Don't look Ethel!

Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 by Travis Cody in


Jamie over at Duward Discussion put me in mind of the great Ray Stevens.

I won't re-post Ahab the Arab (1962) because Jamie already posted it. Plus, the videos on youtube don't actually have the full version of the song...the last verse is usually cut.

Now while Mr Stevens was a terrific writer of wacky songs like The Streak (1974) and The Mississippi Squirrel Revival (1974). Sorry Matt...

...we should remember that he also penned a wonderful little idealistic ditty called Everything Is Beautiful (1970).

Here's an idea...I'll be who I am, and y'all be who y'all are, and together we'll be tolerant and respectful and rejoice in the things we share in common and the differences that make us unique.

Yeah, I'm an idealist too sometimes.


  1. Jeni says:

    Why don't you come along with some of the rest of us here in the blogosphere then Trav - sign up for the "Everyday Kindness." Sounds to me like you are already doing that so it wouldn't be like you'd have to learn a whole new theory then.
    (BTW - love the Ray Stevens stuff!)

  1. Matt-Man says:

    I hate Squirrel Revivals. Cheer sTravis!!

  1. the108 says:

    I love it... wanna hug it out?

  1. Thanks...that just made me smile!

    I remember him from my childhood! His songs still crack me up!

  1. I always liked this song. Hilarious.

  1. Amen to differences, Travis. Life would be ridiculous if we were all like Matt. *grin*

  1. COCO says:

    Please visit Coco's blog, and spread the word if you can. Thank you. - Mac

  1. I haven't heard that song in ages. At least Ethel was having a good time. Bwahahahaha. Have a great day Travis. :)

  1. Pauline says:

    Don't look Ethel! OMG that brings back some memories! Thanks for the reminder, Travis.

  1. lisa says:

    reminds me of my mom, she loves this song! I am an idealist too Trav.

  1. Linda says:

    I have always enjoyed Ray's songs and gotten a good laugh out of them. I believe that 'Gi-tarzan' was one of my all-time favorites!

  1. Jamie says:

    Travis you always make me smile. Thank you for that salvation producing squirrel.

  1. Jeff B says:

    I remember listening to some of his songs on the radio as a kid. Talk about a blast from the past.

  1. Dana says:

    BUWAHAHAHAHA! I love Ray!

  1. Roger says:

    Hahahaha thanks I needed a good laugh!!

  1. He was kind of the Weird Al of my generation, although he didn't use existing singers to spoof. Good stuff...

  1. Bond says:

    Always enjoyed Ray's songs...

    the funny ones and the serious ones...

    Thanks for a trip down memory lane

  1. "Don't look Ethel...but it was too late." *ROFL!* Thanks for the belly laugh today. Cheers to the good advice at the end of your post there, too! Rock on, Trav.

    (BTW, my friend has a one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater stuffed animal. How cool is THAT?)

  1. Mags says:

    Wow...not THERE'S an idea. :)

  1. Travis says:

    Jeni: I'll look into it.

    Matt: Yeah I know.

    Kyra: Sounds like a plan.

    RLL: Pleased to be of service.

    Charles: He's wacky.

    Songbird: Yikes!

    Mac: Done.

    Sandee: She was a shameless hussy! LOL!

    Pauline: Doesn't it though?

    Lisa: It's fun!

  1. Travis says:

    Linda: I looked for a video clip of Gitarzan but couldn't find a good one.

    Jamie: **bows, tips hat**

    Jeff: Hilarity would always ensue between me and my sister when we heard these songs.

    Dana: He rocks!

    Roger: Glad I could provide one.

    Gracie: He's so creative.

    V: You are welcome Sir.

    Lana: She'd already been mooned! Oh the people it!

    Mags: Think it'll catch on?

  1. Julie says:

    I always knew you were the smart one!

    **hugs hoping to get some big ole brains through osmosis**

  1. Hah, I've always loved Ray Stevens! Back in high school we always did our cheesy version of "high school musical" (not nearly to the popularity of Disney's version, let me tell you), and one year some guys acted out Ahab the Arab. It was hysterical.

  1. JohnH985 says:

    I'm a fan of Mr. Stevens myself, but one of his more recent songs "The New Battle of New Orleans" is a little too right wing and comes fairly close to being racist...

    It's hard to believe that such a song could come from the man that wrote "Everything is Beautiful." We should all respect each other and our differences like you said.

  1. Idealists are the reason we as a species have lasted this long ;)

  1. Travis says:

    Julie: Who me?

    Joely: It definitely makes me smile.

    John: Really? I haven't heard that one, which isn't surprising because I don't listen to a lot of new music.

    Starrlight: Although I can be a realist when necessary, idealism is the fuel for most effective progress. Not just change for the sake of change, but true progress and enlightenment.

  1. JAM says:

    I always loved his version of the old song "Misty."