The Song That Never Ends

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"The Song That Doesn't End" (originally, "The Song That Never Ends") is a self-referential and infinitely iterative children's song. The song appears in the album Lamb Chop's Sing-Along, Play-Along by puppeteer Shari Lewis. It is a single-verse-long song, written in an infinite-loop motif in a march style, such that it naturally flows in a cyclical fashion, repeating the same verse over and over. It is still a very popular tune, typically sung during long car rides.[1][2][3]

Lyrics[edit]

Original version Classical variation

This is the song that never ends.
Yes, it goes on and on, my friends.
Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue singing it forever just because...

This is the song that doesn't end.
Yes, it goes on and on, my friend.
Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was,
And they'll continue singing it forever just because...

Notable appearances and recordings[edit]

A version of the song was used as the closing theme of Lamb Chop's Play-Along, a 1992 televised puppet show on PBS, with slightly different lyrics and title ("The Song That Doesn't End"). At the end of each episode, the puppets and children would sing several verses of the song while hostess Shari Lewis would try in vain to stop them (and turn them off for good). They would eventually leave (on her urging), even while beginning a sixth verse (possibly for 6+ verses). However, it eventually fades away. When the song fades, the annoying song (at first sight) seems to be gone for good, until Charlie Horse shows up behind Shari. He tries to get to sing the song again. But Shari stops him and turns him off successfully. Shari is serious this time (and not playing games). Therefore, to stop and turn off Charlie, she puts her hand over his mouth (preventing him from singing it again, before he tries to get to sing it). Then she orders him to "go away". Charlie Horse does leave along with the rest of the group as Shari asks. But he exasperates her by slamming the door (before she could tell him to not slam the door). Then, even though Shari Lewis does glare at the viewers (and hopes Charlie Horse and the rest of the group keep the song away from her for good), she knows that at least it is quiet.

A short rendition of the song appeared in a skit on the animated TV show Cartoon Planet (the skit is also featured on the companion album, Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que). Brak sings the song until he is asked to stop by Zorak, who finds it annoying. Brak explains that he is unable to because it's the "song that doesn't end." He attempts to continue until Zorak loses his temper, causing Brak to cease, remarking, "I guess it just ended."

The song has been adopted as an unofficial anthem by disparate groups. The Discordian organization (or disorganization) known as POEE has listed the song in their material with claims that it was written by a member, while fans of the rock band Styx adopted a variation, "The Tour That Never Ends", to describe Styx's 400-plus date tour in the late 1990s in support of their album Brave New World.[citation needed]

A series of Canadian Motrin pain killer ads featured kids singing the song in the back of a car, during a traffic jam, while eating chocolate-covered coffee beans.

In the Smart Guy episode "Love Bug", Mo and Yvette (Omar Gooding and Essence Atkins) perform "The Song That Never Ends" variant in order to annoy a fellow contestant to see if he will exit the car they are supposed to stay in for an entire weekend in order to win it. The two eventually (and suddenly) stop singing, driving the man crazy as to whether they will start singing the song once again, leading to him escaping the car and automatically eliminating himself from the contest.

In the Annoying Orange episode, "A Loud Place", Orange and his friends are singing the song at the beginning of the episode while in a band rehearsing.

On YouTube, YouTuber Elise Ecklund posted the video "singing the song that never ends (and it never ends)" singing the song for 2 hours and 14 minutes.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discogs "Discogs' Entry for Lamb Chop's Sing-Along, Play-Along". Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  2. ^ AllMusic"AllMusic's Entry for Lamb Chop's Sing-Along, Play-Along". Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Shari Lewis (Author), Marty Gold (Author, Editor), Debbie Cavalier (Editor) Lamb Chop's Play-Along: Piano/Vocal/Chords. Warner Brothers Publications, 1996, p. 108. ISBN 1576233545
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3MBpLpDnOU