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Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla

Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla: School House Rock video on Pronouns.


Music by: Bob Dorough
Lyrics by: Kathy Mandary
Sung by: Jack Sheldon
Animation: Phil Kimmelman and Associates

Lyrics from:

Now, I have a friend named Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla,
And I could say that Rufus found a kangaroo
That followed Rufus home
And now that kangaroo belongs
To Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla.

Whew! I could say that,
but I don't have to,
'Cause I've got pronouns,
I can say, "HE found a kangaroo that
followed HIM home and now IT is HIS"

You see, (uh) HE, HIM, and HIS
are pronouns,
Replacing the noun,
Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla,
A very proper noun.
And IT is a pronoun, replacing the noun, kangaroo! (Now come on!)

Now Rufus has a sister named Rafaella Gabriela Sarsaparilla.
If she found a kangaroo I'd say to you:
"SHE found a kangaroo that followed HER home, and now it is HERS."
But I can't say that...
'Cause SHE found an aardvark
That fell in love with HER, and THEY're so happy.

And my name's Albert Andreas Armadillo.
(No relation to the Sarsaparillas.)
Because of pronouns, I can say:
I wish SHE would find a rhinoceros for ME and WE'd be happy."

You see, a pronoun was made to take the place of a noun,
'Cause saying all those nouns over and over
Can really wear you down!

Now I could tell you Rafaella Gabriela and Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla and Albert Andreas
Armadillo found an aardvark,
a kangaroo, and a rhinoceros. And now that aardvark and that
kangaroo and that rhinoceros belong respectively to Rafaella
Gabriela Sarsaparilla and Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla and Albert
Andreas Armadillo!

Whew! Because of pronouns I can say, in this way:
"WE found THEM and THEY found US and now THEY are OURS
and WE're so happy."
(Thank you, pronouns!)

You see a pronoun was made to take the place of a noun,
'Cause saying all those nouns over and over
Can really wear you down.

Sometimes, when we take 'em all on the bus
People really raise a fuss.
They start shouting out a lot o' pronouns at us, like
"WHO brought that rhinoceros on this bus?" and
"WHAT made that horrible noise?" and
"WHICH one of them is getting off first?"

WHO, WHAT, and WHICH are special pronouns that can as a question
In a sentence when you do not know the name of the noun,
But I know:
I have MINE, and SHE has HERS,
HE has HIS. Do YOU have YOURS?
THEY love US, and WE love THEM,
That's how it is with friends,
And pronouns, you are really friends, yeah!

'Cause saying all those nouns over and over
Can really wear you down.

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