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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

There's a Little Ditty they're Singin' in the City

Mike seems to be going through an Anglophilic phase. Its growth is only slightly impeded by his never having been to Britain, excepting a layover at Heathrow in 2001. He doesn't like to share which movie got this phase started, so I'll keep quiet, too. Anyway, the latest microphase of Mike's new phase is a slavish devotion to English football. And the latest nanophase of Mike's new microphase is a curiosity about a British football fan's anthem called, "Who Ate All the Pies?"

Even I have to admit, most things are funnier when left to the English, meat pies included. Maybe that's why all the songs played at American sporting events were written by Queen (did you know Freddie Mercury was Indian?!). Mike had read and heard passing references to "Who Ate All the Pies?" from his British brethren in Sport Journalism, and despite not knowing the song, seemed to have it in his head. So we looked it up, and were not disappointed. According to Wikipedia, the lyrics to the song go:
Who ate all the pies?
Who ate all the pies?
You fat bastard,
You fat bastard,
You ate all the pies!
The entry also informs us of an alternate second line, "The burgers and the fries?" and of a vegetarian group attempting to sell a masculine image for herbivores via the alternate lyrics, "Who ate all the peas?"

And the tune? "Although not prescriptively so, it is usually sung to the tune of 'Knees Up Mother Brown'". Oh.

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