When things are going well, you may have heard and used the expression,
“Everything’s coming up roses.” Right? As I wished to look up the history of
this expression, I found out from Google “Search Engine,” that the more
frequently used slang expression is, “Everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Did you know this? Where in the world did this one come from? It came
from the animated, long-lasting television show, “The Simpsons.” There
is a positive character who is always thinking life is just ‘swell’ and his name
Why isn’t the song, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” at the top of the list of
expressions? This was Ethel Merman’s song from the 1959 musical, “Gypsy.”
The musical play was loosely based on the life of Gypsy Rose Lee. When asked,
my oldest daughter calls this guy, “Milhouse,” a “Goober-head.” Also, she
pointed out that the first choice of things is based on searches, while the movie
and song may have been popular, more people are familiar with the Simpsons.
I ask my oldest daughter why is “Milhouse” a “Goober head?” As soon as she
starts to explain what a goober head is, I think of the character named “Goober”
from the television show, “The Andy Griffith Show.” Where did this slang ‘word
set’ really come from? In my mind and memory, my first impression evokes the
character, “Goober,” who was a goofy character.
She says it does not have anything to do with the historic and iconic show. It also
doesn’t have anything to do with the chocolate covered peanuts, also known as,
“Goobers.” Two generations try to figure out where the expression, “Goober-head”
came from. Did it just evolve from the Andy G. show or is it entirely “new” as the
weird expression, bringing up this Milhouse, is to me?
A person you call a “goober” is a “kindhearted, slightly oblivious person” who
also is considered a “lovable goofball.” An example of a “goober head” is “one
who puts an empty carton of milk into the refrigerator.” I thought this was a
(This may be found online in the “Urban Dictionary.”)
There is no reference to “Goober” Pyle, who is from the show, “The Andy Griffith
Show,” if you look “goober head” up. But when you type the word in to look up
“Goober,” you will find out more about him. Goober was played by the actor,
George Lindsey who read for the part of Gomer Pyle, but was instead chosen to
play the less featured character, Gomer’s cousin. I always liked both Jim Nabors
who was chosen to play Gomer. Did you know both of these likeable and humorous
character actors came from the state of Alabama? Jim Nabors sang on variety shows
and albums, too.
N0w, off on another ‘wild goose chase,’ where one strand of thought or while using
one internet pathway takes you off to discover that peanuts are indeed called,
‘goobers.’ Along with these extra facts explaining there is a song about “goober
peas”‘ and another called, “goober grapes.”
This helps you to finally understand why there are two kinds of jars of mixed
peanut butter and jelly made by Smucker’s. They are called, “Goober Jelly.”
Each one features peanut butter and either strawberry or grape jelly contained
within its own jar creating ‘stripes of flavors.’ My own personal taste trial of the
Smucker’s brand of vertically layered PB & J, determined the texture of peanut
butter is kind of mushy and not as tasty as if made from separate jars. I happen
to like the crunchy peanut butter jars, anyway.
So, for a brief fun chase, we went from my heading off to write about roses, since
I really do like to ‘stop and smell the roses,’ outside the Sara Moore Nursing Home
and also the rose bushes by the Lutheran Church, while walking to the library.
Then, spontaneously writing out the old 1959 title of the song whose lyrics were
written by Stephen Sondheim for my post’s title. I needed to look the song up to
verify its history and origin, finding it was written in collaboration with Jules Styne,
who wrote the music for “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
The most disconcerting part of all this ‘research’ was you cannot be totally
reassured that the song or the expression came first.
Also, while typing “Everything’s coming up…” another way to finish this
expression goes, “Like a rosy garden.”
Have I lost you yet? I had to reread this, changing it a bit just to prevent
my own self from getting totally lost!
By the way, the internet location called, “The Free Dictionary,” gives this
definition of the words, “everything’s coming up roses,” as an ‘idiom’ that
means “someone is having a successful career or day.”
I like my world sometimes to be viewed through rose-colored glasses,
while listening to some old songs like,
1. “My Wild Irish Rose” was written in 1899 by Chancellor Olcott for a musical
production. The version I am more familiar with is from the 1947 movie with
the title, “My Wild Irish Rose.” We used to sing this in school and my Mom
loves it so, since her name is “Rosalie.” It is a sentimental song and can also
be heard in a Celtic version that is so sweetly sung.
2. “A Rose and a Baby Ruth,” sung by George Hamilton, IV (1956).
3. “Sweet Kentucky Rose,” sung by Kitty Kallen (1955).
4. “Two Dozen Roses,” sung by the group, “Shenandoah.”
5. “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” sung by Johnny Desmond (1955).
6. “Roses Are Red, My Love,” written and sung by Jim Reeves became
most popular in the Bobby Vinton version of this song, (1962).
1. “The Rose,” sung by Bette Midler is fantastic as a duet with Ashley Judd.
“The Rose” was both a movie and a song, 1992.
2. “Bed of Roses,” sung by Bon Jovi, (1993).
3. “Cracklin’ Rosie,” sung by Neil Diamond, (1971).
Hope you have a rosy week and keep your outlo0k rosy, too.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” comes from Shakespeare’s
play, “Romeo and Juliet.” It is discussing the two families names, who are
sworn enemies, along with the two young people who are star-crossed lovers.
Tomorrow, more about roses and no sidetracking on the internet!
Hope you have a “rosy” week!
Try to keep your outlook, “rosy” and maybe, everything will come up roses for you!