Inspired by Stu Mills of CBC Ottawa Radio One, who has vowed to air a pumpkin story daily until Halloween, I’ve decided to write and post my own little segment of the Twelve Days of Pumpkin. This is my eighth piece – Peter Pumpkinhead.

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The Fourth Day of Pumpkin – Peter Pumpkinhead!

I am stretching my creative artistic license from the pumpkin patch to the music crypt. I know I mentioned the Smashing Pumpkins in a previous pumpkin post but I came across this old music video from the Crash Test Dummies … one of my favourite bands from the ‘90’s. This song, The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, is one of many great tracks from the album The Best of the Crash Test Dummies but was also featured the soundtrack from the movie Dumb and Dumber, giving this Canadian band from Winnipeg some notoriety outside Canada. I can’t say I actually saw the movie (though I am fairly certain some of my Punkin Chunkin fans have), but I hazard to guess that the scapegoat that was Peter Pumpkinhead did not match the characters of the movie played by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels… but you be the judge:

The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead

Peter Pumpkinhead came to town
Spreading wisdom and cash around
Fed the starving and housed the poor
Showed the Vatican what gold’s for
But he made too many enemies
Of the people who would keep us on our knees

Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who’ll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?

Peter Pumpkinhead brought to shame
Governments who would slur his name
Lusts and sex scandals failed outright
Peter merely said, “Any kind of love is all right”
But he made too many enemies
Of the people who would keep us on our knees

Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who’ll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?

Peter Pumpkinhead was too good
Had him nailed to a chunk of wood
He died grinning on live TV
Hanging there he looked a lot like you, and an awful lot like me!
But he made too many enemies
Of the people who would keep us on our knees

Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who’ll pray for Peter Pumpkinhead?
Hooray for Peter Pumpkin
Who’ll pray for Peter Pumpkin?
Hooray for Peter Pumpkinhead
Oh my, oh my, don’t it make you want to cry, oh…

Despite the song’s title, the song never became mainstream Halloween music (possibly because it’s tragic connection with the movie?).

I lament today that there are not more songs about pumpkins or having ‘pumpkin’ in their title. Can anyone think of any?

So, before I leave you with the fabulous video of the Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, I thought I would also share with you my Top 5 Favourite ‘seasonal’ pumpkin (aka Halloween) songs:

  1. Thriller by Michaek Jackson – am not a huge MJ fan but he got me to the dancefloor more than once with this song!
  2. The Time Warp – from The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack
  3. Pyscho Killer – by the Talking Heads who came up with some of the weirdest songs and wildest lyrics of the ‘80’s!
  4. The Monster Mash– what Halloween repertoire is complete without this Bobby Picket classic?and finally, the song that to this day creeps me out …
  5. Tubular Bells – the Exorcist them song by Mike Oldfield (I still have not watched the whole movie in one sitting!)

Give a look and listen to one of a favourite pumpkin piece of mine that has absolutely nothing to do with Halloween! What are your favourite Pumpkin songs??

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