My Name is Michael, I Got a Nickel

rewindAs a child, I owned this plastic toy radio that only played one song. It played the tune from Clint Holmes' "Playground In My Mind" and on the back it had the lyrics to this verse from that song.

My name is Michael, I got a nickel
I got a nickel, shiny and new
I'm gonna buy me all kinds of candy
That's what I'm gonna do.

Being a Michael, I thought this was pretty cool. I didn't have to Google those lyrics, they're tattooed on my brain for all of eternity. In fact, I still have that old radio. It found its way into an old box of mine and has followed me from home to home over the past fifteen years.

Are there any Michael's out there who didn't hear this verse from "Playground In My Mind" a million times growing up?

My Name is Michael My Name is Michael - Reverse


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Hank

I remember that song well used to skate on the sidewalk with those skates with the steel wheels and sing that song all day

February 4, 2007 / 23:39

Tanya

My BF's Name is Michael and I Just Love it !!!! Funny his Bday was Yesterday and we were singing it : ) To Cute !!!!!Being 40 when that song came to mind I was a kid again : )

February 12, 2007 / 19:33

R.F.

My mom grew up with the daughter of the man who wrote that song. The man also had a younger son who was 5...named Michael. He was the little boy that sang the song. I can put you in touch with him.

April 1, 2008 / 16:04

Toronto Mike

R.F., that's really cool. It would be neat hearing from the Michael that song is about. I'd be happy to post something by him about this tune.

April 1, 2008 / 16:54

Phyllis

I was just thinking of that song today
after gettin' a Nickle change @ the store today! ;}
THX for asking!
This Peach of a Gal! ~ Phyllis @};-

April 21, 2008 / 18:23

michigander

I just had this verse pop into my head out of the blue today. I hadn't thought of it in over 25 years, and even when I was young I didn't know where it originated. I googled it and found this article, and I'm glad you told of the origins. You've solved a mystery for me.

BTW, one other verse I remember goes something like this: My name is Cindy, I found a penny, I found a penny all shiny and new. I'm gonna buy me all sorts of candy, that's what I'm gonna do.

June 3, 2008 / 14:10

Rozygirl

I loved this song as a kid and now sing it to my son Michael. The Cindy verse as I remember it goes.
My name is Cindy, when we get married, we're gonna have a baby or two. We're gonna take them to visit their grandma, that's what we're gonna do.

June 4, 2008 / 21:34

Rozygirl

Being a newspaper reporter - I like to get the facts straight. According to a lyrics website the Cindy verse is close to what I remember. Exept, it goes,
We're gonna LET them visit their grandma.
Everybody sing now . . .

June 4, 2008 / 21:40

Rozygirl

And dance . . . apparently.
Follow this link to hear the song and see the line dance. . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7c8UIUAlXo

June 4, 2008 / 21:48

Lara

We have the same exact box, which was passed down to me from my cousin, Michael, when my brother and I were young. I now have a daughter, Harriet. We played that music box from the day she was born and it is one of the few things that comfort her, no-fail. We changed the lyrics to accommodate:

My name is Harriet
I've got a chariot
I've got a chariot
Shiny and new
I'm gonna use it
to crush some skulls
That'swhat I'm gonna do

She loves it.

July 8, 2008 / 23:21

Michael

Awesome! I had the same box and my mom used to sing to me. I ran across the lyrics somewhere and googled to find your post. thanks for posting the pics, it brings back all kind of childhood memories (born in 72)

July 19, 2008 / 07:57

Andrea

My brother, Anthony not a Michael, had this toy as a child and carried it everywhere with him. He's 33 now and the only toy my mom has saved from our childhood is this music box. I haven't thought about it in at least 10 years, but I'm expecting my first child soon and we're naming him Michael after my father-in-law and just remembered my brother's toy radio. I also remembered all the words and sang it for my husband he thought I was crazy. I called my brother and he still has it, I can't wait to play it for my son.

