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Chicken Fat 
By: Robert Preston
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Rank this week: 16 (↑17)
Duration: 6:30 
Release Date: 1961  (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Lyrics By: Meredith Willson (BorisBadenov) 
Music By: Meredith Willson (BorisBadenov) 
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Released By: CF-1000 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Frank Music Corp./Meredith Willson Music (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: ASCAP  #330121989 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Keywords: EXERCISE 
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  • Recorded on the set of The Music Man. (Hatman)
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    CHICKEN FAT "THE YOUTH FITNESS SONG"
    (Meredith Wilson)

    Robert Preston


    "Disk Jockey Version"

    Touch down
    Every morning
    Ten times!
    Not just
    Now and then.
    Give that chicken fat
    Back to the chicken,
    And don't be chicken again.
    No, don't be chicken again.

    Push up
    Every morning
    Ten times.
    Push up
    Starting low.
    Once more on the rise.
    Nuts to the flabby guys!
    Go, you chicken fat, go away!
    Go, you chicken fat, go!

    Left! Left! Left! Left!
    Left a good pound and a quarter.
    Was it right, right that it should be left?
    Yes, I left! Left! Left! Left!
    Left a good pound and a quarter.
    It was right (left), right (left) that it should be left!

    Now, touch your toes with me. Ready!

    Touch down (up)
    Every morning (down)
    Ten times!
    (Three!) Not just (up)
    (Four!) Now and then (up)
    (Five!) Give that (up) chicken fat
    (Six!) Back to the (up) chicken and
    (Seven!) Don't be (up) chicken (Eight!) again
    (up) No, (Nine!) don't be (up) chicken again. (Ten...halt!)

    Hit the dirt! Hit!
    Push ups next,
    Nice and steady.
    Not too fast.
    Ready!

    Push up (down)
    Every morning (up)
    Ten times!
    Push up,
    Starting low.
    (Down! That's five.) Once more (down) on the rise
    (Six!) Nuts to the (down) flabby guys.
    (Seven!) Go, you (down) chicken fat, (Everybody sing!) go away.
    Go, you chicken fat, go!


    *****


    "School Version"

    Touch down
    Every morning
    Ten times!
    Not just
    Now and then.
    Give that chicken fat
    Back to the chicken,
    And don't be chicken again.
    No, don't be chicken again.

    Push up
    Every morning
    Ten times.
    Push up
    Starting low.
    Once more on the rise.
    Nuts to the flabby guys!
    Go, you chicken fat, go away!
    Go, you chicken fat, go!

    Good morning!
    Hands on hips, place!
    Now then, touch your toes with me. Ready!

    Touch down (up)
    Every morning (down)
    Ten times!
    (Up) Not just (d-) [he mistakenly starts to say "down" here]
    (Four!) Now and then (up)
    (Five!) Give that (up) chicken fat
    (Six!) Back to the (up) chicken and
    (Seven!) Don't be (up) chicken (Eight!) again
    (up) No, (Nine!) don't be (up) chicken again. (Ten...halt!)

    Hit the dirt! Hit!
    Push ups next,
    Nice and steady.
    Not too fast.
    Ready!

    Push up (down)
    Every morning (up)
    Ten times!
    Push up,
    Starting low.
    (Down! That's five.) Once more (down) on the rise
    (Six!) Nuts to the (down) flabby guys.
    Go, you chicken fat, go away (down).
    (Nine) Go, you (down) chicken fat, go!
    Ten, and halt!

    Now, struggle up to your feet!
    Strug...(Struggle!)
    March in place, march!

    Left! Left! Left! Left!
    Left a good pound and a quarter.
    Was it right, right that it should be left?
    Yes, I left! Left! Left! Left!
    Left a good pound and a quarter.
    It was right (left), right (left) that it should be left!

    And halt! One, two.
    Next, sittups.
    Everybody's favorite, so on your back, drop.
    All right girls, you're in this too.
    Arms over head, flop!
    C'mon girls, now!
    Sit up!

    Sit up (down)
    Every morning (up)
    Ten times
    Sit up (down)
    (Up) On your seat. (down)
    (Five) Swing that rusty gate.
    (Six) Don't drop the tempo, mate.
    (Seven) Can't win draggin' your feet.
    (Eight) No, (nine) can't win draggin' your feet.
    Ten, and halt!

    Now on your feet, up!
    Everybody, hands on hips, place.
    Twist your trunk to the left, ready!

    Twist left, front,
    Now the right side,
    Ten times!
    Twist left, front
    (Right) Grunting low (front)
    Grunt!
    (Ungh!) Louder!
    (Ungh!) Front, now!
    Left and front and everybody sing!
    Go, you chicken fat, go!

    And, halt.
    Fingers back of your neck, lace.
    Right foot forward, place.
    The pogo spring, landing on alternate feet.
    Ready!

    Spring left,
    Spring right,
    Higher!
    Higher!
    Up, down,
    Up, down,
    Higher!
    Higher!
    Wait, not too high!
    Up, down,
    Up, down,
    Up, down,
    Halt!

