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What is the origin of the "Weenie Man" song? Answered

There are several versions of this popular campfire song, but this is the one I'm most interested in.

Weenie Man Lyrics:
I know a weenie man
He owns a weenie stand
He sells most anything
From hotdogs on down
One day I'll join his life
I'll be his weenie-wife
HOT DOG! I love that weenie man

Does anyone know the origin, and whether the song would be under copyright protection?



Best Answer 7 years ago

So I just ran across this. And though I know this is old, I feel like I have to answer it. The story in my family has been that my dad's aunt actually wrote the song a long time ago...in the early/mid 1940s most likely. From what we know, she wasn't a musician or a performing singer or anything, but she wrote the song and sang it around the house and maybe when with her friends or something. How it became so popular, nobody in the family has a clue. Somebody she sang it around must have remembered the lyrics, and it just got passed around as a camp song. I don't know if she ever got a copyright on it. But being a performer of traditional American music myself, I know that most music back then wasn't copyrighted but other people would play the song and say that they wrote it and get a copyright for the song in their name, so it's worth searching for it through the U.S. Copyright Office.


Answer 7 years ago

Is you family from Kentucky or Colorado?


7 years ago

My Grandmother used to sing this song to me when I was a young child back in the mid 70's and early 80's... All of my siblings have grown up knowing this song and we have passed in on to our children...


8 years ago

Not a clue. In 51 years of living, I've never heard the weenie man song before. I see you're also in the USA, so I have to abandon my "Is this a UK thing?" followup question.

Where did you hear it? A summer camp or something?

As for copyright, just do a search on google. Use "copyright weenie man" as your first search term.


Answer 8 years ago

I heard it from none other than a hot-dog vendor. I too had never heard it, he described it as an old camping song. Apparently, we went to the wrong summer camps.

I googled thoroughly before asking. One site said something about it being on an early 80's tv show, and I found another reference to a different version of the song being listed in 1947 as a girl scout song. This version was apparently racist, and caused GSA some trouble in the 90s and they were forced to apologize and order Girl Scouts not to sing it anymore.

Plenty of sites list the lyrics (many of which are different from one another), but none seem to show the origin of the song. I have to assume it's at least a bit older than 1947, but am hoping someone can verify that for me.