chooka-chooky choo-choo

the other night we were listening to mermaid avenue, an album of woody guthrie songs sung by wilco and billy bragg. josephine started paying close attention to one particular song and said, “hey! elizabeth mitchell sings this, too!” we believed her because she has a crazy memory for lyrics and words in general, but we couldn’t match this song to one sung by elizabeth mitchell.  but, lo and behold, she was right. the versions have slightly different words and different tunes, but it’s the same song. and i now have a new favorite set of lyrics: “hot breeze, old cheese, slicky-slacky fish tail.”

the wilco version: Hoodoo Voodoo

the elizabeth mitchell version: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

and the lyrics of several versions are here.

One Response to “chooka-chooky choo-choo”

  • grandma susan Says:

    well, that took me two times to really convince myself that they were indeed the same song. how did she do that? xoxom.