On Top of Spaghetti

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"On Top of Spaghetti"
copyright 1961
Music by traditional, On Top of Old Smoky
Lyrics by Tom Glazer
Language English
Original artist Tom Glazer
Recorded by Tom Glazer, Paul Strausman, Bob McGrath, Little Richard

"On Top of Spaghetti" is a ballad and children's song written and originally performed by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus in 1963. The song is sung to the tune of "On Top of Old Smoky". It is essentially the tale of a meatball that was lost when "somebody sneezed". The song discusses what happened to the meatball after it fell off of a pile of spaghetti and rolled away.

An early version of the song, attributed to middle school students in Lodi, California, was printed in the Lodi News-Sentinel on January 25, 1961.[1]


  1. ^ Lodi News-Sentinel. "Newest Lodi Newspaper Keeps Young Journalists Very Busy". January 25, 1961, p. 12. Retrieved on August 1, 2013.

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