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Hilly Kristal: Mad Mordechai

Mad Mordechai is Hilly Kristal’s only ever CD, containing a long 1991 version of his classic Mud . The little wiggly pig dances on…

Download a bundle of six long excerpts (12Mb): mp3 | AAC/m4a

Recorded and mixed at the Stereo Society

Acoustic guitar and voice: Hilly Kristal
Electric guitar: Rick Shaffer
Backing vocals: Tish and Snooky
Basic instruments: Mike Thorne

An Unauthorized Liner Note
Hilly Kristal is a traditional kind of character, and his record deserves a traditional sleeve note.  Most people know him only as the owner of CBGB, the rock and roll club on the Bowery in New York City, now possibly the most famous in the world.

For over 30 years it has been a focus for the city’s pop music invention. 

Fewer people know that he sang on the stage of Radio City (read on)


A Muddy History – read about the making of Mud


Scroll to the individual tracks for lyrics, details and streaming audio excerpts.

Mud

Lyrics

It was the day of the year when down on the farm
All the little animals were gathered round
In the barnyard having a shindig
Having a ball

Four thousand eight hundred thirty two strong
Everyboday singing their birthday song
For having a party every day
You couldn’t get nothing done that way

Everybody opening their birthday presents
When an alarmed little wiggly pig screeched an awful sound
Oink oink oink he said
What is it?
What’s wrong?
What’s the matter little wiggly pig?

And this is little wiggly pig’s
Story

People like the virgin spring, the flowers in the wood
But me I like nature’s mother earth
To me it smells real good

Mud

In summertime when it is hot
You jump into a pool
And what do I jump into when I feel like keeping cool?

Mud.Squish squosh, o my gosh
Feels so good I’ll never wash
Goozy squoozy, feels so oozy
I like

Mud

In the autumn all the leaves are covering the ground
And as I dig beneath the leaves my heart begins to pound and pound.
You wonder what I do, perhaps
In the colder weather?
Well, I get warm water and some dirt
And I mix them up together
And I get

Mud

Oink oink

Mud

In the winter, children play
With fluffy balls of snow.
‘Can I play too,’ I ask real nice,
But what do you think they throw?

Mud

Ducks and geese and cows and hogs
And all the little animals were watching.
Chickens cackling like the dickens
Goats were butting each other
Turkeys were gobbling everything in sight
Rabbits were doing what they do best
And all the rest were having a fest

Hey little piggy
Let’s do a jiggy
I just want to cover
In a big mud puddle
Splash it on your backside
Splash it on your face
We’ll squish and squash
All over the place

Everybody’s Buddy

written by
Otis Blackwell

Hilly Kristal: vocals
Rick Shaffer: guitar
Mike Thorne:instruments

Lyrics

Well, I’m everybody’s buddy
Everybody’s ‘hello, pal’
I’m even a buddy to all of the gals

Now it’s alright to be a buddy
To you men
But to you girls I wanna be
More than a friend
What’s wrong with me?
Why must I be
Just a buddy everywhere that I go?

I’m everybody’s buddy
Everybody’s “Hey my man”
I always seem to wind up
Shaking hands
You girls don’t realise I wanna
Hold you tight
I wanna take you dancing
And kiss you goodnight
What’s wrong with me?
Why must I be
Just a buddy everywhere that I go?
I’m as human as the next guy
Oh girls, I need a romance.
And if you keep me
Just a buddy
I won’t stand a chance
I said I’m
Everybody’s buddy
Everybody’s “Just a friend”
The kind of friend on whom
You can depend
But I want something more
I want a love that’s true
So I can do the things I see my buddies do
What’s wrong with me?
Why must I be
Just a buddy everywhere that I go?
Everybody’s buddy
Everybody’s “Hello pal”
Can’t seem to find myself
A little bitty girl
Oh what’s wrong with me?
Why must I be
Just a buddy
Every little where I go?

