WHERE ARE THE PUMPKINS?

I’ve got a few right here — and I’ve got the pumpkin song I learned in elementary school. I thought everyone knew that song. Apparently only kids who went to school in New York during the 1950s knew it, but it popped up on YouTube! It runs through my head even when it isn’t Halloween — a definite earworm.

This isn’t a great musical version but he can more or less carry a tune. The alternative would have been ME singing the song – and you don’t want that. Really. You don’t.

The Pumpkin Song

Once an old pumpkin grew on a green pumpkin vine,
he was round, he was fat, he was yellow.
“No silly jack-o’-lantern shall I make.” he said.
“I’m determined that I’ll be a useful fellow.”

CHORUS:
For the glory of the Jack is in the candle,
from the gate-post where he sits set up so high,
and the glory of the turkey is the drumstick,
but the glory of the pumpkin is the pie.

So he raised up his head when the cook came around
and she chose him at once as the winner.
His fondest wish came true he was proud pumpkin pie
and the glory of the big Thanksgiving dinner.

CHORUS:
For the glory of the Jack is in the candle,
from the gate-post where he sits set up so high,
and the glory of the turkey is the drumstick,
but the glory of the pumpkin is the pie.

The author of the song is unknown, but was probably written in the early 1930s.
– Spokane Chronicle, June 28th, 1935, p. 4
– Brooklyn Times Union, November 17th, 1936, p. 23



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5 replies

  1. Delightful! 🎃 Lovely photos too…

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  2. thanks for sharing the song and I love all the pumpkins

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    • They come in so many colors now! White, almost red, dappled, green, gold … a true palette of color for the season. The song was just fun and even after all these years — having learned this in first grade! — I remember ALL the words. Things from very young years really stick tightly to ones brain 🎃

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