Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Carol has our CD player loaded with Christmas songs this month and this morning Jingle Bells was playing during our breakfast. Automatically, my mind flashed back to 1945, when I was six years old and walking to school with friends. I began to sing along, using the lyrics we were singing as we walked to school. But our lyrics were different. I have no idea how we learned them, but we had enormous fun singing them. The chorus is all I remember.

"Shingle nails, shingle nails,
Hammers, tacks and screws,
Oh what fun it is to ride,
In Hitler's stinkin' shoes!"

(Keep in mind,WWII was ending.)

To this day, I have never come across anyone who is familiar with these lyrics. It makes me wonder if I dreamed this or if I have outlived anyone who would have learned them.

Merry Christmas!