Appalachia Music

Little Debbies and The Pressley Girls

Little Debbie Jolene spoof by The Pressley Girls
Back a few years ago the girls learned the Dolly Parton classic Jolene. I shared the video of them doing the song in my weekly Pickin’ and Grinnin’ in the Kitchen Spot in April of 2015.

As often happens when we’re making music we all get to cracking jokes and being silly. Actually I believe on the occasion of learning Jolene it was Paul and the girls being silly. One thing led to another and they begin singing about Debbie instead of Jolene.

If you’re not familiar with Little Debbies you can find out all about them here.

The snack cakes have always been popular in this area and Granny has always had a box or two in the cabinet by the frig. I don’t eat Debbies much these days, but I went through a spell in high school where I ate a fudge round every day for lunch. One of my best friends from childhood loved Little Debbies so much that one Christmas someone wrapped up a box for her and put it under the tree at church.

For several years I bought Chitter a box of chocolate cream pies every week. That’s how the spoof of the song came about. Someone was teasing her about her Little Debbie addiction.

Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie oh how I long for thee. Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie please don’t disappoint my belly.

That snack cake is beyond compare, with filling that’s so sweet and rare, with a wrapper that seals the freshness in. That little girl with crimson locks upon the corner of the box makes promise of the prize that waits within.

Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie oh how I long for thee. Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie please don’t disappoint my belly.

I’ve seen you slipping round the house; yes you’re as sneaky as a mouse, but remember that Debbie belongs to me. You ate the other eleven before, so you best not touch the cabinet door, for you don’t know how crazy I can be.

Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie oh how I long for thee. Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie please don’t disappoint my belly.

I hope my words are making sense because I need some nutrients to warn you, you can’t say I haven’t tried. I should have moved it somewhere else and not left it there upon the shelf, but I thought that you were satisfied.

Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie oh how I long for thee. Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie please don’t disappoint my belly.

You talk about it in your sleep, but there’s other things that you could eat, and I really need that Little Debbie. I had to have this talk with you; my hunger now depends on you and whatever you decide to do Katie.

Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie oh how I long for thee. Debbie Debbie Debbie Debbie please don’t disappoint my belly. Please don’t disappoint my belly.

Although the girls and Paul worked out the silly lyrics to the Little Debbie Jolene spoof they never truly learned them.

If you’ve been a Blind Pig reader for a good long while you’ll probably remember the girls made Pap a special dvd of songs he hadn’t heard them do for Christmas each year. This year they made the surprise dvd for Paul and they finally recorded the spoof.

I hope you enjoyed the spoof. If you’re a Little Debbie fan I bet you’ll ever eat another one without thinking of Chatter and Chitter.


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  • Reply
    James Pressley
    February 28, 2021 at 8:12 am

    My grandmother (Granny) was from up on Hot House Creek in Mineral Bluff. She always kept a box of cream pies for her and when I was a child a box of Nutter Butters for me. My wife still buys some for me once in a while. As a special treat.

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    Tim Noland
    February 21, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    That’s great girls! We ate debie’s growing up too! My favorite is banana moon pies and mellow yellow though! Made by the same bakery in Chattanooga Mekie I think. Good to see you girls are sticking with it! Proud to say I know you! Mr. Tim

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    February 20, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I will never hear the song “Jolene” the same again, haha! Love the twins’ version!
    Little Debbie Swiss Cake rolls are my favorite, and like Lay’s tater chips, I can never eat just one.
    Love to y’all from the riverbank in Marshall (0v0)

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    Mrs K
    February 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Very cute and clever rendition, I think Dolly would love it. Those girls are so talented.
    OK, it our house, Nutty Buddies are the favorite, but we rarely keep them around. Honestly, we’ll eat a whole box between the two of us. Soooo good!

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    b. Ruth
    February 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    If my poor old aging Mother had bananas, skim milk and a couple of boxes of Little Debbie Oatmeal cakes she considered herself in fine shape and didn’t need anything from the store. Ha
    We love Oatmeal cakes here, but haven’t had any in a while!
    Loved the song…
    Great post,

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    Ron Banks
    February 19, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Late to check the post today but I am grinning like a mule eating briars! They did a good job with that one.
    We only buy LD’s every once in a while because if there is a box in the pantry I’ll eat every dang one one of them! Oatmeal pies are my fav with Nutty Buddy’s running a close second.
    Thanks for the tune girls!!

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    Ed Ammons
    February 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I call the Little Debbie raisin cakes Fly Cakes because they look like somebody left them out and flies got stuck in them before they were baked. I like to pick out the “flies” and eat them first.
    We had a woman at work named Deborah. She was only about 4′ 5″ and weighed about 90 lbs. Most of us called her Little Debbie. One guy called her Snack Cakes.

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    Leslie Haynie
    February 19, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Funny song! Raisin cremes are my favorite.

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    February 19, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I’m not really into sweets, but I do like my Lil Debs. However, I have to admit I buy the Family Dollar cheaper store brand. Very creative adaptation of Jolene…BTW, where was photo of the girls taken? Looks like an antique mall or thrift store.

