Comet (song)

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A can of Comet

"Comet" was a well-known humorous children's song in North America. It describes the deleterious effects of consuming Comet cleanser—a powdered cleansing product.[1] The most prominent and often-occurring effect in the song is that it turns one's teeth green. Among other effects alleged by this song are an unappealing taste and, unsurprisingly, a tendency to vomit.[2]

Although this song, like many in its genre, has widely variable lyrics,[3][4] a common version contains the following words:

Comet - it makes your teeth turn green!;
Comet - it tastes like gasoline!;
Comet - it makes you vomit;
So buy [or "eat"] some Comet, and vomit, today!

The melody of the song is the "Colonel Bogey March".[5]

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  1. ^ Bronner, Simon J. (1988). American Children's Folklore. August House. p. 80. ISBN 0-87483-068-0.
  2. ^ Chotzinoff, Robin (2006). Holy Unexpected: My New Life as a Jew. New York City: PublicAffairs. p. 105. ISBN 1-58648-308-0.
  3. ^ Winsor, Charlotte B. (1975). Dimensions of Language Experience. Agathon Publications. p. 155. ISBN 0-87586-052-4.
  4. ^ Kun, Michael (2005). You Poor Monster. MacAdam/Cage Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 1-59692-119-6.
  5. ^ MacDonald, Ann-Marie (2003). The Way the Crow Flies. HarperCollins. p. 97. ISBN 0-06-058637-0.
  6. ^ Transcript of "Stark Raving Dad"