Thursday, March 19, 2009

Three Is A Magic Number

Schoolhouse Rock ... well, rocks. Originally conceived to teach school kids math, civics, and grammar it unconsciously picked up on the prevailing morality of the day.

Take Three Is A Magic Number and look at some of the lyrics: they're so Catholic.

Three is a magic number,
Yes it is, it's a magic number.
Somewhere in the ancient, mystic trinity
You get three as a magic number.

The past and the present and the future.
Faith and Hope and Charity,
The heart and the brain and the body
Give you three as a magic number.

A man and a woman had a little baby,
Yes, they did.
They had three in the family,
And that's a magic number.


Patrick said...

In Eddie From Ohio's last show at Bad Habits (way back in 1999), they did a medley of SchoolHouse Rock songs. It was fabulous. I have the 'bootlegged' (I believe it was sanctioned by the band) copy of that show. I'll have to hunt it down and burn you a copy. It is good stuff.

Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

The complete collection of Schoolhouse Rock is available on DVD; I have a copy. There's quite a lot there that I doubt could be made today.

"Three is a Magic Number" was the very first one they made, but many others are chock full of traditional values, build on biblical themes, or just have fun anachronisms.

The song that teaches multiply by two, for instance, feature Noah, the ark, and the animals.

My kids all love it.

Nod said...

Yes! Yes!


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