John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
"John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" is a traditional children's song in the United States and Canada of originating in the '50s. The song consists of one verse repeated over and over again while Increasing in volume for each iteration. There are other ways of singing this song such as increasing (accelerando) or decreasing (ritardando) in tempo after each repetition. The lyrics of the song depend on who is singing.
Lyrics and Melody
While the origins of the song are obscure, some evidence places its roots with vaudeville and theatre acts of the late 19th century and early 20th century popular in immigrant communities. Some vaudeville acts during the era, such as the work of Joe Weber and Lew Fields, often gave voice to shared frustrations of German-American immigrants and heavily leaned on malapropisms and difficulties with the English language as a vehicle for its humor. Further, "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" shares many characteristics with "My Name is Jan Jansen", a song that can trace its origin to Swedish vaudeville in the late 19th century.
By the mid-20th century, the song appears to have already become widely known. In 1931, the Elmira Star Gazette, a newspaper in upstate New York, reported that at a Boy Scout gathering at Lake Seneca, as scouts entered the mess hall "Troop 18 soon burst into the first camp song, 'John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith.'" A 1941 Milwaukee Journal article also refers to the song, with the same uncommon alternate spelling of "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith."
Versions of this song also appear in other languages, such as the Spanish rendition; "Juan Pedro Pablo de la Mar".
- Daddy Dewdrop released a version of the song, entitled "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith", as the B-side to his 1971 single, "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)".
- In the film In the Army Now (1994)
- In the film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
- In the film RocketMan (1997)
- In the film Disney's The Kid (2000)
- In the film Recess: School's Out (2001)
- In the film I Am Sam (2001)
- Featured as "Shane Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" in The Pacifier (2004), sung by The Firefly Scouts.
- This song is featured on Wee Sing in Sillyville in 1989,
- It has appeared in many television shows, including:
- Happy Days season 5 episode 8, "Fonzie and Leather Tuscadero"
- The Andy Griffith Show season 4 episode 126 "Back To Nature"
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 season 4 episode 21 "Monster A-Go-Go"
- The Secret Life of the American Teenager
- sung by Sandra Bullock in Muppets Tonight season 1 episode 7
- Animaniacs "Brerva"
- Everybody Loves Raymond Halloween Candy
- Psych "Romeo and Juliet and Juliet"
- Best Ed "Nightmare on Sweet Street"
- In "The Duck Who Cried Wolf" on PB&J Otter
- The song has been featured in several episodes of the popular children's series Barney & Friends.
- In the episode "Little Bunny Foo Foo" of the series No Evil
- In the episode "Nacho" of Better Call Saul
- In "Strawberry's Big Journey" from the 2003 version of Strawberry Shortcake
- In American Dragon: Jake Long season 1 episode 13 "The Long Weekend".
- A Baby Looney Tunes song called "John Jacob Jingle Elmer Fudd" is a parody of this song.
- Being Ian season 2 episode 25 Hurry for Hollywood Part 1
Note and references
- Lynch, Dan (1991-06-23). "Bug Juice Days". Albany Times Union. p. B4. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
- Wasson, Andrew. "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt is not a Person". Dairy River.
- Elmira Star-Gazette "Scouts Open Camp Seneca Term Sunday," , . July 6, 1931, p. 8. Retrieved on October 9, 2014.
- Milwaukee Journal. "Youth Finds Fun at Fair". August 17, 1941, p. 4. Retrieved on July 3, 2014.
- Daddy Dewdrop, "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)" single release Retrieved February 14, 2016.