This month you may have noticed the peculiar line in the masthead above, “ain’t nobody here but us chickens.” Well, lots of other people noticed it too and a bunch of you have written asking what that even means or where it’s from.
First of all, I’m the king of random. So expect many a random things up there in the future. But no, I didn’t make that line up nor does it have personal significance to me. It comes from a song written and performed by the musical genius Louis Jordan who helped pioneer jazz in the 30’s and 40’s.
I’m only trying to sound smart.
I didn’t really know who he was or where the line on my masthead came from. All I knew was that I’ve heard my mom say it my entire life and never thought to ask why.
Well… a trip onto the Internets quickly led me to YouTube, which quickly led me to some of the GREATEST CULTURAL EVENTS OF ALL TIME! And today, I’m going to share those with you so that you can be as cultured and awesome as yogurt.
The first video that caught my eye was The Muppets rendition. And if you know me, you know I’m a sucker for The Muppets.
After that, I found a really old school Loony Toonsish version. It also rocked my socks off.
Next I was taken to a sexy jazz version sung by Emilie-Claire Barlow. Fantastic stuff.
And if that wasn’t good enough, I found a group of Brittish moms and dads (I am choosing to believe they’re all moms and dads anyway) singing a kick butt choir version. Haha.
And now, you are just as educated as I am about the song “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens.”
Oh wait… almost as educated. There is, of course, the actual Louis Jordan version of the song which you can’t skip if you’re getting yourself edumacated, right?
Thanks mom. Now thousands of people will have “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” stuck in their head for days.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. Which version was your favorite? Were you already familiar with this song? Did you know what it meant when you saw the line?