Morning Musically-Minded, Medically-Minded, Masticators!
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Over the past 600+ episodes, The Simpsons has taken us on an amazing journey involving music, science, and food to name a few concepts.
And what better way to start your week, then by discussing some of these concepts Monday morning?
So let’s get started this week by talking about a Simpsons original song, “We’re sending our love down the well!”.
In the forty eighth episode of The Simpsons, Radio Bart (Season 03, Episode 13), Bart is celebrating his tenth birthday at Wall-e-Weasels. Bart looking forward to his presents is disappointed at his haul, which includes a label make from Patty and Selma and a Superstar Celebrity Microphone from Homer.
While not thrilled with his gifts, Bart does make the msot of his label maker and start labelling everything “Property of Bart Simpson”. Homer disappointed that Bart doesn’t like his gift tries to convince Bart of how cool it is. With a little convincing from Marge, Bart in turn starts using the microphone. However, he uses it for pranks. The pranks keep escalating until Bart puts his radio down the well and convinces the town’s people that a little boy name Timmy O’Toole has fallen down the well and is stuck.
The story develops a media circus and even sparks celebrities to sing a song to raise awareness about Timmy O’Toole.
But when Lisa catches Bart in the midst of his hoax, she reminds him what will happen when the town’s people go down the well and find a radio with the label “Property of Bart Simpson” on it. Bart worried decides to go down the well to take his radio out. But unfortunately gets stuck. While initially hurt and betrayed by the lie, the town’s people and celebrities who sang a song for Timmy O’Toole come to the rescue of Bart.
But have you ever wondered about the song the celebrities sang?
We’re sending our love down the well!
“We’re sending our love down the well!” was a song produced by Krusty the Clown and Sting as a tribute for ‘Timmy O’Toole.
The song didn’t get off the ground until Sting was available, which wasn’t until several days after Krusty contacted him. Sting, and the other celebrities who participated in the song, were more than happy to do whatever they can to help Timmy.
When Krusty was asked by Kent Brockman in an interview what he planned to do with the royalties, Krusty said that after they paid for promotion, shipping, distribution, and limo rental fees, “Whatever’s left, we’ll throw down the well.”
The song became a #1 hit, staying at the top for a week. But when the hoax was discovered, it dropped all the way down to #97.
Participants in the song include (in alphabetical order) Bleeding Gums Murphy, the Capital City Goofball, Joe Quimby, Krusty the Clown, Lance Murdock, Marvin Monroe, Princess Kashmir, Rainier Wolfcastle, Scott Christian, Sideshow Mel, Stephanie the Weather Lady, Sting, and Troy McClure.
Here are lyrics of the catchy song:
There’s a hole in my heart
As deep as a well
For that poor little boy
Who’s stuck halfway to Hell.
Though we can’t get him out
We’ll do the next best thing.
We go on TV and sing, sing, siiing!
And we’re sending our love down the well!
All the way dooown!
We’re sending our love down the well!
Down that well!
The song is somewhat a tribute/parody of the Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie written 1985 song “We Are the World” performed by a myriad of celebrities known collectively as ‘U.S.A. For Africa’:
This song also had another version in 2010 for Haiti:
Now that we’ve learned more about “We’re sending our love down the well!”, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons.
And here’s a little early Christmas present from the episode for the ladies (and men who prefer men):
Did you remember the song “We’re sending our love down the well!”? Were you familiar with the song “We are the World”? What about the musician Sting? What’s your favourite Simpsons musical reference? What about your favourite Sting song? If we were to do another version of “We are the World” for the pandemic, who would be the five to ten celebrities you would love to hear sing the song? Sound off in the comments below. You know we love hearing from you.