When you try to make a baby laugh, do you sing? I forgot that I had sung the witch doctor song, “Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang!” to my daughter long ago. But, when I sang it to my two-month-old granddaughter the other day, my daughter chimed in. I knew she had to learn the song from me because…..where else? “Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang” came from my childhood in North Camden.
Kim and I sang it to Nora and my son-in-law laughed. Sometimes those fun moments pop up out of nowhere.
I looked up the song on YouTube and Wikipedia.. This funny, speeded-up song came out in 1958 which seemed right because I remember listening to it in a neighbor’s living room on Grant Street in North Camden when I was eight. The teen-age girl who owned the record played it several times for her brother and sisters and I memorized the words on one of those aimless summer nights where kids hung out with neighbor kids.
Funny what you remember and unwittingly pass down. Maybe Nora will sing , “Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang!” to a baby one day?
Do you know this song?