Listen to the Children While They Play


I used to be 13 years outdated in 1968 when Henson Cargill, a rather unknown identify in nation song, crowned the rustic charts with the Jack Moran and Glenn Tubb penned vintage, “Skip a Rope.”

I used to be simply entering song in a brand new means. And song was once converting in the most important means. Pop song was once changing into extra politically and socially mindful. In a couple of quick years we had grown from “I Need to Hang Your Hand” to “Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Membership Band” and “All Alongside the Watchtower.”

Nation song was once converting too. In every other yr Kenny Rogers would hit it giant with the Mel Tillis Vietnam-inspired “Ruby, Do not Take Your Like to The city.” On all standard song fronts, social statement was once on the upward push.

“Skip a Rope” was once every other early nation access within the “all we’d like is love” musical motion.

Again in the ones days the teenager song magazines revealed the lyrics to best songs at the back of the newsletter. I used to be changing into occupied with songwriting: who wrote the tune, what do the phrases “actually imply,” and many others.

“Skip a Rope” was once a kind of songs that I discovered the phrases to. As a child experiencing giant circle of relatives issues, the lyrics had been specifically significant and poignant to me.

“Skip a Rope” handled all of it: circle of relatives discord, racial discrimination, greed…and I used to be now not but a long way got rid of from actually skipping rope at the playground and listening to the type of mean-spirited issues youngsters can say, incessantly simply repeating what they’d heard at house. The tune rang “true” to me, and I assume for numerous others as smartly.

Over time I have incessantly considered “Skip a Rope” and hummed it to myself. I did not recall who wrote and even who recorded the tune, till I realized that Henson Cargill passed on to the great beyond on the age of 66 on March twenty fourth, 2007. The scoop introduced again a flood of reminiscences.

Skip A Rope Lyrics

(Phrases and Tune through Jack Moran and Glenn Tubb)

Oh, pay attention to the youngsters whilst they play,

Now ain’t it kinda humorous what the youngsters say,

Skip a rope.

Daddy hates mommy, mommy hates dad,

Ultimate evening you shoulda heard the battle they’d,

Gave little sister every other unhealthy dream,

She woke us all up with a horrible scream.


Cheat to your taxes, do not be a idiot,

Now what was once that they stated a few Golden Rule?

By no means thoughts the principles, simply play to win,

And hate your neighbour for the colour of his pores and skin.


Stab ’em within the again, that is the secret,

And mommy and daddy are who is in charge.

Skip a rope, skip a rope,

Simply pay attention on your youngsters whilst they play,

It really isn’t very humorous, what the youngsters say,

Skip a rope, skip a rope.