Thursday, October 29, 2009

Zombie Jamboree

As a kid growing up in Ohio, our house wasn't quite the same as others. With a mother from Nicaragua and a father from Jamaica, not only did we eat food that was different from other people, we listened to different music too.

We had a liberal helping of calypso and steel drum bands mixed in with our Elvis, Johnny Cash and Ray Conniff Singers (don't ask). So today, in honor of Halloween and my Jamaican roots, I offer you Harry Belafonte's "Zombie Jamboree." This was one of my favorite songs growing up, probably because the chorus had a curse word that no one stopped us from singing :)

Back to back, belly to belly
Don't give a damn
'Cuz you done dead already
Back to back, belly to belly
In the zombie jamboree

13 comments:

Susan R. Mills said...

I love that song too. I haven't heard it in forever. Thanks for posting it.

L. W. said...

Your childhood home sounds like a lot of fun. I'll have to play this song for my kids, for "family dance time". :)

Dawn Simon said...

I forgot about that song!

I have something for you at my blog. Happy Halloween! :)

Lisa and Laura said...

Oh my gosh, I didn't know you were an Ohio girl!! Where did you grow up?

lotusgirl said...

I love calypso music too. Fun song. Harry Belafonte is great.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Susan: Oldie but goodie, yes?

Lori: I loved growing up in Ohio. Hope your kids have fun dancing to this :)

Dawn: Happy Halloween to you too!

LiLa: I was born in St. Elizabeth's hospital in Dayton and I grew up in Shelby County in a dinky little town called Russia (only we pronounced it Roo-she) :D

Lois: I love pulling out the calypso tunes. We saw Belefonte live once at Universal. Great concert.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thanks for that! And wow Harry has some moves.

Kelly said...

I hadn't heard that before. You can't help but bounce along to it!! Have a fun weekend!

beckylevine.wordpress.com said...

I'm older than you, but that's how I felt when we sang Patti LaBelle's Voulez Vous song--we were singing "bad" stuff, but in French, so it was okay! :)

Suzanne Casamento said...

I love the Zombie Jamboree! Such a great vibe. Thanks for posting it.

And I want to go to L.W.'s house for family dance time. How cool is that?!

T. Anne said...

LOL about it having a curse word. I remember a song called 'shut uppa your face' my fifth grade teacher played it everyday at the end of the day and it was my favorite. I'm a product of public school, what can I say?

Heavenly Muse said...

tname of the city''Ohio'' just caught my attention..may be i read in some novel written by Tonny morison...
well very lively blog

Anita said...

Wow! I'd never seen this in my life...very cool.

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