Family Guy’s Surfin Bird, Bird is a word. Anybody heard?

Family Guy Surfin Bird

Did you know that a bird is a word? Everybody knows this song from Family Guy, which put my brain off for a relly long time, but do we really know the history, lyrics and origin of the song? Let’s have a look together…

 

Did you know that the bird is the word?

the trashmen surfin bird 1964
One of the greatest one-hitters of all time is the delightfully nonsensical racket of Surfin’ Bird by The Trashmen. Surfin’ Bird was a huge hit with the soldiers in Vietnam, testified by its appearance in ‘Nam flick Full Metal Jacket. The track was also a firm fave amongst the punk fraternity, being covered by the Ramones, The Deviants and The Cramps, before being championed by the oddball Pee-Wee Herman.
The lyrics sound like they took minutes to come up with. Well, they took even less time than that as the bulk is lifted from the titles of two different tracks, the first being The Rivingtons’ Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow, and another Rivingtons’ track, The Bird Is The Word from 1963. This should be a karaoke classic as you don’t have much to remember and you don’t really need a decent singing voice… the trademark of a truly great one-hit wonder!

Now you sing along!

Surfing Bird, from “The Trashman”

A-well-a everybody’s heard about the bird
B-b-b-bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, the bird is the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, well the bird is the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, well the bird is the word
A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, well the bird is the word
A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a don’t you know about the bird?
Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word!

A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a…

A-well-a everybody’s heard about the bird
Bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a don’t you know about the bird?
Well, everybody’s talking about the bird!

A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word
A-well-a bird…

Surfin’ bird
Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb… [ruidos de retorcida]… aaah!

Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-
Pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow

Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-oom-oom-oom
Oom-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-a-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Papa-oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Oom-oom-oom-oom-ooma-mow-mow
Ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow
Papa-ooma-mow-mow, ooma-mow-mow
Well don’t you know about the bird?
Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word!
A-well-a bird, bird, b-bird’s the word

Papa-ooma-mow-mow, papa-ooma-mow-mow

Family Guy's Surfin Bird, Bird is a word. Anybody heard?

Thank you for this song Trashmen… ehm Peter 🙂

 
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