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, than by discussing some of these concepts Monday morning?
So let’s get started this week by talking about a classic Simpsons original song.
In the seventy fourth episode of The Simpsons, I Love Lisa (Season 04, Episode 15), it’s Valentine’s Day in Springfield and all the kids at Springfield Elementary are busy making and sharing Valentine’s cards. Unfortunately no one has given Ralph a card. Noticing Ralph upset, Lisa quickly makes him a card that reads “I Choo-Choo-Choose You.” with a picture of a choo-choo train on it.
Ralph immediately appreciates the card, but unfortunately reads too much into it. He starts developing feelings for Lisa and gets her all sorts of gifts and tries to spend as much time as possible with her. With the help of his father, he scores the lead role of George Washington opposite Lisa’s Martha Washington in the President’s Day play.
He also gets them tickets to Krusty’s special 29th anniversary show, thanks to a police bust by his dad Chief Wiggum (the first episode that directly references Chief Wiggum and Ralph as father and son). When Krusty interviews Ralph at the anniversary show, Lisa breaks Ralph’s heart on national television.
Krusty: “What’s your name, son?”
Krusty: “And is this your girlfriend, Ralph?
Ralph: “Yes! I love Lisa Simpson, and when I grow up, I’m going to marry her!”
Lisa: “NOOOOOOOOOO! Now you listen to me! I don’t like you! I never liked you, and the only reason I gave you that stupid valentine is because nobody else would!”
(Bart pauses the video and puts it in slo-mo)
Bart: “Watch this, Lise. You can actually pinpoint the second when his heart rips in half. And… now.”
When the day of the President’s Day play arrives, it starts with a Simpsons original song about the lesser known Presidents. Then Bart and Millhouse play John Wilkes Booth and Abraham Lincoln. And then finally Ralph and Lisa portray the life story of George and Martha Washington.
But have you ever wondered what song the kids sang about the Presidents at the play?
With lyrics by Jeff Martin and Frank Mula and music by Alf Clausen and Jeff Martin, the President’s Song is an oringial song written and performed for the episode.
Initially Principal Skinner sets up the song.
“Good evening, everyone, and welcome to a wonderful evening of theater and picking up after yourselves. We begin with a tribute to our lesser-known Presidents.”
We are the mediocre Presidents.
You won’t find our faces on dollars or on cents.
There’s Taylor, there’s Tyler, there’s Fillmore and there’s Hayes,
There’s William Henry Harrison.
I died in thirty days!
Caretaker Presidents of the U.S.A.!
Now that we’ve learned more about the President’s song, be sure to come back next week when we continue our Monday morning musings with the next episode of The Simpsons.
Did you remember the episode? What’s your favourite love story episode of The Simpsons? What about your favourite Simpsons original song? Were you familiar with these lesser known Presidents? Sound off in the comments below. You know we love hearing from you.