15 Songs About Food
I have composed a number of "Songs About" articles. Many of these have been more serious in nature. This time we will lighten the mood and consider a list of songs about food. Some of these songs may contain innuendo or double entendre. But, because I am naïve, I choose to assume that all of these songs are really about food.
15 Songs About Food
- "Beans and Cornbread"—Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five
- "Vegetables"—The Beach Boys
- "Roast Fish and Cornbread"—Lee "Scratch" Perry
- "Fish Heads"—Barnes & Barnes
- "I Like Food"—Descendents
- "Eat It"—"Weird Al" Yankovic
- "All You Can Eat"˘—The Fat Boys
- "Moxy Früvous"—Green Eggs and Ham
- "Satan Gave Me a Taco"—Beck
- "Carrot Juice Is Murder"—The Arrogant Worms
- "Peaches"—The Presidents of the United States of America
- "Know Your Chicken"—Cibo Matto
- "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)"—Chef (Isaac Hayes)
- "Milk & Cereal"—G. Love & Special Sauce
- "Tupac (I Saw Tupac at McDonald's)"—Matt's Dad's Basement
"Beans and Cornbread"—Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five
Album: Let the Good Times Roll (1938-1954)
"Beans and Cornbread" is a 1949 classic jump blues song by Louis Jordan & Tympany Five. The tune describes an epic battle between beans and cornbread. The conclusion is that they both go together. The song also contains a number of other shout-outs to various types of food.
This is one of my happy place songs. I get giddy every time I hear it.
That's what Beans said to Cornbread
'I'll be ready tomorrow night,'
Beans told Cornbread. 'You ain't straight
You better wake up or I'll gash you gate
Been in this pot since half past two
Swelling and puffing and almost due'— Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five, "Beans and Cornbread"
"Vegetables"—The Beach Boys
Album: Smiley Smile
Release Year: 1967
This Brain Wilson penned ode to vegetables is from The Beach Boys 1967 album Smiley Smile. This song has the distinction of featuring Paul McCartney on celery.
According to Brian Wilson, the song was connected to his health obsession at the time. He made the following statement concerning the intent of the song: "I want to turn people on to vegetables, good natural food, organic food. Health is an important element in spiritual enlightenment. But, I do not want to be pompous about it, so we will engage in a satirical approach."
The song does possess a certain endearing quirkiness. Also, if you do happen to have a favorite vegetable, you should write Brian Wilson a letter.
I'm gonna keep well my vegetables
Cart off and sell my vegetables
I love you most of all
My favorite vege-table
Oh oh taba vega vegel— The Beach Boys, "Vegetables"
"Roast Fish and Cornbread"—Lee "Scratch" Perry
Album: Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread
Release Year: 1978
This is the second song on the list which references cornbread. This one is by dub pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry and it is his from his 1978 album Roast Fish Collie Weed & Cornbread.
The song is truly infectious. It is one of the few songs that makes me want to simultaneously eat and dance.
Skank it in the park ya, yeah
Pack it in the park ya, yeah yeah
Don't be tired, don't be tired
So don't be tired, yeah— Lee "Scratch" Perry, "Roast Fish and Cornbread"
"Fish Heads"—Barnes & Barnes
Release Year: 1980
"Fish Heads" is from the comedy rock duo Barnes and Barnes 1980 album Voobaha. The song also features an iconic video, which was directed by Bill Paxton. Paxton also appeared in the video, which was featured on Saturday Night Live back on December 6th, 1980. The video I posted here was the short version, because I wanted to get right into the song.
The song has to be one of the greatest novelty tunes of all time. It is definitely one of my happy place songs. Just like with "Beans and Cornbread," I can't help but get all giddy every time I hear it.
Fish heads, fish heads
Roly poly fish heads
Fish heads, fish heads
Eat them up, yum!
They can’t play baseball, they don’t wear sweaters
They’re not good dancers, they don’t play drums
Roly-poly fish heads are never seen drinking cappuccino
In Italian restaurants with Oriental women— Barnes & Barnes, "Fish Heads"
"I Like Food"—Descendents
Album: Hallraker: Live!