    Drop your hands to the side, feet together, place.
    Overhead, clap, and jump to stride.
    Known as the jumping jack far and wide.
    All right, are you ready? Ready!

    Jump, two! Clap, Two!
    Clap, two! Clap, slap!
    Clap, slap! Clap, slap!
    Jump, two! Jump, two!
    Jump, it's good for you.
    Three more is all we do.
    Jump, two!
    And...halt and sing!
    Go, you chicken fat, go!

    March in place,
    March! Left! Left! Left!
    Left a good pound and a quarter.
    Was it right, right that it should be left?
    Oh, I left! Left! Left! Left!
    Left a good pound and a quarter.
    It was right (left), right (left) and halt.
    One, two.

    Palms up, arms to the side, raise!
    Next we're gonna do backwards circles,
    Ready? Ready!

    Circle round, round, round,
    Back and around, back and around.
    Back and around, back and around.
    And back and around, and reverse.
    And around, Front and around.
    Front and around, front and around.
    Front and around, and halt.

    Arms to the side, place.
    On your back, drop.
    And now, raise your legs in the air, raise!
    It's the bicycle ride!

    And, pump, pump, pump, pump,
    Pump, pump, pump, pump,
    Pump, pump, pump, pump,
    Pump, pump, and...
    Halt.
    On your feet, up
    Quickly, quickly, next
    Inhale, arms sweep up inward,
    Exhale, arms out and down.
    (Inhale, arms sweep up inward,
    Exhale, outward, down.)
    Ready!

    Inhale, slow
    Every morning
    Exhale, clear down.
    Inhale, take the air!
    Down and around and inhale.
    Grab that oxygen,
    Exhale and try again!
    You're not getting your share.
    (Clear down) No, (inhale) you're not getting your share!
    On the down, halt!

    The tortoise and the hare next.
    First the tortoise.
    Bend the elbow, and run in place.
    Ready? Ready!

    Running, (two)
    (Run)
    Like a tortoise,
    (Okay)
    Too far, and too slow.
    Now double up, ready!
    (Running)
    Run two three four,
    (Like a hare)
    Run two three four,
    (Now you are)
    Run two three four,
    (Getting there)
    Run two three four,
    Go you
    (Run two three four)
    Chicken fat,
    (Run two three four)
    (Go away!)
    Everybody sing!
    Go, you chicken fat, go!
    Go!
    Go!
    Dismissed!


    *****


    (Contributed by staxwax - May 2005)



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    Messages about the song: "Chicken Fat"

     

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    peterpuck9   (Online)  -  Participant  -  01-24-10 02:19 AM  -  57 months ago
    Ok, thanks.

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    Stavro Arrgolus   (Online)  -  Editor, MP3  -  01-24-10 02:11 AM  -  57 months ago
    In which the longer version is credited if the lyrics aren't different.

    So it is written, so it shall be. Et cetera, et cetera...
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    peterpuck9   (Online)  -  Participant  -  01-24-10 02:05 AM  -  57 months ago
    Sorry, I just noticed the lyrics are for two versions. The shorter (DJ) version is listed first and the longer (School) version is after it.

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    Stavro Arrgolus   (Online)  -  Editor, MP3  -  01-24-10 02:04 AM  -  57 months ago
    Both versions got added to the lyric box. Could be better to have the longer duration listed.

    Fixed.
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    peterpuck9   (Online)  -  Participant  -  01-24-10 01:58 AM  -  57 months ago
    The lyrics listed can't be from the 2:11 version of the song. They would seem to be from a longer version. (Just sayin')
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    snoopg   (Offline)  -  Member  -  07-29-09 04:28 PM  -  63 months ago
    If you email me I can send you a copy also if you have LIMEWIRE you can downloaded it for free. Im so happy I found this piece.n I never had the record but I did a lot lot of jumpping jacks and sit ups to it and Im fit as a board at age 47 witwo grown children

    esl teacher:
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    I remember this song from gym class when I was in elementary school in the early 60's. My teacher was my dad, Mr. Blair, from York, PA. This week I heard it on the radio and called him - he remembered the title, but could not remember the tune or the words. I could not have sung it to him because he is so deaf he could not have heard me. It was a great song. I may use it with my students if I can figure out how to get it onto a CD!

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    snoopg   (Offline)  -  Member  -  07-29-09 04:26 PM  -  63 months ago
    Blue Maiden are you from the Carolina's I was born in the 60's and now 47. I moved over seas in early 80 and returned to the states in late 88. My niece who is now 19 said that a teacher at my old highschool also did the same since I too am always talking about this song to some one. This song believe it or not was my best memories of elementary school. I still remember the teachers name Mr. Bernie Capps and the school was D.J. Johnson Elementary, Rocky Mount NC Thanks Mr, Capps I'll never forget you.

    Blue Rose Maiden:
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    I once had a junior high school gym teacher who actually taught class with this song.

