Bruce has never performed Chicken lips and lizard hips live but he recorded the song in late 1990 at Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA. The song was recorded and mixed by Toby Scott with Rob Jaczko and Allen Abrahamson. Springsteen first recorded the traditional song Pony boy
for the upcoming Disney charity album, but he replaced at the last minute with a cover of Nancy Cassidy's song which he discovered in his son's nursery. According to Brucebase, another recording of the song was made, featuring additional vocals by Patti Scialfa. Bruce Springsteen's cover of the song was released in January 1991 on the Disney charity album For Our Children. The song was also released in 1991 on a withdrawn Australian CD single. A 10th anniversary edition of the album was released in October 1999. The song was also included on Every Child Deserves A Lifetime, an album released in October 2007 and compiling tracks from the For Our Children series.
Chicken lips and lizard hips is a children song written by John and Nancy Cassidy and originally recorded and released by Nancy Cassidy on her 1986 album KidsSongs
Other cover versions
Bruce on the artist
A-one, two, a-one, two, three, four
This is for all you kids out there that hate your mom and pop forcing you to eat everything that's
on your dinner plate every night.
Yeah, when I was a little kid, see, I never liked to eat
And Mama'd put things on my plate and I'd dump 'em on her feet
But then one day she made this soup, I ate it all in bed
I asked her what she put in it, and, well, this is what she said:
Oh, chicken lips and lizard hips and alligator eyes
And monkey legs and buzzard eggs and salamander thighs
Well, rabbit ears and camel rears and tasty toenail pies
Stir 'em all together and it's Mama's soup surprise
Well, now I went into the bathroom and I stood beside the sink
I said, "I'm feeling slightly ill, and I think I'd like a drink"
Mama said, "I've just the thing, I'll get it in a wink
It's full of lots of protein, and vitamins, I think"
It was chicken lips and lizard hips and alligator eyes
Yeah, monkey legs and buzzard eggs and salamander thighs
Rabbit ears and camel rears and tasty toenail pies
Stir 'em all together, it's Mama's soup surprise