“Second verse – same as the first,” he said as he stared at his computer screen. He didn’t look up.
I smiled at the young man. He had a round head and beard that would have made Grizzly Adams proud. I could sense the lady in line behind me.
“You know who sang that song?” I asked the Fed Ex clerk. He didn’t know he’d just encountered a music trivia buff.
I was sending two Fed Ex envelopes to two different addresses and the kid asked me to confirm all the shipping info, the shipper’s address and the shippe’s address. (My contribution to the English language there). After he asked me to confirm is when he said that line trying to be clever. I thought he was, but obviously not clever enough to know the origin of it.
“No,” the kid didn’t hesitate.
“Herman’s Hermits,” I enlightened the youngster.
“Never heard of ’em,” the kid gave me an unimpressed glance and went back to punching the keyboard with his pudgy fingers.
I pressed the green “Ship” button. “It’s the Henry The V111th song,” I told the kid to see if that might ring a bell for him.
I turned slightly to make sure the lady behind me was still there. She was. The kid shot me an annoyed look as my receipt and tracking number was being printed. For just a fraction of a millisecond I thought about singing the chorus to the kid. I was certain that he’d have to have heard that song, even in his short life.
“Here’s your tracking number,” the kid circled it at the top of the receipt. He had no interest in knowing the who, what, where, when, and why of that saying that he spouted with pride just a couple of minutes earlier.
“Thanks,” I told him and walked out.
That’s one sure way of getting a song stuck in your head. I thought about the old movies of the Herman’s Hermits with girls chasing them around like they were the Beatles, the group they were imitating. I remembered Peter Noonan, the lead singer of the Herman’s Hermits, in cartoon form, on Scooby Doo when I was a kid.
I hopped in my truck, fired it up, and started singing out loud, with the heavy English brogue accent for authenticity,
“I’m Inery the eighth I am
Inery the eighth I am, I am
I got married to the widows next daw
She’s been married seven time befaw
And every one was an Inery, (Inery!)
She didn’t wanna Willy or a Sam (Not a Sam!)
I’m the eight old man I’m Inery
Inery the eighth I am
Second verse – same as the first.”
I sang it a few more times. I sang it enough times to get it out of my system. It’s kinda like scratching an itch.
When a person hears something that resonates or makes sense to them they keep it. They think enough of it to repeat it, even if they don’t know the origin.
I hear people quote “The Golden Rule” loud and often. It just makes sense to them, but the majority don’t know it’s the common sense God designed into them that speaks to their heart from Matthew 7:12.
I don’t do it to rain on their parade, but I don’t mind telling them that it was a quote from Jesus. True wisdom and enlightenment comes from God.
The origin of some words don’t mean a lot. Some do. Some words can lead to an eternity with the Author…