Happy 40th Birthday To SchoolHouse Rock’s “I’m Just A Bill” Song
“I’m just a bill on Capital Hill…..” What a clever song! It still rolls around in my head whenever I watch those clowns in Washington try to get things passed. What a great little novelty song, and it’s now 40 years old! “Schoolhouse Rock” was a PBS show that ran “way back when”. Wikipedia.com tells us that it ran from 1973-85. What a great way to get kids to learn – by putting the subjects to rhyme! What a concept! (I do a similar thing, coincidentally. Shamelless plug here for ‘GNA and Hannaford Supermarket’s Reading, Writing and Rhyming Tour.)
But I digress. I was wondering who actually wrote this song, and I found out. According to CNN.com Jazz pianist and vocalist Bob Dorough wrote the song. He also wrote a slew of other songs on the show. He’s not almost 90 years old, but still performs his songs. God bless him! Let’s go back and remember this great little ditty.
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It’s a classic. It also begs to be parodied given the way Congress works these days. Hmmmm…yet another bit in the making! Any ideas are welcome below !