Release Year: 1989
"I Like Food" appears on the Descendents 1981 EP Fat. At only 16 seconds in length, the song is short and to the point. It is hard to argue with the sentiment.
Juicy burgers, greasy fries,
Turkey legs and raw fish eyes
Teenage girls, with ketchup too!
Get out of my way, or I'll eat you
I like food, food tastes good!
I like food, food tastes good!— Descendents, "Hallraker: Live!"
"Eat It"—"Weird Al" Yankovic
Album: "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D
Release Year: 1984
In connection to "Weird Al," there is no shortage of food songs to choose from. In 1993 he even released a compilation of his food songs entitled The Food Album. For this list, I ended up opting for his parody of Micheal Jackson's "Beat It". "Eat It" appeared on his 1984 album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D.
The song also features a classic video parody of Micheal Jackson's "Beat It." According to Yankovic, Jackson always has been supportive of his work. When he recorded "Fat" (a food-related parody of Jackson's "Bad") Jackson allowed him to use the same video set.
Don't you tell me you're full
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
Get yourself an egg and beat it
Have some more chicken, have some more pie
It doesn't matter if it's broiled or fried— "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Eat It"
"All You Can Eat"—The Fat Boys
Album: Krush Groove - Music from the Original Motion Picture
Release Year: 1985
Now, let's will kick it old school with The Fat Boys. "All You Can Eat" is from the soundtrack of the 1985 film Krush Groove. The song is a joyous celebration of food.
"$3.99 for all you can eat?/Well, I'm a stuff my face to a funky beat!"
The Fat Boys featured the talents of Darren Robinson, who was known as "The Human Beatbox." He was considered one of the pioneers of beatboxing. Unfortunately, he died on December 10, 1995, at the young age of 28 years old. He died of a heart attack and weighed 450 pounds at the time of his death.
$3.99 for all you can eat?
Well, I'm a stuff my face to a funki beat!— The Fat Boys, "All You Can Eat"
"Moxy Früvous"—Green Eggs and Ham
Album: Moxy Früvous
Release Year: 1992
This hilarious satirical reworking of Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" was recorded for Moxy Früvous 1992 self-titled demo cassette tape. The six song demo cassette sold over 40,000 copies in Canada. For an independently released demo tape that was fairly significant. The buzz generated led to them being signed to a major label. "Green Eggs and Ham" ended up being the only song on the cassette not included on their 1993 full-length debut, Bargainville. This was because of legal issues with the Dr. Seuss estate. Because of this, the song is now considered an obscure gem.
'Cause I do not like them, Sam-I-Am
No, not for me, green eggs and ham
Would you like them if I served them to you in a box
Candlelight, wine and a bottle of scotch?— Green Eggs and Ham, "Moxy Früvous"
"Satan Gave Me a Taco"—Beck
Album: Stereopathetic Soulmanure
Release Year: 1994
This was a tossup between this song and "Nicotine & Gravy" from Beck's 1999 album Midnite Vultures. I ended up opting for "Satan Gave Me a Taco," which appeared on his 1994 album Stereopathetic Soulmanure.
The moral of this song is never to accept a taco from Satan. I guess you probably wouldn't want to accept any other food from Satan. Also, if Satan was to open a taco stand, would it be called Taco Hell?
Satan gave me a taco and it made me really sick
The chicken was all raw and the grease was mighty thick
The rice was all rancid and the beans were so hard
I was gettin' kinda dizzy eatin' all the lard— Beck, "Satan Gave Me a Taco"
"Carrot Juice Is Murder"—The Arrogant Worms
Album: Russell's Shorts
Release Year: 1994
"Carrot Juice is Murder" is from the Canadian comedic music group The Arrogant Worms 1994 album Russell's Shorts. This is a satirical anti-vegetarian protest song. The song cleverly pokes fun at the fanatical aspects of the animal rights movement.
