Children’s Corner: Earworm Mystery Solved!

For years I’ve had a song from early childhood stuck in my head: “Work, work, work, I try not to complain. Washing, mending, stretching bending, Every day’s the same.”  (sound clip below). I could have sworn it was from Cinderella, but I couldn’t find it anywhere in the Disney version. Nobody I knew recognized the tune, except my younger sister, who had only the vaguest recollection. Where in the world had I picked up this song?

It looks like I was on the right track, and thanks to a jump down the YouTube rabbit hole with some blogger friends, I finally solved my mystery! It’s the opening song from a Cinderella audiobook—a record!—released by Peter Pan Records as part of their series of book-and-record sets (it’s now available on CD).

Ahhhh now everything in the corners of my memory is connecting! I remember my little Fisher Price record player, and how I loved that “Peter Pan storyteller” narrator and the sound of the bell telling me to turn the page. (I also remember later using that same record player to listen to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” over and over again while I transcribed the lyrics.)

Do you have an early audiobook memory?

  • Katie McDermott

    YES. This just triggered a funny memory for me! My mother used to have this cassette tape of the book “Stone Soup” in her car, and whenever my sister and I would start fighting (which we did often, ahem, and still do), she would make us say three nice things about each other (I like your zipper, I like your eyebrow, and so on), and then force us to listen to “Stone Soup.” We hated it, and the narrator had the most annoying voice! So funny, and thanks for triggering that memory! 🙂

  • OMG. I had the Goldilocks and The 3 Bears book in this series! I can’t remember a thing. Does that count as a memory? ;P

  • Jennine G.

    I’ve never at any time been an audiobook user, but I do recall rewinding mixed tapes over and over again as I transcribed lyrics! Oh my gosh, how weird to think of now when I watch my kids just google and read the lyrics from a screen.

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