The original Sign Song, below, is also by Gesner and features common sights around New York City in the 1970s. Lyrics include: “Jane Street, Jones Street, Park Avenue. No Right Turn, No Left Turn. What can you do?” And the second round of the song opens it up for some karaoke.
Office Sign Song is another catchy classic. Like the videos above, it’s not only useful for reading comprehension, but it’s now a time capsule for the era’s culture, design, and technologies.
Clark Gesner also composed for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Watch more typography, more PBS, more made-for-kids content, and more videos from the 1970s on TKSST, including:
• Round hand & single stroke lettering demos
• Signing Alphabet (1977) – Sesame Street
• Behind the Signs: A Look at the DOT Sign Shop