Wednesday, November 4, 2009

WEE Sing Silly Songs...

I was helping out with a little bit of cleaning at home and guess what the beaver dug up?

A set of cassettes with songs, not just songs but WEE Sing songs.

I am not sure how many people would even know about the WEE Sing series in India but my Google search tells me that its quite popular in America. I found many of them in by people like me who grew up with the WEE Sing series and were now selling it off. My market survey also alerted me that each of them are worth round about $ 10. Thanks to my numerous NRI relatives, I could actually get a little "dough" by selling them. But, of course, I really don't understand how people can sell such things that are so much more like wonderful memories than just books/tape.

That got me thinking as to which aunt/uncle actually gifted it to us. My mom helped me out by naming a distant aunt whom, unfortunately, I cant remember at all. So I just nodded and started flipping through the book. My mom joined me and I started singing some of them that I remembered...remembered it so vivdly that I was able to sing without looking at the lyrics.

There were three series that we had plus some others. Each song and illustration brought with it a flood of memories that I dint even know I would remember. I do remember some things from my childhood conciously and then there are these memories; lost somewhere deep down in my tiny brain. I felt a little dazed for sometime as I sat there with my mom. I felt like I had time-travelled back to about 18 years ago and there I was with my mom and KUPY, singing and prancing around the house in an utterly un-self-concious way that only kids that age can.

It felt very, very different feeling that way. I dint want to let go of her.

For the sake of being able to re-visit this memory again without actually needing the book/tape (my mom has now locked it in our safe becasue she feels that doing so would help her somehow also lock up her two little girls who have now moved out) - I thought I'll leave in a song here that was one of KUPY's favorite. She used to love singing this song and actually the beaver also dug up a tape with recordings of KUPY and myself singing many of these songs with a lot of talking and giggling in between :)

---Nobody Likes Me---

Nobody likes me,
Everybody hates me,
Guess I'd go eat worms.
Long, thin, slimy ones,
Short, fat, juicy ones,
Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy, wuzzy worms.

Down goes the first one,
Down goes the second one,
Oh, how they wriggle and squirm,
Long, thin, slimy ones,
Short, fat, juicy ones,
Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy, wuzzy worms.

Up comes the first one,
Up comes the second one,
Oh, how they wriggle and squirm,
Long, thin, slimy ones,

Short, fat, juicy ones,
Itsy, bitsy, fuzzy, wuzzy worms.

Thanks Pamela and Susan! :)

P.S.: KUPY and I are not Pamela and Susan... :P Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp are the authors of the WEE Sing series.


Kandidly yours said...

lol...I remember this song...was singing it in the car one depressing winter evening driving back home. See, the thing about this song is it makes me feel better when I sing it though it is a person lamenting his/her unlikeability :)


The Icicle said...

i know!!! i think that's the whole irony of the song itself...more so the lyrics i should say.
btw, thrilled to see you on board. when are you gonna start posting? :D

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've never had the opportunity to grow up with Wee Sing. My husband did and recently purchased a copy of the Wee Sing Silly Songs for our children. However, it is a new recording with kids singing. If you have the original, would you be share it? I suppose it would be a copyright infringement, but I can't find the original anywhere onl

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