Big and Small: A Song Game

Discussion in 'Homebound/Bedbound' started by gb66, Mar 1, 2015.

  1. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Hoping we haven't done this one before! Maybe something similar but not exactly?

    Any songs with these words in the title or lyrics: Big, Large, Great, Grand, Wide. Huge, Small, Little, Tiny, Teensy, etc.

    "It's a Big, Wide, Wonderful World" Written by Hawley Ades.

    "It's a Small World After All" Written for the Disney movie of the same name.

    "It's a Grand Night For Singing" Written for the musical 'State Fair' (We sang this one in my high school choir).
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  2. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi GB

    I also think we did this before, but can't find it, so it must have been, as you say,

    Well, there was a movie titled "So Big". Actually it was made 3 times according
    to Wikipedia. The last version was in the 50s and starred Jane Wyman. Max
    Steiner, who wrote the score For GWTW, did the music for So Big which
    included a very nice song of the same title. Used to have it on a record.

    There are numerous songs on Youtube with Big in the title. I didn't bother to
    listen to any of them though.

    Eddie Cantor used to sing a song titled "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider". His wife
    was named Ida. She shows up in the crosswords every now and again. I
    don't know why I wrote that. My brain no workee no more. Well, it was
    a very big hit when it came out over a century ago. Sold a million. Not
    a million recording. Sheet music. I bet most young people have never
    even heard of sheet music. They might thing it's music to listen to while
    in bed. :rolleyes:

    Burl Ives used to sing "Big Rock Candy Mountain".

    It's a Grand Night for Singing. From Rodgers and Hammerstein's "State
    Fair" which was made into a movie at least twice. Oops! You already
    posted that one.

    And at the other end of the scale we have "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow
    Polka Dot Bikini." A long title for such a small subject. Popular when I
    was a teen. Ordinary people didn't wear such things in those days. At
    least not in this country. Just furriners and those wild folks in Hollywood.

    Okee Dokee. Here's a big Dinah Shore kiss for you. Dinah had a hit back
    in the 40s with Little White Lies.

  3. ConfusedInPA

    ConfusedInPA Well-Known Member

    I've been chuckling ---

    I was googling and found a song called LITTLE DIANE on YouTube

    Little Diane, Dion & The Belmonts, 1962


    Never heard that song before!

    Diane :)
  4. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    You guys ever hear of a group called The Four Preps? You can read about them on
    Wikipedia if you're curious. They started as kids at Hollywood High, were back up
    singers for Ricky Nelson on the Ozzie and Harriet Show, and wound up having gold

    Anyhoo, their most innovative record was titled More Money For You and Me. They
    imitated other groups. The lyrics include:

    Dion and the Belmonts are driving us to tears.
    Let's send them up the river for about a hundred years.
    While the kids are watching Dion singing about the stars.
    the Belmonts are out in the parking lot stealing hubcaps off ah cars.

    Song can be heard on Youtube.

    Other big, wide songs:

    Shenandoah aka Across The Wide Missouri.

    Gospel song known as Rock-ah My Soul. So high you can't get over it, So wide you
    can't go round it, so deep you can't get under it, Oh, Rock-ah My Soul.

    The Great Pretender. Recorded by the Platters who are also included in
    The Four Preps parody song.

  5. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Diane, Have you ever heard the song "My Diane" ? I know it has a line that says, Smile for me, my Diane, but I can't remember any of the other lyrics.
  6. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    "Tiny Bubbles" Sung by Don Ho.

    "Little Darlin" Sung by The Diamonds, another '50's song.

    "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" sung by Maurice Chevalier.

    "Church in the Wildwood" Oh come to the church in the wildwood, oh come to the church in the vale, no spot is so dear to my childhood, as the little brown church in the dell. Sung by the Carter Family and others.

    "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" A children's song.

    "How Great Thou Art" A beautiful hymn.
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  7. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Hi Kids

    GB, I bet you looked stunning in your peach and purple ensemble. Gordon
    has been posting pictures of some of his orchids on the Porch. Here's one.
    It's a dendrobium. The flowers are not fully opened. The prom orchid BTW,
    is a cattelya. (Which is usually pronounced Cat ah lay ah which doesn't sound
    much like it looks.)

    Yes, there was a very popular Black quartet called the Ink Spots. They had
    lots of hit tunes in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. You can hear them on Youtube.

    In the days when I was a circuit organist, and traveled with a circuit
    preacher, I used to play "Church in the Wildwood". Also played "How Great
    Thou Art" which was originally a Swedish poem called Store Gud. (Prounced
    Stor-ee Gute.) There are lots of recordings on Youtube. Some in Swedish
    and some in Norsk.

    The director of the Luther College Choir used this hymn to test students who
    were applying to join the group.


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  8. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    The Too Fat Polka. 'I don't want her, you can have her, she's too fat for me.'
    Big hit for Arthur Godfrey in the 40s.

    "More" from the movie "Mondo Cane". More than the greatest love the world
    has known, etc.

    "I'm A Big Girl Now."
    I wanna be wanted like a big girl now." A torchy sorta song from the days
    of my yute.

    Where are you going, my little one, little one,
    Where are you going, my baby, my own?
    Turn around and you're two,
    Turn around and you're four,
    Turn around and you're a young girl going out of my door.
    One of the writers of this song was Malvina Reynolds who also wrote
    Morningtown Ride and Little Boxes.

    My Little Margie. Eddie Cantor used to sing this way back in the roaring 20s.
    My Little Margie was also a radio show that moved to TV in the 50s. Gale
    Storm was the charming star. Recently, more than half a century after the
    program was aired, it dawned on me that "Gale Storm" was redundant.
    I forget what Gale Storm's real name was, but she and Doris Day had two
    really unusual names before they became show biz folks.

  9. gb66

    gb66 Well-Known Member

    Gale Storm was Josephine Owaissa Cottle and Doris Day was Mary Jane Kappelhoff.

    Also with unusual names: John Wayne, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis.....
  10. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    HI GB

    Yup, you found the goofy, excuse me, the unusual names. John Wayne
    was something like Marion Morrison. Carry Grant was Arichibald Leech.
    I forget the other two. Read their biographies. Used to know.

    That's Amore. When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie.

    Used to have a couple recordings of a sea shanty called Bound for the
    Rio Grande. According to at least one source the reference is not to
    the Southern border of the United States, but to a river in Brazil.

    I'll sing you a song of the fish of the sea,
    Way, Rio!
    I'll sing you a song of the fish of the sea,
    And we're bound for the Rio Grande!

    Big Bad John. Remember that one? On Youtube they have a video
    which is supposed to be Johnny Cash singing this song. Actually it's
    Jimmy Dean.

    You can also hear Marty Robbins sing Big Iron. He not only sang it,
    he wrote it. Used to have that record.

    Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
    Three Little Kittens.