    ***EMBARRASSING.***
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    snoopg   (Offline)  -  Member  -  07-29-09 04:26 PM  -  63 months ago
    I hear ya

    Tim P. Ryan:
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    Embarrassing if that was in 1982 or 1992. In 1962, it was intended to be used in schools. Back then, too many schools did not have gym classes, particularly in elementary schools.

    -Tim
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    snoopg   (Offline)  -  Member  -  07-29-09 04:25 PM  -  63 months ago
    Blue Maiden are you from the Carolina's I was born in the 60's and now 47. I moved over seas in early 80 and returned to the states in late 88. My niece who is now 19 said that a teacher at my old highschool also did the same since I too am always talking about this song to some one. This song believe it or not was my best memories of elementary school. I still remember the teachers name Mr. Bernie Capps and the school was D.J. Johnson Elementary, Rocky Mount NC Thanks Mr, Capps I'll never forget you.
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    cub19   (Offline)  -  Member  -  05-26-09 05:27 PM  -  65 months ago
    i remember this one twice per week for 6 years in PE class when i was elementary school...we had PE in the auditorium,as we had no gym...being a kid in the 60s sucked!










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    ImaPCA   (Offline)  -  Member  -  04-14-09 11:15 PM  -  67 months ago
    I just downloaded all 6 minutes and 30 seconds of the song from WFMU - 365 Days Project (2003)...www.wfmu.org/365/2003/276.shtml -I plan to use it for exercises for wheelchair exercises ( and memory recall). If you are still interested in obtaining it you will find it there. I listened to it first on RealPlayer (downloaded), then recorded it to my puter, and burned it on a CD. Good luck

    kaiya514:
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    Does anyone know how to get a download of this song? I can get a clip, but not the whole song. Thanks.
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    Stavro Arrgolus   (Online)  -  Editor, MP3  -  05-28-08 10:35 AM  -  77 months ago
    This site no longer podcasts. You can hear the whole song if you want. Read the 'listening to shows' section of this: www.themadmusicarchive.com/tmmahelp.aspx
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    kaiya514   (Offline)  -  Member  -  05-28-08 08:54 AM  -  77 months ago
    Does anyone know how to get a download of this song? I can get a clip, but not the whole song. Thanks.
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    esl teacher   (Offline)  -  Member  -  10-06-07 08:58 PM  -  85 months ago
    I remember this song from gym class when I was in elementary school in the early 60's. My teacher was my dad, Mr. Blair, from York, PA. This week I heard it on the radio and called him - he remembered the title, but could not remember the tune or the words. I could not have sung it to him because he is so deaf he could not have heard me. It was a great song. I may use it with my students if I can figure out how to get it onto a CD!

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    Teacher4Dspoiled   (Offline)  -  Member  -  09-14-07 11:34 PM  -  86 months ago
    I remember doing the Chicken Fat every morning during summer camp back in the mid-70's. That song stuck in my head through 3 decades! 3 years ago my brother sent me a copy of the song after stumbling upon it himself.

    I now have my 2nd graders do it with me every morning and they LOVE it! It's a great way to start the day, but I often hear them sing certain verses of it to themselves at odd times. There's nothing like having a student burst out into, "Running, like a tortoise ..." in the middle of a lesson :-)
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    Tim P. Ryan   (Offline)  -  Participant, MP3  -  07-25-07 08:57 AM  -  88 months ago
    Yes, Robert Preston and Merideth Wilson was on a peak of popularity due to the recent Music Man movie musical. Both The Beatles and Anita Bryant (amoung others) covered 'Till There Was You from that movie.

    --- BorisBadenov
    It sounds like something out of The Music Man, if you ask me.
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    Stavro Arrgolus   (Online)  -  Editor, MP3  -  07-25-07 06:19 AM  -  88 months ago
    Thanks for noticing these things....fixed!
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    BorisBadenov   (Offline)  -  Donator  -  07-24-07 10:59 PM  -  88 months ago
    I remember this song from elementary school. Somehow it fit my gym teacher, Mr. Davis', personality to a T.

    By the way the date above is wrong. It was released in 1961. President Kennedy had this thing about fitness in schools and solicited Willson and Preston to do the song. It sounds like something out of The Music Man, if you ask me.
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    Loop   (Offline)  -  Member  -  06-05-07 12:45 AM  -  89 months ago
    the kitchen manager where I work used to sing part of the song all the time, because when he was a kid his mom had the record and listned to it and actually did the workout, she long ago lost the record and I stumbled across the song online and made a CD of it for her and he said she was happier than a clam who was burried in the sand where noone was diggin for it.
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    Tim P. Ryan   (Offline)  -  Participant, MP3  -  02-11-07 09:53 AM  -  93 months ago
    Embarrassing if that was in 1982 or 1992. In 1962, it was intended to be used in schools. Back then, too many schools did not have gym classes, particularly in elementary schools.

    -Tim
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    Blue Rose Maiden   (Offline)  -  Member  -  01-27-07 07:20 AM  -  93 months ago
    I once had a junior high school gym teacher who actually taught class with this song.

    ***EMBARRASSING.***

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