This piece was collected over a casual FaceTime in which we were previously just catching up and talking about our elementary school experiences. We are close friends who met in high school and have known each other for five years. My informant (JS) was born in California and is now attending Carnegie Mellon as Computer Science major. He enjoys coding, playing video games, and weight lifting.
The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant (JS) and interviewer.
Interviewer: Wait you had the Barney Song too?!
JS: Yeah, wait we did! Wait let me sing it for you, how did it go again, oh yeah, yeah it was like this
Hurray, hurray, Barney’s dead,
We barbequed his head!
We didn’t care about his body,
So we flushed it down the potty
And around around it went
Around, around it went!
Down in the drains, through the ocean, bye bye Barney’s body!
The first time I heard the Barney Song was when I was in fourth grade. From what I’ve gathered from my friends, many middle schools had variations of the Barney Song, and each was as sadistic as the next. For some reason, we all wanted Barney dead. This might have been our way of rebelling against popular culture and authority, in our own small way. Many of us grew up watching the Barney and Friends show, so this was our way to make fun of the adults for pushing the show on us or to shock them with our violent words directed towards a character we were supposed to love.