August 21, 2008 / 15:21

kathy

I remember the second verse going

My name is Mikey, my gal is Cindy, we're goin' to get married have a baby or two
We're gonna let them visit their grandma
that's what we're goin do

August 29, 2008 / 20:28

Julie

So funny that other people in this world look this stuff up! I have a brother michael and sister cindy, and they used to tell me the song was written for them! Now, i am trying to find the song that goes "my name aint lisa, my name is julie, lisa left you, years ago" those are some lyrics. Also, i am looking up 2 more things. Back in the 70s girls wore hair ribbons that looked like yarn. I wore all the time, want to see if they are available anywhere. And, my friend lisa (and yes, my name is julie,why i loved that song)had a 4 seated merrygo round that with pushing your feet and hands on a metal bar, made the thing go around? anyone know what i mean? trying to find on internet to look at!it was in the 70s early

August 30, 2008 / 15:55

Jeffery Crevier

I have this very same music box toy. My son is just about a year old and he loves ti almost as much as i did. The back is still in good candition, only the uper right hand corner is pealing. you can still see the picture and the words at least.

September 10, 2008 / 18:44

Don

So who sang this song?

September 20, 2008 / 06:56

Toronto Mike

Clint Holmes sang the original.

September 20, 2008 / 09:45

beth santana

where can I get this record. Live in Staten Island, NY. My son's name is Michael. My mother said she heard this record on the radio and years ago heard it.

October 2, 2008 / 18:57

Lori

I just added this song to myspace! I love this song! Also added Brand New Key by Melanie Safka.

October 3, 2008 / 12:29

Callen

I wore that toy OUT as a kid. Now I'm a DJ. Gotta start somewhere.

February 10, 2009 / 12:30

Sarah

Hello to anyone who reads this. I've been looking for this toy but I don't know what it is called or where to find it.

Can anyone please help me?

February 25, 2009 / 20:20

Anne

I would love to find that toy! We would sing this to my brother Michael all the time - every now and then he gets an answer machine recording from me/his friends to keep haunting him of our growing up in the 70's.

March 3, 2009 / 19:22

Kim

I've been adding songs to my IPod for work & this was one of the songs I added...along with Midnight at the Oasis, Billy, Don't Be a Hero, & The Night Chicago Died. I've got my fiance going nuts trying to find all the songs...lol!

March 21, 2009 / 20:23

lorianne

looking for "my name is michael" toy radio I am looking for please!!!

March 23, 2009 / 12:50

Tim

I had this same little music box as well.My favorite toy by far. Ive never forgoten the words or music. I was born in 1975 and still remember that sound. I would love to find one again.

March 24, 2009 / 00:15

maggie

I don't remember a toy, but I remember the song. My sisters nickname is mikey and we played that song all the time. Occusionaly we think about it and sing it. She will be 40 next month and I am going to down load it for her.

May 15, 2009 / 14:09

Lighthouse

My son is Michael and he loved that music box he was born in 1975. He married a girl named Cindy funny huh?

September 12, 2009 / 10:16

Lighthouse

You can find them on ebay

September 12, 2009 / 10:18

Tony

Here I am. 46 years old. Walking to work with an "ear worm" - "My name is Michael..." Last time I heard that song I was a little kid. I have no idea why it jumped into my head.

December 15, 2009 / 11:46

dparsons

It was my favorite song as a child. When I heard it today for the first time in many many years it brought tears to my eyes......what great memories!

January 10, 2010 / 20:03

Cindy

My name is Cindy,and my husband is Michael. We actually grew up on the same street. I didn't like him as a kid, and others used to tease me about the song. Guess what-we're married now! I was telling our kids about the song today.

January 10, 2010 / 21:30

JimH

I remember this song well, Michael!
I know this thread is old but, for Julie, the song is actually "I'm not Lisa." See http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/colter-jessi/im-not-lisa-13311.html

(Just doin' my part!)

January 10, 2010 / 22:10

Sherry

Wow I remember that song from childhood too. And I had the same kind of radio, except mine played "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head". I used to wind it up and balance it on the knob and put small toys on my mini rotating stage.

January 10, 2010 / 23:35

Cassidy

I actually have the little music box, too. We've kept that thing for about 20 years and it still works! After all the wear and tear we've put it through, it's still playing strong. This just proves my theory that things that are older are built better. ^-^

March 15, 2010 / 18:17

lisa

my gosh! i had this music box as a child and still remember it vividly -- how fun to see a picture of it in this post! I sing this song every night to my two year old. Wish I still had that old music box!

