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Lubu wrote at 2007-09-20 03:16:53
I remember singing this in second grade during "music."  I think it was a translated folk song from another country. I can't remember it all, either, but here's one more verse:



Every day and at night she sits watching,

From her balcony over the plain,

Like a harpie she sits there and waits for me,

I tell you she drives me insane.

What can I do,

What can I do,

Enchanting Sophia I'm mad about you.


Minneapolis Bill wrote at 2007-10-09 21:45:20
I remember this song "Enchanting Sophia" from my elementary school. It was printed in our music class textbook, so definitely exists as a folk song. I can't find it with Google, either.


argyleken wrote at 2007-11-14 03:44:20
"Sophia" was a song in a new music curriculum used in the Taylor County Elementary Schools in WV in 1966-67.  I remember it reading not "I'm bewitched by a girl named Sophia" but "I'm in love with a girl named Sophia..." but the rest of the lyrics are consistent.  Whatever genre is consistent with songs like A Frog Went a'Courtin' would be similar to this.  I would have called it folk.  KM, displaced Appalachian


Bwkstew wrote at 2007-12-27 02:31:30
I also remember this song from my elementary music book in Cincinnati, Ohio in the late 1960's. Have had in on my mind for the past year for some reason. Would love to see the lyrics and music for it again! We all laughed every time we sang it. I would have labeled it as a "folk song" as well.




charlie wrote at 2008-10-08 02:20:36
Hi! I've been looking for those lyrics for years and amazingly those are the only verses I can remember too!!! I can only remember two additional lines but unfortunately I can't remember what follows , may be if you read them you'll remember what's next:



All alone and at night she sits watching

on her balcony over the lane ...


me too! wrote at 2008-12-17 13:56:49
wow! i remember this song from my childhood too! we sang it in school. like 4th or 5th grade... in the early 1980's. i'm trying to find the title too.. good luck!


BarbaraStienstra wrote at 2009-01-27 18:40:52
I had written out the lyrics, my version a bit different. I am a librarian (MLS) in the business for 3 1/2 decades and have been searching and just found your query. I knew the words to be:



"I am bewitched by a girl named Sophia,

her head is like a full blow balloon,

her teeth were made by a jagged saw

that glint by the light of the moon,

what do I do, what do I do,

Enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you."



The words are "close".




kathy wrote at 2009-05-18 02:42:33
I remember singing this song when I was in second grade--I'm 52, now.  I, too, have been searching for the lyrics to this song.  I remember the first verse as it is written here, with the exception of the line, "I'm wild about you" as, "I'm mad about you".



For years I have been trying to remember the second verse.  All I can recall is, "All day long and at night she sits waiting on a balcony over the lane..."  For the life of me, I can't remember the last two lines.



I think the pumpkin verse was the third verse.



Anyway, I hope this is useful, and that someone else can remember the rest.



Kathy


Pia wrote at 2009-08-24 05:02:19
Hi, I just remembered the trhid verse ...



Oh, her head is as round as a pumpkin

And she doesnít have one bit of hair

So she wears an old mop and she calls it a wig

Thereís nothing my love can compare

What shall I do,

What shall I do

Enchanting Sophia, Iím mad about you.



Pis


Linda wrote at 2009-11-09 20:34:25
I remember this song, too. I learned it from a friend who grew up near Chicago. Next verse:



All day long and at night she sits watching

from her balcony over the lane

like a harpy she lurks there and waits for me

I tell you, she drives me insane

what can I do, what can I do?

enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you


jazzman 1960 wrote at 2009-12-09 22:44:21
I am bewitched by a girl named Sophia,

her head is like a full blow balloon,

her teeth were made by a jagged saw

that glint by the light of the moon,

what do I do, what do I do,

Enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you."



I rember the third line as

"Her barbarous teeth are a jagged saw"


Sue wrote at 2010-01-24 09:54:12
I remember singing this song in 6th grade, about 1966  It was in our hardbound music book, and our teacher had a record that went with it for singing along.


