25 May 2011

Wrong Lyrics

There is a classic children's song that is popular in the Mormon church. I don't know why it's not popular elsewhere because it's a great kids song. It's called "Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree," and it has hand motions, which is mostly what makes it so fun. The only thing is, most people sing it incorrectly. If you're not LDS, you may find this quiz kind of boring. And I apologize. If you are LDS, you might find this quiz enlightening. Fill in the blanks:

I looked out the window, and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!
Spring had brought me such a nice surprise,
_________ popping right before my eyes.
I could take an armful, and make a treat,
A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.
It wasn't really so,
But it seemed to ______
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.

So, what lyrics did you put in those gaps? Most commonly people say "popcorn" and "me." These are both incorrect. The correct lyrics are "blossoms" and "be." To be honest, I think that "me" and "be" are pretty interchangeable in the context of the song; both make sense. However, mistaking the word "blossoms" for "popcorn" makes the song utterly silly. The whole point is that the blossoms look like popcorn. If you never know they are blossoms and just think it's popcorn then it's really nonsensical.

And also it's wrong.

Music and lyrics of Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree can be found (and heard) by clicking the link.


James said...

Random and enlightening. You must have a calling in Primary.

Leighana said...

Yeah, i've been singing "popcorn" the whole time. Haha. Hey..but now i know!

Packrat said...

I don't remember this at all, but it makes a really cute poem. Is it sung to its own tune, or does it share one with another song? If shared, which one? Thanks for sharing this.

Brianne said...

So, I actually got the blanks right. The words I had wrong were "had" and "could." I usually sing, "Spring has..." and "I can take...."

La Carter said...

I love that you say, "And also, it's wrong." Because I too dislike when things become commonplace that are indeed wrong. Except now, when I tell my 7-year old that she is singing the wrong words, she will most likely tell me I'm wrong, then she will go to her Primary teacher for clarification, and said Primary teacher will not be very happy with me for pointing out the mistake. Also, I can't believe I have been singing the wrong, dang, nonsensical words all these years. But you're right, it TOTALLY does not make sense to say "popcorn".

Angela Noelle of SK said...

I have always been a stickler for the "blossoms" part - but had the
"be" wrong! AAAAAH!

Packrat said...

I feel so silly! Of course, I've heard this.

Janssen said...

Yes, I have always sung it wrong.