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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."

Cartoons[edit]

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".

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  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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Times Daily
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:15:00 -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 ...
 
The Ranger
Fri, 01 May 2015 14:56:15 -0700

He wrote the early 20th-century ditty called "The Fountain in the Park," whose famous opening stanza is "While strolling in the park one day, in the merry, merry month of May, I was taken by surprise, by a pair of roguish eyes, in a moment my poor ...
 
Coastal Point
Thu, 09 Apr 2015 16:26:15 -0700

“You're looking in excess of $2,500,” she said. “Quite honestly, I don't see a $2,500 need, with all the trash and bottles lying around.” David Ward, who heads the Town's maintenance department, said the fountain in the park no longer works, due to ...

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The Island Now
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:16:07 -0700

When we meet by the fountain in the park, which is surrounded by elderly people doing Tai Chi, Hudson lays out the itinerary for his “Classic San Francisco” tour. It ambitiously traverses Nob Hill, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Jackson Square, North Beach, ...

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:56:15 -0700

The man retreated into the fountain in the park before he was arrested on charges of trespassing, simple criminal damage to property and disturbing the peace, and experts say the case speaks yet again to a dangerous lack of resources in New Orleans to ...
 
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:18:45 -0700

When told that Oder feels good when he sees people standing around the fountain in the park, Rettstatt said that was exactly what the park was intended to do. ”I want people to stop and think,” she said. “Of all the people who have served some have ...
 
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:54:34 -0700

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