As I was driving my daughter back to her mother’s house last Sunday, we were listening to an early master of my annual Christmas CD I give to all my friends. This year’s version is pretty traditional with Bing, Frank, Sammy, Elvis, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis.
My daughter wondered aloud if I had added “Frosty the Snowman” to the CD. I had not and so she decided to sing the song and I turned down the CD volume and joined in. It is our tradition, when we don’t remember the lyrics, to fill with our own inspired lyrics. Sometimes we simply sing “how we don’t know the lyrics, but we remember the melody” and that’s funny in and of itself.
As we were singing, we got to the part where Jimmy Durante would sing, “Thumpity-thump-thump-thumpity-thump.” I, for some reason, could not find those scat style lyrics in the deep recesses of my brain. What came out instead was, “Dupity-doo-doo-dupity-doo” which fit nicely.
My daughter cracked up laughing so hard she had trouble breathing.
She realized (and I didn’t at first) that I was combining the Oompa-Loompa song lyrics from the first Willy Wonka movie with Frosty the Snowman lyrics. She started singing the Wonka song and added Frosty lyrics, “Oompa-Loompa, thumpity-thump.”
I added, singing in that high tenor voice, “What do you get when you pack lots of snow? Add a magic hat and watch Frosty go!”
We sang our mash-up version of Frosty the Snowman and the Oompa-Loompa Song the rest of the way home.