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The Hanna Barbera Polka

from Be Amused By Me by the great Luke Ski

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From the FuMP .com, 11/24/2009:

Every show mentioned in this song is a real Hanna Barbera cartoon. Seriously. I can't make this stuff up. But apparently William and Joe did, which is why we were inundated with decades worth of anthropomorphic celebrity rip-off animals, cave people, future people, groovy kids, talking vehicles, freaky super-heroes, and sit-com tie-ins, all walking through buildings and passing the same window over and over again while solving mysteries and playing in rock bands together. So here's an up tempo Oom-"Paw-Paw" of a polka to celebrate the company that created the shows "Capitol Critters", "Fish Police", and the unforgettable "Rick Moranis in Gravedale High". All of which I watched. Regularly. Willingly.

Arrangement by: The Spooky Fisherman's Ghost, who after removing his mask is actually TOM SMITH!!!
Indirect inspiration: ShoEboX from the Worm Quartet which sounds like a Hanna Barbera show but isn't.
Person whose head will likely explode upon hearing this song: TV's Kyle

FAN VIDEO: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrIpBemNocA

lyrics

The Hanna Barbera Polka
An original polka about some of the more obscure and bizarre cartoons made by Hanna Barbera in the 70s and 80s.
Lyrics by the great Luke Ski, arrangement by Tom Smith
© 2009 Luke Sienkowski


Lawrence Welk: And a one, and a two, and a Yabba Dabba Doo!

You kids have heard of Flintstones, Space Ghost and Scooby Doo,
And Yogi Bear, and Jetsons, but have you heard of "Shmoo"?
Well sit right down and I'll tell you young gentlemen and ladies
About cartoons we watched throughout the 70's and 80's.

Help! It's the Hair Bear Bunch! They're making their escape!
Took off with the Banana Splits, along with a Grape Ape! (Grape Ape: Grape Ape!)
Captain Caveman crashed the Herculoid's cave without warning.
It turned our brains to guacamole each Saturday morning.

Hanna! BARBERA!
Hanna! BARBERA!
Every lass and every laddie,
Who's your Augie Doggie Daddy?
Hanna! BARBERA!
Hanna! BARBERA!
It's the Hanna Barbera polka!

Lawrence Welk: Yes! In '57, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera teamed up to create such classic shows as "Frankenstein Jr. And The Impossibles", "The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan", and the ever popular "Partridge Family 2200 A.D."

Hong!... Kong!... Phooey!....

Dastardly and Muttley were both nasty flying aces, (Dastardly: Stop that pidgeon!)
Meanwhile Ms. Pitstop and the Dukes were all in Wacky Races.
"Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch": Hell's Angels just for kids.
Speed Buggy was a witness, when Devlin hit the skids.

Dyno-Mutt's like Scooby Doo if he was bulletproof.
Then there's the Funky Phantom, who was just a ghostly poof.
Where'd their ideas come from? It never took too long.
Before their pencil's Quick Draw, they'd toke their El-kaBONG!

Hanna! BARBERA!
Hanna! BARBERA!
We tried to drown the Smurfs, those dorks,
But they just evolved into Snorks!
Hanna! BARBERA!
Hanna! BARBERA!
It's the Hanna Barbera polka!

(sound effect & onomotopeia solo)
… Zoinks! … Jinkies!
… Boo Boo! … Bam! Bam! Bam bam bam!
… Yakky Doodle! … Squiddly Diddly!
Pixie! … Dixie! … Up and atom, Atom Ant!

Yippie!... Yappie!... Yahooie!...

Need folks to solve a mystery? We're ne'er in short supply,
With one tiny exception being Inch High Private Eye.
Just call the Clue Club, maybe JabberJaw could do the trick, (JabberJaw: Woo woo woo!)
A fish musician, sounds like Curly stealing Rodney's shtick. (JabberJaw: No respect!)

Soon TV shows like Mork and Mindy turned to stranger things,
Like Gary Coleman as an angel trying to earn his wings.
Laverne and Shirley joined the army simply for a lark.
When they made a show with Fonzie, they finally jumped the shark! (Fonz: Aaay!)

Hanna! BARBERA!
Hanna! BARBERA!
Johnny Quest fights villain plotters.
Super Harlem Globetrotters!
Hanna! BARBERA!
Hanna! BARBERA!

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Mr. Jinks: I hate you meeses to pieces!

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Little girl: How much for that Gorilla in the window?

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Capt. Caveman: Captain Caaavemaaan!

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Dastardly: Wake up Muttley, you're dreaming again! (Muttley: *wheezy laugh*)

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Narrator: Meanwhile, at the Hall of Justice…

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Wonder Twins: Wonder Twin powers activate!

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Peter Potamus: Did you get that thing I sent ya?

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Inky, Pinky, Blinky, and Clyde: P-P-P-P-P-PAC-MAN!

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Scrappy Doo: Puppy Power! Everybody else: Shaddap!

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Snagglepuss: Heavens to mergatroid! Will this ever end?

It's the Hanna Barbera-
Snagglepuss: Exit, stage left!

It's the Hanna Barbera-
George Jetson: Jane! Stop this crazy thing!

It's the Hanna Barbera polkaaaaa!
Unga-bunga, Great Gazoo! Hey!

Lawrence Welk: Tank you very much! Tune in next time for the Filmation Tango! Um-ng-nm-nm.

credits

from Be Amused By Me, track released November 24, 2009
Lyrics & vocals by the great Luke Ski
Arrangement by: Tom Smith

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the great Luke Ski Burbank, California

"the great Luke Ski" is The Dr. Demento Show's most requested artist of the 21st Century. His parodies and original songs about pop-culture have made him a favorite performer at fandom conventions all across the country. Founding member of The Funny Music Project, aka 'the FuMP' .com .

Luke Ski is an animation Storyboarder, Writer, & Voice-Over Actor.

The opinions expressed here are mine alone.
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