November 21, 2006

Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens... er, Ducks.

Back in mid-October, I threw up a post entitled "...Just Nod If You Can Hear Me...", which consisted of a lyric from Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb, to whit: " there anyone at home?"

SDB replied, "Ain't nobody here but us chickens, Boss."

Flash-forward to today, mid-November. I'm notified that there's a new comment to that post... which these days usually means 'oh boy, new comment spam, whee." But no! It appears to be a real person named Jody, who asks:

"Can anyone tell me where the quote "Nobody here but us chickens, boss" comes from?"

Which I can answer! It's from a song (though the saying probably predates the tune) called "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens." Which, it goes without saying, has been done numerous times by numerous bands, my favorite of which is The Bobs... aka "The World's Greatest Acapella Band." You can see a video of them doing "Chickens" RIGHT HERE!

Actually, the only videos of The Bobs that I can find online truly don't do them justice. For example, I first saw them perform in 1995 or so (at which point, I'd been listening to them for 10 years), with their best lineup: Janie Bob, Joe Bob, Matthew Bob, and Richard Bob. Seeing Janie and Joe just shred on their cover of "White Room" (done without any microphone tricks) was amazing.

And puts THIS version of "White Room" to shame. Amy Bob and Dan Bob are quite good, but watching Joe Bob Finetti do the guitar solo without any electronic trickery (or Janie Bob slamming her mic stand to the ground as she tore into the lyrics) was a special treat.

For more info on The Bobs, go to, or search myspace for them.

You'll be glad you did.

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1 Actually, the reason that song was funny when it was written is because it was based on something even earlier. I'm pretty sure I first heard that line (and saw that situation) in a Stepin Fetchit movie.

Which they still ran on TV when I was a kid. These days all of them are down the memory hole for the crime of gross political incorrectness.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 22, 2006 02:33 PM (+rSRq)

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