Who Made The ABC’s?
Tim Griffin

copyright 2014

Oh you know I wonder, tell me who made the ABC’s
There are too many sounds for the letters, won’t you explain it for me please
There should be one letter for each sound, or so it seems to me
Won’t somebody tell me who made the ABC’s?
Oh, I need ‘em… How’m I gonna know just how to read ‘em?

‘Cause there are 26 letters in the alphabet, you can count ’em if you disagree
But when I count all the sounds in our language, the last time I checked there were 43
There should be one letter for each sound, or so it seems to me
Won’t somebody tell me who made the ABC’s?

The letter A says (long a), (short a), or (ah), depending how it’s used
The letter E says (long e), (short e), or (uh), how do I know which one I should choose?
An I says (long i) or (short i) or (long e), O goes (short o) or (long o)
The letter U says (uh), (oooh), or (you) to me, sometimes I just don’t know

A, E, I, O, U may find it confusing; why don’t we write the way we speak?
Was it invented for some other language, maybe in Latin or in Greek?
There should be one letter for each sound, or so it seems to me
Won’t somebody tell me who made the ABC’s?

The letter A says (long a), (short a), or (ah) depending how it’s used
The letter E says (long e), (short e), or (uh), how do I know which one I should choose?
An I for an (long i) or (short i) or (long e), O goes (short o) or (long o) (oh, oh, oh)
The letter U says (uh), (oooh), or (long u) to me, sometimes I just don’t know

Shouldn’t there should be one letter for each sound, or so it seems to me
Won’t somebody tell me who made the ABCs?
Who made the ABC’s?
Who made the ABC’s?