The Four-Legged Zoo is a song part of Multiplication Rock!. It goes over multiplying by fours. It features a class going to the zoo on a field trip, and they use the legs of the animals to multiply by four. The music and lyrics are both by Bob Dorough. He also performs it with a chorus of kids. The original aridate was February 10, 1973.
A teacher (Miss Simpson) takes her class to the zoo where they use the animals to learn the multiplication of 4 with four legged-animals (all mammals).
- Man & Children: We went to the Four-Legged Zoo, to visit our four-legged friends
- Man & Children: Lions and tigers, cats and dogs; a goat and a cow and a couple of hogs
- Man: A rhinocerous and of course a hippopotamus... oh yes, a horse!
- Children: There are elk and bison, a gnu or two; giraffes and elephants quite a few
- Man: A llama, alpaca, vicuna too; zebras, ibexes, and one big kudu; it was swell.
- Boy #1: I liked the gazelle.
- Boy #2: Now Miss Simpson said...
- Girl: She teaches school, you know.
- Boy #2: Yeah, she took us there. Well, Miss Simpson said if we counted every head on these quadrupeds, then multiplied that number by four, we'd know how many feet went through the door if we turned them all loose.
- Children: Oh no, don't do that!
- Boy #2: It's really a groovy zoo.
- Children: But anyway what Miss Simpson said it was a good chance to work on our fours in our head. One, two, three, four!
- Man: I'll take a lion
- Children: One times four
- Man: He's got four legs and maybe a roar
- Children: Give me two camels, that's two times four; eight legs walking across the desert floor!
- Man: A tiger and a lamb and a fat kudu...
- (with chorus)...would be three times four, equals twelve legs too
- Man: But we might have to subtract when that tiger was through...
- Man: Four four-footed friends, no matter who would have 16 legs, and it's always true
- Children: That's four times four is sixteen; five times four is twenty
- Man: Now a coach and six, if you were Cinderella would have you home by midnight if those 24 legs ran fast as lightning.
- Children: Six times four equals 24, seven times four equals 28
- Man: Anyone knows that, who cares about seven...(with chorus)...and eight antelope have 32 legs cause eight times four is 32
- Man: Here come a small herd of buffalo; they say they're getting extinct, you know
- Boy #1: I can count nine
- Boy #2: That's 36 legs,
- Children: Nine times four is 36. Here comes a baby buffalo
- Man: That's good, that's ten! And ten times four, you know, is 40...
- Eleven coyotes...
- Children: Eleven times four
- Man: ...went sneaking across the prairie floor. On all of their legs...
- Children: ...equals 44.
- Man: Now twelve times four is as high as we go
- 'Children: Twelve times four is 48
- Man: But there were so very, very, many, many more animals standing there by the gate...
- (with children) ...but we'd have to use a pencil if we counted them all And we really had fun and we saw every one
- Boy: A bear, a cougar, a jackal, a yak, a fox...
- Children: (singing) ...some deer, and a sweet giraffe
- Man: And I can't remember how many, many more
- (with children) ...but we multiplied them all by four and some of them thanked us with a roar
- The man sings the phrase "Nine times four is 36" on "The Best of Nicktoons" album in 1998.
Schoolhouse Rock: Math Rock Edit
- The dog from this song plays an important role in one of the games. In his game, the player must move him around to coral animals into specific pens based on their numbers. After 3 rounds, the dog will join Lucky Seven Sampson's band as the singer.
(Constellation cameo appearance) Edit
- The 4 Legged Zoo makes a cameo appearance as a constellation.