|Parrot on roller skates bring to mind the song "Brand New Key" by Melanie Image credit|
Back in the 70’s there was a fresh-faced singer named Melanie (one-word name, you know, like Cher) and she had a quirky little pop song named “Brand New Key.” It’s a fun little song about love and freedom, a perfect fit for the early 70’s. “[I] Don’t go too fast, but I go pretty far” she sings.
I thought the parrot on skates captured the feeling of the song. It’s available to download on Freegal.
Here in the 2010’s, my daughter looks at me quizzically when I sing it, no doubt wondering how roller skates can need keys. What, you lock them up so nobody can steel them?
Back then, this is what roller skates looked like:
|Rollers skates from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis Image credit|
You clamped them onto your shoe and used the key to adjust the length. Even so, they still dislodged at inopportune times, resulting in more than a few skinned knees and hands.