The Secrets of
"Something You Can Do With Your Finger"

by Wild Willie Westwood, with sources from all over the Web


Little bunny Foo-Foo

(The Official Version)

Little bunny Foo-Foo, hoppin' though the forest,
Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head.
Along came the good fairy, and she said:

"Little bunny Foo-Foo, I don't want to see you
Scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' them on the head.
[the fourth time, go to Coda]

I'll give you three chances
two more chances
one more chance
to change your ways, and if you don't obey,
I'll turn you into a goon." So the next day…
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Coda:
"I gave you three chances to change your ways,
And each chance you had you didn't obey.
So now I'm gonna turn you into a goon.
Poof! You're a goon!"

And the moral of this story is . . . 'Hare today and goon tomorrow.'

(The Attitude Version)

Replace "I don't wanna see you" with "I don't like your attitude."

(The PC Version, first stanza)

Little Bunny Foo-Foo, hopping thru the forest,
jumping logs and bushes, on his way to play.
Down comes the good fairy, and she says--
Little Bunny Foo-Foo, it's so nice to see you,
running thru the forest, on your way to play.
But's it's getting late, so you'd better hurry!"

The History

There are definitely two separate literary traditions at work here. According to the OED2, the earliest reference for Bunny/Rabbit Foo Foo is Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, "The Knight's Tale:"

And in the grove, at tyme and place yset,
This bunnie Fewfew and this field maus be met.
To chaungen gan the colour in hir face;"

But from the Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library, we get this:

1635: And in the grove, at tyme and place yset,
1636: This arcite and this palamon ben met.
1637: Tho chaungen gan the colour in hir face,

Arcite was Bunny Fewfew, and Palamon the field maus, and they were fighting over Emily. The bunny wins the battle but later loses both Emily and his life.

The British Tradition — The next reference is from Shakespeare, in a sonnet believed to have been written in 1609, or 1613 with John Fletcher (The Two Noble Kinsmen) (about the time he was hacking the Bible):

"Clear wells spring not, sweet birds sing not,
Green plants bring not forth their dye.
Herd stands weeping, flocks all sleeping,
Nymphs back peeping fearfully,
For Rabbitt Foofoo hath killed a mouse."

The American Tradition — H.L. Mencken's History of the American Language, however cites a 1623 manuscript from the Plymouth colony that claims John Alden sang a "lullabye about Bunnie Foofoo" to his children.

Here are three songs along the lines of the one Wendy sang;

Took My Girl To The Baseball Game

Took my girl to the baseball game, sat her in the front
Along came a foul ball and hit her in the-
Country boy, country boy, sitting on a rock
Along came a bumblebee and stung him in the-
Cocktail, ginger ale, five cents a glass
If you don't like it, shove it up your-
Ask me no questions, tell me no lies
A man was hit with a pile of shit, right between the eyes

A Sailor Went To Sea Sea Sea

A sailor went to sea sea sea
To see what he could see see see
But all that he could see see see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea

Oh, Helen had a steamboat. The steamboat had a bell
When Helen went to heaven the steamboat went to-
Hello, operator, Just give me number 9
If the line is busy I'll kick your big-
Behind the old piano there was a piece of glass
Helen slipped upon it and hurt her little-
Ask me for a muffin, I'll give you some old bread
And if you do not like it Just go and soak your head.

Miss Susie Had A Steamboat

Miss susie had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell
Miss susie went to heaven, the steamboat went to
Hello, operator, please give me number nine,
And if you disconnect me i'll chop off your
Behind the fridgerator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss susie sat upon it and broke her little
Ask me no more questions, please tell me no more lies,
The boys are in the bathroom zipping down their
Flies are in the city, the bees are in the park
Miss susie and her boyfriend are kissing in the
D-A-R-K-D-A-R-K, dark
Dark is for the movies, a movie's like a show,
A show is like a tv show and that is all i know
I know i know my mother, i know i know my father,
I know i know my sister and her eighty-mile bra.

The boy playing the piano at the auditions is Schroeder, the Beethoven aficionado from Peanuts.

Stores in the Mall: KY Penny, The Electric Eye, The Fun Group, DINER.

The Beverly Center in Los Angeles used to have a stage in front of three elevators, and a medium-sized seating area in front of that. It is currently being refurbished. The mall stage and the elevators behind it remind me of the Center's. The glass railings are also the Center's. Of course, this being a show based on Colorado, the mall could be Cherry Creek Mall instead.

Cartman and the $10 million — this episode is the second one in which he wants $10 million. The story behind this is that he also asked for $10 million before he would give his kidney to Kyle. But the story goes further back. In the preview to "Cherokee Hair Tampons" Cartman was asking for $10 million so he could make Britney Spears his sex slave, and then he'd give his kidney to Kyle. And that was based on a story that a businessman offered Britney $11 million to have sex with him, a story that later proved to be false. So the Britney Spears reference was removed from the episode.

Randy was 18 before he entered 12th grade.

Randy wears a Maniac shirt during recordings. This could be a reference to Flashdance, which came out in 1983. If Randy was 18 in 1983, he's turned 35 in 2000. But his father looks quite young for a man in his 80's at the time.

"Ghetto Avenue" and "Avenue Ghetto Street" parody Backstreet, and "Fingerbang" (F*ngerbang) parodies *N Sync.

Orange smoothie — what Jesus offered Santa after they made up in "Spirit Of Christmas: Jesus v. Santa"

"…everything will wait. / Weep all you little rains / All along, along, along / The Colorado Trail…" - From the song "Colorado Trail," first printed in 1927, performed by several artists since. The actual lyrics are shown below.

Eyes like the morning star, cheeks like the rose
Laura was a pretty girl, God Almighty knows

Chorus:
Weep all ye little rains, wail, winds, wail
All along, along, along the Colorado Trail

Laura was a laughing girl, joyful all the day
Laura was a darling girl, now she's gone away

Chorus:

Sixteen years she graced the earth, and all life was good,
Now all life is buried beneath a cross of wood,

Chorus:

Bright all the lonely night, bright all the day
Keep the herd a'rollin' on, rollin' on its way

Chorus:

Black is the stormy night, dark is the sky,
Wish I'd stayed in Abilene, nice and warm and dry,

Chorus:

Basketball reference — The mall manager talks like Baxter from Basketball.

Star Trek reference — In Star Trek: First Contact, Lily enters and tries to persuade Jean-Luc Picard to blow up the starship Enterprise so the Borg have no Starfleet data or technology to assimilate. Jean-Luc responds with a couple of "NOOO"s and by throwing his phaser at a display case in which hang various starship models. The glass and one or two ships break, and Jean-Luc, in a voice full of emotion, explains his response. (From this scene comes the Captain Ahab reference in "Conjoined Fetus Lady") When Stan asks his dad to allow him to sing with his friends at South Park mall, Randy responds the same way Jean-Luc did, but using his head on a china cabinet instead of a phaser on a display case and, in a voice full of emotion, telling the cautionary story of his stint as boy band member.