'cos I'm such a hungry man.


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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 19:39 GMT 

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"Pepper pot"--esp. the Philly variety, is a thick beef stew with peppers and tripe.

"Tucumcari" is a city in New Mexico


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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 19:53 GMT 
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I often fly up to the Maine coast
to get royal lobster with some plain toast.
To keep from being melancholy I munch a Mexican tamale,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

Shish kebap, that's one of my favorite snacks,
nothin' beats a piece of pizza.
Out in Laguna, I get my tuna fish.

I think that's "boiled" lobster and "Shish kebab" Btw, there's a nice video of Troup singing "Hungry Man" on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AapCcdLL4t0


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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 20:01 GMT 
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Hey, thanks a lot to the both of you!

The boiled lobster and the pepper pot definitely make sense. As for the spelling of kebab/p, I think they are both correct...

I love the song - I always like those kind of songs that just exist for their funny rhymes, and Albuquerque/turkey, East St. Louis/chop suey and especially beats a/pizza are as good as it gets.


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PostPosted: Thu March 11th, 2010, 20:08 GMT 
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Corrected lyrics, in case somebody else has any use for them some day:


Hungry Man (Bobby Troup)

I know a chef in Albuquerque
who excels in bakin' turkey,
so when I want turkey, I go to Albuquerque,
'cos I'm such a hungry man..

There is a cook in East St. Louis
who makes the most delicious chop suey,
so when I want chop suey, I go to East St. Louis,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

Duncan Hines, he ain't got nothin' on me.
I've been known to drive alone
to Butte, Montana to get a banana split.

They got a fishhouse in old Pawtucket
that serves you steamed clams in a bucket,
so for clams in a bucket I go to old Pawtucket,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

I take a train to downtown Philly,
where I eat scrapple 'til I get silly.
I also eat a lot there of the pepper pot they got there,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

I often fly up to the Maine coast
to get boiled lobster with some plain toast.
To keep from being melancholy I munch a Mexican tamale,
'cos I'm such a hungry man.

Shish kebap, that's one of my favorite snacks,
nothin' beats a piece of pizza.
Out in Laguna, I get my tuna fish.

I met a gal in Tucumcari,
and she's the one I plan to marry.
Now she was fat and not good-lookin', but when she started cookin'....
I'm such a hungry man.

Duncan Hines, he ain't got nothin' on me.
I've been known to drive alone
to Butte, Montana to get a banana split.

I met a gal in Tucumcari,
and she's the one I plan to marry.
Now she was fat and not good-lookin', but when she started cookin'
that's when love began
'cos I'm such a hungry man.


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PostPosted: Sun March 14th, 2010, 04:20 GMT 
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PostPosted: Mon March 15th, 2010, 09:48 GMT 
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I had to Google Duncan Hines! This led me to the Wikipedia entry on his relative Thomas Hines, and from there to John Wilkes Booth and an account of Lincoln's assassination and Booth's eventual death. Quite an educational read thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon March 15th, 2010, 10:12 GMT 
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That's what I love about those old song lyrics - you find out so many useless fun facts (and sometimes useful ones too). And of course I had to google Duncan Hines as well. I even got the name wrong, but Google was kind and returned the desired result - magic. :D

Can't praise the interwebs enough for stuff like that. I remember the days before its advent very well, when I was desperately trying to transcribe some lyrics I just couldn't make out, wondering on which English-speaking acquaintance's nerves I could get with that one now...

And special thanks to you great folks here on ER, always ready to help. Big cheers!


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PostPosted: Thu April 1st, 2010, 17:59 GMT 
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Add my name to those expressing their sincere gratitude for topics like this! Out of curiosity, I checked Bobby Troup on Wikipedia, and if anyone doesn't know, he also wrote two of everyone's favourite songs - 'Route 66' and 'The girl can't help it'. On top of that, he was married to Julie London! Some guys have all the luck.


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PostPosted: Thu April 1st, 2010, 22:08 GMT 
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This is about chinese food and how after eating it you feel hungry again a short time after. Bob always orders the Short Soup.


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PostPosted: Thu May 27th, 2010, 22:25 GMT 
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As a disc jockey from New Mexico I love "Hungry Man" because it mentions two cities in my state, Albuquerque (my home town) and Tucumcari.

Troup's "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66" mentions another New Mexico city, Gallup. Most versions of that song omit an additional verse that Troup wrote (Perry Como's version happens to include it):

"You'll like the aroma of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Albuquerque and Tucumcari make New Mexico extraordinary
You'll wanna own a piece of Arizona
Needles, Essex, Amboy, Azusa
No one in sunny Cal is a loser"

There are a lot of good songs that mention either Albuquerque or Tucumcari, for instance the stops in "Train Kept A-Rollin'" include Albuquerque and "Willin'" by Little Feat has the line "I've been from Tucson to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to Tonopah."

Bobby Troup is the only person to have written two cool songs that mention both Albuquerque and Tucumcari, no mean feat.


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PostPosted: Wed June 16th, 2010, 19:35 GMT 
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[quote""]It's threads like this that make me proud to be an ER member.[/quote]
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