My Ariel Sharona

the rock roots of the tree of knowledge

I never read it in a book
I never saw it on a show
But I heard it in the alley
On the weird radio

from “If You Wanna Get To Heaven” by Ozark Mountain Daredevils


I can’t remember too much stuff I studied in High School: it’s all fragments and things disappearing around corners now.

However, I probably remember every song lyric I heard between 13 and 18 years old.

If there had been cool songs explaining Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Algebra; I bet I would have …

– cured my lack of facial hair
– distilled a potion that made me irresistible to the opposite sex
– invented a way to win at PacMan
– built a Death Star in the shape of AC/DC‘s Angus Young‘s guitar.

Sadly for me the education through song portion of my fountain of knowledge dried up soon after “The Wheels on the Bus go Round and Round”.



note: probably the most educational song I know is Monty Python‘s Universe Song.

double note: I might have even invented “flubber” if I had had enough money to buy records!

triple note: How cool was Fred MacMurray? Pretty cool! I kid you not!

quadruple note: “I studied so hard for the test that I lost my voice.”

quintuple note: sometimes the wheels on the bus don’t go round and round.

sextuple note: In the fantasy realm of educational songs …

The Rolling Stones: physics
The Beatles: entomology
Led Zeppelin: alchemy and aeronautics
The Animals: zoology
The Cars: automotive
ZZ Top: hair dressing school
David Bowie: biology
The Clash: art of war or fashion
The Police: criminology
Dr. Hook: medicine or possibly fishing
Men At Work: business
UB40: unemployment
The Doors: doors
AC/DC: the study of electricity
Crowded House: demographics
The Romantics: dead English poets you had to study in school
U2: spyware and spies and stuff

septuple note: I was going to include “Oasis: proctology” … but they weren’t around in my musical absorption period.

octuple note: Cheap Trick is more my life style.

7 responses to “My Ariel Sharona

  1. I wish I could remember all the French I studied. I had at least 5 years and I can hardly remember anything.
    Clever sextuple note, especially the UB40 one.
    How about these?
    R.E.M.- the study of sleep
    B-52’s – military bombers
    10,000 Maniacs- psychiatry/asylums

  2. Oh, and Happy Canada Day…in Japan. 🙂

  3. New York Version: The wheels on the bus got stolen in the Bronx, got stolen in the Bronx, got stolen in the Bronx. The wheels on the bus got stolen in the Bronx, so we can’t go to school.

    What happens when UB50 ‘cos I nearly am???

  4. Music in your head all the time is a good thing. When you get aggravated and upset, you just have to start singing a song from your Head-Box. It is free, it is easy, it is a life saver….any flavor you want! 🙂

  5. LOL. That would have been awesome if school was set to music.

  6. You forgot Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (sex education).

  7. Thanks for all the comments.

    Tammy: Canada Day was a non-event here … but I’m not much of a flag waver anyways.
    10,000 Maniacs could be political science too! hee hee!

    Tony: When UB50 … you start playing to smaller venues … and visiting the Barber less. hee hee!
    I actually saw UB40 about 2 years ago in Argentina: it was a free concert at some seaside place I was staying at. They were pretty good too.

    Doraz: I think the entire”Bat out of Hell” album has saved me on more than one occasion while traveling without music in the van.

    Eric Richardville: if school was all music, I bet more kids would be reading books in their free time.

    Dennis the Vizsla: I think there should be at least one class about “The Hooters” though! hee hee!

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