Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Brand new pair of roller skates-------

Ye olde clamp on skates!

Nary a skate key to be found---but what a variety!
No doubt you've heard the song commonly referred to as the roller skate song or its official title "Brand New Key."  Catchy number, simple lyrics no back up band, no hard rock accompaniment: just a simple little tune for a toy that probably every kid in the country played with growing up.  Those were the clamp on metal skates which were so popular until the shoe boot style became the fad.  Pom poms on the ends of laces, cute and colorful little suitcase to carry them in and skating at an indoor roller skating rink.  I even joined a "mom's morning skate group" when my kids were growing up and later took my ESL classes to learn all about a real American past time for kids!  As a child, I remember having to go a block away to skate because we didn't have sidewalks in front of our house until I was much older but it was a fun time with all of the neighborhood joining in. Lots of skinned knees, to be sure, but at least I could stand up with roller skates whereas ice skates were a whole other story!   I've got a brand new pair of roller skates, you've got a brand new key, I think that we should get together and try them out, to see.....