Songs Which Contain Recipes

Tom Waits, Filipino Box Spring Hog.

Which songs contain recipes?

“You put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em bot’up”

The Candy Man, I suppose, which really ought to be covered by Tom Waits.

“(My Great Granny’s) Cherry Pie,” by Katzenjammer… one of their ickier Abba-70s-pop-pop songs. It’s basically a sung recipe.

Paul Kelly’s How To Make Gravy probably owes money to Tom Waits’ *Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis *.

Not exactly a recipe, but I like the message this old blues song puts across:

“Don’t hafta cook me no chicken,
‘cause your ol’ neckbones will do…
Don’t cook me no chicken,
Your plain ol’ neckbones’ll do…
I’m gonna get some black eyed peas
Mama, and try to git along with you”

Now, that’s a love song!

Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger In Paradise” has all the ingredients: onion slice, medium-rare with mustard, lettuce, tomato, Heinz 57 with a side of fries and a beer.

For that matter, George Thorogood’s “1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, and 1 Beer” is a perfect recipe for disaster.

Not so much a recipe, but a menu. *Last Meal * by Asleep at the Wheel:

“Warden bring me two dinosaur eggs over easy
Fried in butter, and not too greasy,
Mosquito knees and black eyed peas.
A little bit of butter on my bee bop beans, a saber tooth tiger steak
A whole hippopotamus, well baked”

Tool’s “Die Eier Von Satan” (off Ænima) sounds like a vitriolic Nazi speech, but is in fact a recipe for hashish cookies.

This thread reminds me of one of my favorite lines from the MST3K riff of Daddy-O, which comes during Dick Contino’s rendition of “Rock Candy Baby”:
“He’s singing the left side of the menu!”

I guess the following lines from McCartney’s ‘Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey’ are kind of a recipe:

“Butter Pie?”
“The butter wouldn’t melt so we put it in a pie!”

Yeah, the title is literally “The eggs of Satan”, and in German, “eggs” is slang for testicles. The last “ingredient” in the song is “…And no eggs!”, presumably a commentary on Satan’s anatomy.

Peanut, peanut butter!
(Jelly! Jelly!)
Peanut, peanut butter!
(Jelly! Jelly!)

First you take some peanuts
and you mash 'em! mash 'em!
Then you take some grapes
and you squish 'em! squish 'em!


On a long drive I wrote my own, which I still sometimes chant to my children:

“Toledo Suprise” from The Drowsy Chaperone is vague, but in the form of a recipe.

If you play “Maybe I’m Amazed” backwards, you’ll hear a recipe for a really ripping lentil soup.

John Barleycorn (Must Die) is a thinly veiled recipe for growing barley and making it into whiskey.

I’m going to count the Small Faces wonderful Song of a Baker as a recipe:

Muenster (cheese), not mustard.

Summer Wine by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood:

“Strawberries cherries and an angel’s kiss in spring / My summer wine is really made from all these things”

What Are Little Boys/Girls Made Of? - Traditional

“Snips and snails and puppy dog tails”
“Sugar and spice and all things nice”

It’s only really part of a recipe, but Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme is something I see a lot when I’m cooking.

Chocolate Salty Balls” by Chef from South Park.

Two tablespoons of cinnamon and two or three egg whites
A half a stick of butter melted
Stick it all in a bowl baby, stir it with a wooden spoon
Mix in a cup of flour, you’ll be in heaven soon

Quarter cup of unsweetened chocolate and a half a cup of brandy
Then throw in a bag or two of sugar and just a pinch of vanilla
Grease up the cookie sheet cause I hate when my balls stick
Then preheat the oven to three fifty and give that spoon a lick