There Was A Time

Hilly Kristal: vocals and acoustic guitar

Lyrics

There was a time
Not long ago
I walked alone
Through crowded streets
And as I walked
With my head held high
My heart, it was filled
With loving thoughts
What was my future to bring?
Where was that face
That would make my heart sing?
How will I know who she’ll be?
Will she see her future in me?
Wouldn’t you know
(As luck would have it)
The harder I looked,
The farther away she seemed
From my desire
And all my friends,
They tried to hook me up
With every doggone woman in sight they thought
Would light my fire

And as I walked around
With my head held real high
My heart, it was filled
With loving thoughts

I had a whole lot of fun
I partied hard, I loved them all
Each for a little while
Now, I’m still free as they come
Still looking for that one and only
That very special one
And how would I know who she’ll be?
Will she see her future in a a guy just like me?
How would I know who she’ll be?
Will she see her future is me?

Birds and the Bees

Lyrics
I saw a little bird
Who wanted to start
He went tweet tweet
  Sitting in a tree
A family
Tweet tweet tweet
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He was looking for a she
He couldn’t wait
Sat in a treee
He went tweet tweet
  To find a mate
And made a plea
Tweet tweet tweet
He was looking for a she
There was a little bee
Some honey, he said
He went buzz, buzz
  A feeling mighty free
Is good for me
Buzz buzz buzz
He was looking for a she
 
A cutie pie
He said oh gee
And went buzz buzz
  Went whizzing by
Now that’s for me
Buzz buzz buzz
He was looking for a she
You love me
I love you
Let’s both what the birds and bees do
Buzz buzz buzz
Tweet tweet tweet
 

That means I love you love you love you
Love you all the time.
 

When your mama and your dad
We’re gonna teach you all
And after they have finished
And asked you if their lecture
  Say “listen children please”
About the birds and bees
With all that they have said
Soaked into your head

You go Tweet tweet tweet
And buzz buzz buzz
And when they ask you what that was
You say you were doing what the birds and bees does.

You love me
I love you
Let’s both what the birds and bees do
Buzz buzz buzz
Tweet tweet tweet

That means I love you love you love you
Love you all the time.

‘Sno Joke

written by Hilly Kristal

Hilly Kristal: Vocals
Mike Thorne: Instruments

Lyrics

It was the day of the year when down on the farm
All the little animals were gathered round
In the barnyard having a shindig
Having a ball

Four thousand eight hundred thirty two strong
Everyboday singing their birthday song
For having a party every day
You couldn’t get nothing done that way

Everybody opening their birthday presents
When an alarmed little wiggly pig screeched an awful sound
Oink oink oink he said
What is it?
What’s wrong?
What’s the matter little wiggly pig?

And this is little wiggly pig’s
Story

People like the virgin spring, the flowers in the wood
But me I like nature’s mother earth
To me it smells real good

Mud

In summertime when it is hot
You jump into a pool
And what do I jump into when I feel like keeping cool?

Mud.Squish squosh, o my gosh
Feels so good I’ll never wash
Goozy squoozy, feels so oozy
I like

Mud

In the autumn all the leaves are covering the ground
And as I dig beneath the leaves my heart begins to pound and pound.
You wonder what I do, perhaps
In the colder weather?
Well, I get warm water and some dirt
And I mix them up together
And I get

Mud

Oink oink

Mud

In the winter, children play
With fluffy balls of snow.
‘Can I play too,’ I ask real nice,
But what do you think they throw?

Mud

Ducks and geese and cows and hogs
And all the little animals were watching.
Chickens cackling like the dickens
Goats were butting each other
Turkeys were gobbling everything in sight
Rabbits were doing what they do best
And all the rest were having a fest

Hey little piggy
Let’s do a jiggy
I just want to cover
In a big mud puddle
Splash it on your backside
Splash it on your face
We’ll squish and squash
All over the place

If I Could Call On You

written by Hilly Kristal

Hilly Kristal: vocals & acoustic guitar

Lyrics

If I could call on you
I would be so happy to
If you asked me
I would be so happy to
It isn’t right for me
To speak so forwardly
Of things I want to be
When I know they should happen
Accidentally
If I could kiss you
I would be so happy to.
If you asked me
I would kiss you
I would be so happy to
This is hard to say
I fear the answer maybe
Will make me very sad today
But I’ll be glad
If instead you’ll please reply:
OK
If I could marry you
I would be so happy to
If you ask me, I would marry you
I would be so happy to