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​Crazy ABC's

This song is by Barenaked Ladies and appears on the album Snacktime! (2008).

Hey Steve!
Hey Ed, that sounds nice, what is it?
Thank you, it's an alphabet song I'm working on
Oh great, a whole new alphabet,
I just learned the old one.

A is for aisle
B is for bdelliums
C is for czar
And if you see him, would you mind telling him-


Okay, hang on a second, yeah aisle?
Yeah, aisle like a, like a theatre.
All right, okay, and bdelliums?
Bdelliums, it's a gum like tree resin, it starts with a silent "B"
And then czar?
Yeah, it's uh- like a Russian czar.
You know, everyone knows apple ball and cat,
I wanted to get into some you know,
Some stranger words.

Right, I see what you're doing.

D is for djinn
E for Euphrates
F is for fohn, but not like when I call the ladies


I thought phone started with a "P" ... like a "Ph"
No its f-o-h-n, it's a kind of wind
Yeah, I know what you mean by wind

G for Gnarly,
I for irk
H is for hour
J for jalapeños
Good in either corn or flour (tortillas)

Nice rhyme
K is for knick-knack
L is for llama


Pramma, llama, ding - what's so strange about llama?
Llama, its starts with two L's
What's the second one for?
No idea.
I know, loser.

M for mnemonic
N is for Ndombolo
O is for ouija board
P for pneumonia pterodactyl and psychosis
Q is for qat


Okay, Q - qat? What?
Yeah it's uh... q-a-t,
It's an evergreen shrub
It's a perfect scrabble word because it's a q with no u,
There's not many of those

You have too much time on your hands.

R is for R-gyle
No, it isn't

Okay, you're right; I couldn't find a good "R" word

S is for Saar, a lovely German river
T for tsunami, a wave that makes me quiver
U is for urn, but not like earning money
V for vraisemblance from French,
And therefore kind of funny
W for wren, wrinkly, and who.
X is for Xian, an ancient Chinese city, true!


Ancient Chinese city, huh?
My guitar player, some hotshot.

Y is for yperite, a very nasty gas.
And zed's the final letter
And by final, I mean last.


Okay, when you say zed,
For the benefit of our American friends
You really mean Z, right?
No I mean Zed, like, like Zed Zed Top.
Zed Zed Top?
Yeah, you know the guys with the big long beards
Well, except the guy whose name is Beard,
He has a mustache
I always thought that was interesting

You done with the alphabet?
No extra letters I haven't heard of?
I think so.
Well this was a great help, I think, you know,
The contribution you made to world literacy
Well, I'm just saying, kids
I'm just saying
Think outside the box a little bit

Box with an "R"
Yeah, well, no, box with a b-a-l-k-s, like a pitcher.
Ah, as opposed to b-a-c-h-s,
Right, think outside the box
Get into some Rachmaninow
That's Rachmaninoff with a "W"

Written by:

Steven Page and Ed Robertson