- The Jackson 5 open the book of love in this Motown classic, where Michael Jackson sings about giving a young lady private lessons. He’s confident she’ll see it’s as simple as ABC, do re mi and 1-2-3… they should be together. The schoolyard theme was a good fit, as Michael was just 11 years old when it was released.
About This Song
- This song is packed with hooks that put Michael Jackson’s talents to good use. It opens with the call-and-response “buh buh buh buh buh buh” and has lots of little vocal interjections throughout (“Get up, girl!”). These vocal bits became one of Michael Jackson’s hallmarks, both The Jackson 5 and as a solo artist.
- In 1991, the rap group Naughty by Nature sampled “ABC” into “O.P.P.,” giving them a huge hit. What’s striking about it is how the sample forms the basis for the entire track – it’s essentially a loop with the raps built on top of it. Over the next few years, more rappers started lifting huge chunks of hits to craft their tracks – Puff Daddy was especially brazen.
- This song closes out the 2006 movie Clerks II in a scene where Rosario Dawson dances to it, then the who cast gets their groove on to the song
You went to school to learn girlThings you never knew before Like “I” before “E” except after “C” And why 2 plus 2 makes 4 Now, now, now I’m gonna teach you, teach you, teach you All about love girl, all about love Sit yourself down, take a seat All you gotta do is repeat after meA B C, It’s easy as1 2 3, as simple as Do re mi, A B C, 1 2 3 Baby you and me girlCome on and love me just a little bitI’m gonna teach you how to sing it out Come on, come on, come on Let me tell you what it’s all about Reading, writing, arithmatic Are the branches of the learning tree But without the roots of love everyday girl Your education ain’t complete Teacher’s gonna show you (she’s gonna show you) How to get an “A” (na, na, na, na, na, na) How to spell “me”, “you”, add the two Listen to me baby thats all you got to doOh,A B C, It’s easy as1 2 3, as simple as Do re mi, A B C, 1 2 3 Baby you and me girl A B C it’s easy, it’s like counting up to 3 Singing simple melodies That’s how easy love can be Singing simple melodies 1 2 3 baby you and meSit down girl, I think I love ya’No, get up girl, show me what you can do Shake it, shake it baby, come on now Shake it, shake it baby, oooh, oooh Shake it, shake it baby, yeah 1 2 3 baby, oooh oooh A B C baby, ah, ah Do re mi baby, wow Thats how easy love can be A B C it’s easy, it’s like counting up to 3 Singing simple melodies That’s how easy love can be Teacher’s gonna teach you how to Sing it out, sing it out, sing it out baby