Thursday, August 09, 2007

Jenny Jenkins Where Have You Been?

Sometimes is life weird coincidences just spring up out of no where and you get that freaky “How did that just happen?!?!” feeling. Before Saturday I had no clue who Jenny Jenkins was. Never heard the name, didn’t know she had her own song, couldn’t have told anything about her picky attitude or that she was/is most likely a nudist.

Fred/I were watching Nick Jr. when I look up to see Lisa Loeb with her classic school girl dress and horn rimmed glasses singing about Jenny Jenkins’s distaste for color. The song goes:

 Will you wear white
Oh my dear, oh my dear
Will you wear white, Jenny Jenkins?
No I won't wear white
For the color's too bright
Chorus
I'll buy me a foldy-roldy, tildy-toldy
Seek-a-double, use-a-cozza roll to find me
Roll, Jenny Jenkins, roll
Will you wear green
Oh my dear, oh my dear
Will you wear green, Jenny Jenkins?
No, I won't wear green
It's a shame to be seen
[chorus]
Will you wear blue
Oh my dear, oh my dear
Will you wear blue, Jenny Jenkins?
No, I won't wear blue
For the color's too true
[chorus]
Will you wear yellow
Oh my dear, oh my dear
Will you wear yellow, Jenny Jenkins?
No, I won't wear yellow
For I'd never get a fellow
[chorus]
Will you wear brown
Oh my dear, oh my dear
Will you wear brown, Jenny Jenkins?
No, I won't wear brown
For I'd never get around
[chorus]
Will you wear beige
Oh my dear, oh my dear
Will you wear beige, Jenny Jenkins?
No, I won't wear beige
For it shows my age
[chorus]
Will you wear orange
Oh my dear, oh my dear
Will you wear orange, Jenny Jenkins?
No, orange I won't wear
And it rhymes so there
[chorus]
What will you wear?
Oh my dear, oh my dear
What will you wear, Jenny Jenkins?
Oh what do you care
If I just go bare

Except for the image of a naked girl needing a foldy-roldy, tildy-toldy, Seek-a-double, use-a-cozza (the song was written by Jerry Garcia so there you go), I never thought another thing about it….until 6 hours later when I reading a randomly selected paperback copy of Harlan Coben’s “Just One Look”. I’m reading along, the father’s giving his kid a bath, reads him a book, and suddenly the father bursts out with…you guessed it Jenny Jenkins!! I immediately threw the book across the room and would not speak of it the rest of the day.

 

2 comments:

Julie said...

Too funny!

Anonymous said...

It was not written by Jerry Garcia. The original is an English color song but the lyrics were changed in the 17th century when it came to America. It's an old folk song indicative of the superstitions around colors.