Wednesday, November 11, 2009

No parking! Tow away zone!

Man, how can "Sesame Street" have more than 400 videos online and I remain unable to find the one that goes through my head whenever I see certain street signs?

It's just a montage of city street signs and the lyrics go something like: "No left turn! No right turn! What do you do? Gas! Car wash! Subway! Don't walk! No parking! Tow away zone!" and it ends with "Home sweet home."

I know at least one other person remembers this, because I found it mentioned online. But can anyone dig up the video?

Since I can't find that, I'll link to this 1972 classic that I saw mentioned on Twitter today. A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter! Oh, for those days when kids could run off to the neighborhood store by themselves.

16 comments:

Brad said...

Here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awBlBhDJaVw&fmt=18

tuckova said...

I think it's the Electric Company:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awBlBhDJaVw

cpeep said...

"The word is NO" has a bunch of those signs, but it doesn't end with "home sweet home."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEwNGgNXr9U

cpeep said...

Wait, I've got it. It was on ELECTRIC COMPANY, that's why.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awBlBhDJaVw

Carol

Megan said...

I find myself quoting this one all the time. Any time someone mentions a loaf of bread, in my head, I always hear "... a container of milk, and a stick of butter." Sometimes I quote it out loud. And get either laughter or confused looks.

A Damn Ant said...

It's Electric Co.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awBlBhDJaVw

Cubs Magic Number said...

OH! I remember that one too!

Jane Street
Jones Street
Park Av-en-ue!
Hoooome Sweeet Hoooome!

6p00d83452f71f69e2 said...

I'm sorry, I thought I posted this earlier but maybe I hit preview instead of POST. I think I found your song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awBlBhDJaVw

It's from the Electric Company, not Sesame Street.

mindy said...

"A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of buttah" is my family's shorthand for "I have been told to remember something important and I will totally do so."

Deanna said...

I love this one! (And of course, the psychadelic pinball one.)

Martha D, said...

Oh my gosh, I love the sign song, there are times now when I'm driving I still think of it. I found video from The Electric Company (I don't know if it was from TEC and Sesame Street or if it's labeled wrong, but whatever really) here it is.

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=Sign+Song&hl=en&emb=0&aq=f#

Hope you enjoy. I know I did.

Oh, by the way, love the blog.

Martha

Annie said...

My mom (born 1957) remembers being sent down the street to the store to buy cigarettes for her mother and grandparents when she was in elementary school!

Anonymous said...

Megan - I do the same thing, "loaf of bread" always triggers the list for me too, funny! Glad I'm not the only one!

AlexG said...

That was my Twitter post you were referring to. My wife and I argued for a good 15 years about whether it was a quart or container of milk before being able to track down a definitive answer (sad to say, I was in the quart camp. Who buys a container of milk? You buy a pint or quart or gallon. Plus quart makes sense rhythmically...loaf, quart, stick). Alas, thank god for the internet.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper said...

That was indeed you, AlexG! Thanks to you AND your wife. Do you know, I think I remembered it as a "carton" of milk?

Alex said...

We would often ask friends if it was quart or container, and too many times they'd answer "neither, it's carton."