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Old 03-20-2020, 07:55 PM
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Hand Washing Songs


Putting this here instead of Quarantine, because I think it's not specific to COVID-19 (or as I've been calling it lately, Covfefe).

When hand washing hit the news recently, it was reported that to be sure of hitting the 20-second target, you should the "Happy Birthday" song to yourself twice. Then others said that the alphabet song worked too.

Later I heard "I Will Survive" worked, but I'm not a disco fan and don't really know the lyrics. A church I was in recently had, in addition to hand-washing instructions, a laminated page giving the lyrics to songs that worked. One was a religious song I'd never heard of, plus two verses of "Amazing Grace," the chorus of "Let It Go" (not having kids, I'm not familiar with the song), and -- oddly IMO -- "Africa" by Toto.

Lately I've been using "Henry the Eighth" by Herman's Hermits, but I'd like some alternatives.

What do you all recommend? Bonus points for something that's particularly appropriate for these times, or that makes people smile. Obviously, it needs to be about 20 seconds long.
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Old 03-20-2020, 08:01 PM
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18 seconds for the opening.chorus. This Song's Just Six Words Long

And the lyrics are real easy to memorize.

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Old 03-20-2020, 08:13 PM
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The opening verse of Jolene per Ms. Parton in a PSA I saw
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Old 03-20-2020, 08:14 PM
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The Def Leppard facebook page has instructions on washing hands based on part of Pour Some Sugar on me.

So c'mon, take a bottle, shake it up
Break the bubble, break it up
Pour some sugar on me
Ooh, in the name of love
Pour some sugar on me
C'mon, fire me up
Pour your sugar on me
I can't get enough
I'm hot, sticky sweet
From my head to my feet, yeah

For example...
So c'mon, take a bottle - a picture of a bottle of soap
Break the bubble - soap bubbles

I guess sugar is soap.
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Old 03-20-2020, 08:16 PM
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"Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift.
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Old 03-20-2020, 08:19 PM
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A Little Bit Of Soap-The Jamels.
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Old 03-20-2020, 09:27 PM
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"Hands," performed by my favorite Sesame Street character:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVRK5MaY4KE
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Old 03-20-2020, 09:39 PM
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I've heard of his song is perfect.

m.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

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Old 03-20-2020, 09:43 PM
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m.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
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Old 03-20-2020, 09:45 PM
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Interesting. One can't link any more?
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Old 03-20-2020, 09:54 PM
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You need the www. to make it an automatic link.

You just have to roll with it.
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https://Www.m.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

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Old 03-20-2020, 10:06 PM
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Fuck. Never mind.
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:12 PM
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Written just for this occasion

And it even has a dance
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Old 03-21-2020, 03:08 AM
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Mine is closer to 30 seconds, but better safe than sorry:

Tall and tan and young and lovely
The girl from Ipanema goes walking
And when she passes, each one she passes goes "ah!"
When she walks she's like a samba that
Swings so cool and sways so gently
That when she passes, each one she passes goes "ah!"


Humming it is fine, too.
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Old 03-21-2020, 07:52 AM
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I've been singing "Close to the Edge" by Yes. Seems to be working, so far.
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I've been singing "Close to the Edge" by Yes. Seems to be working, so far.
You're supposed to wash for twenty seconds, not twenty minutes.
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Old 03-21-2020, 09:46 AM
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Leaffans' link was to Rick Astley.
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Old 03-21-2020, 10:12 AM
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I use the Litany Against Fear from Dune.
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Old 03-21-2020, 10:57 AM
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The two "verses" of Baby Shark if you slow it down a tiny bit.

4.8 Billion views.
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Old 03-23-2020, 11:40 PM
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The vocal part of Her Majesty is about right.
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Old 03-23-2020, 11:49 PM
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Remember Danny Gokey from American Idol?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG-z8QVjF6U
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Hands… washing hands… reaching out… don't touch me; I won't touch you…
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Old 03-27-2020, 04:48 PM
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The sun'll come out
Tomorrowwwwwww!!!!!!

BET your bottom dollar
That tomorrowwww
There'll be suuuuuuuun!

Just thinkin' about
Tomorrowwwwwwww
Clears away the cobwebs
And the sorrowwwwwwww
'Til there's noooooooooone!
Playbill's newsletter has been sending out Broadway-themed 20-second song bits. This is my fave so far.

Sorry for the earworm...

And now we need a song for the "timeout -- please wait 30 seconds" interval...
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Old 03-27-2020, 05:10 PM
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Old 03-28-2020, 06:58 AM
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The two "verses" of Baby Shark if you slow it down a tiny bit.

4.8 Billion views.
Well, they went full tilt and released a "wash your hand with baby shark" version.

It drags on and on, but I guess with kids and hand washing overkill might just about work.

Released last Sat. and only 3 million views. Pffft.
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Old 03-28-2020, 09:18 AM
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The ideal handwashing song.
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Old 03-28-2020, 12:49 PM
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If you hate corona virus, wash your hands (oh, yeah)
If you hate corona virus, wash your hands (uh, huh)
If you hate corona virus
You can make it pass right by us
If you hate corona virus, wash your hands (woo-hoo!)
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Each stanza in "I Gotta Wash My Hands!", the famous Beatles song, is about 20 seconds long.
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For true sterility, a full rendition of "100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall."
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