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An Ode to Phoebe Buffay of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

The cast of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
If you haven’t ever tuned into F.R.I.E.N.D.S. – the all-time classic sitcom – you’ve truly missed out on something vital. The show, which depicts the sacred bond of friendship amongst six people, is religiously sworn by globally.

Clockwise from top-left: (Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Ross, Chandler, Joey)

 Amongst the above six, my favorite is Phoebe Buffay, played magnificently by Lisa Kudrow. In a nutshell, Phoebe is an eccentric blonde with a heart of gold who can be extremely gullible yet absolutely loving – loving enough to even care for a bee. (Those who’ve seen the show will understand the reference).

She’s a musician cum masseuse with a heart-wrenching childhood which has resulted in her emerging into a strong-headed street-smart person. Yes, she’s street-smart as well as gullible. Oh, the irony!  

But I’m not here to glorify Phoebe. I’m here to take you on a “musical” trip down memory lane with Phoebe’s weird songs. I’m here to pay homage to Phoebe’s evergreen “music”. Every song of hers reflects her eccentricity, and like a magnet, I was immediately drawn to this virtue of her upon first hear. 

Her repertoire consists of almost 40 songs! Yes, you read it right – 40 songs (including two-liners as well as full-fledged songs!) The most famous ones are – Smelly Cat, The Shower Song, Bisexuals, Grandma, Sticky Shoes, Happy Hanukkah, Ode To A Pubic Hair and Emma’s Birthday Song. Smelly cat even went on to become a full-fledged video:

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This woman doesn’t like to play charades – she sings exactly what she feels – NOT caring a hoot about the ideologies of the people around her. Her X factor, pretty much.

It has been almost 7 years since F.R.I.E.N.D.S. went off air – but the show including Phoebe will stay fresh in the minds of its fans for years to come. And I keep hoping the makers of the show will release an album of Phoebe Buffay’s songs someday.

We love you Phoebe!

Cooky Songs To Coo To!

Smelly Cat (short version)

Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat, it’s not your fault.
They won’t take you to the vet.
You’re obviously not their favorite pet.
It may not be a bed of roses.
And you’re no friend to those with noses.
Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat, it’s not your fault.

Shower Song

I’m in the shower and I’m writing a song,
Stop me if you’ve heard it.
My skin is soapy, and my hair is wet,
and Tegrin spelled backward is Nirget.
Lather, rinse, repeat,
and lather, rinse, repeat,
and lather, rinse, repeat,
as needed.


Sometimes men love women,
Sometimes men love men,
And then there are bisexuals,
Though some just say they’re kidding themselves.
La lalala lalalalala la
La la lalala lala la la 

Ode To A Pubic Hair

I found you in my bed!
How’d you wind up there?
You are a mystery,
Little black curly hair!
Little black curly hair!
Little black, little black,
Little black, little black,
Little black curly hair!

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