Friday, April 29, 2011

By way of explanation...

When I was eight years old, this was in heavy rotation on Saturday morning TeeWee:



(And to this day, I can't remember the preamble to the Constitution without singing it...)

22 comments:

Borepatch said...

And they say that Public TV isn't subversive ...

;-)

Murphy's Law said...

That stuff got me through college-level English class.
"Conjunction junction, what's your function?"
And the history ones are still fun to watch.

og said...

Imagine what the media wonks would be making now.

Maura said...

We must be a similar age! ;-)

I loved those so much, I bought the entire set of Schoolhouse Rock for my 10 year old.

And yes, he can sing the Preamble right along with his Mom.

"I'm just a Bill, yes I'm only a Bill - and I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill..."

Overload in Colorado said...

"We the People of the United States, in Order for form a more perfect Union..."

I wonder why they changed it?

Tam said...

It doesn't fit the rhythm.

Standard Mischief said...

Likewise, I want to see that goram bill get pocket-vetoed or something rather than celebrate the passing of another law, moving us ever closer to teh three felonies a day.

Alas, there's only so much you can cram into the rhyme

Scout26 said...

I thought I was the only person that "sang" the Constitution...

Scott said...

It's the ONLY way I can remember it. I have to consciously remind myself not to sing.

RevGreg said...

@Borepatch: They weren't done by PBS...they ran on ABC, were produced by an advertising agency (McCaffrey & McCall), and were sponsored (originally) by General Foods. Yay capitalism!

Drang said...

I confess to being at a loss as to what you need to explain.
'Course, I'm the one who's been burning offerings to his lares and penates thanking them for leaving Blighty...

Brian Dunbar said...

Those are good - I'm partial to 'Elbow Room' myself.

Oh, elbow room, elbow room.
Got to, got to get us some elbow room.
It's the moon or bust,
In God we trust.
There's a new land up there!

Brad K. said...

These are nice, and Conjunction Junction rocks.

But. I miss cowboy X.

og said...

snap on tools spam? really? Snap on has lowered themselves to spamming blogs?

WV hysturr. Snap on tools spam, and forklift word verification

Cybrludite said...

Imagine the screeching if they aired "Shot Heard 'Round The World" today...

Standard Mischief said...

og,

It's not snap-om (the obscenely over priced tool brand for the easily swayed mechanic). but some smuck that bought the domain. I'd advice not going to snapontorquewrench dot com with javascript on or ActiveX anything though.

As soon as snapon.com finds the site, they'll send a "C&D & give us the domain" letter, I figure.

Anonymous said...

My daughter is watching them right now. I bought the DVD set years ago because we enjoyed them. She likes them a lot and has really learned from them.

Have you watched the Tyranasourus Debt one? Amazing how small our debt was back then. My daughter is now scared of the debt!

Borepatch said...

@RevGreg, I had my hopes that the sepia-hued past might not be as disappointing as it truly is. Sigh.

DirtCrashr said...

You kids! Get off my..! Wait, that's not my lawn. I never saw that.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah! And the Adjective Song. "He was a hairy bear, he was a scary bear, and we soon fled from his lair."
LittleRed1

Gewehr98 said...

"Conjunction Junction, What's Your Function?" (hee-hee!)

Scout26 said...

Re: the Tyranasourus Debt vid. They failed to mention that Andrew Jackson paid it off in 1835.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Jackson#Federal_debt