“Send it to ZOOM” and SASE songs, 1972-1976, with lyric transcriptions

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“Send it to ZOOM” and SASE songs from the children’s TV series ZOOM (original series, 1972-1978), with lyrics, transcribed by doc (me):

  • Send it to ZOOM (Newton Wayland) – seasons 1 and 2
  • at least partly written by Newton Wayland:
    • Send it to ZOOM #2 – season 2, cast 2 of 3
    • Send it to ZOOM #3 – season 4
    • SASE song – season 4
    • SASE song – season 5

There are more (original series) ZOOM song lyric transcriptions by me in my ZOOM lyrics page.

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(above) original season 1 (1972) cast members, counter-clockwise from bottom left: Kenny Pires, Joe Shrand, Tracy Tannebring, Nancy Tates, Jon Reuning, Nina Lillie, Tommy White

Send it to ZOOM (Newton Wayland)

Season 1 (1972), full cast, in this order: Kenny, Tommy, Tracy, Nina, Joe, Nancy, Jon

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Season 2 (1972-1973), cast 1 of 3: Nancy Tates, Ann Messer, Kenny Pires, Maura Mullaney, David Alberico, Tracy Tannebring, Jay Schertzer

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(below) on the album Come On and ZOOM, A&M Records SP-3402, released in 1974 — The lyric is a little different in this version.

video posted on 3 August 2020, by Greg Ehrbar

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Send it to ZOOM (Newton Wayland) – The song is titled Address Song – Send It To Zoom!” on the 1974 album Come On and ZOOM.

lyric transcribed by doc (Jim Radcliff) on 27 July 2017, from the season 1 (1972) version; latest edit: 27 September 2017

Say you wake up in the middle of the night
You got an idea that’s outta sight

So you jump out of bed, look around your room
You gotta write it down and send it to ZOOM

Or say you’ve just seen something on this show
Or someone cool you just gotta know

Write it all down, don’t make a mess
And don’t forget your name and address

Include a stamp so we can drop you a card
Then dip your note in a bucket of lard

Joe doesn’t know what he’s talking about
You put it in an envelope, without a doubt

Then take your typewriter, pencil, or pen
And if you make a mistake you gotta do it again

Write ZOOM Z-double-O-M
Box 3-5-0
Boston MASS 02134

on lyric variants:

  • In the season 2, cast 1 of 3, version, line 11 is changed to “David doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
  • In the version on the 1974 Come On and ZOOM album, which also features some other variations from the original lyric, lines 11 and 12 go

Lard’s what you use for soap, you dope
You put your note in an envelope

  • The address section forms a coda in all versions of the song, but the version on the 1974 Come On and ZOOM album has an extension added to end of the coda where all sing “Send it to ZOOM!” The revised coda, with the “Send it to ZOOM!” ending, was subsequently included at the end of later ZOOM address and SASE songs.

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ZOOM season 4 (1974-1975): Come fly away in a blue balloon

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(above) ZOOM season 4 (1974-1975) cast, left to right – Norman Christian, Carmen Hernandez, Andrae Neilsan, Tracey Dunlap, Tommy Schultz, Harvey Reed, Tishy Flaherty, Cate Wadsworth, David “Red” O’Brien, David Sales

Howdy folks! Today I published the following page (link fixed 9/23/2020):

While I’ve struggled to find songwriter credits for some of the original songs included in the page, it’s likely that Newton Wayland, musical director and composer for the original series (1971-1978), at least composed the music for them. However, some of the originals performed in the series were co-written by him and another songwriter, so I’m going to omit lyricist credits for songs where I’m uncertain for now.

Musical staging is by Billy Wilson. See the touching tribute article at The AIDS Memorial, Facebook, published August 14, 2018.

Recordings of some of the songs featured in the new page are also found on the 1977 album ZOOM Tunes, Rounder Records ‎8005. Despite it’s 1977 release (1978, according to some sites) the “ZOOMers” listed on the back of the album are primarily cast members from season 4 (1974-75). The album also includes at least a couple of songs that were used in production numbers in season 5 (1976).

included in the page:

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I Dig Rock and Roll Music (Paul Stookey, James Mason, and Dave Dixon) — performed by ZOOM season 4 cast members: David Sales, Tishy Flaherty, Carmen Hernandez, Cate Wadsworth, Andrae Neilsan, Harvey Reed, Tracey Dunlap, and Tommy Schultz

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* The back of the 1977 ZOOM Tunes album indicates that “[a]ll original tunes and arrangements” are by Newton Wayland, Musical Director of ZOOM. However, some of the original songs are “based on poems” by various children, probably ZOOM fans who sent their poems to the show. The words to “Blue Balloon” are based on a poem by Christine Stark, age 10, of Middle Village, NY. “City Child” is based on poems by three different children, ages 8-10.

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