Alligator Pie/ Alligator River

Alligator pie                        November 9/17

The plan was to leave Alligator River Marina to head 50 miles to Belhaven NC today but the winds were nasty this morning and after helping another boater off the dock only to have him bump his boat against the dock due to the wind, we decided to wait a bit. By 10:30 the wind had settled and knowing that tomorrow’s weather is predicted to be nastier, we gathered the troops and helped a second boat off then followed suit. It wasn’t as bad as we had feared once out of the marina.

We left Alligator River Marina and headed into, you guessed it, Alligator River. I spent most of the day at the helm and when the radio stopped working, my old teacher brain kicked in. (Either that or my primary young at heart brain. Hmmm let’s go with the latter.) Anyway, I grew up in Canada with Alligator Pie so it made sense to recite Alligator pie as I was driving. (The weather was blech, with grey skies and drizzle, so very little to look at, and other than watching for crab pots I had to entertain myself and the dogs somehow). And so it began… (feel free to recite it with me)

Alligator Pie, Alligator Pie                                                                                                                      If I don’t get some I think I’m gonna die                                                                                          Take away the green grass, take away the sky                                                                                    But don’t take away my alligator pie

Alligator stew, Alligator stew                                                                                                                If I don't get some I don’t know what I’ll do.                                                                               Give away my hockey stick, give away my shoe                                                                         But don’t give away my alligator stew.

Of course in my new Southern  drawl, I must respond…

Alligator Pie Alligator pie,                                                                                                                    You said if you don’t get some, you think you gonna die                                                        Well I got me some corn grits, and got me pecan pie                                                               But I ain’t got no alligator pie.

Alligator stew, alligator stew                                                                                                                 If y’all don’t get some you don’t know what to do                                                                  (Well neither do I)                                                                                                                                     I never had a hockey stick, n don’t need no more shoes                                                                 And I never did have no alligator stew.

And then, I got to thinking about where I was so…

Alligator River, Alligator River                                                                                                Dragonfly is in the Alligator River                                                                                                          Sun’s not out, cool, but no shiver                                                                                                    This be our third trip down the Alligator River.

It was fun. I did add a few more verses but to stimulate the creative juices in y’all, let’s see what you can come up with in the comments. After I get 5 I will add another of my verses. They had Alligator bites on the menu at Alligator River Marina, and of course there are all sorts of things made from alligator. Have fun! Challenge yourself (or your students if you have them)!

And bonus points if you can tell me the author of the original Alligator Pie. (Hint: He is Canadian)

Once I finished, Sir Rusty kept me entertained for a while singing. See video on my Facebook page. I  haven't gotten the hang of uploading to you tube yet..

We have arrived safely in Belhaven NC. Now to find some internet to send this…