The Donut Song

When I was a kid my Grandpa Mallone (Mom’s dad) used to sing a couple songs to us.  “You Are My Sunshine” was popular, but “The Donut Song” was the best.  The lyrics as I recall are:

Oh I walked around Columbus and I walked around the block
And I walked right in to a donut shop.
And I picked me a donut right out of the grease
And I handed the man a fine cent piece.
Well he looked at the nickle and he looked at me
And he said “This nickle’s no good you see.”
“For there’s a whole that goes right through.”
Said I “There a whole in the donut too.”
“Thanks for the donut, good bye”

I sang this to all three of my kids in the delivery room when they were born.  Finally a few months ago I remembered to ask grandpa where the song came from.  He remembered singing it around the fire camping with the Boy Scouts.  I think he was a troop leader (maybe founder) somewhere out in northwestern Ohio.  I think this was the late 1930′s.

In writing the post earlier about Julia’s birth I googled some lines from the song to see if I could find anything about it.  Turns out that I’m not the only person with fond childhood memories of this song:

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