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Three is a Magic Number, by School House Rock!: a Song review

General Information:

-Album Title: Multiplication Rock

-Artist: Bob Dorough

-Release Year: 1973

-Song Length: 3 minutes

-Genre: Educational Music

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 308

Lyrics:

Three is a magic number
Yes it is, it’s a magic number
Somewhere in that ancient mystic trinity
You get three as a magic number
The past and the present and the future
Faith and hope and charity
The heart and the brain and the body
Give you three as a magic number

It takes three legs to make a tripod or to make a table stand
It takes three wheels to make a vehicle called a tricycle
And every triangle has three corners
Every triangle has three sides
No more, no less, you don’t have to guess
When it’s three, you can see
Its a magic number

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes, they did
They had three in the family
And that’s a magic number

Three, six, nine
Twelve, fifteen, eighteen
Twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-seven
Thirty
(Three, six, nine
Twelve, fifteen, eighteen
Twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-seven
Thirty)

Now the multiplies of three
Come up three times in each set of ten
In the first ten
You get three, six, nine
And in the teens’ ten
It’s twelve, fifteen and eighteen
And in the twenties you get-a
Twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-seven
And it comes out even on thirty

Three times ten is (thirty)
Three times nine is (twenty-seven)
Three times eight is (twenty-four)
Three times seven is (twenty-one)
Three times six is eighteen
Three times five is fifteen
Three times four is twelve
And three times three is nine
And three times two is six
And three times one is three, of course
(Now dig the pattern once more!)

Twelve, fifteen, eighteen (Twenty-one)
Twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-seven
Thirty (Yeah)

Three times ten is (thirty)
Three times nine is (twenty-seven)
Three times eight is (twenty-four)
Three times seven is (twenty-one)
Three times six is eighteen
Three times five is fifteen
Three times four is twelve
And three times three is nine
And three times two is six
And three times one
What is it? (Three)
Yeah, thats a magic number

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes, they did
There had three in the family
That’s a magic number

Review:

I grew up listening to School House Rock!… Three is a Magic Number was one of my favorites.  They are beautiful songs used to help children learn different subjects.  Some are better than others but this one is truly one of the best.

I did a little research of it for my review because I didn’t know much about the song other than I love the whole thing…its sweet and catchy and simple to remember and sing (and still helps me remember my 3 multiplication tables 25 years after I first heard it).

This song was the premiere episode of School House Rock! Which gives it so much more meaning as to why Halliday chose to use it in his quest.

Besides the fact that Halliday learned that his friendships should have been the most important thing in his life (and why he created the need for the final task to need more than one person to open)… it is such a great symbolism that the first part of something amazing wasn’t about grammar, or history but about what happens when two people come together to make something great—their kid…and suddenly become more than themselves…a family.

And while the song uses the traditional (and outdated) definition of a family it is abundantly clear that Halliday meant that unit to be CHOSEN… your Chosen family. The people you truly love and trust to help you get to where you want to go and succeed.

Faith and Hope and Charity…because Three truly is a Magic number.

Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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