We sang that many times in my childhood. And adulthood. And yesterday.
When I was a child, I didn’t know we were poor. I just thought we liked beans.
For us it was; “Beans, Beans the musical fruit, the more you have the more you toot; the more you toot the better you feel, now aren’t you glad you eat beans every meal?”
I still eat beans regularly. Love them. Baked, pork &, fried, re-fried, great northern, kidney, navy, lima, garbanzo, pinto; with ham or bacon or ham hock or fat back or salt pork or fresh side and my favorite, with ham bone and diced bacon and lots of onion. Dry, canned, fresh, dried, no matter. Love ‘em.
My brother and sister preferred pork & beans. When I had to cook as a young teenager, to satisfy them and me, I’d take a large can of pork & beans, chop up a few hot dogs, some bacon & onion and put it all in a deep pan to “fry”. I’d stir and cook it until it thickened up and we’d feast. My siblings put ketchup on theirs and I used Tabasco and a little yellow mustard. We’d put the mix in tortillas, fold them and eat it like handheld burritos, or eat it with forks from the plate and use sourdough toast to wipe the pan and plates clean of the least morsel. Believe it or not, when you’re hungry, fish sticks goes well with fried pork & beans if you don’t have enough of either to do the job alone. Then we’d sit until mom or dad got home and have “farting” contests which were invariably won by my younger brother.
It looks like the last line seems to vary a bit. For me, the little ditty ended with “So eat your beans with every meal!” I wonder if it’s a regional or generational thing.
My version was, “Beans, Beans, good for your heart, The more you eat, the more you fart. The more you fart, the better you feel, So eat your beans with every meal!”
@Joyce, me too. :)
@War_Pig, I likes em just with ketchup. Or sometimes with maybe some green pepper pieces cooked in over bread with ketchup. :)
Yes, I recall that I used to know another variation, but it escapes me at the moment. Wiki has a few versions.
Beans, cheese, mutton and corn bannock. Plenty of beef when we got the milk cow. Ate better than most, found out later we were supposedly poor. Yum, beans are on for dinner tonight!
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