Do you ever have those blast-from-the-past moments that catch you completely off-guard and cause you to flit from one memory to another like a jittery pinball? Well that happened to me in a big way last week when someone used the phrase “lucky seven” in conversation. Two innocuous words we’ve probably all heard before, but for me, they bring up images of a big white rabbit, hitching a ride in the back of a truck full of cabbages.
If that means nothing to you, here it is more plainly: I immediately picture the video and hear the music for “Lucky Seven Sampson,” one of my all-time favorite Schoolhouse Rock songs. Seven was always my number, and man could I say my multiplication table sevens backwards and forwards after watching this video about a hundred times.
Of course, Lucky Seven Sampson got me thinking about all of the other great videos that Schoolhouse Rock produced, and I naturally fell down that slippery slope and had to watch them all. (I was about thirty seconds into my educational jam session before Spencer put on headphones.) It was a difficult task because these videos are seriously entertaining and actually really educational, but I think I’ve come up with a list of the ones that I loved the most as a kid and still love as an adult.
So here are seven more Schoolhouse Rock songs that are guaranteed to transport you right back to elementary school. (And they’ll probably be stuck in your head for the rest of the week. You’re welcome.)
No More Kings
Lolly, Lolly, Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here
$7.50 Once a Week
The Great American Melting Pot
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla
Sufferin’ ’til Suffrage
And because I couldn’t help myself, here’s an honorable mention from Schoolhouse Rock’s most recent selection of videos. Did anyone else know that they created a whole bunch of environmental videos in 2009? This one isn’t very good, but I have to give them props for trying to appeal to their current audience. Who doesn’t love a rapping walrus?
Save the Ocean
Are any of these Schoolhouse Rock videos on your favorites list? Did you watch these in the classroom, or could you catch them between Saturday morning cartoons?