Walla Walla Chippa Mocca Mogga

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They say music can pick you up when you’re feeling down. Well, they’re not wrong.

Music

I’ve been a music lover as far back as I can remember. My memory can recall when I was sat in a yellow-painted high chair complete with a built-in abacus on a Sunday morning listening to Buddy Holly on the radio, singing ‘Raining In My Heart’. People tell me it’s impossible to recall things from that early in your life, but I can see and hear every last detail of that moment, including the grey wallpaper with silhouetted dancers.

Little Darling

Little Darling (words and music by Maurice Williams) and sung by The Diamonds has had me laughing no end this week. It appears there are a few versions of the song and one covered by the king himself, Elvis Presley. Songwriting has always fascinated me, how someone can put words to music and it sounds so natural is a talent I’ve always envied. Songs like Simon & Garfunkle’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ or many of The Beatles songs seem so clever, beautiful, melodic and hit many emotions. We all have our favourite.

Strange Lyrics

However, ‘Little Darling’ has some of the strangest combinations of words I think I’ve ever heard. For example, “My lover, I was wronger to try to love two” or “Ahh Uha Uha Uha”. Talk about making the words fit the music! And there’s more (where have I heard that before?) in Elvis Presley’s version of the song. He seems to add his own lyrics, such as “Walla Walla Chippa Mocca Mogga”! I’m sure I can hear him laughing while he’s singing too. Which brings me back to what I was originally saying that music can lift you up.

Smile

I’ve included the original version of the song by The Diamonds courtesy of Youtube and up until a few years ago, I believe they were still singing the same version to audiences around Canada and North America. The singer has a big smile on his face and he was probably still a teenager at the time of recording. I hope you can garner a smile or two from listening to it. In a time of little to smile about, this song can take us to a simpler time and hopefully release a few endorphins for you.

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55 Comments
  • gulfcoastpoet@gmail.com
    August 15, 2020

    Trev, yes i believe you remember sitting in your high chair playing with the abacus and listening to music!. I have a couple of detailed memories from before I was three.

    I enjoyed reading your post and listening to The Diamonds singing “Lil Darlin.'” have a great day! Cheryl

    • Trev
      August 15, 2020

      Thank you as always, Cheryl. I do remember it so well. Enjoy your day too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peter's pondering
    August 15, 2020

    It’s good that they could have a bit of fun while performing, and give us a smile all these years later!

    • Trev
      August 15, 2020

      Thank you, Peter and yes, it certainly made me smile. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • susiesopinions
    August 15, 2020

    Music is part of me. Single artist Elvis. Group Queen. Can dance for hours to Queen.

    • Trev
      August 15, 2020

      I love all sorts, whatever hits the spot. Thank you, Susie ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Lou Carreras
    August 15, 2020

    Someone did a “horror” Halloween version of the song too. But, for weird lyrics Louie Louie has to top the list. great post Trev!

    • Trev
      August 15, 2020

      Thank you, Lou. I shall have to look for those lyrics of Louie Louie now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • conniejjasperson
    August 15, 2020

    I remember such fun songs from watching American Bandstand with my older cousins after school. “Shaboom Shaboom” “The Witch Doctor” – we would ride bicycles and sing at the top of our lungs. So much fun.

    BTW – I live a four hour drive from a city called “Walla Walla” and about twenty years ago, a local politician tried to make “Louie Louie” our official state song. I guess “Roll On, Columbia!” was too boring, lol!

    • Trev
      August 15, 2020

      Lol, thank you, Connie. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rosaliene Bacchus
    August 15, 2020

    I enjoyed your musical selection, Trev. It brought a smile to my face ๐Ÿ™‚ Couldn’t resist moving to the beat. When I was a kid, it was popular on our local radio stations.

    • Trev
      August 15, 2020

      Thank you as always, Rosaliene. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Windwhistle
    August 16, 2020

    I remember the song well, but I’d have been 14 years old in 1957. No doubt it was one I played as loudly as possible while driving my parents crazy.

    • Trev
      August 16, 2020

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • guld diskho
      August 24, 2020

      Inspiring blog!. Great content as always. I like the idea of using listicle posts on social media. Even I used this few times and it has always worked great for me.

  • trendsno
    August 16, 2020

    nice

  • Jay
    August 16, 2020

    I love how a song can make us sing along to literal nonsense – and happily!

    • Trev
      August 16, 2020

      Thank you, Jay, I do love how a song can makes us happy especially when itโ€™s just nonsense.

  • SueW
    August 16, 2020

    Thank you so much for the song Trev. I remember it well.

    My earliest memory is of being pushed in my brown pram, I can remember lying under the hood and the sound and sensation of the wheels going over the cracks on the paved pavement. My mum insisted it was impossible but I’ve always insisted it is my earliest memory.
    It’s possible I was a toddler because pushchairs weren’t common back then.

