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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".

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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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Daily Local News

Daily Local News
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:48:45 -0700

In fact, as of that time, they began to draw up plans to fix up the tiers and remnants of the fountain in the park and restore it to its original beauty and back in its rightful place. “Some of (the tiers) are a little rough and there is going to be ...


Wed, 01 Jul 2015 05:11:15 -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 Star Democrat

The Star Democrat
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 02:50:52 -0700

The fountain in the park is dedicated to Lipscomb, whose daughter Lorrie Roberts, son-in-law, Phil Roberts and granddaughter Margaret, attended Monday's ceremony. “Today we build upon this amazing legacy of partnership between the town of Easton, the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa Citizen
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:07:30 -0700

Some tenant fit-ups are still underway but the prominent construction fences are off the Bank Street frontage, people should be moving into the condo tower near the Bank Street Bridge by the end of the summer, and the fountain in the park should be ...
Cedar County Republican (subscription)
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:02:10 -0700

The fountain in the park is being refurbished. A stone veneer will be added to enhance the attractiveness of the fountain's base, and a new water system for the fountain could cost approximately $1,000. The city attorney contacted Rogers about possible ...

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 ...

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