Song Lyric Sunday: “Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah”

Jim got this week’s prompt from Ai: She had us in pursuit of songs with nonsense lyrics. Here’s the one I chose:

"Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah" was first heard on the second-ever episode of the Hanna-Barbera animated series The Jetsons, which initially ran on the ABC television network in the US during the 1962-63 season. Based on the success of The Flintstones, which featured a family of prehistoric characters, the Jetson family (husband George, wife Jane, teenaged daughter Judy, preteen son Elroy, robotic maid Rosie, and dog Astro) live in the distant future. The logline for the second episode is "Fed up with Judy’s obsession over pop idol Jet Screamer, George sabotages her entry into a songwriting contest by substituting Elroy’s secret code ‘Eep, Opp, Ork, Ah-ah’." Or so he thinks, until the song wins the contest and is sung by "Jet Screamer," whose voice is provided by actor, voice actor, comedian, and director Howard Morris, who soon after his performance portrayed Ernest T. Bass on The Andy Griffith Show. I don’t believe the song was released as a single. The song was written by William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, and Hoyt Curtin, who was the music director for Hanna-Barbera Studios.

The lyrics are from Lyrics On Demand:

Eep
Opp
Ork
Ah ah
Get in the capsule, baby
We are blasting off.

Eep opp ork ah ah (whooooo)
Eep opp ork ah ah (whooooo)
Eep epp ork ah ah
And that means I love you.

Well now, I took my baby for a ride in space
(Eep epp ork ah ah)
And met a funny little man with a funny face
(Eep epp ork ah ah)
He taught us both to wail this way
(Eep epp ork ah ah)
And nobody digs a word we say
(Eep epp ork ah ah).

Eep epp ork ah ah (whooooo)
Eep epp ork ah ah (whooooo)
Eep epp ork ah ah
And that means I love you.

Yeah I read my baby loud and clear
(Eep epp ork ah ah)
She just said I love you dear.
(Eep epp ork ah ah)
Now when I reply the way I do
(Eep epp ork ah ah)
I just said I love you too
Come fly with me!
Up high with me!
Come on fly with me
And now Eep epp ork means I dig you.

you heard the word that crazy word
That word you heard Eep epp ork ah ah means I love you.

Hop on baby, I’ll put you in orbit.

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday, and Song of the Day, for December 12. 2021.

22 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah”

  1. I love the Jetsons just like I love the Flintstones who had the Way-Outs on their show. I vaguely remember this song but only vaguely. I enjoyed listen8ng to it and it is much better than much of the crap that is put out today.

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