January 12, 2007

Silent E


"Silent E" (1971)
by Tom Lehrer

Who can turn a can into a cane?
Who can turn a pan into a pane?
It's not too hard to see,
It's Silent E.

Who can turn a cub into a cube?
Who can turn a tub into a tube?
It's elementary
For Silent E.

He took a pin and turned it into a pine.
He took a twin and turned him into twine.

Who can turn a cap into a cape?
Who can turn a tap into a tape?
A little glob becomes a globe instantly,
If you just add Silent E.

He turned a dam - Ala Kazam! - into a dame.
But my friend Sam stayed just the same.

Who can turn a man into a mane?
Who can turn a van into a vane?
A little hug becomes huge instantly.
Don't add W, Don't add X, And don't add Y or Z,
Just add Silent E.

The Electric Company


Leslie said...

I'm totally having flashbacks here... almost as much as when I watch "Schoolhouse Rock!"

Chris said...

Yeah, I know. I was overwhelmed by sensory memory when I first watched this last week. The animation of the E, standing on the edge of the cliff, with stars and planets and things shooting off the end of that wand is burned deep into my psyche.