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Pigs singing the Happy Wanderer

Discussion in 'Classic Muppets' started by Bill Bubble Guy, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Say Caroline
    Sometimes when I think about this sketch I wonder if the last pig, while he was unaware of the goat, whether he may have feared if there was something awfully fishy going on.

    Did you notice how during the second chorus he held up a rope between him and his buddy before he fell? His buddy nods at it as if to say "Yes. My line is firmly secure", but he still falls anyway.

    In that case I suppose they may well have been all roped together at the start. The first one may have had his fears modified by knowing he was fastened to his buddies. So the goat may have been able to slyly bite through the rope without them noticing before sending him tumbling to his doom. Therefore the other two could have thought his line had somehow come loose or not been fastened adaquately in addition to the loose rocks he must have slipped on.

    So after having verified that the rest of the rope was sure and sound having it come loose again may have seemed too suspicious, plus the uncanny coincidence that both his poor buddies should lose their footing at the exact same moment of each chorus. Rather alarmingly strange, huh?

    So no wonder he was apprehensive as he neared the dreaded part of his solo chorus. And just imagine his relief at not falling only to be killed with the large boulders a few moments afterwards.

    What do you think of what I've just speculated as well as my last funny thought above?
  2. Skye

    Skye Well-Known Member

    Ah ha, that's very true, Marty. I do remember how he held up the rope to verify that it was firm and secure. I would certainly understand him being so apprehensive as he was singing, especially as he reached that part in the chorus, too. And then he was so ecstatic about not falling at the time. If I remember correctly, he started singing louder and having a good jolly ol' time! Until those darn boulders, of course! :D

    Man, that evil goat sure is sneaky! :D

    Oh, and by the way, I think The Big Bad Wolf did pay off the evil goat. He had to write a check to the evil goat because he didn't have quite enough money on him at the time, but both of them were quite enthusiastic! ;)
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  3. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    They had probably assumed that as long as they were watching their step and that the rope was firm and secure, then they would be perfectly safe.

    After all, if the pig lower down perchance slipped, the higher one would brace himself firmly against the mountain side to break the fall, so his friend could regain his grip, foothold and balance.

    And on the other hand if the higher pig perchance slipped, the lower one would brace himself firmly against the mountain side with one hand held up to catch his friend, halting his fall and he could carefully regain his position.

    So they thought eh?:D
  4. JaniceFerSure

    JaniceFerSure Well-Known Member

    The lyrics and information...

    The Happy Wanderer

    I love to go a-wandering,
    Along the mountain track,
    And as I go, I love to sing,
    My knapsack on my back.


    My knapsack on my back.
    I love to wander by the stream
    That dances in the sun,
    So joyously it calls to me,
    "Come! Join my happy song!"

    I wave my hat to all I meet,
    And they wave back to me,
    And blackbirds call so loud and sweet
    From ev'ry green wood tree.

    High overhead, the skylarks wing,
    They never rest at home
    But just like me, they love to sing,
    As o'er the world we roam.

    Oh, may I go a-wandering
    Until the day I die!
    Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
    Beneath God's clear blue sky!

    Mein Vater war ein Wandersmann,
    Und mir steckt's auch im Blut;
    Drum wandr' ich flott, so lang ich kann,
    Und schwenke meinen Hut.

    Refrain 1:
    Faleri, falera, faleri,
    Falera ha ha ha ha ha ha
    Faleri, falera,
    Und schwenke meinen Hut.

    Refrain 2&3:
    |: Hei-di, hei-da, hei-di, hei-da!
    Und schwenke meinen Hut. :|

    Das Wandern schaffet frische Lust,
    Erhält das Herz gesund;
    Frei atmet draußen meine Brust,
    Froh singet stets mein Mund:

    Warum singt Dir das Vögelein
    So freudevoll sein Lied?
    Weil's nimmer hockt, landaus, landein
    Durch and're Fluren zieht.

    Was murmelt's Bächlein dort und rauscht,
    So lustig hin durch's Rohr,
    Weil's frei sich regt, mit Wonne lauscht
    Ihm dein empfänglich Ohr.

    D'rum trag ich Ränzlein und den Stab
    Weit in die Welt hinein,
    Und werde bis an's kühle Grab
    Ein Wanderbursche sein!



    Here is a link for information on the song The Happy Wanderer,in the site Wikipedia.Hope this info. helps you out.

    *exits post*
  5. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Thanks JaniceFerSure :)

    Hope you enjoyed my thread:D
  6. JaniceFerSure

    JaniceFerSure Well-Known Member

    Your welcome Marty,I added the German lyrics to my post too.I love that sketch.I watched that episode yesterday.Definately one of the funniest sketches on TMS.
  7. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Possibly also the darkest sketch too. ;)
  8. JaniceFerSure

    JaniceFerSure Well-Known Member

    No Marty,I've seen darker sketches on The Muppet Show.If I may,to name a few:

    • Hugga Wugga
    • Behemoth and Shaky Sanchez singing "I've Got You,Under My Skin"
    • 3 legged-screaming thing singing "Windmills of my Mind"
    • Jabberwocky in the Brooke Shield's episode
    • "Welcome to My Nightmare",sung in the Alice Cooper episode
    • the majority of the Vincent Price episode
    During the Pilot: Sex and Violence,the sketch with the pigs and human.

