Take heed to the Kids Whereas They Play

I used to be 13 years outdated in 1968 when Henson Cargill, a comparatively unknown title in nation music, topped the nation charts with the Jack Moran and Glenn Tubb penned traditional, “Skip a Rope.”

I used to be simply moving into music in a brand new manner. And music was altering in an essential manner. Pop music was turning into extra politically and socially acutely aware. In just a few brief years we had grown from “I Need to Maintain Your Hand” to “Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band” and “All Alongside the Watchtower.”

Nation music was altering too. In one other yr Kenny Rogers would hit it massive with the Mel Tillis Vietnam-inspired “Ruby, Do not Take Your Like to City.” On all in style music fronts, social commentary was on the rise.

“Skip a Rope” was one other early nation entry within the “all we’d like is love” musical motion.

Again in these days the teenager music magazines printed the lyrics to high songs at the back of the publication. I used to be turning into fascinated with songwriting: who wrote the tune, what do the phrases “actually imply,” and so forth.

“Skip a Rope” was a kind of songs that I discovered the phrases to. As a child experiencing massive household issues, the lyrics had been notably significant and poignant to me.

“Skip a Rope” handled all of it: household discord, racial discrimination, greed…and I used to be not but far faraway from actually skipping rope on the playground and listening to the type of mean-spirited issues youngsters can say, usually simply repeating what they’d heard at residence. The tune rang “true” to me, and I assume for numerous others as effectively.

Over time I’ve usually considered “Skip a Rope” and hummed it to myself. I did not recall who wrote and even who recorded the tune, till I realized that Henson Cargill handed away on the age of 66 on March twenty fourth, 2007. The information introduced again a flood of recollections.

Skip A Rope Lyrics

(Phrases and Music by Jack Moran and Glenn Tubb)

Oh, take heed to the youngsters whereas they play,

Now ain’t it kinda humorous what the youngsters say,

Skip a rope.

Daddy hates mommy, mommy hates dad,

Final evening you shoulda heard the battle they’d,

Gave little sister one other dangerous dream,

She woke us all up with a horrible scream.


Cheat in your taxes, do not be a idiot,

Now what was that they stated a few Golden Rule?

By no means thoughts the foundations, simply play to win,

And hate your neighbour for the shade of his pores and skin.


Stab ’em within the again, that is the secret,

And mommy and daddy are who’s in charge.

Skip a rope, skip a rope,

Simply take heed to your youngsters whereas they play,

It is actually not very humorous, what the youngsters say,

Skip a rope, skip a rope.

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