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"Found a Peanut" is a traditional song, often considered a children's song, in the United States, Australia and Canada. It is popular to sing on long trips, as it has a very repetitive format which is easy to memorize, and can take a long time to sing. It is sung to the tune of "Oh My Darling, Clementine". It may often be sung around a camp fire.
A basic version of the variable lyrics is:
Then it continues with the same rhythm:
and restarts from "Cracked it open".
The simple repetitive structure of the song lends itself to near infinite variations. Sometimes "Just now" is substituted for "last night". Sometimes the verse will not reference the preceding verse as in the first example above.
Versions current in Baltimore in 1955 weren't quite as heavenly focused, and ended in: "Shoveling coal, shoveling coal, shoveling coal just now ..."
Another common variation on "last night" is "yesterday". This is used by "This Morning With Richard Not Judy" (TMWRNJ) by Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.
Other substitutions include:
Future folklore researchers and cultural anthropologists might consider a possible association between the unrecognized nut allergies that claim childhood lives and/or anaphylatoxin reactions and the origin of the song. There may have been a specific incident and death that gave rise to the song in the local childrens' culture that spread through children's folk networks as well as more formal media.
The 1949 film, A Letter to Three Wives.
The song appears memorably in a morbidly funny moment during the film Tromeo and Juliet, where a family in a car are singing the song before they get into an accident. In the following scene, the character Detective Scalus says, "They found a peanut alright, a peanut of death!"
This Morning With Richard Not Judy (TMWRNJ) by Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.
A version appears on the 2009 Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds album, "Dracula Boots".