Sitting Down To Eat

by UndergroundLibrarian@evpl on Friday, June 12 2009, 1:23pm. Viewed 1,342 times.

sitting down to eat


Author Bill Harley calls this a "zipper" song. He defines a zipper song as one where each verse is the same except for one word being changed. He gives as an example Pete Seeger's If I Had a Hammer.  In Sitting Down to Eat, the singer relates the story of being all set to eat when an animal appears and askes to join him.  "If you've got  enough for one, then you've got enough for two,"  the animal reasons, and that always makes sense to the singer.  This continues until there are nine animals (well, 8 animals and the singer) sitting down to eat, including a crocodile and even a whale.  But when the tiny caterpillar asks to join them, it's just too much.  

This would be a good story to tell with the audience joining in -- they'll be able to remember the refrain easily.

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kiya@evpl wrote
on Saturday, June 13 2009, 12:01pm

You can hear Bill Harley singing this song on his cd “Play It Again,” available at the library.

You can also hear it at his website ( )

If you ever get a chance to hear Bill Harley in person, don’t hesitate. He puts on a wonderful show.

on Monday, June 15 2009, 11:23am

I agree.  Long ago he came to Shanklin Theater at the University of Evansville.  I enjoyed him immensely, and so did all the kids.