So THAT’S It – Gooba-Gooba-Gooba-Gooba

[A rerun blog post from February 17, 2013, one that got comments three and four years after it posted!!

** Scroll to end with a screenshot of what I Googled tonight and little old me coming in first!

There [was, I can’t find it again] an Asics running shoe commercial that played at informerical hours with a 1950s song playing in the background.  I lay awake at night trying to put the snippet of the song in the ad with the whole song and just couldn’t get my brain cells together enough to come up with it.  I was forced to Google it.

But before I found it, I wasn’t actually sure how to phonetically ask Google to find it.

Eh eh eh o
scuba scuba scuba


Ay ay ay o
duba duba duba

It kept wanting to auto-correct and enter Dubai. I knew I didn’t want to go to Dubai, just find the lyrics and the tune for this song stuck in my head.

Nothing still.

Even entering the terms “sneaker commercial with 1950s song.” Was Google slipping or was I just not asking properly? I needed the old Magic 8 Ball.

Finally, some version of my scribble brought up this: Bingo.

Don’t You Just Know it, by Huey “Piano” Smith.

I challenge you to listen to this song and then tell me it’s not stuck in your head for a week. It’s etched in mine.

Gooba Gooba Gooba was just one of Smith’s fine lyric choices. I’m thinking he was sick often…..

There’s Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu

There’s Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas and the Sinus Blues

There’s Don’t You Let me Take You on a Sea Cruise, might be the new theme song for recent Carnival passengers :-). The song seems originally attributed to Huey Smith in his bio but maybe made popular by Frankie Ford, as it is he singing in the video below.

Hats off to Ted Barron from his blog Boogie Woogie Flu for the mp3 files I have used here. Many thanks Ted.

Now back to singing…………….

Ah ha ha ha (Ah ha ha ha)
Ey-eh-oh (ey-eh-oh)
Gooba-gooba-gooba-gooba (gooba-gooba-gooba-gooba)
Ah ha ha ha (Ah ha ha ha)
Ah ha ha ha (Ah ha ha ha)
Ey-eh-oh (ey-eh-oh)

2021 Update: Proof positive that Al Gore’s invention of the internet is here to stay!

25 thoughts on “So THAT’S It – Gooba-Gooba-Gooba-Gooba

  1. Well, the Gooba, Gooba, Gooba lyrics reminded me of another song, but now I can’t think of its title! Seriously. I’ll report back tomorrow after I lay awake tonight. 🙂

  2. Actually, it just came to me! Chickery chick, cha-la, cha-la, check-a-la romey in a bananika,
    bollika, wollika, can’t you see, chickery chick is me! Why Gooba, Gooba, Gooba reminded me of that song remains a mystery!

  3. Fun and funny, EOSr! I keep a Magic 8 Ball next to the phone and unbeknownst to a few “special” callers, I’ve had entire conversations with them referencing the 8 Ball. I just want to know if you’re going to buy the shoes. (No 8 Ball answer because I’ll know!)

    1. I prefer a Ouija board by the phone than the Magic 8 ball. It means my conversations have to be on speaker so both hands can remain on the board but it answers far more questions. 🙂

      I’ll have to go look for that song. If two of you are saying it exists….

  4. OBTW, AA is right, I’ve heard that Chickery chick song before. We used to sing it when we were kids.

  5. Found it. It was made popular by Dinah Shore. Sammy Kaye recorded it too. Can’t find a YouTube of her singing it but maybe someone else can. Chickery chick, cha-la, cha-la.

  6. congratulations on finding the song! Not one I’m familiar with…
    When you can’t get a song out of your head its called “ear worm”

  7. “I challenge you to listen to this song and then tell me it’s not stuck in your head for a week. It’s etched in mine.”

    This song has popped into my head a few times in the past and most recently yesterday. It was torture. I searched for hours on google; I sang the song to Shazam several times, I even used the Google Play store’s own song identifier widget. Nothing worked. I could hear it in my head but I could not, for the life of me, place the song or recall lyrics beyond the “ah ah ah ah” -needless to say- googling for something so vague comes up with a lot of false-positives.

    But today I remembered the “dooba dooba dooba” part (or at least that’s the way I remembered it) and bam, this page helped me reconnect with this great song, which incidentally is used to punctuate the end credits to one of my favorite movies, Snatch (2000) — that’s where I know the song from!

    Thank you Earth Ocean Sky Redux!

    1. This is about the funniest comment I’ve ever had!!!! What you said is all so true too and darn you, now today I’M going to have that song in my head all day!!!! 🙂 Glad you found me!!

  8. I was trying to remember the same tune. We don’t own a TV set so I’ve never heard the commercial but every now and then some old song pops into my head. I thought he was saying “tuba tuba tuba tuba” and of course that got no google results. Neither did “lyrics, ah ha ha ha” until I added the word “fifites” to my search string. Just so you know, the first hit on the string…

    fifties lyric ah ha ha ha

    …was your blog post. Thanks! I’m thinking of adding it to my repertoire (I play guitar in a beer-joint, weekend-warrior band) as a novelty tune and I may even make a tab sheet for my wife’s ukulele club. 🙂

    1. Don, what a fabulous story. I’m glad I’m not the only oldster who went searching for the words to that song. Of course, now that your comment brought me back to this post, I went and played the song. I’ll have you to thank when that’s all I can sing today!!! 😀

      Thanks again for stopping by and making such a terrific comment!!


    1. Isn’t it the best song!?? It brings back such great memories for those of us old enough to remember it when it came out.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  10. ……and for almost 59 years I thought it was Rockin Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Blues!

    1. Wow. Never heard of Arthur nor have I heard his version. Sounds to my ear that he changed the Gooba to a word that sounds like Zooba.
      Thanks for the trivia tidbit!! Here it is.

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