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Songs with a cooking theme


I am experimenting with a redesign of my presentation skills workshop and have re-written it around the metaphor of 'preparing and delivering a presentation is like preparing and serving a meal'.

I was thinking that in addition to using some chef related props in the room I could use related music through the day and wondered if the creative juices of TZ had any suggesstions of songs I could use related to cooking/eating/food and my mind has gone blank and all I could think of was 'Food glorious food' from Oliver!

I am always amazed by how many ideas this community generates on subjects like this.

Thanks in anticipation of your gems...


7 Responses

  1. Starters

    Spam Song  – Monty Python

    Brown Sugar – Stones

    Macarthur Park – ?

    Strawberry Fields – Beatles

    Toast – ?

    It’s been a slow afternoon!!



  2. a few more

    Boiled Beef and Carrots~Peter Sellers



    Springfield Soul Stew~Marge Simpson (on Simpsons Sing the Blues) "sorry- I have strange tastes)


    Bangers and Mash~Radio head

    (there is also a Peter Sellers(?) one called Bangers and Mash and Macaroni)


    Rabbit~Chas and Dave


    Life is a Minestroni~10cc


    Our Italian Restaurant~Billie Joel


    Amore~ I can’t remember who sang it but is starts with the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie (they don’t write sensible lyrics like that anymore)


    American Pie~Don MacLean


    Toast~Ian Dury

     or even the Vindaloo song!

    to suggest a few

    (and before someone else puts the caveat on do ensure that you check with the PRS about copywrite and performance)

  3. Think the Muppets and Sesame Street

    The Muppet show had the Swedish Chef song and there are several Sesame Street songs regarding meals, cooking, food, ect. 

  4. If I knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake

    My Gran always sings an oldie called ‘If I knew You Were Coming I’d Have Baked a Cake’, which I belive was sung by Gracie Fields.  I’m not sure of all the words (my Gran only remembers the chorus!) but I think this could fit in quite nicely with your theme?

    Happy ‘cooking’!


  5. I’m not really that competitive – but is there a prize?

    Alice’s Restaurant-Arlo Guthrie
    All that meat & no potatoes-Fats Waller 
    Animal crackers- Shirley Temple
    Animal Crackers-Melanie
    Attack Of THe Killer Tomatoes-Lewis Lee 
    Banana Boat Song-Harry Belafonte
    Bananas & Cream-Kinky Friedman
    Bangers And Mash – Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren 
    Big Rock Candy Mountain -Harry McClintock /Burl Ives
    Black Coffee-Peggy Lee/kd Lang
    Bread & butter-The Newbeats
    Breakfast In America – Supertramp
    Breakfast In Bed-Lorna Bennett
    Brown Sugar- The Rolling Stones
    Cheese & onions-The Rutles
    Chicken Soup with Rice-Carole King
    Chocolate Jesus-Tom Waits 
    Chocolate Salty Balls-Chef (South Park)
    Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk-Rufus Wainwright
    Cold Budweiser and A Sweet Tater – Joe Diffy
    Cole Slaw – Frank Culley
    Cookin’-Pete Townsend
    Country Pie-Bob Dylan 
    Deli Song – Dean Friedman
    Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor…?-Lonnie Donegan
    Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree-
    Eat the music-Kate Bush
    Eat To The Beat – Blondie
    Eeat at home Paul & Linda McCartney
    Everyone eats at my house-Cab Calloway
    Feed the Birds-(Mary Poppins)
    Feeding A Hungry Heart-K TOslin
    Food – The Turtles 
    Food Glorious Food (Oliver!)
    Frankfurter Sandwiches – Joanne & The Streamliners
    Gettin’ Hungry-Beach Boys
    Girls Just Want To Have Lunch” – Weird Al Yankovic
    Good Gravy Rag-Richard Zimmerman
    Green Apple-PuffyAmiYumi
    Green eggs & ham-Moxy Fruvous/Dr.Suess
    green OnionsBooker T & the MG’s
    Guava Jelly-Bob Marley
    Ham ‘n’ Eggs- Lonnie Donegan
    Hamburger Hell-Todd Rundgren
    Harvest Festival-XTC 
    Home Cookin’-Jr. Walker
    Honey Pie-The Beatles
    Hot Pork Sandwiches-Tanita Tikaram
    Hot PotatoES The Kinks
    Hot Sauce-Thomas Dolby
    Hot Tamale Baby-Clifton Chenier 
    Hungry Man Blues-Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-Chas
    I Hate To Eat Alone-10cc
    i’d have baked a cakeEileen Barton
    If i knew you were coming,
    I’m Hungry-Sugarcubes
    I’ve Got A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts-Freddy Martin
    JambalyaHank Williams 
    Java jive The Inkspots
    Jellied Eels – Joe Brown
    Lady Marmalade
    Lemon Tree-Peter, Paul & Mary
    Let’s have another cup of coffee-Fred Waring
    Life is A Minestrone-10 cc
    Life Is Just A Bowl of CherriesRudy Valee/Hutch/others
    Little Green Apples-O.C.Smith
    Lollipop Train-Pussycat Balance
    Mac Arthur Park-Ruchard Harris/Donna Summer
    Mangos-Rosemary Clooney
    Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffet
    Mashed Potato, USA” James Brown
    Memphis soul stewKing Curtis
    Milkcow Blues-Elvis Presley
    My Boy Lollipop-Millie Small
    Nighthawks at the Diner-Tom Waits
    On Top Of Spaghetti-Tom Glazer
    One meat Ball-Ry Cooder/Yves Montand
    Onions – John Lee Hooker
    Oreo Cookie Blues- Lonnie Mack
    Peanuts-Dizzy Gillespie
    Pickin’ A Chicken – Eve Boswell
    Pulling mussles from a shell -Squeeze
    Purple People Eater – Sheb Woolley
    Scenes From An Italian Restaurant-Billy Joel
    Shortnin’ Bread – Fats Waller/The Fendermen/The Cramps
    Sing for Your Supper-Mamas & Papas
    Smokey Joe’s Cafe-The Robins
    Someone’s Pinched My Winkles – Rolf Harris
    Soul Food- Lynn Tait & The Jets
    Spam-Monty Python
    Sugar And Spice – The Searchers/Cryan Shames
    Sugar Dumpling-Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    Sugar Magnolia-Grateful Dead 
    Sugar-The Archies
    Supper Time-Irving Berlin
    Supper’s Ready – Genesis
    Sweet Potato Pie-James Taylor
    sweets for my sweet-The Drifters 
    Tavern On The Green-Chic
    Tea For Two- Fats Waller/Fred Waring
    That’s amore-Dean Martin
    The candy man-Sammy Davis Jr.
    The Chocolate Soldier – Oscar Straus
    The Coffee Song’-Frank Sinatra
    The Lemon Song -Led Zeppelin
    The peanut vendor – Desi Arnaz
    Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs”- Kelsey Grammar
    TV Dinners-ZZ Top
    Watermelon Man-Mongo Santamaria
    When You Come To The End Of A Lollipop – Max Bygraves
    Wild Honey – The Beach Boys
    Worst pies in london-Angela Lansbury 
    Yes, We Have No Bananas-Ben Selvin/Spike Jones
    You’re the Cream In My Coffee-Ruth Edding
  6. Wow – Thank you

    Thanks for your ideas everyone

    with all the suggestions – I don’t think we’ll have even time to do the training!


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