The Purple People Eater


Well I saw the thing comin' out of the sky
It had the one long horn, one big eye.
I commenced to shakin' and I said "ooh-eee"
It looks like a purple people eater to me.

It was a one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater.
(one-eyed, one-horned, flyin' purple people eater)
A one-eyed one-horned, flyin' puple people eater
Sure looks stange to me. (one eye?).

Well he came down to earth and lit in a tree
I said Mr. Purple People Eater don't eat me
I heard him say in a voice so gruff
I wouldn't eat you cuz you're so tough.

It was a one-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
one-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
one-eyed, one-horned flyin' purple people eater
Sure looks strange to me. (one horn?).

I said Mr. Purple People Eater, what's your line
He said it's eatin' purple people and it sure is fine
But that's not the reason that I came to land
I wanna get a job in a rock and roll band.

Well bless my soul, rock and roll, flying purple
people eater. Pidgeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin'
purple people eater (we wear short shorts)
Flyin' purple people eater
sure looks strange to me.

And then he swung from the tree and lit on the
ground. He started to rock, really rockin' around
It was a crazy little ditty with a swingin' tune
(sing aboop boop aboopa lopa lum bam boom).

Well, bless my soul, rock and roll
flyin' purple people eater.
Pigeon-toed, undergrowed, flyin' purple peopleeater.
Flyin' little people eater
Sure looks strange to me. (purple people?).

And then he went on his way, and then what do
you know. I saw him last night on a TV show.
He was blowing it out, a'really knockin' em dead
Playin' rock and roll music through the horn in
his head (clarinet solo) (Tequila).

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Information About The Purple People Eater

The Purple People Eater is a novelty song that was released and heard on the radio in 1958. It was very popular and reached number one on the Billboard Charts. a tool that measures the sales of records.

The song was written by Shelby "Sheb" Wooley, a character actor that appeared in many famous movies of the Western genre, as well as having a recurring role on the television series "Rawhide" which ran on CBS Television from 1959 - 1965.

In the 1940s, Wooley took an interest in his wife's young cousin, Roger Miller, and taught him guitar. Miller grew up to have some success as a recording star as well.

Embarking on his own recording career, Wooley wrote and recorded "The Purple People Eater", which tells the story of a strange looking creature from space, who comes to Earth because he wants to be in a rock and roll band.

The song caught the imagination of radio listeners, who drew pictures of the "Purple People Eater" and sent them in to radio stations as part of local promotions.

In the song, the "voice" of the Purple People Eater is a normal singing voice that was sped up on a tape recorder to be re-recorded. This technique was taken from an earlier 1958 song "The Witch Doctor" by Ross Bagdasarian. Bagdasarian has even more success in the future with the same technique, creating and recording songs by an imaginary group 'Alvin and the Chipmunks'.

Wooley also wrote the theme song for the long running television program 'Hee Haw'.

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Alpha Skua, USA

7 May 2015 at 11:11pm

By Sheb Wooly

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James, United States

23 April 2015 at 3:18pm

Love it

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Chloe, Canada

4 November 2014 at 11:53pm

Love it!!

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Chloe Gioia, Canada

8 September 2014 at 11:09pm

I'm so glad this is a BusSong!

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amani watson, United States

26 September 2013 at 9:01pm

It needs water chickens

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Allison, United States

28 May 2012 at 7:16pm

We just got back from vacation and we were trying to remember the words to this song when we were driving home! So glad we have them now! Thanks!

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Lily Davis, United States

26 April 2012 at 6:44pm

You r wrong ch&unknown i sung this & i am 8 13 times 13=16. Bye.

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Ch, United States

24 October 2011 at 11:37pm

thats awsome!

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Unknown, United States

14 May 2011 at 3:04pm

we always use this in my school's Halloween show!

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Unknown, United States

14 May 2011 at 3:01pm


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Amber, United States

19 February 2011 at 11:54pm

When my friends and I were young w eused to belt this out on the bus.

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Isa, United States

16 December 2010 at 9:13pm

That thing would be dead because there arn`t any purple people to eat. But this song is very funny and i love the video! :)

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Changpu, China

10 December 2010 at 2:50pm

i purple cats does that count?

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Deb, United States

7 November 2010 at 3:26am

Haven't heard this in a very long time. It still puts a smile on my face.

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Krystal, Australia

10 October 2010 at 11:46pm

i like the song as well my mum calls me the purple people eater because i dyed my hair purple i had never heard of it intill she started doing that

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Barbara, Magna, Utah

28 September 2010 at 11:59pm

Cute video-clip but wasn't it a one-eyed, one-horned purple people-eater?

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Ellen, Aust, Vic

5 June 2010 at 1:59am

first time i heard this song when i was little i thought it ate purple

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Makaylak, Old Saybrook Conecticut

12 March 2010 at 12:54am

Purple People!? are u krazy?!?

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Zoolak, Treeland, Mars

3 May 2009 at 9:41pm

Well, im a purple people eater, and this song is offending! sheez, what you humans will do to get famous! >.<

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Kenzie, Spiceland

7 March 2009 at 1:38pm

I love this song it is awesome!

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