Crazy ABC’s

Has anyone else heard the Crazy ABC’s song? They play it on XM Kids all the time and it is hilarious. However, there are 2 problems with it. Not only does it completely confuse Lila (she keeps on asking me if tsunami really starts with a T…) but it’s written by the group Barenaked Ladies. So when they announce the song – “And that was the Barenaked Ladies with “Crazy ABC’s” – Lila wants to know why Barenaked Ladies are singing a song. Oops. I did learn something new though. I didn’t realize they pronounce Z in Canada as Zed. Very interesting! Here are the lyrics. It’s not quite as funny to read it because the exchange between the singer and the guitar player is really funny. I’ll post a video/music clip once I find one.

Hey Steve!
Hey Ed, that sounds nice, what is it?
Thank you, it’s an alphabet song I’m working on
Oh great, a whole new alphabet, I just learned the old one.
A is for aisle
B is for bdellium
C is for czar
And if you see him, would you mind telling him-
Okay, hang on a second, yeah aisle?
Yeah, aisle like a, like a theatre.
Alright, okay, and bdellium?
Bdellium, it’s a gum like tree resin, it starts with a silent B
And then czar?
Yeah, it’s uh- like a Russian czar. You know, everyone knows apple ball and cat, I wanted to get into some you know, some stranger words.
Right, I see what you’re doing.
D is for djinn
E for Euphrates
F is for fohn, but not like when I call the ladies
I thought phone started with a “p”…like a “ph”
No its f-o-h-n, it’s a kind of wind
Yeah, I know what you mean by wind
G for Gnarly, I for irk
H is for hour
J for jalapeño
Good in either corn or flour
(tortillas…)
Nice rhyme
K is for knick-knack
L is for llama
Pramma, llama, ding…
What’s so strange about llama?
Llama, its starts with two L’s
What’s the second one for?
No idea.
I know, loser.
M for mnemonic
N is for ngomo
O is for ouija board
P for pneumonia, pterodactyl and psychosis
Q is for qat
Okay, Q – qat? What?
Yeah it’s uh…q-a-t, It’s an evergreen shrub It’s a perfect scrabble word because it’s a q with no u, There’s not many of those
You have too much time on your hands.
R is for R-gyle
No, it isn’t
Okay, you’re right; I couldn’t find a good “r” word
S is for Saar, a lovely German river
T for tsunami, a wave that makes me quiver
U is for urn, but not like earning money
V for vraisemblance from French, And therefore kind of funny
W for wren, wrinkly, and who.
X is for Xian, an ancient Chinese city, true!
Ancient Chinese city, huh?
My guitar player, some hotshot.
Y is for yperite, a very nasty gas.
And zed’s the final letter
And by final, I mean last.
Okay, when you say zed,
For the benefit of our American friends
You really mean Z, right?
No I mean Zed, like, like Zed Zed Top.
Zed Zed Top?
Yeah, you know the guys with the big long beards, well, except the guy whose name is Beard, he has a mustache
I always thought that was interesting
You done with the alphabet? No extra letters I haven’t heard of?
I think so.
Well this was a great help, I think, you know, the contribution you made to world literacy
Well, I’m just saying, kids I’m just saying
Think outside the box a little bit
Box with an “r”
Yeah, well, no, box with a b-a-l-k-s, like a pitcher.
Ahh, as opposed to b-a-c-h-s, Right, think outside the “balks”

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