In the burlesque boat with Zippy

Today’s Zippy, continuing the cartoon’s run of burlesques:


Yesterday it was Poe’s “The Raven”; today it’s the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”.

The music:


About the rhyme/song, from Wikipedia:

“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is an English language nursery rhyme and a popular children’s song, often sung as a round… It can also be an “action’ nursery rhyme, whose singers sit opposite one another and “row” forwards and backwards with joined hands

… It has been suggested that the song may have originally arisen out of American minstrelsy. The earliest printing of the song is from 1852, when the lyrics were published with similar lyrics to those used today, but with a very different tune. It was reprinted again two years later with the same lyrics and another tune. The modern tune was first recorded with the lyrics in 1881, mentioning Eliphalet Oram Lyte in The Franklin Square Song Collection but not making it clear whether he was the composer or adapter.

Now to a hilarious performance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on 3/13/13, which you can view here. Fallon as singer-songwriter Michael McDonald (of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers) sings first, then a second Michael McDonald, played by Justin Timberlake (the guest for the week), is revealed, and finally the real Michael McDonald appears and chimes in. They finish the round and then jam on the song. The three of them:


Left to right: McDonald, Timberlake, Fallon.

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