Throwing Ketchup on the Wall – Greg Trafidlo & Don Caron

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A parody of the song, Counting Flowers on the Wall, written by Lewis DeWitt as made famous by The Statler Brothers. Parody Lyrics by Greg Trrafidlo. Performance by Don Caron. Executive Producers Don Caron and Jerry Pender


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Ketchup on the Wall Lyrics
by Greg Trafidlo

When timid sycophants didn’t do as they were told
He took out his frustration like a leader brave and bold
Went down to the dining hall and grabbed himself a plate
Flung his lunch with all his might to mitigate his hate

Throwing ketchup on the wall ‘was his privilege after all
So he wouldn’t stay irate, launched a saucer, then a plate,
Didn’t care about the mess left for the cleaning crew
It’s just a phase, he never outgrew

Then he tossed a salad, told a clay pot it was “Fired”
His relationship with China left much to be desired
Chaos filled the air along with forks and butter knives
Senators and congressmen were runnin’ for their lives

Repeat Chorus

So next time you’re out dining at your favorite restaurant
Throw a Trumpy hissy fit ‘til you get what you want
Overturn the table like the former President
It’s the Donald’s version of anger management

Repeat Chorus

It’s just a phase, he never outgrew.
It’s just a phase, he never outgrew.


“Flowers on the Wall” is a song made famous by American country music group The Statler Brothers. Written and composed by Lew DeWitt, the group’s original tenor vocalist, the song peaked in popularity in January 1966, spending four weeks at number two on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart, and reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The Statler Brothers re-recorded the song in 1975 for their first greatest-hits album for Mercury Records, The Best of The Statler Brothers. The song is also featured on Nancy Sinatra’s album Boots (1966).

The song (its 1975 version) is used in the soundtrack to the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. In the film, Bruce Willis’s character sings along to the line, “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo” as he is driving. In the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance, when Willis’ character John McClane is describing his suspension from the police force, he says he was “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo.”
The song was frequently employed as bumper music on the syndicated radio talk show Coast to Coast AM, particularly in the earlier days when Art Bell was the host.
Kurt Vonnegut quotes the song’s complete lyrics in his 1981 book Palm Sunday, calling the song “yet another great contemporary poem by the Statler Brothers” and using it to describe “the present condition” of an American man who had recently departed his family. “It is not a poem of escape or rebirth. It is a poem about the end of a man’s usefulness”, he adds.
In a video by The Muppets, a band of rats, The Ratler Brothers, sing the song while Beaker struggles with insomnia after being the subject of an experiment that involved consuming a large amount of coffee. The line in the chorus “smoking cigarettes and watching Captain Kangaroo” is changed to be about other activities.

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6 Responses

  1. t.v, gary

    i hope to see the end putin’s puppet’s tantrums.

  2. Dori Bailey

    This was great!
    I think of him with the mashed potatoes on his head that his brother dumped on him. Probably one of my favorite stories told by his niece mary. He’s a very cranky man.