If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
If you’ve ever learned the English language, we’re almost certain you’ve also learned the alphabet song. For most, it’s the very first lesson in learning English.
It’s a simple melody that allows the newbies to remember all 26 letters that make up the English alphabet. No disrespect to the newbies. We were all there, one day. Actually, what am I saying; we still hum the tune as we try and remember which letter comes after K.
A, B, C, D hum hum hum, hum hum J, K…A Lemon and a Pea.
Sorry? It’s not A Lemon and a Pea?
Oh, it’s L M N O P? Well, that’s awkward.
To stop other unassuming English learners from making the same foolish errors I just made, a new version of the famous song was created.
This new version slows down the tempo, breaking the verse at N, dropping O, and P to the next line. This creates an unusual rhythm that many have claimed as uneasy and downright cringy.
The first half of the song still stays true to its roots, but even Mozart would be turning in his grave after hearing the rest. After all, the tune we all sing along to was originally composed by Mozart back in the 1780s. Charles Bradlee would later use the tune, in 1835, to create the version of the ABC’s that we all hold dear.
While the original shared its tune with nursery rhymes such as Baa Baa Black Sheep and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, the new version stands in a league of its own. But it’s actually not a new version, per se.
Examples of this hyper-enunciated version can be found on Youtube, with videos dating back to 2010. While that might not be too long ago, it certainly isn’t a brand new idea being lobbied to school boards as the best way to learn the alphabet.
Regardless, Twitter, in unsurprising fashion, absolutely lost it. Having been the first time they heard the new tune, many were quick to assume that this would be the new standard taught in school and that the next generation was doomed.
While the next generation might have their fair share of problems to worry about, an arrhythmic alphabet song will most likely not be one of them.