    I do agree,that The Happy Wanderer sketch has a dark side to it.
  9. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    Fair enough Dee.

    It's just that for me personally "Happy Wanderer" is the darkest TMS sketch I can imagine because it involves characters allegedly being killed.

    Death is always the darkest subject of all in my mind.
  10. Skye

    Skye Well-Known Member

    Well now, what about the "I've Got You Under My Skin" sketch that Diana brought up... that's Behemoth eating Shaky Sanchez! I would say that's a pretty dark sketch involving the tasty meal that is Shaky, also. ;)

    Thanks for posting that link, Diana. It's very interesting and informative.

    Man, the pigs should've sang the song in German. That would've confused the evil goat so much, he'd stay as far away from them as possible! :D
  11. Skye

    Skye Well-Known Member

    That is true... but what if one of the pigs slipped so fast that the other piggy (or piggies, heh) didn't have a chance to brace themselves? That could be bad! :eek: Though a rope is obviously used often in mountain or rock climbing... because I just do that kinda thing so much, right? ;) Though, you are right... after the first pig fell, I think they were paying a lot of attention to focusing on both the rope being firm and secure and to keeping their footing just right. And hey, it almost worked! But before their buddy fell, I think they were focusing most on keeping their footing, so maybe they wouldn't have to worry so much about the rope.
  12. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    That is true about the risk of mountain or rock climbing. The rope is theoretically used to protect teams of climbers in case one of them falls. Though like you said Caroline, if you don't have time to brace against your partner falling it would be very bad. So the rope is not foolproof but at least it does minimize the chance of fatality.

    Provided that there are no evil goats around of course. Then you may just as well not use ropes holding you together at all;)
  13. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    I suppose they would have all been doing that to an extent. Taking their time moving very slowly. That is just plain common sense in any mountain or rock climbing activity.

    But when the first pig fell they knew they were in trouble. So before they were just moving slowly and sensibly. But then they were watching where they were stepping even more closely. When as we know, there were no genuine loose rocks to warrant such extreme care. Heh-heh
  14. Skye

    Skye Well-Known Member

    Exactly... they were being even more careful after the first piggy took the dive. And you're absolutely right from your post before, that the rope does minimize the chance of fatality.

    And ya know, these piggies may have even taken a mountain climbing class in their earlier years. They teach the pigs about being careful, always keeping the rope completely secure... but they never, ever warn them about evil goats lurkin' around! ;)
  15. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    HA HA That's a very funny thought Caroline. The pigs in mountain climbing school.:D

    Thinking about this makes me suppose, when the first piggy was staring down the mountain and scrunching up his snout, it may not necessarily have been because he was stupid enough to allow his two best friends to take him up a high mountain for the first time in his life, being scared to death of high places. Nor because he was even remotely fearful that he might go on a big plunge.
    The three of them had in fact studied the sport of climbing together voluntarily, and they may have gone happy wandering in many mountain areas together, but maybe he was slightly daunted by the fact that this was far higher than any mountain they had ever been on before.
    So he was a little nervous but not really afraid. He knew all about taking care and he'd checked his rope was firmly tied and they all truly did love happy wandering.
    But if only their teacher had warned them to keep their eyes peeled and to carry shotguns strapped by their sides, in case they noticed any wicked goats threatening their safety;)
  16. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Thank you for inviting me here again Marty.

    I think It may have been a sketch on a vadvillian stage show put on my the Muppets the was well rehersed duiring the week, Anr the rocks and the mountain side were all props abd it was performed in front of an audiance and the didn't reallt really die which was why they were laughing at it. Or they could just be really good stunt men. But that's all just speculation.;)
  17. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    You're welcome William.
    Glad you love the levity this sketch inspires in me.:)
  18. Skye

    Skye Well-Known Member

    Or, maybe that first pig had a feeling... his intuition was in overdrive, and he felt like something was going to happen. Maaayyybeee he had checked his horoscope that day, and it said that he would have a problem if he went happy wandering! Yeah... horoscopes are that exact, aren't they? ;) So, that was making him feel very, very nervous... and with good reason! Haha, oh yeah... you always have to be prepared for those evil goats! :D

    Yay, I'm glad to see you here too, William! Great speculation, too. ;)
  19. Ilikemuppets

    Ilikemuppets Well-Known Member

    Thank you Guys!:D

    I never know there was so much to lok into about a Pig sketch on The muppet Show. Not to mention the level of detail that went into it all.
  20. Bill Bubble Guy

    Bill Bubble Guy Well-Known Member

    That's very good speculation too Caroline, but I know a better idea.

    Those three pigs should have invited Miss Piggy to go with them. If she had been the fourth climber at the very bottom end of the rope she would have taken care of the evil goat. I've heard it said that females tend to be far more observant than males. A woman is far less likely to miss something close nearby her than a man.
    So therefore she would have noticed the goat attempting to chew her rope off and sent him tumbling down the mountain instead with one great big karate chop:mad:

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