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Songs the Brothers Warner Taught Me by Megan Lynch

Megan Lynch is a singer/songwriter who, like many of us, learned classic American popular songs via watching Warner Bros. cartoons. Lynch has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 20 years or so and on her debut album, Songs the Brothers Warner Taught Me, she is accompanied by Tony Marcus and Robert Armstrong of The Cheap Suit Serenaders (Armstrong himself is a well-known animation fan and underground cartoonist. He created Mickey Rat back in the day).

Songs on the album include Hello Ma Baby, I Love To Singa, Someone’s Rockin’ My Dreamboat, The Latin Quarter and eight more you’ll surely recognize. I found it a total joy to listen to. You can purchase a cd or download an mp3 via cdbaby, though Lynch has graciously allowed Cartoon Brew readers to enjoy the entire album free, via the embed below:

<a href="http://meganlynch.bandcamp.com/album/songs-the-brothers-warner-taught-me">Hello Ma Baby by Megan Lynch</a>

  • Mike Johnson

    Well now…this is just delicious stuff right here! I’m loving the old-timey sound of these, and the band is sweet perfection. Megan has just the right voice to pull these off without sounding campy, and I’ll be downloading the CD from the CD Baby link in a few more minutes. Thanks for this!

  • Fantastic find , Jerry ! Thanks for posting this.

    I’m buying this for sure. (thanks Megan for the free listen, but I want the CD of this)

  • Keith Paynter

    Wonderful arrangements, plus a little “singin’ sword” (saw) for good measure on “It’s Magic”!

  • Dock Miles

    I’m an internet acquaintance of Megan Lynch and I wanna testify that she’s a lovely person and a great talent and you should get copies of this CD for yourself and all your friends. A tonic to the spirit.

  • Wow, great stuff for sure. Old time songs with a contemporary flair. I LIKE it! I’m sometimes amazed myself by how many musical tidbits I’m familiar with simply based on the Warner toons. But that was, after all, the intention of the Merrie Melodies machine.

  • Anthrocoon

    I’ve downloaded some of the songs and will play them on my long running college radio blues show up here in Massachusetts!

    I know Blues in the Night from Sinatra but I think one line from it gets sung in Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs…Hello Ma Baby, yes, that dancing frog…and Michigan J Frog does appear on the cover of Leon Redbone’s “On the Track” album (drawn by Chuck Jones, and appropriately enough it was on Warner Bros. records)

    Another old song that has popped up on these classic cartoons is Singin’ in the Bathtub, which isn’t on here, but John Lithgow did record a version of it on a children’s album he did (Dr Demento played it)

  • uncle wayne

    omg! This is, truly, a dream come true. Half my entire income is playing piano (& singing) for elderly homes. When asked “who taught me”….i (immediately) say Carl Stalling!! A joy….an ABsolute joy! (And who can forgt “Yuba on the Tuba”, too!?….plus alllllllll those 30s (B&W) films that had the entire FILMS envelope those great Warner songs. I was brought up on those in the late 50s & 60s An ABsolute joy!! Thanky thanky!!!

  • Is this available on iTunes? if so I’m buying it

  • This is excellent stuff by Ms. Lynch and friends, and since the subject of old-timey music has been introduced, I hope that Jerry and Amid will allow me a shameless plug for the new home of Pilsner’s Picks:


    None of this music comes from cartoons, per se, but some of it sounds a lot like early cartoon soundtracks… check out, for example, “Turkischer Honig,” for starters. Can’t you just see a wild chase scene?

    For further amusement (if you want), you can also read all about our legal troubles. Since we’ve had to rebuild the whole %$#^!!! thing from scratch (and are still working on it) after getting “Murdoched in the First Degree,” Ani and I hope that you Cartoon Brew fans will visit us and have some fun.

    Some cartoons and classic comedy and music videos are on page two.


  • This was all sorts of awesome. I listened to the whole album through then went and bought it. It’s a total delight. Anyone who loves old WB cartoons should love this. Thanks for sharing the link, info and player.

  • Totally just bought this. Thanks for sharing!

  • This reminds me – can someone please point me to online video of the Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs sings “Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat”? I saw a snippet in a remix with other stuff, I really want to see the source! I don’t know the title of the original Bugs Bunny cartoon it’s from.

  • Nina – The Bugs Bunny cartoon you are looking for is GORILLA MY DREAMS (1948). Here it is on You Tube:


  • @Jerry – Thanks for the link to GORILLA MY DREAMS, which I;d never seen!

    However, that’s not the clip I’m looking for, even though indeed Bugs is singing “Someone’s Rocking My Dreamboat.” The clip in question had Bugs literally rowing a boat to his dreams. It was hilarious. Am I hallucinating?

  • Keith Paynter

    Bugs also sings a bit of it in “…Nips The Nips”, although, in “Gorilla”, it is obviously better represented…

  • Nina – The sequence you are recalling is in THE BIG SNOOZE (1946). Here it is on You Tube – at the 3:23 mark:


  • Kevin Hill

    I absolutely love this! As soon as I pay a few bills I’m buying this for real…great traveling music IMHO.

  • How far back does the music in the WB cartoons go? I’m not sure, but one of the oldest items in my collection is a recording of “Won’t You Come Over To My House” by Henry Burr, from… 1907!

    I’ve posted it in the “Older Than Dirt” section of Pilsner’s Picks, after doing some digital audio cleanup on the ancient Edison Standard record. I cut everything below 250 Hz to get rid of a severe bass rumble, and everything above 4,000 Hz, because there’s nothing up there but noise.

    You won’t recognize the tune at first, for two reasons: the first being that the theme we all know from “One Froggy Evening” doesn’t arrive until a full minute into the performance. Many of these Victorian and Edwardian-era tunes featured long introductions before the main body of the song arrived (in a different key), and this one is no exception.

    Also, Burr sings it in a slow, sappy sentimental manner that’s nothing like Michigan J. Frog’s “boffo” delivery.

    All that said, here it is— recorded at around the time the Frog was first sealed up in his box.

  • Jeff Haynes

    Very nice! Female Leon Redbone.

  • Anthony C.

    Love to Singa’s greatly done-such a laidback sound with her and jsut the guitar.

    And thanks for sticking to the songs right-Primus knows how much I hate how everything from that era is turned into “smooth jazz” nowadays… ;-)

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    And anyone who wants to try their hand at learning and SINGING these old-time songs should get in touch with their local chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quarter Singing in America — see http://www.barbershop.org

  • @Jerry – YES!!! Thank you!!

  • Tom Dolina

    Love it! But once I heard “I Love To Singa”, I had to buy it! Tavoman: why iTunes? You can purchase from Meagan’s site in a variety of audio formats, and I’m sure she makes more money that way instead of Apple taking a cut!

  • Val

    Definitely going to buy this. This was the collection of songs I was looking for! Thank you so much for posting this.

    It has a lot of songs…but no “California, Here I Come”?

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  • Clint

    Where’s “Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms”?

  • joecab

    Ooh it’s on iTunes, and it’s awesome. Thanks!

  • joecab

    (And Clint: People would be too afraid to listen to it since they’d be expecting an explosion.)