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In "The Way It Was", 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, STORIES on August 14, 2015 at 6:19 am

(Editor’s note: Bee / Momma / Grandma mentions this song in her boiled peanuts story, and above is a version featuring Burl Ives and Johnny Cash. Click “play” to listen!

The song dates back at least to the Civil War, according to the Civil War Trust, and if you want to sing along, the lyrics are:

Sitting by the roadside on a summer’s day,
Chatting with my messmates passing time away,
Lying in the shadow underneath the trees,
Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!
Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!

When a horseman passes, the soldiers have a rule,
To cry out at their loudest “Mister, here’s your mule.”
But another pleasure enchantinger than these,
Is wearing out your grinders, eating goober peas!

Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!

Just before the battle, the General hears a row,
He says the Yanks are coming, I hear their rifles now,
He turns around in wonder, and what do you think he sees,
The Georgia militia, eating goober peas!
Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!

I think my song has lasted almost long enough,
The subject’s interesting, but rhymes are mighty rough,

I wish this war was over when free from rags, and fleas,
We’d kiss our wives and sweethearts and gobble goober peas!
Peas! Peas! Peas! Peas! Eating goober peas!
Goodness how delicious, eating goober peas!
)

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  1. Delighted to know the origin of that song and to hear it sung by the best!

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