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Dancing is the last word in life. In dancing one draws nearer to oneself.
--Jean Dubuffet
Calling Ideas for May 16, 2012

This is:

Premiere of Annie Get Your Gun
Musical "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman premieres in NYC. It ran for 1147 performances.

I don't think any of the songs from this musical have been made as singing calls. However, one could play with the idea from the song "Anything You Can Do" and do a boys/girls rivalry tip.
ANNIE OAKLEY FRANK BUTLER:
Anything you can do,
I can do better.
I can do anything
Better than you.

No, you can't.
Yes, I can. No, you can't.
Yes, I can. No, you can't.
Yes, I can,
Yes, I can!

Anything you can be
I can be greater.
Sooner or later,
I'm greater than you.

No, you're not. Yes, I am.
No, you're not. Yes, I am.
No, you're NOT!. Yes, I am.
Yes, I am!

I can shoot a partridge
With a single cartridge.
I can get a sparrow
With a bow and arrow.
I can live on bread and cheese.
And only on that?
Yes.
So can a rat!
Any note you can reach
I can go higher.
I can sing anything
Higher than you.
No, you can't. (High)
Yes, I can. (Higher) No, you can't. (Higher)
Yes, I can. (Higher) No, you can't. (Higher)
Yes, I can. (Higher) No, you can't. (Higher)
Yes, I can. (Higher) No, you can't. (Higher)
Yes, I CAN! (Highest)

Anything you can buy
I can buy cheaper.
I can buy anything
Cheaper than you.

Fifty cents?
Forty cents! Thirty cents?
Twenty cents! No, you can't!
Yes, I can,
Yes, I can!
Anything you can say
I can say softer.
I can say anything
Softer than you.
No, you can't. (Softly)
Yes, I can. (Softer) No, you can't. (Softer)
Yes, I can. (Softer) No, you can't. (Softer)
Yes, I can. (Softer)
YES, I CAN! (Full volume)
I can drink my liquor
Faster than a flicker.
I can drink it quicker
And get even sicker!
I can open any safe.
Without bein' caught?
Sure.
That's what I thought--
you crook!
Any note you can hold
I can hold longer.
I can hold any note
Longer than you.

No, you can't.
Yes, I can No, you can't.
Yes, I can No, you can't.
Yes, I can
Yes, I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I No, you C-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-N'T--
CA-A-A-A-N! (Cough, cough!)
Yes, you ca-a-a-an!

Anything you can wear
I can wear better.
In what you wear
I'd look better than you.
In my coat?
In your vest! In my shoes?
In your hat! No, you can't!
Yes, I can
Yes, I CAN!
Anything you say
I can say faster.
I can say anything
Faster than you.
No, you can't. (Fast)
Yes, I can. (Faster) No, you can't. (Faster)
Yes, I can. (Faster) Noyoucan't. (Faster)
YesIcan! (Fastest)
I can jump a hurdle.
I can wear a girdle.
I can knit a sweater.
I can fill it better!
I can do most anything!
Can you bake a pie? No.
Neither can I.
Anything you can sing
I can sing sweeter.
I can sing anything
Sweeter than you.
No, you can't. (Sweetly)
Yes, I can. (Sweeter) No, you can't. (Sweeter)
Yes, I can. (Sweeter) No, you can't. (Sweeter)
Yes, I can. (Sweeter) No, you can't, can't, can't (sweeter)
Yes, I can, can, can (Sugary)

Yes, I can! No, you can'
Love a Tree Day
Tree songs? There's a patter record on Chicago Country called "Tree Huggin'". For singers, there's "Home Among the Gum Trees", "Lemon Tree", "Just a Lemon Tree", "Pine Tree", "Sweetheart Tree", and "Tall, Tall Trees". If you search Hanhurst for trees, you'll get an amazing number of "street" songs.
Pogo comic strip is nationally syndicated
Walt Kelly's comic strip featured Pogo, the possum, and other characters from Okefenokee Swamp.

I grew up with this comic strip; it started in 1949 (the year I was born) and continued throughout my childhood. Pogo, Peanuts, and Mad Magazine...what a combo. My mom had every Pogo book ever published, I think.

Okay, what could we do at a square dance? Buddy Weaver released a version of "Deck the Halls" this year; one could do it today using the words for "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie".

There's always "Swamp Thing" for patter, and Hanhurst lists a couple of records with possum in the title.

And then there's old time patter:
Chicken on a fence and possum on a rail
Take your honey and away you sail.
Raccoon's tail got a ring around;
Possum's tail is bare;
Rabbit ain't got no tail at all,
Just a little old hunk of hair