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    February 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I enjoyed the Little Debbies song by Chitter and Chatter. And I love the Little Debbie pies. Even my Grandgirls love the Oatmeal Cream Pies while I prefer the Raisin ones. About every time I go to the grocery store I bring home something of Little Debbie. …Ken

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    Wanda Devers
    February 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Several years ago my brother-in-law was diagnosed with heart disease and he and his wife were talking with the doctor about changing his diet. He was fond of stopping at the mini marts and picking up a snack cake way too much. She said I guess you know you’ll have to give up Little Debbie. The doctor started looking embarrassed and finally said you will have to settle that between yourselves. He actually didn’t know about Little Debbies!! This story is now one of the family legends!
    Love the song & my family loves the cakes but I’m not so fond of them. Of course I’ll end up eating them in a pinch if there’s nothing else sweet around.

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    Don Casada
    February 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Absolutely love it!
    I’ve not had one in a few years, but I always liked oatmeal cream pies. I don’t think they were made by Little Debbie, but when I was a boy, there was a bigger oatmeal pie version which cost a dime at the Happy Bear Food Store. It was oblong in shape – roughly the size of two of the Little Debbie version of today. Wonder if any of your readers recall those?

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    Ed Ammons
    February 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Dusty got another deer last night! It’s the second one with his Nissan pickup. The first one, a couple of years ago, only broke the plastics on the front which only required one bungee cord to hold it and the fender flare on. The one last night tore it off the rest of the way. It is dangerous driving here at night.
    February 19th and my Snow Dab bush is blooming aready! **
    ** aready is Appalachian for already.

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    Sue Crane
    February 19, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Great one! Oatmeal cakes here.

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    Ed Ammons
    February 19, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I don’t always eat snack cakes but when I do it’s got to be Little Debbie. I am a Debbie devotee you might say. I have been through the gamut of favorites but presently it is the little fruit pies, Apple and/or Cherry! Real fruit filling in a crunchy crumbly crust covered in a crispy coating of sugary goodness. The only concerns are the crumbs and the cost. $3.09!
    $3.09 ÷ 8= 39¢ each
    Well that ain’t too bad, is it?

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    Celia H. Miles
    February 19, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I am a Little Debbies fan–without apology. If I don’t have Peanut Buddy bars in the pantry I am ‘on my way’ to the grocery store.

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    February 19, 2017 at 9:46 am

    “you best not touch the cabinet door, for you don’t know how crazy I can be”
    is my favorite part 🙂

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    February 19, 2017 at 9:37 am

    I’m a huge fan of LIttle Debbie’s and Moon pie’s. Cute song.. Can’t remember a time Little Debbie ever let me down, and you know what they say, ” The way to a Man’s heart is thru his stomach”..

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    Eleanor Loos
    February 19, 2017 at 9:23 am

    That song is truly funny ….. Chitter and Chatter have a grand gift of being able to make people chuckle! And, yes, we have Little Debbies in most food stores in northern Ohio!

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    Ron Stephens
    February 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    You remind me of the story behind Moon Pies. (If curious, search on “moon pie”.) When I was growing up that was the Little Debbie equivalent. We rarely had store-bought sweets and I was probably in my teens before I had a Little Debbie or Twinkie or anything like that. Even to this day there is no store-bought sweet that I am especially partial to.
    What a blessing you all have in your family ties. And they bless others as well.

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    February 19, 2017 at 8:47 am

    and what about those oatmeal cream sandwiches . . . ?

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    Pam Danner
    February 19, 2017 at 8:37 am

    LOL. Love the song and love Little Debbie’s (is there anyone that doesn’t)! Unfortunately, they are way to high in points on Weight Watchers, but they are soooooo good! Well, maybe once in a while.

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    Don Tomlinson
    February 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

    Your girls should send that song to the folks at McKee Foods. You just never know.
    They have a huge plant up here in the shenandoah valley and sometimes the air around there smells so good that all you need is a big glass of cold milk and then just breathe while you drink it. Probably would add to a body’s waistline too but I agree they sure are good.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 19, 2017 at 7:47 am

    That’s wonderful! the girls are clever as well as beautiful and talented!
    I was worried about you yesterday. You don’t EVER not post. I worried till midday when I finally caught up with you to find the reason.

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    Candy Davis
    February 19, 2017 at 7:06 am

    That Little Debbie song was so clever and cute; I loved it. I can relate because I love Little Debbies. The Swiss Cake Rolls, Nutty Buddies and Fancy Cakes are my favorites. I have a story about Little Debbies told me by a friend. Her father had to spend the day at work driving from place to place and had no time to stop for lunch. He had a box of Little Debbies in the car, and decided to eat one of those instead. Well, as you know, you can’t eat just one, and soon the box was empty. Unfortunately, he was diabetic, and as the afternoon progressed he began to feel unwell to the point that we went to the Urgent Care Center. His blood sugar was sky high and the doctor was very alarmed. In trying to explain what had happened, her father said he had Little Debbies in the car, and before he could say more, the doctor, who was foreign, jumped up out of his seat and told the nurse, “Go get Little Debbie! We need her to come in here.” You can imagine the confusion that occurred. As the explanation came out, everyone had a good laugh. Her father was fine, and I bet that was the last time he ate a box of Little Debbies!

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    February 19, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I am glad to have an explanation about your delayed blog yesterday. I was concerned, because you are such a reliable poster. It did not deter me, as I simply posted on the one from day before . Of course, among my many shortcomings is the tendency of being a worrywart. My family likes to poke fun at my going off on a tangent when I become concerned about some symptom they are experiencing. It is a sort of counterbalance for their lack of concern. Glad it was just a glitch with typepad.
    The girls are so young, and it is good they have such fun together. Just lovin’ those Little Debbie’s, but rarely buy because can’t eat just one.

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