Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Day!

Leap Days always remind me of frogs for obvious reasons. And frogs always remind me of "Green Grow the Rushes O", not the Christianity-affiliated version but rather the Sesame Street one. When our grandmother had returned from a holiday in Perth back in the days when traveling overseas was a Very Big Deal, she brought Rat and I a VHS crammed with Sesame Street episodes that had aired in Oz while she was there.

It wasn't as if we could not get Sesame Street episodes here, but there was a novelty to the fact that we were watching Aussie TV! And the one segment that stood out for the both of us was "Green Grow the Rushes O" that was meant to teach kids to count till 5 forward and backward. Particularly entertaining was the banjo-playing tortoise who sang lead and the chorus of children that sang the titular phrase. Rat and I would take turns being the tortoise or the chorus.

But the funniest bit to us came at the end when the tortoise ends with "One is one and all alone and evermore shall... beeee... soooo", swooping down an entire octave. At this point, Rat and I would both sing the tortoise part, exaggerating the bass voice, then clutch each other and laugh helplessly at the ridiculousness of it all.

We're years and years older now, but all one of us has to do is start with "I'll sing you one, O", before we're transformed back into the giggly kids of our childhood. It's been a while since we sang it. Perhaps tonight, in celebration of Leap Day.


Anonymous luckduck said...

It reminds me of the song: "The Twelve Days of Christmas"

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

11:16 am  
Blogger hippo said...

Actually, you're not far off. Wiki gives the alternative lyrics to "Green Grow the Rushes" and it's quite Christmas-related:

Twelve for the twelve Apostles
Eleven for the eleven who went to heaven,
Ten for the ten commandments,
Nine for the nine bright shiners,
Eight for the April Rainers,
Seven for the seven stars in the sky,
Six for the six proud walkers,
Five for the symbols at your door,
Four for the Gospel makers,
Three, three, the rivals,
Two, two, the lily-white boys,
Clothed all in green,
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so.

"Twelve Days" brings back the nostalgia of carefree days.

10:18 am  

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