The Thanksgiving tradition of singing Take an Indian to Lunch is alive and well in my house. We sang it as kids, I taught it to my kids and now my grandchildren are learning it.
I’m sure this is exactly what the Puritans had in mind when they invented Thanksgiving.
The song comes from the Stan Freberg 1961 album titled Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America: The Early Years. It has been described (and voted on) as the best comedy album in American history.
The album featured an original book, score and a who’s-who list of veteran voice actors. In it Freberg satirized everyone in early American history from Washington to Franklin.
But nothing got attention – and criticism – like his sketch featuring the song Take an Indian to Lunch.
~ Meet Stan Freberg ~
The legendary career of Stan Freberg allegedly began when he got off a bus in 1944 at the age of 17...