I had one of those ‘random things from school popping into my head’ moments again today. Being firmly of the Google generation I duly searched for it, partly to see if it is something I imagined – to validate my strange mind, and of course to see if anybody else out in Internet Land had remembered more of it than me.
We’re back at Primary school time, so mid-to-late 80’s, and it was one of those strange music-book-story type things. I seem to recall it being about a catalogue in which you could order pretty much anything you could possibly want. Pretty much the only thing I could recall in any detail were the words (and tune) to part of a song: “It’s easy as falling off a log, when you order from the giant ginormous catalogue.”
All Google really unearthed were a couple random Facebook groups such as this one and this one. Given the myriad of randomly and wonderfully obscure information on the Internet I can’t believe there’s nothing more than that. Can anyone remember any more? I’m wondering if any Google hits that find this page might reunite me with somebody who can remember what the hell I’m talking about in more detail.
While I’ve been pondering this I can remember another musical type thing that we endured at school. It involved some kind of song-writing competition in which there was a hero and a villain – the villain realised he wasn’t very talented so arranged to copy the hero’s song to cheat and win. The hero gets wind of this, and creates a dirgey tuneless song to trick him – whilst of course secretly having a real song in reserve.
The only real detail I can remember are the lyrics to the ‘fake’ song, although I may have some details wrong… it goes something like this: “The blackbird sings a tuneful song, with turns and trills so fine, such skill has he, such majesty, but it’s not as good as mine. La la la la la, La la la la la, no it’s not as good as mine.”
The only potential reference Google could find for this was this Tweet. One solitary Tweet. On the whole Internet – and hardly conclusively about the song I’m thinking about. After all, the blackbird does sing a tuneful song.
Does anybody else retain these meaningless trinkets of memory to the extent I do? I often think when I’m at work struggling to remember what I was working on a few weeks ago when somebody has a follow-up query that if I could somehow empty my cache of these silly recollections it might give me a more efficient mind.
It would be a shame to lose silly recollections though, wouldn’t it? I think on reflection even if that was an option I would keep them. I would love to hear from anybody who stumbles upon this post through searching for either of the song lyric fragments above, though!