Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Search no more!

A lot -- really, an astonishing lot -- of people seem to come across my blog searching for the lyrics to this song:

They find my blog in that search because of this post. But those searchers don't care about that post, or probably anything else they'd find in the semi-anonymous blog of a 40-something stay-at-home Mommy, and I'm starting to feel badly for them. They click, they see that post, they make that Marge Simpson noise, they click back to their search results. Frustrated souls, never finding the lyrics to that damn song, but it's stuck in their heads anyway and all they can do is sort of hum.

Well search no more, folks, here are the words to:

The Riddle Song

I gave my love a cherry
that had no stone
I gave my love a chicken
that had no bone
I gave my love a story
that had no end
I gave my love a baby
with no cryin'

How can there be a cherry
that has no stone?
How can there be a chicken
that has no bone?
How can there be a story
that has no end?
How can there be a baby
with no cryin'?

A cherry when it's blooming
it has no stone
A chicken when it's pippin'
it has no bone
The story that I love you
it has no end
A baby when it's sleeping
has no cryin'

That's all I know of it. I assume "pippin'" means, basically, stewing till the meat's off the bone. (EDIT: D'oh! Anonymous commenter tells me that "pipping" is breaking the eggshell when hatching.)

I also assume that the baby was drugged.


  1. pipping: to break through the shell of the egg; to break open (the shell of an egg) in hatching

  2. Aha! Thank you, anon. That'll teach me not to look things up...

  3. Isn't it fun to see what people are searching for when then stumble upon your blog?

    For whatever reasons, my "greatest hits" occur when I blog about restaurants - if I go someplace new, I write it up - and the blog hits roll in.

    And then again sometimes people are looking for something completely different and end up on the blog.

  4. I get constant hits from people wanting to see naked girls eating cupcakes.

    I think they are sorely disappointed when they land at my door step.

  5. Sadly, I did know that song was real; I was kind of a geeky kid that way. But I agree it is quite horrible - I guffaw every time I watch that scene in Animal House.

    I need to know how I see what brings people to my blog - what is the magic formula??

  6. Hi Stephanie: There are several different programs that do it. and Google Analytics are two to try. Have fun!

  7. My blog gets a lot of hits for the film Transamerica, Caprice naked (Bourret, not me), Mary Carillo lesbian/gay/etc., and Clayelle Dalferes (the WQXR announcer with the sexiest voice on any classical music station anywhere I'm sure). I also get quite a few for bears, the world's record for the longest headstand, and kicking testicles.

  8. That's quite a blog, caprice!

    My vote for the sexiest voice in classical music radio goes to Diana Hollander of WGMS, Washington D.C., which, sadly, has changed formats, so I can't prove it.