Have lots of ideas now of where NOT to build my house

Visited L**** last weekend and had an illuminating sing-along session with GH's 5-yr-old nephew. He learned "The Wise Man Built His House upon the Rock" in Primary and sang it for us. We didn't film him singing it (tragic) but here's a different cute Internet kid giving it his all. (I couldn't get the computer to just embed the flipping link. Will be pouring Tang inside said computer later while laughing maniacally.)

Anyway, so the sweet nephew is singing and does the verse about the Wise Man and his house and how it stood still, and then the verse about the Foolish Man and how his washed away, as it will do. He has a speech impediment that makes the song extra cute, so just imagine a kid singing & talking with a cold and you'll be close.

What we didn't know is that there are apparently other characters in the song too. There was Chopper Man, who built his house in the forest. His house stayed safe. But Builder Man, he built his house in the road. Because, as we were told, he listened to Satan (Say-ted). And during the song his house got run over by a truck. Which, come to think of it, is what would happen to one who heeded Satan's enticements and built his house on a freeway. There was another guy who built his house on the sidewalk, and another one who built in the jungle. We are told that he can keep going indefinitely, creating characters whose homes are about to come to a messy end.

Here are a few I would like to suggest to him, I think:

Octo Man, who built his house in the sea.

Fire Man, who built his house on a volcano.

Duck Man, who built his house in a pond.

Turtle Man, who already HAS a house attached to his back, Suckahs!

Utah Man, who built a house that was too big for his income and the bank came and took it.

White Trash Man, who did not so much build a house but instead moved into my apartment complex and started having outdoor fights with his wife and yelling at his children while somehow magically sending all his cigarette smoke into my apartment.

Oooooh, the rains came down and the floo-oods came up . . .


AmandaStretch said... [reply]

I was in the RS nursery one night as a YW and was dealing with a rather cranky baby. I probably sang about 27 verses of "Old MacDonald". Do you know what an octopus says or that they even existed on his farm? I do.

Janssen said... [reply]

Oh man, LOVE the Utah version.

Anonymous said... [reply]

That's incredible! I wish I was a kid again. Not even just for the imagination but for the ability to say what I want and (mostly) get away with it or to have people think it's cute to be insulted by me. That's the life I'd like to live again!

Seriously though, I can't wait til my 2 year old is a little more apt to singing and making things up. Blogs will happen then my friend.

AmyJane said... [reply]

I think Utah Man is possibly just American Man. Nevada's doing their part to help lead the foreclosure revolution. Sad but true.

Ooh! Word Verification: SPORK

heidikins said... [reply]

Bwaaahaaahaaa!!! That is awesome.


Valli said... [reply]

Greedy Man who built his house on a ponzi scheme.
Drug Dealer Man who built his buisness behind our house and traffics through the widow ladies yard next door.

And Ooohh, yes, the rains came.

Science Teacher Mommy said... [reply]

Itsy Bitsy Spider and Follow the Prophet have loads of sealed-portion verses too.

Pedophile man built his house in my neighborhood in Texas. Or was he drug dealer man? Either way, there was a very nasty pit bull over there. Remember that New Era ad with the cockroach in the ice cream sundae? That was MY neighborhood. Very lovely except for THAT ONE FAMILY.

And TANG in computer???? Way to use that food storage, Nem!

emandtrev said... [reply]

I especially love White Trash Man. There always has to be one of those. Smoking, non pet picker-uppers, outside fighting...so great. Ugh.

Nookleerman said... [reply]

I think Octo Man would have to live in California with his wife and build his house out of welfare checks.

Audra said... [reply]

I have a creapy divorced pedofile AND drug-dealer man in my neighborhood too!

The creapy man's wife left for showing his kids porn... and kids were told to Stay Away!

The drug lords came in and shot the house up... and then crack got con-fi-sca-ted!

LOVED the Utah man!!!
And that kid is quite clever! I wish I could hear all his versions!

april said... [reply]

like your additions. i just have to share that in our ward we sing a version like john brown's baby. we sing the regular verses [of the wise man/foolish man] first, then we go through the song again except this time we don't sing the word(s) whenever we are doing a hand actions. it's pretty fun and the kids love it.

Andrea said... [reply]

Haha, I love it. And Utah man = so true.

Giggles said... [reply]

If we can't be young again, at least we can look forward to being old. I'm so excited to be old some day and be able to say whatever I want, wear clothes that don't match, and shake my cane at people. We'll have some verses to that song then I tell you.

megs said... [reply]

Haha, I will keep all of these in mind when FI and I decide to build a house... which is def. not in the near future :) :)

marlamuppets said... [reply]

classic post.
just classic!!!!

Marci said... [reply]

Love the new ideas!! I'll have to pass them on...
Don't make him grow up to fast...he isn't 5 until October!!! They grow up way to fast.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Woops. Yes, he's 4. Not 5.

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