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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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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 ...
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:54:34 -0700

Ironman Village was erected at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge Wednesday, where registration for Saturday's Maryland Ironman began Thursday. The race finish line near the fountain in the park. Bleachers are the finish line are for VIP ticket holders.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 17:56:15 -0700

They have also arranged for the installation of pink lighting at the fountain in the park. In addition, borough council members recently approved the authority's request to purchase time on the borough-owned parking meters along Main Street and its ...
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Fri, 09 May 2014 11:08:27 -0700

The festival also provides entertainment for those attending including Kenny Graves from WHEP Radio Baldwin AM 1310 & FM 92.5. as a DJ and live music at 2 p.m. Sunday. There will also be a church service by the fountain in the park at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Daily Mail
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 02:04:48 -0800

In a classic 1972 clip Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan break into a rendition of The Fountain In The Park as they skip along the lunar surface. However, music purists won't be impressed by their mangling of the lyrics – and the ...


Sat, 07 Jun 2014 00:01:06 -0700

Until your slot, visit the stunning picture gallery with works by Rubens, Van Dyke and others; walk down to the fountain in the park, look up at the palace and marvel at the sight of the terraced vineyard. Leave time to call in at Schloss Cecilienhof ...
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Wed, 26 Jun 2013 03:00:32 -0700

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