Some Sunday Night Love: Harry Nilsson, “(Put The Lime in The) Coconut,” 1971

No, I am not gone for good.  I will return.  I’m  just working, trying to find a home, trying to save, and praying.  And working on an essay about Trayvon that I don’t want to publish here, but elsewhere in print.  I’m sorry that I said that I would write critiques when I just couldn’t because of time and tiredness.  There is just a lot on my plate, so I apologize.

However, here is a little something, a little Sunday night love two days before Tax Day.  I remembered this song while cooking and talking to my host a couple of days ago, and I thought I would share it.   Of course, the conversation was about following directions, or steps to achieve a result, and my host—for the life of her—couldn’t recall the next step.

“Coconut” was a song from Harry Nilsson‘s masterpiece, Nilsson Schmilsson, which was released in 1971.   Nilsson died, I think, prematurely in 1994 after a massive heart attack.  He was only 52, and yet he was both a genius and a music iconoclast.  Nilsson didn’t tour and he didn’t do concert performances, and shunned commercialism, and yet he won two Grammys in his short career.  Nilsson wouldn’t last two seconds in this era’s music scene.  I’m glad he did what he did when he did it.

Nilsson also wrote “Everybody’s Talking,” the theme song to the 1969 Oscar-winning film, Midnight Cowboy.

This is a great song, too.  Enjoy.

Brother bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime.
His sister had another one, she paid it for a lime.

She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up

She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up,
And said, “Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?
I say, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?”

“Now let me get this straight “,
Put the lime in the coconut, you drank them both up
Put the lime in the coconut, you drank them both up
Put the lime in the coconut, you drank them both up

Put the lime in the coconut, you called your doctor, woke him up,
And say, ‘Doctor, ain’t there nothing I can take,
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?
I say, Doctor, doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say, Doctor, dooooctor, to relieve this belly ache?’

Put the lime in the coconut, drink them both together,
Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better,
Put the lime in the coconut, drink them both up,
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning

Wouh wouh wouh wouh wouh…

Brother bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime
His sister had another one, she paid it for a lime.

She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up,
She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up,
Say “Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say, Doctor, to relieve this belly ache?
I say, Doctor, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say Doctor! let me get this straight.”

You put the lime in the coconut, drink them both up,
You put the lime in the coconut, drink them both up,
You put the lime in the coconut, drink them both up,
Put the lime in the coconut, you such a silly woman!

Put the lime in the coconut, drink them both together,
Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better.
Put the lime in the coconut, drink them both down
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning

Woo Woo, ain’t there nothin’ you can take, I say
Woo Woo, to relieve my belly ache,
You say woo woo ain’t there nothin’ I can take, I say
Woo woo, to relieve your belly ache,
You say yah yah, ain’t there nothin’ I can take, I say
Waah waah, to relieve this belly ache,

I say doctor!, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say doctor!, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say doctor!, ain’t there nothin’ I can take,
I say Doctor!, you such a silly woman!

Put the lime in the coconut, drink them both together,
Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better,
Put the lime in the coconut, drink them both up,
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the moooooorning,
Yes, you call me in the morning,

If you call me in the morning, then [X5] 

~ by blksista on April 15, 2012.

 
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