Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits from the Past – Week 36

Censored At School

In 1968 I was in the 8th grade at a small Catholic school. There were only 13 students in my class, all girls because the three boys from our 7th grade escaped to the public school that year.  Yummy, Yummy I got Love in My Tummy was popular, at least the chorus, and kids would sing the chorus at recess. The nun who taught our class, the very strict Sister Mary Matthew, or one of the other nuns, decided the song must be about sex or pregnancy or something. We were told we were not allowed to sing it until someone provided the lyrics for inspection. I have no idea whether or not anyone ever submitted the lyrics—I doubt most of us knew anything except the chorus, which is repeated over and over and over. As with other pop one hit wonders, it faded from memory probably before the nuns stopped worrying about its impact on the morals of teenagers. It seems funny to me now because no matter what it meant it was such an innocuous song.

Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits from the Past – Week 36



humor, music, nostalgia


I wonder if the ‘love in my tummy’ is that ‘butterflies’ feeling many of us get when we fall in love? What a shame the nuns didn’t like it, and forbid any of you to sing it. I’ve always liked this song, and still hear it being played on the radio every now and again. A great choice Marie.

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