Give Me Some…

This week on Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has asked us to choose a song using the prompts Baking/Bread/Cake/Pie/Picnic. I’ve chosen Cherry Pie, by Skip & Flip.


Lyrics

Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh

Cherry, nah-nah-nah cherry pie nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Cherry, nah-nah-nah cherry pie nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Cherry, nah-nah-nah cherry pie , whoa so good
Nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh

Sugar, nah-nah-nah sugar plum nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Sugar, nah-nah-nah sugar plum nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Sugar, nah-nah-nah sugar plum, sweet as they come
Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah
(Da, da, da, da, da)

Like Little Jack Horner sat, sat, sat in the corner
Eating his cherry, cherry pie
I didn’t put in a thumb
I didn’t pull out a plum
I guess I’m not as great as he, whoa-oh, whoa-oh

Give me nah-nah-nah give me some nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Give me nah-nah-nah give me some nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
Give me nah-nah-nah give me some cherry, cherry pie
Nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah cherry pie
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah cherry pie

Fade
Nah, nah, nah
Nah, nah, nah cherry pie

 

About the Song

Clyde Battin (Skip) and Gary Paxton (Flip) began singing together in Arizona in the late 1950s. Battin had come from Ohio to go to school there and was the older of the pair, but Paxton had probably lived a harder life to that point. An sforphan from Kansas whose foster family had later moved to Arizona, he’d had a tough childhood that included abuse and illness, and by his mid-teens was spending most of his time trying to generate a musical career.

As was often the case in those days the guys scuffled along while trying out a variety of names for their new act, but eventually ended up with a record demo. It was on a song written by Paxton that had the awkward title of “It Was I,” but it landed the pair a recording contract and a new name, Skip & Flip. The record began to climb the charts and things soon began to click for the twosome. They made some TV appearances and also toured with rock and roll shows, all the while continuing to hit the recording studio. But even though Skip & Flip would eventually turn out enough singles to fill an album, the only other one that did well was “Cherry Pie,” a cover of an earlier record by R&B duo Marvin And Johnny.

The two guys pretty much went their own way after that, but both found a lot of success in succeeding years. Battin (who died at age 69 in 2003) enjoyed a long career as a songwriter and performer, spending a lot of time working in and around the movie business, and he also performed with groups like the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

Paxton is still around and now in his seventies, and his career has been even more varied. Although he has never shied away from performing, he became a legendary producer, songwriter and promoter with a hand in many of the biggest hits around. He eventually began to move more into country music, and as the years passed continued to be a power in the music industry. But he went through more than his share of controversy and hard times before once again reinventing himself, devoting his later years to religion and gospel music.

 

 

 

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