Tess wrote at 2010-01-31 06:05:31
I remember singing this song in music class near the end of the 90's. It was one of my favourite songs to sing, so it was always a treat. It was called "Sophia", and here are the lyrics as I can remember them:



"I'm bewitched by a girl named Sophia,

With a nose like a full blown balloon.

Her barbarous teeth are a jagged saw,

That glint by the light of the moon.

What can I do? what can I do?

Enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you.



All day long and at night she sits watching,

From her balcony over the lane.

Like a harpy she lurks there and waits for me,

I tell you, she drives me insane.

What can I do? what can I do?

Enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you.



"Oh, her head is as round as a pumpkin,

And she doesnít have one bit of hair.

So she wears an old mop and she calls it a wig,

Thereís nothing my love can compare.

What can I do? what can I do?

Enchanting Sophia, Iím mad about you."


laurel wrote at 2010-03-09 03:15:49
Here's the song as I learned it in 5th grade music class (ca. 1970)

I'm in love with a girl named Sophia

with a nose like a full-blown balloon

and her barbarous teeth are like icicles

that glint by the light of the moon.

What can I do? What can I do?

Enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you.




TomJrzk wrote at 2010-03-18 14:23:27
I remember another verse from Goodale Elementary School grade school in Detroit in the 60s.



All day and at night she sits watching

from her balcony over the lane.

Like a harpy she lurks there and waits for me.

I tell you she drives me insane!

What can I do? What can I do?

Enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you.



Thanks for the other verse I hadn't remembered!  


Orien wrote at 2010-03-26 15:36:48
This song comes from a book Called "Making Music Your Own" Published by The Silver Burdett Company Copyright 1965

It is a Triestine Folk song (a region in Italy) the English Words are by Margaret Fishback

"Sofia"

Time signature in the book is 6/8

Key signature A major (C# F# G#)

Rest E    E  / A      A   A  A    G#     A /   A# B B

    I'm  be--witched by  a  girl named  So  -fi  -a

Just the notes

Rest EE/BA#BDC#B/A(6 BEATS)

REST EE/AG#AC#BA/G#(2 BEATS)F#D(2 BEATS)D(1 BEAT)

         REFRAIN

C#DC#BC#B/A(3 BEATS)/AG#A/B(3 BEATS)BAB/

C#(2 BEATS) C# C#DC#/BA#BDC#B/A (3 BEATS)


Primemeridians wrote at 2010-08-22 00:43:19
Sofia came in a 78 rpm record. Flip side I never heard. The record can be located perhaps in an old elementary school music dept. I took a look at it in 1968 at Honiss School,Dumont,N.J. The title is only SOFIA.


N wrote at 2011-04-12 03:04:40
Thank you all so much. I've been looking online. too! We sung this in 6th grade in music class, Neffsville, PA about 1971. The class just sort of mumbled most of the songs but we liked this one!  


TomJrzk wrote at 2011-06-29 14:14:51
Thanks for the pumpkin verse, I didn't remember that one from 5th grade.  A verse you seem to be missing is:



All day and at night she sits watching

on her balcony over the lane.

Like a harpy she lurks there and waits for me,

I tell you she drives me insane.


Angie wrote at 2011-10-07 09:16:44
I too remember this song.....we sang this song around Halloween I think....I was 4th grade....such an enjoyable song to sing!!!  


