The "ABC Song" or alphabet song, as we know it, dates all the way back to 1835 when it was copyrighted by the Boston-based music publisher Charles Bradlee. Over the past 184 years, that tune has become a staple of childhood. So too has the way we sing the letters "L, M, N, O, P," in the way that they blur together to sound like "elemeno pea." Now, an updated version of the tune, which enunciates those letters, is going viral, and people are not having it.
Posted by Dream English Kids, the clip began receiving attention after writer and comedian Noah Garfinkel shared it on Twitter and called it "life ruining." It has now reached over 6 million views.
Since then, the internet has blown up with hilarious, relatable responses to the tune. Here are 10 of the best burns.
1. Hopefully they're kidding
2. Let's stick with Patti LaBelle
The only ABC song alternative I recognize is the blessing Patti LaBelle bestowed upon the good people of Sesame Street. pic.twitter.com/R7ECXbhkcr— Lyne Mugema (@lyneonme) October 26, 2019
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3. Way to destroy everything
Somehow kids were magically able to understand the ABC song for decades, but okay society, go ahead and destroy everything. https://t.co/Y9Yuyt9feF— Truthstream Media (@truthstreamnews) October 29, 2019
4. Don't mess with Gen Z
gen z: haha sensitive boomers— melo (@melxpb) October 27, 2019
also gen z: how fucking DARE YOU to CHANGE the ABC SONG https://t.co/x7jkOn5h3o
5. We need more therapy now
Therapist: the new ABC song can’t hurt you.— shelbs 🌙 (@maydayshelby) October 26, 2019
New ABC song: https://t.co/bzSQmOvSWl
6. What's next—taking the "twinkle" from the "star"?
I will not sit idly by, while the media conveniently pivot to more revisionist history! they have removed the “L M N O P” beat, from the ABC SONG. what’s next, the twinkle from a star?— Nic Nemeth (@HEELZiggler) October 27, 2019
7. First, they came for Pluto...
When they came for Pluto, I did not speak out, because I wasn’t a planet. Then they came for the abc song... https://t.co/h3hXVfbcGT— David Tarantula🕷🕸 (@davetarrantnews) October 26, 2019
8. Existential crisis
They changed the melody of ABC song and now I’m just questioning everything. What is this life? I need a moment.— Meredith (@meralee727) October 28, 2019
9. Bring in the authorities
Awful rendition. It doesn't even follow a beat.— QweenBea 🐝 (@BeaQween) October 27, 2019
The last string of letters requires the singer to elongate the pronunciation to make them fit in time, and the rhyme is broken. Rhymes help children learn. 👎🏽
I'm calling the FBI.
10. Not having it
I SING THE ALPHABET SONG A FEW DOZEN TIMES A DAY. I WILL NOT BE MOVED.— Cov Franchise (@BearCov) October 26, 2019
According to the company's site, the admirable goal of Dream English is to "make educational music that is not only filled with important phrases and grammar, but is also enjoyable to listen to." But judging from these responses, it seems that a tune that messes with "elemeno pea"—and therefore, everyone's childhoods—is anything but enjoyable.