A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 22, 2017
“Oh, I’m glad I’m not a turkey”

"Oh, I’m glad I’m not a turkey” is a Thanksgiving song of unknown authorship and date. The melody is similar to the songs “Did You Ever See a Lassie?” and “Oh du lieber Augustin.” “Oh, I’m Glad I’m Not a Turkey” has been cited in print since at least 1996.

The lyrics are:

Oh, I’m glad I’m not a turkey,
A turkey, a turkey.
Oh, I’m glad I’m not a turkey
On Thanksgiving Day!
They’ll stuff you and baste you.
And then they will taste you.
Oh, I’m glad I’m not a turkey
On Thanksgiving Day!



24 November 1961, Globe-Gazette (Mason City, IA), “Kindergarteners sing ‘I’m glad I’m Not a Turkey’” by Linda Howard and Sue Fishbeck, pg. 6, col. 2:
“I’m Glad I’m Not a Turkey” was the hit song-and-dance number this week in Helen DeSart’s kindergarten classes at Jefferson School.

5 December 1996, The State (Columbia, SC), “Swansea school talks turkey” by Cece Von Kolnitz, Neighbors sec., pg. 1, col .3:
Classes spent the day going on hay rides, singing songs like “Oh, I’m Glad I’m Not a Turkey,” learning about Native American traditions and playing “pilgrim and Indian” games.

22 November 2001, Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ), “Kids at Desert Valley Make Thanksgiving Feast” by Beverly Medlyn, pg. 1:
“Wings up!” commands special-education teacher Kathy Guerriero. The 25 students standing in three rows dutifully stick their elbows out, tuck their hands under their arms and launch into a rousing rendition of I’m Glad I’m Not a Turkey for the appreciative audience of Desert Valley Elementary School administrators and staff members.

Google Groups: alt.mothers
Thanksgiving song for the kids
Kara H
11/26/03
How cute Dorothy!

My little sister (3) came home singing this one…

“Oh I’m glad I’m not a turkey on Thanksgiving Day!
They stuff you and bake you and then they will taste you…
Oh I’m glad I’m not a turkey on Thanksgiving Day!!”
--->sung to the tune of ‘The more we get together’<---

Brownielocks—Thanksgiving Riddles and Jokes, etc. (November 17, 2006)
Oh, I’m Glad I’m Not A Turkey
(This can be sung to the children’s tune of “Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?)

Oh, I’m glad I’m not a turkey,
A turkey, a turkey.
Oh, I’m glad I’m not a turkey
On Thanksgiving Day!
They’ll stuff you and baste you.
And then they will taste you.
Oh, I’m glad I’m not a turkey
On Thanksgiving Day!
Author Unknown

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Bryce singing with classmates

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