Some Little Bug Is Going To Find You – The Food Song

Posted on January 31, 2011


The Boss

I’d like to share with you a wonderful little poem I first heard recited in one of my favorite HBO series, Boardwalk Empire.  Nucky Thompson recites it at the dinner table one night, much to the amusement of Margaret’s children.


“In these days of indigestion,

It is oftentimes a question

As to what to eat, and what to leave alone.

Every microbe and bacillus

Has a different way to kill us,

And, in time, will claim us for their own.

There are germs of every kind

In every food that you will find

In the market or upon the bill of fare.

Drinking water’s just as risky

As the so-called ‘deadly whiskey’

And it’s often a mistake to breathe the air.”

Apparently, it’s actually a song, composed & recorded for the first time in 1915 by Roy Atwell – who would later be the voice of Doc in Disney’s Snow White.

At the very least, it should serve as a reminder to wash your hands – it’s still flu season!


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