Robyn's Secret Passage
Welcome to the unofficial Donut Boy Information Resource.
Have a good time and remember "He's everyone's happy little donut boy"
Lyrics to "Donut Boy"
Note: Because "Donut Boy" or "My Little Donut Boy" as it is sometimes known, is a traditional folk song, there is no definitive set of lyrics. The chorus stays the same, but there are many different verses in existence. The following is a collection of the most commonly used verses, and is close to many recorded versions. However, there are few few lesser known verses that are being included because of their historical significance.
I take him to a party and he looks so nice
We go outside and we play on some swings
I take him to school and he acts so cool
He grows donuts in his back yard
He took me to his house and he made me tea
We walked to the river and played in the sun
We got in his car and went for a ride
Discovered life and met Papa Smurf
He dressed in black and made donuts
He drank some donut juice and felt very sick
When I'm not around he plays with himself
Donuts are the only things he eats
He took some magical donut pills
Like a donut he's got a hole in the middle
My donut is all right
He told me the story of his donuts
History of the Donut Boy Song
"Butch, whose pastry is this?"
These lines were taken from the climax of the performance art play "Death of Donut Boy", the story of a man who is driven mad by his family's obsession with the "Donut Boy" song. The play has only been publicly performed once, at the 1995 Hamilton Festival of the Arts, but it is a reminder that the Donut Boy phenomena still continues today.
The exact origins of "Donut Boy" - or "My Little Donut Boy", as it is sometimes called - are not known, but it is generally accepted that it was sung by workers on a donut plantation on a small Caribbean island, but it was also a popular sea shanty for pirates to sing.
The song spread across Europe and American and in the early 1900s it was part of a musical called "The Bakery Boys". It became "My Muffin Man", but it was not popular with audiences.
It is believed that the first recording of "Donut Boy" was by a Jamaican singing group called "The Fishmen Quartet" around the early 1930s. A scratchy version of their version of the song exists. Most notably is the background chanting of "Squash, squash Donut Boy, oooh, squash Donut Boy".
The song faded into obscurity until 1954 when Tommy Small and the Poxes recorded an R&B version. It wasn't popular with the record buying public, but proved to be a favourite with fans of the band. That version of the song proved to be controversial when the line "He likes to sleep in my bed/I see him rest his weary head" was included. Many radio stations refused to play the song.
In 1963 a young singer by the name of Louise LaMere recorded her version, titled "My Little Donut Boy". It was an instant hit and Miss LaMere enjoyed 9 weeks in the top twenty, charting as high as number 3. The song was also the subject of an investigation by the FBI, who misinterpreted the line "Sometimes donut boy gets very sad" as "I love Donut Boy and we are not married". However, once the true lyrics were discovered, the song was given the all-clear. The song proved to be LaMere's only hit single.
In 1969 a San Francisco psychedelic band found some lyrics that they considered to be about drug use and experiences, so they recorded a version of it. It is probably more noteworthy that it contains the longest sitar solo ever recorded.
The song faded into obscurity in the '70s, and it wasn't until 1979 that a punk band called "The Die-o-rears" recorded it. The chorus became "Donut boy, oi oi oi!" repeated.
Then in 1992 rap group T Fly P recorded a version titled "Li'l Do-nutz Boyee". Their version was better known for a video that MTV refused to play because it was deemed "racist, sexist, sexually explicit, and having immoral nutritional practises shown"
The song still emerges from time to time, providing background music on a movie soundtrack, or elevator music. But it's important to remember that "Donut Boy" is a wonderful song that has made a lot of people happy.
The Real Donut Boy
Who was the original Donut Boy?
The origins of the original Donut Boy seem to have been lost in the mists of time. Very little is known about him and what we do know might not be correct.
In fact, so little is known about Donut Boy that the only published work of a biographical nature is a factually incorrect porno film where the "Donut Boy" character claims he can "stack 30 donuts high".
It is thought that Donut Boy was a worker on a Caribbean donut plantation. He would perform tricks with donuts making the hard day's work under the hot sun more bearable for his fellow workers. In later days Donut Boy ran away and became a pirate known as Donut Beard. He sailed the seven sails looting and pillaging and amusing his fellow pirates with tricks and "Har har, I'm a donut pirate".
While Donut Boy was away the people on the plantation started singing about him to bring back some of the joy he brought. When he returned to the village he was again the subject of their singing, but his exploits as a pirate were sung about.
But perhaps it's not important to know about Donut Boy. What is important is the joy and happiness he has brought to so many through the happy song about him.