I’ve heard it; my mother, now 69, used to say it to us when I was growing up in the
60s and 70s. I have always assumed it was some old song. She used to sing a lot of WWII songs which I assumed she heard her mother sing while SHE was growing up.
Yup, I’ve heard of it. But not from the Jimmy Dickens song. I heard about it from a different song by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ABOUT the Jimmy Dickens song. You can find it on The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s album, “Will the Circle be Unbroken” from 2002. It’s in the very first song, Grand Ole Opry Song.
Never heard it before. It sounds like the sort of thing my father would have loved to say to us, if he had ever heard it, so I have to assume he hadn’t either.
Having now looked at the spoiler, I see that it came too early for him (his interest in country music didn’t develop until he was well over 70) and too early for me (my interest in country music has yet to develop).
I had meant to comment on this earlier. Both Mama and Daddy (both gone in the 1990’s) provided my brother and me with all sorts of obscure music by humming, whistling or singing things we had never heard before. I would love to have the memory to make a list of all of them. Every now and then I’ll hear snatches of one of their tunes and think to myself, “Yep. Mama (or Daddy) knew that one and sang it.”
WWII had oodles of nonsense songs and other memorable ones. At the risk of repeating one I posted not long ago:
He’s not only still with us, but is still performing at the Grand Ole Opry… I tuned in last Saturday night and heard him open the show with “A-Sleepin’ at the Foot of the Bed”. The announcer said he’s been a member for sixty-something years, IIRC.