Sharon, Lois & Bram - 1993

Sharon, Lois & Bram – 1993 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My post the other day on seeing my name for the first time in print made me think of the first time I ever heard it anywhere other than my home. It was on Sharon, Lois, and Bram’s Elephant Show! You know the skiddamarinky dinky dink show? Did you ever watch that? It was one of  my favorite shows when we were little and unlike most things from my childhood, when I look back on it as an adult, I still like it.

This episode pretty much captures my love for Sharon, Lois, and Bram:

I watched this episode for like 10 minutes last night and I couldn’t stop laughing.

I really liked Lois. She always seemed to dance and was kind of sassy, but Bram was my favorite. He was such a gentle soul and I was certain that he read prodigiously like me and liked to wear argyle and bow ties in his time away from the show. I think I had an old man crush on him. He was the perfect grandpa type and I was perfectly grandpa-less and it didn’t really matter that he was in Canada and I was in Washington State because we were made for one another.

I also liked the guest stars on the show though Eric Nagel was kind of a maniac. He didn’t seem like a safe person to be on a show for small children. There was something unpredictable about him in his wild plaid and unshaved face. He had a bit of crazy about the eyes, but I loved him too.

In this particular episode, they seem to be encouraging hoarding to the tune of fuba wuba. They routinely made up these silly lyrics and choruses, but they harmonized so perfectly.

Anyways, there is a song called Jada, Jada, Jing Jing Jing. I’m not making this up. If you have an old, Polish grandpa then for whatever reason, he probably knows this song! (Trust me, old dudes have sung this to me routinely). Sharon, Lois, and Bram sang this song on their show one day and I didn’t stop smiling for a whole month.

So, yes, there is a nonsensical song that has my name in it. It goes like this:

(Bob Carleton)

You’ve heard all about your raggy melodies
Ev’rything from opera down to harmony
But I’ve a little song that I will sing to you
It’s going to win you through and through

There ain’t much to the words, but the music is grand
And you’ll be singing it to beat the band
Now you’ve heard of your “Will O’ The Wisp”
But give a little listen to this

It goes Ja Da, Ja Da, Ja Da Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing
Ja Da, Ja Da, Ja Da Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing
That’s a funny little bit of melody
It’s so soothing and appealing to me
It goes Ja Da, Ja Da, Ja Da Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing!

Anyways, I couldn’t find the Sharon, Lois, and Bram version, so I’ll leave you with this one instead:

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