Thursday, 27 January 2011

You’re a Pink Toothbrush

An alternative ‘Best Song of All Time’ list

I missed the chance to join other bloggers with my favourite top ten songs of all time. It was a Blogfest organised by Alex J. Cavanaugh. I’ve already signed up to his next one, an A to Z challenge in April, so any bloggers who fancy taking part, go and visit Alex’s blog.

Since reading his and Jemi’s lists I keep thinking about a certain song. It’s not an obvious ‘best song of all time’. It’s a real nostalgia trip from the days of Children’s Favourites which used to be on the BBC Light Programme many years ago. It’s about a pink toothbrush meeting a blue toothbrush at the bathroom door and I’m going to put it at No. 1 on my alternative best song list...

No. 1
You're a pink toothbrush, I'm a blue toothbrush 

...and sticking with this theme I’ve chosen the following nine songs to complete my top 10. I'm not sure of their titles so I've typed out the first few lines instead:

No. 2
I tawt I taw a puddy tat a cweeping up on me
I did I taw a puddy tat as plain as he could be

No. 3
Me and my teddy bear, got no worries, got no cares
Cause me and my teddy bear, just play and play all day

No. 4
Thumbalina, Thumbalina tiny little thing
Thumbalina dance, Thumbalina sing

No. 5
I know a fat old policeman 
He's always on our street 
A fat and jolly red-faced man 
He really is a treat 

No. 6
I love to go a-wandering along the mountain track
And as I go, I love to sing, my knapsack on my back.

No. 7
The railroad comes through the middle of the house
It comes and goes through the middle of the house

No. 8
Que sera, sera,
Whatever will be, will be

No. 9
Nellie the elephant packed her trunk 
and said goodbye to the circus 

Last but certainly not least is:

No. 10
In a tiny house, by a tiny stream,
Lived a lovely lass, with a lovely dream.
And her dream came true, quite unexpectedly in
Gilly, Gilly, Ossenfeffer Katsenellenbogen-by-the-see-ee-ee-ee-ea.

I really enjoyed remembering those songs. Apologies to people from other countries who have never heard of these songs but I’d love to know what your childhood songs were about.


  1. I loved all these songs. Oh the memories! Great choices.

  2. Hi Ann. Yay! Somebody else remembers them. Wondered if it was perhaps just me ;-)

  3. I love this idea! That's so awesome :) LOVE Que Sera Sera - used to sing it all the time to my kids!!!

    So glad you joined in.

    I sang all the time to my kids:
    - Waddley-a-cha (I have no idea how to spell that!)
    - Little Tommy Tinker
    - The Ants go marching...

    and pretty much any song from a musical :)

  4. Hi Jemi, I don't know Waddley-a-cha. Sounds fun. I love all the songs from the musicals too.

  5. My my, I know all of those songs and I loved Ed Stewpot doing Children's Favourites. My list would be long, so I will just add one, Milly Molly Mandy sweet on sugar candy, I'm in love with you.......! Thanks for the memory! Hugs x

  6. Hi Pauline, do you remember Ed Stewpot's 'Hello darling!'? You can't beat a bit of nostalgia, can you.

  7. Oh, oh, I know #10! My mum learned it growing up in Ireland, and we used to sing endless verses in the car on long trips!

  8. Rosalind, your No.10 had me welling up - I remember my Dad teaching me this song, I had to repeat each line after him and join in on the chorus - lovely selections!

  9. Hi Amie and Debs, No 10 is a lovely song, isn't it. I remember never being able to say all that gilly, gilly, ossenfeffer bit. I've only now worked out what it actually means ;-)

  10. Hi Rosalind,

    This is a real trip down memory lane, I acn remember hearing all those songs as a small child.

    What about:

    'Camp Granada' by Allan Sherman
    "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah,
    Here I am at Camp Granada"....


    'My Old Man's A Dustman' by Lonnie Donegan
    "Oh, my old man's a dustman,
    He wears a dustman's hat"....



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