    • Trev
      August 16, 2020

      I have a vivid image of being pushed to to Grandmothers house in a small, brown pushchair. Strange how small snippets of film from our memories can be recalled and played over. Thank you, Sue ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • azurea20
    August 16, 2020

    Yo sรญ que creo que puedes recordar ese momento. No somos dueรฑos de nuestra memoria y selecciona el recuerdo y el olvido. Hay cosas que no podemos olvidar y otras que no podemos recordar. Buen domingo.

    • Trev
      August 16, 2020

      Thank you, Azurea ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • luisa zambrotta
    August 16, 2020

    ๐ŸŽถโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐ŸŒธ ๐ŸŽถ

    • Trev
      August 16, 2020

      Thank you, Luisa, sorry I was a long time replying ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • KINDNESS
    August 16, 2020

    Beautiful thank you for sharing your story โšœ๐ŸŒผ

    • Trev
      August 16, 2020

      Thank you, Kindness. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Invisibly Me
    August 16, 2020

    Iโ€™ve heard this song before. Maybe it was on an old cassette or LP of my dadโ€™s, I really canโ€™t remember. Iโ€™d never seen the video though. Oh my, pretty cringe-worthy. And those lyricsโ€ฆ It just made me think of that Ooh eee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYgOlqinH7A

    • Trev
      August 16, 2020

      Thank you, Caz. Yes, I see where youโ€™re coming from. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Yetismith
    August 16, 2020

    I love music too, Trev. I have eclectic choices from Classical to New Age to Rave and I’m not even sure what they call the stuff I listen to now. My housemate calls it my Marching music, but in the middle I’ll stop and listen to choral singing or Mongolian throat singing. It can bring me to tears (not the Mongolian stuff) but I love that it touches a part of you that is so deep.

    • Trev
      August 16, 2020

      Thank you, Yeti and I agree with every word you say. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Herb
    August 17, 2020

    That was a fun diversion, thanks for that. I do remember that song.

    • Trev
      August 17, 2020

      Thank you, Herb ๐Ÿ™‚

  • happy hdays ๐Ÿ™‹ see ya soon and stay blessed. Gianmarco

    • Trev
      August 17, 2020

      Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • iammrsshecky
    August 17, 2020

    I remember that song too although I was 3 when that song came out. But I remember when I was a teenager in high school there was a place we would hang out at lunch hour across from High School called the Sweet Shop. My parents, listened to this music along with Frank, Dino and the bunch. But these songs were great in those players on top of the tables there *A-4*. My parents also went to the same high school and my grand parents so this town was full of those memories for them. WWII and for me too in my time. But this music is classic and did bring a smile and laugh while reading. Long winded here but you flared up some good memories including my first concert… The Beatles at the Cow Palace in 1964. Swoooon…

    • Trev
      August 17, 2020

      Thank you, Mrs Shecky. I am pleased it brought back happy memories for you. I am green with envy that you got to see The Beatles in concert. Just WOW!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hope
    August 17, 2020

    If you don’t know every word to a song, the artist forgetting some words can fill them it with something else, and of course no one recognizes it. ๐ŸŽป๐ŸŽป

    • Trev
      August 18, 2020

      I donโ€™t think anyone knew any words to this song ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  • sundaymorningwithsandy.com
    August 19, 2020

    Love that song! I am one of those people who sing all the wrong words to songs.

    • Trev
      August 19, 2020

      Thank you, Sandy. Thatโ€™s the best way to sing, make up the words as you go along ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • oneroundcorner
    August 19, 2020

    Great song! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Speaking of Elvis, have you heard Dan Reederโ€™s Clean Elvis? Might be good for another laugh.

    • Trev
      August 19, 2020

      Thank you, Peter. I will have a look for Dan Reederโ€™ Clean Elvis ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    August 20, 2020

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  • caahli
    August 25, 2020

    You are not postingโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ž ?? Hope you will, soon ๐Ÿ‘‹โ˜บ

    • Trev
      August 25, 2020

      Iโ€™ve been a bit behind, but I will post this week sometime. Thank you, caahli โค๏ธ

  • mitchteemley
    August 26, 2020

    I’ll never listen to this again without laughing, Trev (not that I ever exactly took it seriously).

    • Trev
      August 26, 2020

      Thank you, Mitch. It is a song that makes me feel happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Seeker
    August 27, 2020

    Music melts hearts๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

  • cattalespress
    September 1, 2020

    Great insightful post! Really funny video. It made me smile as well as laugh!

    • Trev
      September 1, 2020

      Thank you, I’m glad it gave you a smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ena
    September 2, 2020

    Thanks for choosing to follow my blog! I truly appreciate your support!

  • necenzuratblog
    September 5, 2020

    I love this song!!!

    • Trev
      September 6, 2020

      Me too, Iโ€™m pleased you like it, thank you. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • black basin tap
    September 15, 2020

    Really interesting article, thanks.

    • Trev
      September 15, 2020

      Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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