Monday, June 15, 2009

Stop The Music!



With thanks to Bill West of West in New England, here are the rules:

1. Set the names of your ancestors to the music of any song. It can be any number of names, any song. Just remember to mention what song you are using so we can all sing along as we read!

2. Publish your efforts on your blog and send Bill the link (Email:BillWest48@gmail.com). If you don't have a blog then leave them as a comment for Bill on his blog.

2. Dead line is June 30th. He'll publish the final list on his blog on the 4th of July!

So, Bill, here is the frustration that is my Great Grandmother Lula Morangue or Lois Green or so many more names, sung to the tune of Runaround Sue.

Runaround Lu

(Ooooo.)
Here's my story, it's sad but true.
(Ooooo.)
It's about an ancestor I never knew.
(Ooooo.)
She took the kids then ran around,
(Ooooo.)
Dodging every census taker in town.

(Hey, hey,) Wo-oh-oh-ohoh-oh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey, hey,) Wo-oh-oh-ohoh-oh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey, hey,) Wo-oh-oh-ohoh-oh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey.) Lat-lat-lat-lat.
(Hey, hey,) Wo, oh, oh, oh, oh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey, hey,) ohoh-ohoh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey, hey,) oh oh-oh, ohhh, oh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey.) (Awwwwwww.)

Yeah, I should have known it from the very start-a,
Great Grandma’d leave me with a broken chart-a.
A-listen people what I'm telling you-a,
I-keep a lookin’ for-a Runaround Lu.

Yeah, can’t find her grave and she died with no trace-a,
No marriage license and no birthplace-a.
So if you don't wanna cry like I do-a,
Don’t be related to-a Runaround Lu.

(Hey, hey,) Wo-oh-oh-ohoh-oh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey, hey,) Wo-oh-oh-ohoh-oh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey, hey,) Wo-oh-oh-ohoh-oh/(Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de).
(Hey.) (Awwwwwww.)

She likes to travel 'round. Yeah.
She’s tricked me but I can’t put her down-a.
Now people this is no surprise-a,
Lu got good at telling lies-a.

Here's the moral and the story from the one who knows-a,
I hit a wall and that wall still grows-a.
Used every search that I ever knew, they say,
"A-no results for-a Runaround Lu."

I tried them all.
Yeah, can’t find this Lu.
I don't know what to do-a.
Keep a-lookin’ for Lu.
(Awwwwwww,)

She likes to travel 'round, yeah.
She tricks me and she lets me down-a.
Now people let me summarize-a,
Lu got good at telling lies-a.

Here's the moral and the story from the one who tried-a,
Why even Lula’s sons have lied-a.
Used every search that I ever knew, they say,
"A-no results for-a Runaround Lu."

Yeah, got to find that girl.
Don't you know where she is now?

Wo-oh-ohoh-oh.
Wo-ohoh-oh.
[Fade.]
Wo-oh-oh-ohoh-oh.
Wo-oh-oh-ohoh-oh.

Keep a-lookin’ for Lu.
Don’t Know What I’ll Do Now
Keep-A Lookin’ for Lu . . .

If you're too young to know the tune, listen to the real thing.



With apologies to Dion and The Belmonts.

8 Comments:

Blogger Jasia said...

Bravo, fM! You should record this one... it's a sure hit!

June 15, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Terri O'Connell said...

Love it!

June 15, 2009 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thanks you two! In the video at 0:53, if you look closely you'll see a young fM sans glasses.(Top left)

-fM

June 15, 2009 at 1:16 PM  
OpenID pastprologue said...

Love it! I'm too young to have known it "live" but thanks to Memorex and oldies stations, it was one of my favorites from high school in the early 1980's. Believe it or not! Anyway, I love how you captured the Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de in the lyrics. Classic. I have to get started on mine before someone steals my tune!

June 15, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Yes, I am on the fringe of the doo-wop generation. Wish I could take credit for the Wum-de-hey-de-hey-de lyrics, but it's all Dion.

And Donner, do it before someone steals your tune! I can't wait to sing yours.

Lil' Killa

June 15, 2009 at 3:13 PM  
Anonymous Ka'aihue Genealigy Project said...

Excellent! I was totally singing along with this in my head as I read through. Great job!!!

Leilani

June 15, 2009 at 3:23 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Thank you Leilani! and I love your new blog.

On Shades I recently did some research into an old photograph from Hawaii. The post was, "Could This Be Robert Louis Stevenson?" You can find it here.

-fM

June 15, 2009 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Bill West said...

fM,
Wow! Does that bring back memories! Of course I was
but a wee itty bit of a lad *cough*...alright, I was 7
or 8 when "Runaround Sue" was a hit!

Glad you had fun with the challenge!

Bill

June 15, 2009 at 10:30 PM  

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