I Got Six – Schoolhouse Rock

I Got Six – Schoolhouse Rock

 

I got six.
That’s all there is.
Six time one is six, one times six
He got six.
I put mine with his and we got twelve
Six time two is twelve, two times six
I got six, you got six,
She got six.
We got eighteen altogether.
If we can get ’em all together.
Six time three is eighteen, three times six

I got six in my right hand,
Six in my left hand,
Six on my head.
And you got six in your pocket.
Put ’em all on the floor – that’s 24.
Six time four is 24, four times six
I got six red hens.
They laid five eggs each.
All the eggs hatched out,
And the yard was full of 30 little chicks.
Six time five is 30, five times six
One fine day,
They all started in to lay.
I got 36 eggs, and I took ’em in the house,
And I put ’em in boxes,
Six eggs each. Six boxes.
Aw, six times six is 36, six times six
Goin’ to the candy store –
I’ll take six of these and six of those
And six of them and six of the others.
And also six of the red, six of the white,
And six of the blue.
I’ll put ’em in one bag – that’s 42.
Six times seven is 42, seven times six
Oh, I’m throwin’ downtown,
Pickin’ up six.
I made 8 tricks
And didn’t miss a lick.
Six times eight is 48, eight times six
Nine hungry men had six dollars each. (Aw!)
That’s 54 bucks,
But they were outta luck.
‘Cause 54 bucks won’t buy dinner downtown.
Not for nine.
Then there were six hungry men
They had nine dollars each ( Yeah!)
And they went downtown, and the waiter said “Sit down!”
Oh, it makes a big difference how you spread it around.
Six time nine is 54, nine times six
See that prince over there? (Yeah!)
The one with the fuzzy hair.
He’s got six rings on every finger.
He don’t wash no dishes,
Not with 60 diamonds.
Six time ten is 60, ten times six
He brought along eleven camels.
Now, ain’t that nice? (Ain’t that nice)
Each one loaded down with six casks of oil and spice.
Brought quite a price.
Six time eleven is 66, eleven times six
He had twelve wives.
He better be rich.
Each one had six kids – six children each.
Six time twelve is 72, twelve times six
But me, I got six. (I got six)
That’s all there is. (That’s all there is)
Six times one is six, one times six.
I got six. (I got six)
That’s all there is. (That’s all there is)

I Got Six first aired in 1973 as a part of the Multiplication Rock series of Schoolhouse Rock. I Got Six was the first episode of the School House Rock series to feature Black characters. I Got Six was also named Best Picture of 1973 by ASIF-East, a chapter of the International Animated Film Association. I Got Six will turn 40 in 2013.

Schoolhouse Rock Limited Edition Cel and Original Production Layout Drawing Featuring I Got Six from The Museum Of UnCut Funk Black Animation Collection.

The I Got Six song was performed by Grady Tate, a jazz drummer and singer who played with all of the jazz greats.

From Wikkipedia – Tate moved to New York City in 1963 and gained the position of drummer in the band of Quincy Jones. Grady Tate’s drumming helped to define a particular hard bop, soul jazz and organ trio sound during the mid-1960s and beyond. His slick, layered and intense sound is instantly recognizable for its understated style in which he integrates his trademark subtle nuances with sharp, crisp “on top of the beat” timing (in comparison to playing slightly before, or slightly after the beat). The Grady Tate sound can be heard prominently on the many classic Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery albums recorded on the Verve label in the 1960s. Grady Tate was the drummer on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson for six years.

Grady Tate’s popularity as choice sideman of accomplished musicians is due to his remarkable intuitiveness and ability to make any style of music swing tastefully, and his interpretation of many different genres of music, in which he creates his own unique style of jazz grooves- i.e.: Latin jazz, reggae jazz, rock jazz, funk jazz, etc. One album that demonstrates Mr. Tate’s mastering of several musical styles may be heard on Jimmy Smith’s Go For Whatcha Know (1986), which also features a vocal track by Grady Tate. An example of his virtuosic drumming abilities may be heard on Stan Getz’s Sweet Rain (1967).

Among his most widely heard vocal performances are the songs “I Got Six”, “Naughty Number Nine”, and “Fireworks” from Multiplication Rock and America Rock, both part of the Schoolhouse Rock series. He has been on the faculty of Howard University since 1989

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