When I was in 5th grade, I took trumpet lessons from a guy named Ned. Ned had memorized a song that listed all the countries of the world. That’s impressive enough in and of itself, but what’s even more impressive is that this was before the internet was widespread, so Ned had to watch TV until the song came on (it was on a show called Animaniacs which, if you haven’t seen it, you should drop everything and go track down an episode on Youtube), then record the song to VHS, then watch it over and over again until he could write down all the lyrics.
After I saw Ned sing the song one time, I knew I had to memorize it. So I had him write down all the words for me, and over the course of 3 days I memorized the entire thing.
Although I’ve forgotten almost everything else I learned in 5th grade, that song has stuck with me all these years. Occasionally I’ll bust it out for someone (because people always think it’s hilarious), but I had never shared it on the internet until now. A friend of mine recently told me he thought it would be a funny Youtube video, so I sat down and shot it.
Here goes nothing: