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On Top of Spaghetti, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: November 25, 2011

One of the most beloved parodies of “On Top of Old Smoky” is “On Top of Spaghetti,” written by Tom Glazer.


On Top of Spaghetti

Written by Paul Brett Johnson
Lyrics by Tom Glazer
Traditional Tune (“On Top of Old Smoky”)
Illustrated by Paul Brett Johnson

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On Top of Spaghetti
Lyrics by Tom Glazer
Traditional Tune (“On Top of Old Smoky”)
Illustrated by Barretta

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On Top of Spaghetti
Traditional Tune (“On Top of Old Smoky”)
Lyrics by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson

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ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky“)
Lyrics Adapted by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by Art Seiden

On Top of Spaghetti

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JytbHDRG0U
This video does not include the usual ending of the song where the meatball grows a meatball tree, but the waiter’s performance is a lot of fun!

On Top of Spaghetti (from Sesame Street)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZ7WPc80b_w

A stop-action animated version:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0jLgf8rK4c

Here we have a Singable Picture Book Video for “On Top of Spaghetti” complete with pictures, words and music:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbO7KwgxYq4

Find sing-along tracks and printed music for “On Top of Spaghetti” in,

Solos for Kids (Vocal Collection)
Compiled by Louise Lerch

Click here for CNN.com obituary for Tom Glazer, mentioning the song: http://web.archive.org/web/20080611031221/http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/26/glazer.obit.ap/index.html

I love the American Heritage Music Set, which includes simple, singable arrangements to so many classic American Folk Songs and Singable Picture Books.  This set includes a terrific sing-along for “On Top of Old Smoky,” http://www.amazon.com/American-Heritage-Music-Various-Artists/dp/samples/B00009UVXI/ref=dp_tracks_all_2#disc_2

Sing-along with “On Top of Old Smoky,” “On Top of Spaghetti,” or any parody with this terrific instrumental: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UODELI/?tag=you09f-20 Which is Track 8

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Click here for an informative, biographical article about Tom Glazer:
http://www.answers.com/topic/tom-glazer

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ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI
Traditional Tune (sing to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky“)
Lyrics Adapted by Tom Glazer
Illustrated by Art Seiden

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
With beautiful moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
And don’t ever sneeze.

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I love vintage children’s book illustration and was looking for more information about the cover art for this 45 record recording of Tom Glazer’s “On Top of Spaghetti“…


On Top of Spaghetti (Tom Glazer and the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus), 45rpm record
Words and Music Adapted by Tom Glazer

Wonderful luck lead me to:
http://lordofthebootsale.blogspot.com/2010/04/tom-glazer-do-re-mi-childrens-chorus-on.html
From a blogger in London who wonderfully posted an MP3 of the song.  This rendition is performed in a call and response style, which will be so much fun for the kids in class since they can sing their own part.  I can’ t wait to try it.  Thank you “Lord of the Boot Sale” for this terrific treat!

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Related Posts

“Read, Sing, Play ABC Sing-Along,” A Singable Book, Letter Z (tune of “On Top of Old Smoky”)
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/10/07/read-sing-play-abc-sing-along-a-singable-book-letter-z-tune-of-on-top-of-old-smokey/

FOOD
Food Glorious Food, a List of Singable Picture Books about Food
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/food-glorious-food-a-list-of-singable-picture-books-about-food/

ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI, WITH ART BY ART SEIDEN
http://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/on-top-of-spaghetti-a-singable-picture-book-with-art-by-art-seiden/

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