I was sitting here doing some SH database stuff, and I put on my iTunes playlist, and along came Lui Collins's rendition of "Red Red Robin," a song I first encountered in some animated movie as a kid (possibly Max Fleischer's "follow the bouncing ball" version). Her performance is fun and infectious and immediately put me in a good mood, especially these lines:

Wake up, wake up you sleepyhead,

get up, get up, get out of bed

Cheer up, cheer up, the sun is red,

live, love, laugh and be happy

(Even though the first couple lines there are not really a sentiment I generally endorse, being more the sort who'd rather not get out of bed.)

So I figured I'd share the cheer. Sadly, Lui Collins's music is not available in the iTunes Store, but with a little digging, I found another similarly cheerful rendition: "Red Red Robin" as performed by Canadian singer/songwriter Fred Penner on his kids' album Happy Feet. The rest of the album sounds fun, too.

2 Responses to “Chirrup”

  1. Claris (sentimentalromantic)

    Heh, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I was told that song was written during/about the Great Depression. Alas, Wikipedia’s not really up on its pre-1950 music history.

  2. Jed

    The song’s apparently by Harry Woods, so I just now Googled [“red red robin” woods], and found several pages that say it was written in 1926. Wikipedia agrees; sounds like it became popular quickly, so it had been around for a couple years before the Depression.

    Side note: Wikipedia also notes that Woods wrote “I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover,” among others.


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