Many thanks to Jim Adams who hosts Song Lyric Sunday. Find out more here
This week the theme is to find songs about Educate, Learn, School, Teach.
The first to come to mind were Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall and Alice Cooper’s School’s Out but I thought they would be very popular for this week’s theme. Then I came up with this:
or if you like coca cola.
“I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” is a pop song that originated as the jingle “True Love and Apple Pie”, by British hit songwriters Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, and sung by Susan Shirley.
The lyrics were rewritten by the songwriters, together with US advertising executive Bill Backer and US songwriter Billy Davis, for The Coca-Cola Company’s then-advertising agency, McCann Erickson, to become “Buy the World a Coke” in the 1971 “Hilltop” television commercial for Coca-Cola and sung by The Hillside Singers. “Buy the World a Coke” was produced by Billy Davis and portrayed a positive message of hope and love, featuring a multicultural collection of teenagers on top of a hill appearing to sing the song.
The popularity of the jingle led to it being re-recorded in two versions: one by The New Seekers and another by The Hillside Singers, as a full-length song, dropping references to Coca-Cola. The song became a hit record in the US and the UK.
I have to admit I will always sing the Coca Cola version.