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Num Num Charlie

by Alex McMurray

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My son claims to have written this one when he was around 18 months old. Not sure if I buy that, but he keeps insisting. I try to tell him that his song is just a retread of "Bogalusa Strut" and he feigns ignorance, and when I show him the Sam Morgan Jazz Band record I found in his diaper bag he says he's never seen it before in his life. Oh well. As Sen. Pat Geary said to Michael Corleone, "Some of us have to play little games".

As for the lyric, an eighteen-month-old's world-view is very limited, but he takes the dictum "write what you know" very much to heart, and so here is the story of a boy and his pacifier. Most families have a nickname for the pacifier (binkie, pacie (sp?), plug...) and in our house we use the word nummy. Not much of a story to the song, just a boy and his nummy.

For the recording I was fortunate enough to get Matt Rhody, Jason Jurzak and Bill Malchow to come and play on the thing. We did it over at Goat's place back on September 8, 2016. It was a beautiful day as I recall and it came together quickly without too much drama.


When i was a baby boy i chewed through all my baby toys
It was a pretty fortune that was spent on me
My mom and dad saw that i needed to be pacified
Now they’re asking who’s that relaxing so contentedly?

Num Num Charlie that's my name nummin' on my num num all the day
The only time you see me pout
Is when they take my nummy out
I would always wear a grin
If they'd keep my nummy in
You help your brother yes you do when you let ol' Charlie chew
Num Num Charlie
Num Num Charlie
Num Num Charlie etc...


released January 31, 2017
Matt Rhody--violin and vocals, Bill Malchow--piano and vocals, Jason Jurzak--bass and vocals, Alex McMurray--guitar and vocals
Recorded by Goat at House of 1000hz, New Orleans, LA
Mixed by Goat
Mastered by Bruce Barielle
Artwork by Kourtney Keller
Produced by Alex McMurray


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Alex McMurray New Orleans, Louisiana

I'm a New Orleans based singer songwriter type. I play in a bunch of bands. I make recordings sometimes. Some of them are here. Thanks for supporting my work. Drop me a line--I'd love to hear from you.

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