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"When You're Traveling from Nantucket" is a song from the segment of the same name, in which Yakko sings all about the concept of time. The music and lyrics are by Randy Rogel. This song is also the only segment to be animated by Varga Studio, Ltd.

Lyrics[]

Announcer:
And now, Yakko Warner sings about time.
Yakko:
When you're traveling from Nantucket
Through Chicago to St. Paul
And you're standing at an airport
And you look upon the wall,
There's a clock for every city
And a different time for all
From Asia through Malaysia to Peru
Did you ever wonder why that
When it's ten o'clock in Maine
At precisely the same moment,
It is 3 AM in Spain?
When it's breakfast time in Rome
They're having lunch in the Ukraine
And it's supper up in upper Kathmandu
If the Earth were spinning faster
As the sun is going past her
Then a day would only be an hour long
And school, when they begin it
Would only last a minute
Before everybody has to run along
Wakko and Dot:
All right!
Yakko:
If the Earth were the planet
That was closest to the sun,
A year would be much shorter
And you'd have a lot of fun
Cause by the time you were in first grade,
You'd be over twenty-one
And you'd live to be nine hundred-three or four
Time is relative, dependent,
You can save it, you can spend it
Doing things you like to do
Or learning how
Wakko:
You can't see it, you can't taste it
Dot:
But you certainly can waste it
Yakko:
Which is really what we're doing here right now!
The international date line's
An imaginary cleft
Today is on the right side
And tomorrow's on the left
So when you cross it, do you then arrive
The day before you left?
That's how it'd work, it's quite berserk, you see
So if you were born in China
While I'm born in Carolina,
Well, then, you're a day ahead of me, you see
So the way I've got it reckoned,
If we're born in the same second,
Then why should you be a day older than me?
But it really is no miracle
The difference in our birth
Because the world is spherical,
That's why around the Earth...
The Warners:
There's always different times for Moscow
London, Boston and Ft. Worth
Yakko:
And that's the way it's always gonna be
So remember, when you're traveling
From Nantucket to St. Paul,
And that airport as you're staring
At those clocks upon the wall,
You should think about this song, my friend,
And then you will recall...
Wakko:
That it was mildly amusing
Dot:
But then totally confusing
The Warners:
And we bet you wish we hadn't sung at all!

Note[]

  • Several states in the US are considering abolishing DST. Most notably Oregon, Washington, and California are considering switching to permanent daylight time.
  • There are some US states that do not observe DST. Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) has not observed DST since 1967. Hawaii opted out of it in 1967. None of the US insular territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) do either.

Errors[]

  • Asia is a continent, and uses 11 different time zones with Malaysian Standard Time being one of them.
  • Peru is also a country and is listed separate to Lima, which is wrong because Lima is in Peru.
  • If a day on Earth were only an hour long, the amount of time spent in school would be around 15 minutes, depending on where you live. Also if the Earth was the closest planet to the Sun, there probably wouldn't be any school at all considering the planet would be burnt to a crisp (just look at Mercury). Not to mention it would have to spin so fast that the Equator would be flung into space.
  • In the line "While I'm born in Carolina", Yakko does not point to neither North or South Carolina, but instead the Ohioan city of Toledo.
  • The time difference between North and South Carolina and China is only 12 hours.
  • Most of the time, Spain is six hours ahead of Maine, so when the time is 10 PM in Maine then the time in Spain is 4 AM. It would only be 3 AM during the few short weeks of the year when the United States is observing Daylight Saving Time and the European Union isn't. However, the EU are planning to abolish DST, which would make this accurate for a larger portion of the year if Spain decides to use permanent standard time. This is assuming Maine doesn't do the same thing.
  • The time in Ukraine is only one hour ahead of Rome, so when people in Rome are having breakfast then Ukrainians are likely just finishing it.
  • Saint Basil's Cathedral and the Red Square are in Russia, not Ukraine.
  • Nepal time is only 4 hours 45 minutes ahead of Rome, so during breakfast time in Rome the residents of Kathmandu are probably about to have lunch. Also, as Nepal only has one time zone, it doesn't matter if it is Upper Kathmandu.
  • The sign pointing to Mt. Everest is a little hopeful. Mt. Everest is 200-300 km (120-180 miles) away from Kathmandu.

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