"Out of touch"

All week the preschooler sang this vaguely familiar song. Her version is lacking almost all the consonants. She sings it during lunch, before nap, and the instant she wakes up, on the playground, in class. It makes her very happy, although it seems to be about a bad day, and she does a special walk when she sings it, taking very big steps, and bending forward.

My current lifestyle is blissfully ignorant of pop music, and of most television commercials. Still, her tune was vaguely familiar.

Thanks to the wonders of Google and Wikipedia, I know just how totally out of it I am! Daniel Powter's song, "Bad Day", was the Billboard #1 song of 2006. BBC News says it was the most played song in the UK during the period 2003-2008. It's been used for Coca Cola commercials, sung at the last FIFA World Cup, and matched to basketball videos on You Tube. There is even a version, heaven preserve us, by Alvin and the Chipmunks in their 2007 animated feature movie.

I may be even more out of touch than John McCain!

I can't write the preschool version without consonants, so I'll just color the lyrics the favored pink of three year old girls:

Cause you had a bad day
You're taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don't know
You tell me don't lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You've seen what you like
And how does it feel for one more time
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

© 2008 Nancy L. Ruder

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