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Help Me Operator!

1 of 8 songs on
Can't Fool Me!


Lyrics

If you have an emergency
Pick up the phone and dial "O" (tone)

Verse 1
Help me Operator
Tell me what I should do
I need some help
And I've got to get through
I just dialed "O"
And I'm talkin' to you
And here's another little thing
That you can do

Chorus 1
Dial 9-1-1
Dial 9-1-1
Say your name and problem
Say your address too

Dial 9-1-1
Dial 9-1-1
Say your name and problem
And your address too

Verse 2
Can you say
Your telephone number
My friend
Area Code first

And then you begin
First you dial ONE
First dial ONE
Now we're going to practice
"Ready and ONE" (tone)

[Chorus 2 - Sing-along]

Verse 3
Let me hear
Your telephone number again
Area Code first
And then you begin
First you dial ONE
First dial ONE
Now let's sing it
"Ready and ONE" (tone)

[Chorus 2 - Sing-along]

Verse 4
It really is so simple
It's actually fun
"O" for Operator
Or dial 9-1-1
Say your name and problem
Say your address too
Sing your phone number
I'm so proud of you

[Chorus 2 - Sing-along]

Copyright 1996 Yello Dyno, Inc.

 

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About the song
Help Me Operator!

(Bluesy Shuffle)

What better way to ensure that children remember their telephone numbers, including their often forgotten or difficult-to-remember area code, than to set them to music? And while we're at it, why not teach them how to dial "0" and "911" for emergencies and tell them what to say when they get the operator on the line? This may at first glance seem like a song only for young children, but many older children do not know their area codes because they never have to use them. Similarly, most children have never had to call an operator for an emergency, so they are unsure of exactly what to do. The pace of this "bluesy shuffle" not only gives kids the correct tempo for memorization, it will also help calm them down when they sing it to themselves if they are ever in an emergency situation.

Testimonials
"I'm a firm believer that music can teach children anything. For example, when kids have to recall factual information such as their telephone numbers, they can remember the series of numbers much easier and more quickly - especially in a stressful situation - if they can associate it with a tune."- Valerie Gammon, parent, book editor, Austin, Texas

The Power of Lyrics
"Take three steps back and run like the wind!"
- Lyrics from the song, Tricky People!

"Your children learn simple lyrics attached to memorable songs. They are left with a joyous image of running like the wind... but in a time of crisis these lyrics come right back and they act on them to stay safe."- David Ham, song writer of the Can't Fool Me! CD

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