Salubrious Saturday: “Washington At Valley Forge,” Jim Kweskin and The Jug Band


Happy Washington’s Birthday!  …Or is it Merry Washington’s Birthday?  I can never remember.  Anyway.  Here are some interesting trivia facts about our first President, according to our friends at The Internet.

  • George Washington was 6’3″ tall, 200 pounds, and wore size 13 boots.  (No word on what size boat shoes he wore.  That’s pretty shoddy research, Internet.)
  • George Washington lent his name to 121 post offices, 33 counties, nine colleges, and seven mountains.
  • George Washington’s favorite foods included string beans with mushrooms, cream of peanut soup, and mashed sweet potatoes with coconut.  That can’t possibly be right, but…OK, Internet, I guess.
  • George Washington liked to breed hound dogs.  One of those dogs he named Sweet Lips.  …Dude.  Internet.  Seriously I think you’re just making this up now.
  • George Washington often was incapable of saying anything other than, “voh-doh-dee-oh-doh.”  …Dammit, Jim!

I think I first heard this song when I was four.  Seventeen years later, I majored in international relations.  Coincidence?  Well, yeah – what are you, into voodoo? – but I just thought I’d mention it.  I’d also like to mention that the weather in Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital, is practically spring-like, so if you need me, I’ll be frolicking on the Mall, much like Washington himself used to do.  …According to the Internet.

PS: My excellent friend Ryan White over at The Wheelhouse Review has begun a haiku series celebrating our presidents.  I highly recommend you check it out.  Oh, and you can feel really awesome about yourself since you can say, “yeah – that ‘friend’ he references on the blog, the one who gave him that idea?  Yeah, I totally know her.'”  


2 thoughts on “Salubrious Saturday: “Washington At Valley Forge,” Jim Kweskin and The Jug Band

  1. cbaxter

    Good to see that this important episode in Washington’s musical life has not been overlooked. FYI for the benefit of future scholars, here are the lyrics:

    Washington at Valley Forge;
    Things looked dark, but up spoke George.
    He said “voh-doh-dee-oh, voh-doh-dee-oh; doh.”

    On his ukelele, daily, he would strum beddle-um-dum, dancin’, prancin’. Then he’d holler “Red Hot Mama!”

    Washington at Valley Forge;
    Things looked dark, when up spoke George and sang
    “Voh-doh-dee-oh; voh; voh-doh,dee,oh; doh.”

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