What sorts of things have we memorized without noticing?
The 26 sudents in Lynda Barry’s “What It Is” class at the UW-Madison were given about two and a half minutes to write down any rhymes or jingles or phrases they had in their head, from nursery rhymes to ads for “Auto Glass Specialists”
26 students plus pen, paper, and the same 150 seconds equaled this snapshot of the collective ditty-swarm
She sells sea shells by the seashore. Mary had a little lamb, with fleece as white as snow. Bah Bah black sheep have you any wool A stitch in time saves nine. Mary had a little lamb, whose fleece was white as snow Don’t get out of the boat! NEVER GET OUT OF THE BOAT!! NEVER GET OUT OF THE BOAT! Cause she’s a BRICK HOUSE! She’s MIGHTY MIGHTY……. LETTING IT ALL HANG OUT The clothes she wears and her sexy way Makes and old man wish for younger days. YAW! Choo Choo Charlie was an Engineer Choo Choo Charlie was his name—we hear. He had and engine— and it sure was fun. He used Good + Plenty candy to make the train RUN. Charlie sez I love my Good and Plenty. Charlie Heads, shoulders, knees and toes knees and toes knees and toes. Heads shoulders knees and toes knees and toes knees and toes. Row row row your The Nina the Pina the Santa Maria, a loaf of bread a quart of milk and a stick of butter. Five-five-eight-two- three hundred, Empire! Hairy Beary was a bear, Hairy Beary had no hair. Hairy Beary wazn’t fuzzy was he? Auto Glass Specialists. We’re the guys in the little red trucks. And ___________that April with its ___________ soota the drought of March had parched to the roofa. Ms Mary Mack Mack Mack all dressed in Black Black Black. Roses are red, violets are blue, who cares about the rest? Klang klang klang went the trolley, ding ding ding went the bell. A tutor who tooted a flute tried to tutor two tutors to toot. Said the two to the tutor is it tougher to toot or to tutor two tutors to toot? Thow them bones. Bert is always Bert. Twinkle Twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are. Sky rockets in flight. Afternoon delight. My girls got a pair of hips just like two battle ships. I’d buy her anything to keep her in style. She just kept talking about caulk. Creepy Crawlers: scare your sister, embarrass your dad, it will be the most fun you ever had! Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar. When the sun is shining and the summers get hot, Water Country’s a very cool spot. There’s no better place to feel or be young. Water Country, Water Country, have some fun. When you go out, go out to White Hen.Less Filling. Taste Great! Less Filling. Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a talke of a fearless trip, of how the minnow would be lost. A three hour tour. A three hour tour. You wonder why I always dress in black, why do I wear the colors on my back. I ware it for the sick and lonely old, for those whose bad trip left them cold. Upfront theres always a man in black. I hear the train a comin’, it’s comin’ down the line. Well it’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready now go cat go but don’t you step on my blue suede shoes. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack went down and Jack fell down and ?? Oh say can you see by the dawns early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilights last gleaming and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air gave proof through the night that our flag was still there O say does that star spangled banner yet wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.I like big butts and I cannot lie, you other brothers can deny when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and that round thing in your face you get sprung and wanna pull out tuff cuz you noticed that butt was stuffed deep in the jeans she’s wearin’. I’m hooked and I can’t stop starin’ But we unleashed a lion, gnashed his teeth and bit the recess lady’s breast, how could I forget. You’re the only one who could hold your head up high, shake your fists at the gates saying “I’ve come home now” Bring me the Spirit, the Son and the Father, tell them their pillar of faith has ascended, give me my wings. Uh oh, spaghetti-os. A wise old owl sat on an oak. The more he heard the less he spoke. The more he spoke the less he heard. Imitate that wise old bird. May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be at your back, may rains fall on your fields, and the sun fall gently on your face. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. O Shannadoah I long to see you and hear I said a bang bang bangity bang bang bang bangity bang. Tea for two two for tea, me for you and you for me. Little Bunny Foo hopping through the forest scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head. Hey diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle Look at Mikey, he likes it! Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. She breaks just like a little girl. All I know is that I don’t know. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plane plain? Ferdinand sat quietly under the cork tree. Riiiicola. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Sponge Bob Square Pants. One ring to rull them all, one ring to find them, one ring to _________and in the darkness bind them. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands. Ding Dong the witch is dead. Taste the rainbow. This is how the lady rides trot trot trot this is how the gentleman rides canter canter canter. This is how the old farmer rides, O! Gallop-y gallopy. O! Gallop-y gallop-y Subway- Eat fresh! She sells sea shells by the sea short. Maisy doats and dozy doats and lambsy divey a kidll adivy too wouldn’t you? Verlo Verlo Verlo made just for me. Get in the zone, AUTOZONE! I got a letter from the government the other day. I opened and read it. It said they were suckers. They wanted me for their army or whatever, picture me giving a damn, I said never. This is a land that never gave a damn about a brother like me, because they never have. I wasn’t with it but that very minute it occurred to me the sucker had authority. She said _____________can we get married at the mall, I said look you need to crawl before you ball, come meet me in the bathroom stall and show my why you deserve to have it all. Bitches in the back looking righteous in a tight dress I think I might just hit her with a little biggie LOL Hot to tote a gun and have fun with Jamaican Rum. Old McDonald had a farm EIEIO And on that farm there was a chicken EIEIO Mary had a little lamb little lamb little lamb Mary had why can’t I remember anything? Pizza! Pizza! Hi ho the dairy-o! Captain Planet he’s our hero! Where does the time go? Where does the mind go? La la laaaa taaa daaa Ice water coffee and cigarettes Our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven let us not give into our temptation but deliver us from evil Amen. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday happy birthday if it’s your birthday make some noise. Lefty loosey righty tighty. Pork chops and onion gravy pretty girls gonna drive me crazy. Hennesy gonna kill me by and by dunt dunt dunna dun dunt dunt Feel Me! Dunt dunt dunna dun dunt Feel Me! So just sit down on a banana peel. Mary had a little lamb with fleece as white as snow, bah bah black sheep have you any wool how come I can only remember the first line? There once was a man from Kantucket whose mother was a milk pail or bucket when he went to school he started to drool and then in the end he said to hell with this I’m going to Disney. Wrap up wrap it up keep it cozy and warm. The swinging chicks all go Jay Jacobs for style galore they know where all the smart girls hang out Jay Jacobs store Jay Jacobs fashions drive you Wild! Wild! Jay Jacobs where the fashion is. Yeah.