Alligator pie, alligator pie,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna die.
Give away the green grass, give away the sky,
But don't give away my alligator pie.
Alligator stew, alligator stew,
If I don't get some I don't know what I'll do.
Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe,
But don't give away my alligator stew.
Alligator soup, alligator soup,
If I don't get some I think I'm gonna droop.
Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop,
But don't give away my alligator soup.
Though he'd previously been a "serious", "adult" poet with works such as Civil Elegies
, after the birth of his children (this volume is so dedicated, for Kevin and Hilary
) Canadian poet Dennis Lee
began composing silly and nonsense verse to entertain them. The poem Alligator Pie is merely one poem in the same-named 1974 collection, illustrated lavishly by Frank Newfeld
and winning the Book of the Year for Children award
from the Association of Children's Librarians
. Ken Setterington (Children and Youth Advocate for Library Services, Toronto Public Library - a more distinguished commentator I cannot conceive of
) claims that Alligator Pie was the work that "got Canadians interested in Canadian children's books," clearing the path for such successes as Mordecai Richler
's Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
and Robert Munsch
's The Paper Bag Princess
, among others.
This essential (and très Canadian) volume of goofy verse includes the following poems:
"Alligator Pie" is apparently also the name of a shooter submitted to some drinks database by a big nobody by the name of Eileen Kennelly, inspired no doubt by the various and sundry reptilian concoctions in the poem:
1/4 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream
1/4 oz. Melon Liqueur
1/4 oz. Banana Liqueur
Shake over ice and strain into a shot glass.
Back to the Everything Bartender
Alligator Pie seems also to be the name of an obscure new Canadian quasi-swing band (see the lingering effects of children's literature on popular culture!) which recently released an album entitled Swing Hard, Speak Easy. Nothing more on them is known.