A song written by Meredith Wilson of "Music Man" fame. It was commissioned by
John Kennedy for his new Youth Fitness Program. A copy of this record was sent
to every school in the U.S. with the idea that it would be played over the P.A.
every morning while students did calisthenics. Imagine Harold Hill leading a
It's sung by Robert Preston, also of "Music Man"
This is the song that wakes up scouts every morning at MVSR! The
boys love it!
Touch down Every morning Ten times! Not just Now and then. Give that chicken fat Back to the chicken, And don't be chicken again. No, don't be chicken again.
Push up Every morning Ten times. Push up Starting low. Once more on the rise. Nuts to the flabby guys! Go, you chicken fat, go away! Go, you chicken fat, go!
Good morning! Hands on hips, place! Now then, touch your toes with me. Ready!
Touch down (up) Every morning (down) Ten times! (Up) Not just (d-) [he mistakenly starts to say "down"
here] (Four!) Now and then (up) (Five!) Give that (up) chicken fat (Six!) Back to the (up) chicken and (Seven!) Don't be (up) chicken (Eight!) again (up) No, (Nine!) don't be (up) chicken again.
Hit the dirt! Hit! Push ups next, Nice and steady. Not too fast. Ready!
Push up (down) Every morning (up) Ten times! Push up, Starting low. (Down! That's five.) Once more (down) on the rise (Six!) Nuts to the (down) flabby guys. Go, you chicken fat, go away (down). (Nine) Go, you (down) chicken fat, go! Ten, and halt!
Now, struggle up to your feet! Strug...(Struggle!) March in place, march!
Left! Left! Left! Left! Left a good pound and a quarter. Was it right, right that it should be left? Yes, I left! Left! Left! Left! Left a good pound and a quarter. It was right (left), right (left) that it should be
And halt! One, two. Next, sit-ups. Everybody's favorite, so on your back, drop. All right girls, you're in this too. Arms over head, flop! C'mon girls, now! Sit up!
Sit up (down) Every morning (up) Ten times Sit up (down) (Up) On your seat. (down) (Five) Swing that rusty gate. (Six) Don't drop the tempo, mate. (Seven) Can't win draggin' your feet. (Eight) No, (nine) can't win draggin' your feet. Ten, and halt!
Now on your feet, up! Everybody, hands on hips, place. Twist your trunk to the left, ready!
Twist left, front, Now the right side, Ten times! Twist left, front (Right) Grunting low (front) Grunt! (Ungh!) Louder! (Ungh!) Front, now! Left and front and everybody sing! Go, you chicken fat, go!
And, halt. Fingers back of your neck, lace. Right foot forward, place. The pogo spring, landing on alternate feet. Ready!
Spring left, Spring right, Higher! Higher! Up, down, Up, down, Higher! Higher! Wait, not too high! Up, down, Up, down, Up, down, Halt!
Drop your hands to the side, feet together, place. Overhead, clap, and jump to stride. Known as the jumping jack far and wide. All right, are you ready? Ready!
Jump, two! Clap, Two! Clap, two! Clap, slap! Clap, slap! Clap, slap! Jump, two! Jump, two! Jump, it's good for you. Three more is all we do. Jump, two! And...halt and sing! Go, you chicken fat, go!
March in place, March! Left! Left! Left! Left a good pound and a quarter. Was it right, right that it should be left? Oh, I left! Left! Left! Left! Left a good pound and a quarter. It was right (left), right (left) and halt. One, two.
Palms up, arms to the side, raise! Next we're gonna do backwards circles, Ready? Ready!. And around, Front and around. Front and around, front and around. Front and around, and halt.
Arms to the side, place. On your back, drop. And now, raise your legs in the air, raise! It's the bicycle ride!
And, pump, pump, pump, pump, Pump, pump, pump, pump, Pump, pump, pump, pump, Pump, pump, and... Halt. On your feet, up Quickly, quickly, next Inhale, arms sweep up inward, Exhale, arms out and down. (Inhale, arms sweep up inward, Exhale, outward, down.) Ready!
Inhale, slow Every morning Exhale, clear down. Inhale, take the air! Down and around and inhale. Grab that oxygen, Exhale and try again! You're not getting your share. (Clear down) No, (inhale) you're not getting your share! On the down, halt!
The tortoise and the hare next. First the tortoise. Bend the elbow, and run in place. Ready? Ready!
Running, (two) (Run) Like a tortoise, (Okay) Too far, and too slow. Now double up, ready! (Running) Run two three four, (Like a hare) Run two three four, (Now you are) Run two three four, (Getting there) Run two three four, Go you (Run two three four) Chicken fat, (Run two three four) (Go away!) Everybody sing! Go, you chicken fat, go! Go! Go! Dismissed!
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