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Old 09-11-2016, 07:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Songs that count ! (or otherwise accumulate)

As children, counting songs are some of the first songs we learn, so, as is natural with growing children, we become rather scornful of them as we get older. But these songs often have a charm and an irresistible logic that quickly draws you in. Here are two examples in English:

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The structure of "repeat-and add, repeat-and-add" is strong enough to be evident even if you don't understand the words, and so these songs make great international ambassadors of music. Here are two songs (one French, one Turkish) in which the language defeats me, but the accumulating structure is still clear:-

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The Turkish song I came across thanks to misspoptart, and if you think I´ve posted the French one before, you're probably right - but that only goes to strengthen my request: Please post me some fresh international accumulating songs!!
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These segments from Sesame Street have been favorites of mine since they originally aired. Psychedelic visuals combined with the music and featuring vocals by some of my all-time favorite female vocalists...


Sesame Street Jazzy Spies Numbers (Grace Slick - Vocals)



Sesame Street Pinball Number Count (The Pointer Sisters - Vocals)
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HaHa! Thanks. Gotta luv those performing elephants, lilja!

That Grace Slick song was a real surprise, Psy-Fi - first that she' d be involved in such a project, and second, that the music is not trying to "talk down" to children by staying sweet and simple as so many children's songs do.
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Here's a darker take on this concept from Bjork—counting 107 steps to the gallows (originally sung by her in the movie Dancer in the Dark, reinterpreted here for her quasi soundtrack album Selmasongs):




And a lighter take from Eddie Cochran, climbing 20 flights for a booty call:

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The YT video is crap, so here's one on Vim:

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^ Thanks! Those are all good counting songs:-

- I like the way Bjork rather randomly skips numbers and thus avoids making a long long long predictable song.
- Really funny lyrics on the Eddie Cochran; it's a nice change to listen to a rocker who is prepared to laugh at himself.
- That's an interesting performance, Plankton, though I have to admit that I only got as far as cat #312 - the cat with the ordinary life, here's my mistress, here's my wife...

I would've posted earlier, but I've been trying to improve on this contribution, which isn't as interesting as the above and which neither counts nor accumulates :-

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I guess I haven't made enough posts to be allowed to post a link yet, but you can find this song on Youtube if you go and do a search.

"The Spanish Lady" by Donal Lunny. It's a lovely Celtic folksong that skip counts backwards. Make sure you find the version by Donal Lunny, though, many other version have a different chorus that doesn't include the counting.
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Hi MystiqueDeep, welcome to MB !

I followed your advice and found this nice song; is it the right version? Is Donal Lunny the Singer? The fast backward counting is a lot more of a challenge than the song where this thread began, "One man went to mow" !

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stick in your head, for the rest of your life. They come to mind at odd times, for no apparent reason and then play over and over and......
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