Angie wrote at 2011-10-07 09:17:13
I too remember this song.....we sang this song around Halloween I think....I was 4th grade....such an enjoyable song to sing!!!  


lclift wrote at 2012-01-18 14:35:03
I too, remember learning this song in 3rd grade.  I remember it was an italian folk song, words changed to english.  Those are the verses I remember


Lance Perlman wrote at 2012-12-14 16:53:50
From Honiss School music dept.1968. The teacher had a stack of 78s. I'm bewitched by a girl named Sofia,with a nose like a full blown balloon. And her barberous teeth are a jagged saw that glint by the light of the moon. What can I do,what can i do,enchanting Sofia I'm mad about You.Every night she sits over there watching...on the balcony over the lane. And night after night she sits watching for me, I tell you it drives me insane!What can I do, What can I do, Enchanting Sofia,I'm mad about you. It is clearly a Tristanian folk song from the north of Italy. Silver bursett records sells vintage  LPs on Amazon.com....This was from a pre 1968 LP.Say 1965 or so. Lance


primemeridians wrote at 2013-01-15 16:13:49
Anyone from Honiss School 1968 can contact lperlman@pascack.k12.nj.us I recall this was part of the <Making Music Your Own> music class by Silver Burdett. LP can be at Amazon.There were several 78s in the old folder at Honiss. It began with 78rpm.


Jim Allen wrote at 2013-04-17 08:33:52
I learnt this song ('Sofia') in New South Wales when I was in 3rd grade in 1969.  I distinctly remember the teeth line beginning: "And her barbarous teeth are a jagged saw".  It was a terrific and unforgettable song, like 'Don Gato'.  I can still see in my mind's eye the picture of the eponymous love-object as depicted in my Australian Broadcasting Commission 'broadcast book'.  I so wish I had that book now.  And may I commend you for establishing and maintaining this excellent forum.


goldenleef wrote at 2013-06-24 15:47:52
This is one that I learned in 5th grade and have been searching for the second verse for over 10 years! I believe that there were only two verses.


Sue wrote at 2013-11-02 18:54:34
Hi Leah,

I remember teaching this song to my 6th grade music classes back in the late 70's - it was in the Silver-Burdett series called Making Music Your Own.  I'm thinking maybe it was a Czech folk song.

Here are the words to the third verse )I still remember them after all these years!):

 All day long and at night she sits watching

 on her balcony over the lane,

 like a harpy, she lurks there and waits for me,

 I tell you she drives me insane!



Chorus:

 What can I do, what can I do?

 Enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you.


mbs wrote at 2014-01-29 00:06:00
We sang this song, Sofia, in grade school at St. Simons in Indpls.,IN. Late 60's/early 70's. Thanks for the words,great fun


R. O'Moore wrote at 2014-02-21 14:23:04
I'm bewitched by a girl named Sofia,

With a nose like a full-blown balloon.

And her barbarous teeth are a jagged saw

That glint by the light of the moon.



Refrain



What can I do?

What can I do?

Enchanting Sofia, I'm mad about you.



Vs 2



All day long and at night she sits watching

On her balcony over the lane.

And with patience she lurks there and waits for me

I tell you she drives me insane.



Refrain







 song is still being sung in schools.


Steve M wrote at 2014-03-17 14:18:20
This song is available in a vocal music method called "Making MusicYour Own" from the seventies. It's a rollicking folk song that is taught as a Halloween song.  


Gayle A wrote at 2015-08-21 14:09:37
I learned this song at Geo. L. Myer Elem School in Portage, IN circa "63 for Halloween. Now I sing it for the grandkids


Bemach5 wrote at 2015-12-04 02:37:58
I know this question was asked a long time ago but I have had the words to this song running through my head on and off for the past month.

I am in Australia and it was in my radio music book back in the late 60's.

It would be great to know all the words or even to be able to trace the music score.


Affenschmidt wrote at 2016-08-17 00:15:53
It's been nine years, so this information may be less than useful: I learned this song in elementary school music class.  Our songbook said it came from an Italian comic opera, but it didn't say which one (or who had translated it).  There's one more verse:



All day long and at night she sits watching

From her balcony over the lane.

Like a harpy she lurks there and waits for me,

I tell you, she drives me insane.

What can I do?  What can I do?

Enchanting Sophia, I'm mad about you.


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