[Northkeep] John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt

Marc Carlson marccarlson20 at hotmail.com
Thu Dec 9 13:26:48 PST 2004

>From: "Graue, Chris" <Chris.Graue at benham.com>
>OK, Mr. Hoity Toity, remembers-silly-information-like-that, smarty
>person... Why is his name my name, too? And whenever he goes out, WHY do
>people always shout?

The general scholarly interpretation is that his name is the same as the 
song's main speaker because he is the speaker's father or son.  I, myself, 
hold with the heretical view that his name is the same as the speaker's 
because he IS the speaker (you'll notice that it's "whenever -we- go 
out...there goes John..." not "there goes the John Jacob 

As for why they shout, I hold with the antiquated notion that it's a kid's 
song, and the getting quieter and then bursting out shouting what is really 
an amusing name in an acceptable fashion is just bags'o'fun.


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