I Can't Spell Schenectady





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Published on Dec 23, 2009

In which Emily makes a Christmas present for her father by singing "I Can't Spell Schenectady."

Emily is aware that she is a terrible singer.

Thanks to all my uncles for helping out!

MP3 of the real song by Big Jon and Sparky:

I'm so very smart in all my lessons,
Reading, writing and geography;
But when it comes to spelling, I'm confessing There's just one word that stumps me constantly.

I can spell Dakota, can handle Minnesota, but
I can't spell Schenectady,
I can spell Havana and figure out Savannah,
But I can't spell Schenectady
Why, one time at a spelling bee
Said teacher all at once,
"Now, Sonny, spell 'Schenectady',"
I felt just like a dunce!

I spelled Anaconda and even Tonawanda,
So what do they expect of me ?
'Cause I can't spell Schenectady.

I can spell Pomona, Seattle and Tacoma, but I can't spell Schenectady
I've mastered Ypsilanti and Agua Caliente, but I can't spell Schenectady

I spelled Anaconda and even Tonawanda,
So what do you expect of me ?
'Cause can't spell Schenectady.

I can spell Missoula and even Ashtabula, but I can't spell Schenectady
I find Corpus Christi as easy as Poughkeepsie, but I can't spell Schenectady

Although it's such a pretty place,
Yet isn't it a shame,
They had to go and give it
Such an awfully funny name ?

There is just one answer. As quickly as I can sir,
I'm going to move to Albany.
'Cause I can't spell Schenectady

I can spell Beethoven and Reginald DeKoven, but I can't spell Schenectady!
I can spell Puccini and make with Toscanini, but I can't spell Schenectady.

Just try me on musician's names,
And I'll get through them all,
I used to stick the posters up
Outside Carnegie Hall.

I've juggled with Toplitsky
and worked out Koussevitski,
But one word gets the best of me.
'Cause we can't spell Schenectady!

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