A “wish sandwich” was explained in the song “Rubber Biscuit,” originally by the Chips in 1956, but popularized by the Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi) on the New York-based television show Saturday Night Live (1979) and the Chicago-based movie Blues Brothers (1980). A song lyric:
“Have you ever heard of a wish sandwich? A wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you, hee hee hee, wish you had some meat.”
Pittsburgh Pirates baseball slugger Willie Stargell (1940-2001) often spoke about the “wish sandwiches” of his upbringing in interviews in the 1970s.
A kind of sandwich where you take two pieces of bread and WISH you had some meat.
Ever heard of a wish sandwich
by Suisare Jul 28, 2004
Blues Brothers - Rubber Biscuit
May 26, 2006
rubber biscuit by Elwood Blues
14 September 1971, Titusville (PA) Herald, “Try and Stop Me” by Bennett Cerf, pg. 4:
WILLIE STARGELL, slugging outfield star of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is living high on the hog these days, but has no trouble recalling how poor he and his family were in his youth.
“My ma reminds me,” he says, “that I never stopped talking about a ‘wish’ sandwich, and when she asked me what a ‘wish’ sandwich was, I explained that that’s when you have only two pieces of bread and you wish you had some meat to go in between.”
OCLC WorldCat record
Briefcase full of blues
by John Belushi; Dan Aykroyd; Paul Shaffer; Steve Cropper; Matt Murphy, guitarist.; Donald Dunn; Steve Jordan; Lou Marini; Alan Rubin; Tom Scott; Tom Malone, musician.; Blues Brothers.
Type: Musical LP : Blues : Multiple forms : Popular music; English
Publisher: New York : Atlantic, 1978.
Material Type: Music
Document Type: Sound Recording
Music Type: Blues; Popular music
Notes: Blues and popular songs. Program notes by Miami Mitch Glazer on container.
Description: 1 sound disc (35 min., 52 sec.) : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, stereo. ; 12 in.
Contents: Opening: I can’t turn you loose (1:17) - - Hey bartender (2:46) - - Messin’ with the kid (2:46) - - (I got everything I need) Almost (2:36) - - Rubber biscuit (2:41) - - Shot gun blues (5:13) - - Groove me (3:32) - - I don’t know (4:07) - - Soul man (2:54) - - “B” movie box car blues (3:57) - - Flip, flop & fly (3:35) - - Closing: I can’t turn you loose (:28).
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4 March 1982, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, “An ace no more, Stargell remains one of a kind” by Phil Musick, pg. 22, cols. 4-5:
Willie Stargell Day, Three Rivers, 1980. An arm around his mother. Weeping. And, perhaps, remembering.
“When I was a kid, we used to talk a lot about wish sandwiches,” he had always said. “A wish sandwich? That’s when you have two pieces of bread and you wish you had something to put between them.”
29 January 1985, Chicago (IL) Daily Herald, section 2, pg. 3, col. 5
“And there were the days when I’d be eating syrup sandwiches—two pieces of bread with maple syrup—or ‘wish’ sandwiches—bread with mayonnaisewishing there was a piece of meat to put between ‘em.
(Basketball player Quintin Dailey—ed.)
Subject: Re: Rubber Biscuit song
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 11 Aug 2002 11:18 PDT
The Chips’ original 1956 version of “Rubber Biscuit” gained new life in 1979, when the Blues brothers made the song a hit all over again. Sam Strain, who co-wrote “Rubber Biscuit,” is better known as a member of Little Anthony and the Imperials and the O’Jays.
As near as can be told, the song’s lyrics consist of gibberish, with nonsensical spoken interjections:
RUBBER BISCUIT (a bouncy, but flaky transcription)
Cow cow hoo-oo
Cow cow wanna dib-a-doo
Chicken hon-a-chick-a-chick hole-a-hubba
Hey fried chuck-a-lucka wanna jubba
Hi-low nay wanna dubba hubba
Day down sum wanna jigga-wah
Dell rown ay wanna lubba hubba
Mull an’ a mound chicka lubba hubba
Fay down ah wanna dippa-zippa-dippa
Mm-mmn, do that again!
Doo doo doo boo
Cow cow lubba ‘n a blubba lubba
How rown hibb’n ‘n a hibba-lu
How low lubbin ‘n a blubba-lubba
Hey ride ricky ticky hubba lubba
Dull ow de moun’ chicky hubba lubba
Went down trucka lucka wanna do-uh
How low a zippin ‘n a hubba-lu
Hey ride ricky ticky blubba-lu
How low duh woody pecker pecker
Mm-hmm, did you ever hear
Of a wish sandwich
Well that’s the kind of a sandwich
That is supposed to take
Two pieces of bread
And wish you had some meat
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