Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Seasons greetings from the Okefenokee Swamp

In my humble opinion, Pogo is hands down the greatest comic strip ever to grace the pages of American newspapers. From 1949-1973 Walt Kelly and the denizens of the Okenfenokee Swamp provided some of the most insightful and biting commentary on American politics found anywhere -- and in the process created a wonderful menagerie of political caricatures including the likenesses of (among others) Joe McCarthy, Lyndon Johnson, George Wallace, Nikita Khrushchev, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew.

Kelly wrote the original verses of "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie" in 1948. (GW)

Deck Us All With Boston Charlie

Lyrics By Walt Kelly
Music By Traditional (whoever that is)

Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo!
Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!

Don't we know archaic barrel
Lullaby Lilla Boy, Louisville Lou?
Trolley Molly don't love Harold,
Boola boola Pensacoola hullabaloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Polly wolly cracker 'n' too-da-loo!
Donkey Bonny brays a carol,
Antelope Cantaloupe, 'lope with you!

Hunky Dory's pop is lolly gaggin' on the wagon,
Willy, folly go through!
Chollie's collie barks at Barrow,
Harum scarum five alarm bung-a-loo!

Dunk us all in bowls of barley,
Hinky dinky dink an' polly voo!
Chilly Filly's name is Chollie,
Chollie Filly's jolly chilly view halloo!

Bark us all bow-wows of folly,
Double-bubble, toyland trouble! Woof, woof, woof!
Tizzy seas on melon collie!
Dibble-dabble, scribble-scrabble! Goof, goof, goof!

Tickle salty boss anchovie
Wash a wash a wall Anna Kangaroo
Ducky allus bows to Polly,
Prolly Wally would but har'ly do!

Dock us all a bowsprit, Solly --
Golly, Solly's cold and so's ol' Lou!


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