♫ Charlie Brown ♫

Tonight I just wanted to have a bit of fun, and this one will make you smile … I guarantee it.  This one goes back a ways … 1959 … maybe before some of you were even on this earth.  Don’t ask why it popped into my head tonight … but it happened as I was taking fish sticks out of the oven for me ‘n Miss Goose.

Like most Coaster’s songs, this was written by the songwriting team of Leiber And Stoller. They wrote hits for many artists, including Elvis Presley, The Drifters, and Ben E. King. The songs they wrote for The Coasters were usually more comical.

Leiber and Stoller made up the story of Charlie Brown, a kid who is always getting in trouble and wonders why everyone’s always picking on him. It has nothing to do with the character in the Peanuts comic strip.

Jerry Leiber, of Leiber and Stoller fame, reports that the phrase “He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown” occurred to him after a long creative dry spell. Their previous Coasters hit was “Yakety Yak,” which almost wrote itself when Mike Stoller was fooling around on the piano and Leiber yelled from the kitchen, “Take out the papers and the trash!”

The BBC banned this song because of the bad behavior Charlie Brown demonstrated, especially throwing spitballs. This ban was soon lifted.

Charlie Brown

The Coasters

Fe-fe, fi-fi, fo-fo, fum
I smell smoke in the auditorium

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught, just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?)

That’s him on his knees, I know that’s him
Yellin’ “seven-come-eleven” down in the boys’ gym

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught, just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?)

Who’s always writing on the wall?
Who’s always goofin’ in the hall?
Who’s always throwin’ spit balls?
Guess who (who, me?) Yeah, you!

Who walks in the classroom, cool and slow?
Who calls the English teacher Daddy-O?

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught, just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?)

Who walks in the classroom, cool and slow?
Who calls the English teacher Daddy-O?

Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
He’s a clown, that Charlie Brown
He’s gonna get caught, just you wait and see
(Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?)

Writer/s: JERRY LEIBER, MIKE STOLLER
Publisher: Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, IMAGEM MUSIC INC, BELINDA ABERBACH STEVENSON AGAR REVOCABLE TRUST
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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