“Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)” is a Grammy Award-winning novelty song by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch, based on letters of complaint Allan received from his son Robert while Robert attended Camp Champlain in Westport, New York.
The song is a parody that complains about the fictional “Camp Granada” and is set to the tune of Amilcare Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours”.
Hello muddah, hello faddah,
Here I am at Camp Granada.
Camp is very entertaining,
And they say we’ll have some fun if it stops raining!
I went hiking with Joe Spivey,
He developed poison ivy.
You remember Lennard Skinard?
He got ptomain poisoning last night after dinner!
All the counsellors hate the waiters,
And the lake has alligators!
And the head coach wants no sissies,
So he reads to us from something called ‘Ulysses’.
No, I don’t want this should scare ya,
But my bunkmate has malaria!
You remember Geoffrey Hardy,
They’re about to organize a searching party!
Take me home, oh muddah, faddah!
Take me home, I hate Granada.
Don’t leave me out in the forest,
Where I might get eaten by a bear!
Take me home, I promise I will not make noise,
Or mess the house with other boys.
Oh please don’t make me stay;
I’ve been here one whole day!
Dearest faddah, darling muddah,
How’s my precious little bruddah?
Let me come home if you miss me;
I would even let Aunt Bertha hug and kiss me!
Wait a minute; it stopped hailing.
Guys are swimming, guys are sailing.
Playing baseball, gee that’s better.
Muddah, faddah, kindly disregard this letter!