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On Top of Spaghetti

On Top of Spaghetti is a great campfire song! You can probably sing the first line or two - but what comes after "I lost my poor meatball"? Keep reading for the complete lyrics!

This is actually a parody of the song "On Top of Old Smokey". Those words are here too.

This is a perfect song for the whole family to sing around the campfire.


Perhaps you'll be inspired to have pasta for supper the next day! Find my favorite camping pasta recipe and other great camping food ideas here.

The words

On top of spaghetti
All covered with cheese
I lost my poor meatball
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table
And onto the floor
And then my poor meatball
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden
And under a bush
And then my poor meatball
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be
And early next summer
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered
With beautiful moss
It grew great big meatballs
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti
All covered with cheese
Hold on to to your meatballs
And don't ever sneeze.

The books

The video

This clip is from an old TV show called Swap Shop. It's missing the last few verses, but it's pretty funny!

The original

This song is a parody of an old folk song called "On Top Of Old Smokey". The original song has many versions. Here is one:

On top of Old Smokey,
All covered with snow,
I lost my true lover,
From courting too slow.

On top of Old Smokey,
I went there to weep.
A false hearted lover
Is worse than a thief.

For a thief, he will rob you
And take what you have
But a false hearted lover
Will send you to your grave.

On top of Old Smokey
All covered with snow
I lost my true lover
From courting too slow.

Speaking of spaghetti....

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Trivia about On Top of Spaghetti

  • The parody may have been written on a rainy day in 1957 by a group of kids at a Florida day camp.
  • "On Top of Old Smokey" has been recorded many times - by The Weavers, Burl Ives, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and ABBA, among others!
  • The song and its title have become part of popular culture. There are restaurants named On Top Of Spaghetti. There is a recipe book with this name. It's a pasta cookbook, of course!

I haven't used it myself, but it gets excellent reviews on Amazon.

Now that you know the words to On Top of Spaghetti, click here for lots more great campfire songs.

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