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The Fountain in the Park sheet music cover.

The Fountain in the Park, also known as While Strolling Through (or Thru') the Park One Day, is a song by Ed Haley (1862-1932),[1] published in 1884 by Willis Woodward & Co. of New York, but dating from about 1880.[2] It is best known for the being the source of the tune that contains the lyric "While strolling through the park one day, in the merry merry month of May," and has been featured in numerous films, including Strike Up the Band (1940), in which it was sung by Judy Garland.

Apollo XVII (1972)[edit]

A few bars of The Fountain in the Park were sung on the Moon by NASA Astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan on the Apollo 17 mission. Schmitt started by singing "I was strolling on the Moon one day..." when Cernan joined in. Cernan kept with the original "merry month of May", however, while Schmitt sang "December", which was the actual date at the time. After a brief debate, Schmitt resumed, singing "When much to my surprise, a pair of bonny eyes..." until he could no longer remember the lyrics and began vocalizing the notes instead. Moments later, Capsule Communicator Robert A. Parker cut in from Houston, saying "sorry about that, guys, but today may be December."


The song was used in The Nifty Nineties (Mickey Mouse), Baby Puss (Tom and Jerry), Elmer's Pet Rabbit (Bugs Bunny), and Treehouse of Horror III (The Simpsons). The Real Ghostbusters started singing it in an episode titled, "Very Beast Friends." Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1962 album The Chipmunk Songbook. In Hanna-Barbera cartoons, it featured in a Top Cat episode titled "The Missing Heir" and more earlier, a Flintstones episode titled "The Hot Piano" featured Barney Rubble (voiced by Mel Blanc) playing the song with the shop assistant, much to Fred Flintstone's annoyance. The song was used as background music in the Animaniacs episode "Potty Emergency". And Singing Shield was singing in Sabrina: The Animated Series in the episode "Xabrina: Warrior Princess".

It was also used instrumentally as a leitmotif whenever the eccentric old gentleman would unexpectedly appear in the Merrie Melodies short The Dover Boys (1942). The character would shuffle across the screen, stop, leap into the air, and then resume shuffling off accompanied by this tune.

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  1. ^ [1] Not to be confused with the blind fiddler and composer, Ed Haley (1885-1951)
  2. ^ Michael Kilgariff (1998) Sing Us One of the Old Songs: A Guide to Popular Song 1860-1920, page 102

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233 news items

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 08:34:43 -0800

The Wicker Park Insider's Guide is reporting that the community efforts will result in a 60-foot by 120-foot rink built directly east of the fountain in the park, located at 1425 N. Damen Ave., and admission will be free. The rink won't be refrigerated ...

Murray State News

Murray State News
Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:52:30 -0700

Murray city council has asked community members for $5,000 donations to help fund the new “Renaissance Park.” After two tragedies struck downtown Murray last year members of the community began questioning what the city was going to do to “get ...


Tue, 13 Oct 2015 15:42:45 -0700

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Tuesday evening, there was a man who was reportedly stabbed in Kelly Ingram Park. Lt. Edwards with the Birmingham Police Department confirmed that a man was standing by the fountain in the park when someone came ...

Times Daily

Times Daily
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:17:30 -0700

“They” is one of the more polite terms workers have used when referring to muskrats that continue to make repairs difficult at the fountain in the park's Spring Creek. After an icy, hard winter and in the midst of a rain-drenched spring, workers ...


Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:13:41 -0700

“They put this there and now we can't really use it,” said Iris Legrande, 60, of the fountain in the park's upper level. “It sure was a big production to end up with a non-working water fountain,” Scott Stearman said in reference to the construction ...

The Westerly Sun

The Westerly Sun
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 03:33:01 -0700

WESTERLY — It's the time of year when gardeners can't wait to dive into the dirt. Seems there's no place else they'd rather be than on their hands and knees among the veggies, flowers and trees ... unless, of course, there's a chance to spend some ...


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 06:00:24 -0700

A worker spent much of his Saturday morning hosing down the pavement on Penn Square after the fountain there erupted in foam. The fountain, which stands outside law offices and a bank at 28 Penn Square, at the intersection of King and Queen streets, ...

Kenosha News

Kenosha News
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 21:41:15 -0700

Benches are provided, though most people bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. In addition to the main stage performances, a “PB&J Food Oasis” is located just west of the fountain in the park and features an expanded menu and musicians performing ...

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