Listen up brothers and sisters, come hear my desperate tale
I speak of our friends of nature, trapped in the dirt like a jail
Vegetables live in oppresion, served on our tables each night
The killing of veggies is madness, I say we take up the fight— The Arrogant Worms, "Carrot Juice Is Murder"
"Peaches"—The Presidents of the United States of America
Album: The Presidents of the United States of America
Release Year: 1995
"Peaches" is from The Presidents of the United States of America's 1995 self-titled major label debut. Even though it has nothing to do with the song or peaches, the video features ninjas. You can't go wrong with ninjas.
"Peaches come from a can they were put there by a man/ In a factory downtown".
Peaches come from a can,
They were put there by a man
In a factory downtown
If I had my little way,
I'd eat peaches every day
Sun-soakin' bulges in the shade— The Presidents of the United States of America, "Peaches"
"Know Your Chicken"—Cibo Matto
Album: Viva! La Woman
Release Year: 1996
Cibo Matto means crazy food in Italian, so it should be no surprise that this Japanese female duo has sung a lot of songs about food. I ended going with the infectiously fun "Know Your Chicken," which appeared on their 1996 full-length debut Viva! La Woman. The album also featured other food-related songs such as "Apple," "Beef Jerky," "White Pepper Ice Cream," "Birthday Cake," and "Artichoke."
There was a man,
Selling chicks in a box.
He said, "two for one, but three for two."
I said, "That's not bad,
Here's money for you."
One was magenta,
The other was blue.— Cibo Matto, "Know Your Chicken"
"Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)"—Chef (Isaac Hayes)
Release Year: 1998
"Chocolate Salty Balls" was first performed by Chef (Isaac Hayes) during a 1998 episode of South Park entitled "Chef's Chocolate Cover Balls." The song also appeared on the 1998 soundtrack album, Chef Aid: The South Park Album.
The song also happened to hit number 1 in the U.K. Sadly, Isaac Hayes ended up passing away on August 10th, 2008, at the age of 65.
Two tablespoons of cinnamon
And two or three egg whites
A half a stick of butter
Stick it all in a bowl, baby
Stir it with a wooden spoon
Mix in a cup of flour
You'll be in heaven soon— Chef (Isaac Hayes), "Chocolate Salty Balls (P.S. I Love You)"
"Milk & Cereal"—G. Love & Special Sauce
Album: Rappin' Blues EP
Release Year: 1999
"Milk and Cereal" is from G.Love & Special Sauce's 1999 EP Rappin' Blues. It is a fun little ditty and includes shout-outs to a number of different popular breakfast cereals. Try not to start singing the lyrics to this song next time you have milk and cereal for breakfast.
keep ya hands, off my Lucky Charms
hearts, yellow moons, blue diamonds, green clovers)
A is for Apple
J is for Jack
You step on a crack
You'll break your mama's back
And Boo Berry
Ooh Boo Berry— G. Love & Special Sauce, "Milk & Cereal"
"Tupac (I Saw Tupac at McDonald's)"—Matt's Dad's Basement
Album: Second Born
Release Year: 2002
"Tupac (I Saw Tupac at McDonald's)" was from Matt's Dad's Basement's 2002 album, Second Born. This song was a recent discovery for me. Apparently, the song was a hit in the St. Louis area, where it received extensive airplay on 105.7 The Point, a local modern rock station. Otherwise, there isn't too much info available about Matt's Dad's Basement. None of their albums currently seem to be available. If anyone has any more info on this obscure band, please feel free to let me know.
Apparently, the lead singer of Matt's Dad's Basement saw Tupac at a McDonald's. Also, according to the song, Tupac got a Big Mac, Fries, and a Chicken McNugget. I wasn't aware that you could only order one Chicken McNugget.
I saw Tupac At McDonalds,
he got a Big mac and some fries
I saw Tupac At McDonalds,
Looked into his big brown gangster rapper eyes.— Matt's Dad's Basement, "Tupac (I Saw Tupac at McDonald's)"
© 2013 CJ Baker