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If Only a Chicken Could Whistle

if only a chicken could whistle

Just whistle while you work hmm-hm-hm
hmm-hm-hm....

 

 

Alice was working on laying an egg...thinking aloud...

 

"If only a chicken could whistle," she croaked,
"I could put on a grin and start right in...sigh... Awwak-las, a chicken has no lips with which to whistle..."

 

 

 

joanie b sings

"Baawk! Croon a merry tune, then," Joanie B. interjected from the perch above, "try to be just like a cheerful chick-a-dee."

 

 

 

 

"Baawk, chick-a-dee-yourself," Alice crowed, "If I could whistle, I could hang with some very famous people....like...."

 

Obama whistles

President Obama --

 

 

 
 

 
(me and the VP would be good listeners together)

 

 

 

 

 

bobby mcferrin

Or Bobby McFerrin 
(we could be happy and whistle together)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or Snow White - we wouldn't need the Seven Dwarfs for it to work...

snow white and alice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice: Bawwkk! Frank Libby Stanton says it all in his poem:

 

Just Whistle

by Frank Lebby Stanton (1857–1927)

When times are bad an' folks are sad

 An' gloomy day by day

Jest try your best at lookin' glad

 An' whistle 'em away.

 

Don't mind how troubles bristle;

Jest take a rose or thistle.

  Hold your own

An' change your tone

An' whistle, whistle, whistle!

 

A song is worth a world o' sighs.

 When red the lightnings play,

Look for the rainbow in the skies

 An' whistle 'em away.

Don't mind how troubles bristle,

 

The rose comes with the thistle.

  Hold your own

An' change your tone

An' whistle, whistle, whistle!

Each day comes with a life that's new,

 

 A strange, continued story,

But still beneath a bend o' blue

 The world rolls on to glory.

Don't mind how troubles bristle;

Jest take a rose or thistle.

 

 Hold your own

An' change your tone

An' whistle, whistle, whistle!

 

Notes from Laurenjoan:

I am a whistler for sure - morning, noon, and night (especially when I am walking the dogs after 10 pm -- to warn the skunks away).  If you enjoy whistling - try some movies or TV shows that feature whistling, or some songs, or even some books:

Whistling Movies and TV

king and i
The King and I

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Pinocchio
Pinocchio
The Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show

 

Whistling Songs and Books
Monty Python's Spamalot
Monty Python's Spamalot -
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Billboard Top Hits, 1988
Billboard Top Hits, 1988 -
Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry, Be Happy
Whistle For Willie
Whistle For Willie
MouthSounds
MouthSounds

 

And for your whistle listening pleasure --

 

 

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Graphics source:

Obama whistling - http://theobamadiary.com/tag/whistling/

Bobby McFerrin -  http://top40.about.com/od/awards/ig/Grammy-Record-of-the-Year/mcferrin1989.htm

Snow White http://movies.disney.com/snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs

Poem source:  Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, SCCLD subscribed database:  http://www.columbiagrangers.org/

Comments

cool blog!

and don't forget "Pucker Up", a documentary about a whistling competition featured on my list "Suspense! Action! High Drama!", documentaries about all kinds of contests and competitions.