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The Magician

Three is a Magic Number is a song from Multiplication Rock! It goes over multiplying by three. This song was the pilot episode of the whole Schoolhouse Rock! series. It features a magician, who goes over multiplying by three while many examples are provided. (A man and a woman having a baby –three in the family; heart, soul, body – three parts) The music and lyrics are by Bob Dorough, and it is also preformed by him. The original airdate was January 6, 1973.

LyricsEdit

TV VersionEdit

Three is a magic number
Yes it is, it's a magic number
Somewhere in the ancient mystic trinity
You get three
As a magic number

The past and the present and the future
Faith and hope and charity
The heart and the brain and the body
Give you three
As a magic number

It takes three legs to make a tripod or to make a table stand
It takes three wheels to make a vehicle called a tricycle
Every triangle has three corners
Every triangle has three sides
No more, no less
You don't have to guess
When it's three
You can see
It's a magic number

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes they did
They had three in the family
That's a magic number

3, 6, 9,
12, 15, 18,
21, 24, 27,
30

3, 6, 9,
12, 15, 18,
21, 24, 27,
30

Multiply backwards from 3×10
3×10 is 30
3×9 is 27
3×8 is 24
3×7 is 21
3×6 is 18
3×5 is 15
3×4 is 12
And 3x3 is 9
And 3×2 is 6
And 3×1 is 3 of course

Now dig the pattern once more!
(3) 3, 6, 9,
(12) 12, 15, 18,
(21) 21, 24, 27,
30

Now multiply from 10 backwards
3×10 is 30 (Keep going)
3×9 is 27
3×8 is 24
3×7 is 21
3×6 is 18
3×5 is 15
3×4 is 12
And 3×3 is 9
And 3×2 is 6
And 3×1
What is it?
3
Yeah!
That's a magic number

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes they did
They had three in the family
That's a magic number

Soundtrack VersionEdit

Three is a magic number
Yes it is, it's a magic number
Somewhere in the ancient mystic trinity
You get three
As a magic number

The past and the present and the future
Faith and hope and charity
The heart and the brain and the body
Give you three
As a magic number

It takes three legs to make a tripod or to make a table stand
It takes three wheels to make a vehicle called a tricycle
Every triangle has three corners
Every triangle has three sides
No more, no less
You don't have to guess
When it's three
You can see
It's a magic number

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes they did
They had three in the family
That's a magic number

3, 6, 9,
12, 15, 18,
21, 24, 27,
30

3, 6, 9,
12, 15, 18,
21, 24, 27,
30

Now the multiples of 3
Come up 3 times in each set of 10
In the first 10,
You get 3, 6, 9
And in the teens 10 it's 12, 15, and 18
And in the 20s,
You get a
21, 24, 27,
And it comes out even on 30
Yeah

Now multiply backwards from 3x10
3x10 is 30
3x9 is 27
3x8 is 24
3x7 is 21
3x6 is 18
3x5 is 15
3x4 is 12
And 3x3 is 9
And 3x2 is 6
And 3x1 is 3 of course

Now dig the pattern once more!
(3) 3, 6, 9,
(12) 12, 15, 18,
(21) 21, 24, 27,
30
Yeah, thirty

Now multiply from 10 backwards
3x10 is 30 (Keep going)
3x9 is 27
3x8 is 24
3x7 is 21
3x6 is 18
3x5 is 15
3x4 is 12
And 3x3 is 9
And 3x2 is 6
And 3x1
What is it?
3
Yeah!
That's a magic number

A man and a woman had a little baby
Yes they did
They had three in the family
That's a magic number

CoversEdit

  • Blind Melon made a cover of the song, which appeared in track 3 of Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks.
  • The song was covered, with rewritten lyrics, by Greg Raposo, Matthew Ballinger, and Stevie Brock to promote Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers. Their cover appears on the original release of the film's soundtrack, while a music video appears on the film's original DVD release.
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