February 02, 2012

Maybe I was a Flapper in a Previous Life

My son came home from school yesterday and informed me that in his AP English class, they'd written a paper on the history of a famous song and then they had to sing it. They were given, "I've Been Working on the Railroad".

I asked how it went and he said, 'Great. I was the only one who knew the words, so my partners stood behind me and snapped while I sang the rest of it..."

Me: You sing?

Ringo: Yeah.

Me: Bass?

Ringo: Yeah.

Me: You can hold a tune?

Ringo *indignantly*: YES

Me: Hunh. Who knew. How did it go?

Ringo: Peggy said that my voice was soothing and she had this urge to go to sleep.

Me: I... just didn't know you sang.

Ringo: Yeah, I sing with my friends all the time. We sing "Come Sail Away". I start it low and everyone keys off me.

Me: *blink* By Styx?

Ringo: Yeah, Bobby txt'd me today and said that during his History test he kept singing Come Sail Away in his head... to my voice. He said it was weird.

I had no clue this kid sang. NONE. And honestly, he may totally suck, but evidently he has no qualms singing in front of people. My introvert is evidently not very inhibited.

Bones informed us the other night that one of the songs they are singing in his vocal group is "I've Been Working on the Railroad". I found that coincidental and told him today when he got in the car, "You won't believe what song Ringo had to sing in his English class yesterday!"

Bones: Ummm. "Come Sail Away"?

Me: *blink*

Bones: Well?

Me: Uh no. Why did you guess that?

Bones: He was singing it in the car the other day.

Me: Can he sing?

Bones: Yup?

Me: Carry a tune?

Bones: Yup. He's a bass.

Me: Well, he was singing "I've Been Working on the Railroad", you know like you have been singing in Boys Chorus?

Bones: Hunh.

Me: He said his partners didn't know the words, so they snapped it. Who doesn't know the words to that song?

Bones: Well, Mom. Seriously. That song is from YOUR generation. I'd expect YOU would know the words.





Me: Dude. Not only is it NOT my generation, it's not even Big Daddy's. We're talking... 1920s.

Bones: Really? I'm so surprised. I thought for sure they made that song when you were a kid.

Holy crap.

Posted by Boudicca at February 2, 2012 11:22 PM

Well, I guess I'll use this post as motivation to get off my ass and send you copies of more music from our generation- you know, the 20s and 30s.

Posted by: K-nine at February 3, 2012 12:49 AM

That was wonderful.

Posted by: Curtis at February 3, 2012 05:03 AM

Ohhhh. My cheeks hurt. That is sooo funny. I think Bones is fantastic. He makes me feel better.

Posted by: vwbug at February 3, 2012 05:37 AM

So Wiki dates it back at least to 1894 with roots back to 1846. Thats way older than TGOO.

Posted by: The Thomas at February 3, 2012 12:42 PM

Styx? Really? Must be because they watch south park?

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at February 3, 2012 05:30 PM

When I started reading this post, I started thinking, "Bones has GOT to show up somewhere in this one"... and then he makes his grand appearance halfway through and doesn't disappoint.

Posted by: diamond dave at February 3, 2012 08:55 PM

I cannot stop laughing! Your boys are delightful, always full of surprises!

Brings back memories too! We used to sing "I've been working on the railroad" on car trips down to Florida every year! This was back in the 1960's and 70's, in an old Chevy station wagon, with no air conditioning, and no seat belts. We sang "Old MacDonald", "Fernando's Hideaway", "Bingo", anything my parents could teach us - just to keep us kids occupied and keep themselves sane!

Posted by: Mary at February 4, 2012 12:08 AM

They should really figure out a way to combine the two songs into a medley. I think it would work. :)
I really love your stories about your boys.

Posted by: tina at February 4, 2012 09:16 PM

OMG your conversation with Bones so reminds me of when my daughter was in college. We were there for her graduation and out at a bar the night before. They started playing Margaritaville. Everyone was singing. She looked at me and said "you know this song?" I said "Well, yeah, it came out when I was in college". She was shocked... she thought it had only come out just as she went to college. LOL.

Posted by: Teresa at February 6, 2012 12:29 AM