April 2, 2010 / 04:04

Cindy

I was named after this song! Well, the verse about Cindy. It was my older sister's favorite song at the time. I haven't been able to find it anywhere, and wanted to show my kids.

April 5, 2010 / 15:03

TIA JOE

HELLO MICHAEL,
I TOO, HAVE BEEN SINGING THAT SONG IN MIND OVER AND OVER FOR "YEARS" SINCE I WAS A CHILD.. TODAY, I TYPED THE TITLE IN GOOGLE AND CAME STRAIGHT TO YOUR SIGHT,THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FILLING THE LAST FEW LYRICS FOR ME!! OH, AND BY THE WAY MY COUSIN THAT I GREW UP WITH HIS NAME IS "MICHAEL" ALSO : )

May 28, 2010 / 00:23

TIA JOE

HELLO MICHAEL,
I TOO, HAVE BEEN SINGING THAT SONG IN MIND OVER AND OVER FOR "YEARS" SINCE I WAS A CHILD.. TODAY, I TYPED THE TITLE IN GOOGLE AND CAME STRAIGHT TO YOUR SIGHT,THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FILLING THE LAST FEW LYRICS FOR ME!! OH, AND BY THE WAY MY COUSIN THAT I GREW UP WITH HIS NAME IS "MICHAEL" ALSO : )

May 28, 2010 / 00:27

Brenda

I remember the song played on an AM radio station in Hamilton CKOC...must of been about 5 years old...

June 7, 2010 / 23:02

Anonymous

MY NAME IS MICHAEL I HAVE A NICKEL I HAVE A NICKEL SHINY AND BLUE I'M GONNA BUY ME ALL KINDS OF CANDY(MADONNA) THATS WHAT I'M GONNA DO HER NAME IS ????????? WHEN WE GET MARRIED WERE GONNA HAVE (WORLD) A BABY OR TWO WERE GONNA LET THEM VISIT WITH GRANDMA(MOTHER) THATS WHAT WERE GONNA DO..

June 30, 2010 / 06:53

Anonymous

MY NAME IS MICHAEL I HAVE A NICKEL I HAVE A NICKEL SHINY AND BLUE I'M GONNA BUY ME ALL KINDS OF CANDY(MADONNA) THATS WHAT I'M GONNA DO HER NAME IS ????????? WHEN WE GET MARRIED WERE GONNA HAVE (WORLD) A BABY OR TWO WERE GONNA LET THEM VISIT WITH GRANDMA(MOTHER) THATS WHAT WERE GONNA DO..

June 30, 2010 / 06:53

Anonymous

MY NAME IS MICHAEL I HAVE A NICKEL I HAVE A NICKEL SHINY AND BLUE I'M GONNA BUY ME ALL KINDS OF CANDY(MADONNA) THATS WHAT I'M GONNA DO HER NAME IS ????????? WHEN WE GET MARRIED WERE GONNA HAVE (WORLD) A BABY OR TWO WERE GONNA LET THEM VISIT WITH GRANDMA(MOTHER) THATS WHAT WERE GONNA DO..

June 30, 2010 / 06:53

Anonymous

MY NAME IS MICHAEL I HAVE A NICKEL I HAVE A NICKEL SHINY AND BLUE I'M GONNA BUY ME ALL KINDS OF CANDY(MADONNA) THATS WHAT I'M GONNA DO HER NAME IS ????????? WHEN WE GET MARRIED WERE GONNA HAVE (WORLD) A BABY OR TWO WERE GONNA LET THEM VISIT WITH GRANDMA(MOTHER) THATS WHAT WERE GONNA DO..

June 30, 2010 / 06:53

dannielle

i have that toy still :)

July 6, 2010 / 06:39

Anna

My brother had that toy and I loved it! I wish we still had it :(

August 25, 2010 / 12:44

Dr.Toni

My name is Toni and not Micheal but I loved that song and that toy. I am 33 now and it pops in my head every now and again. Such sweet memories. I'm gonna see if I can find that toy again.

September 6, 2010 / 23:17

Michael Langan

I am37, My name is Michael. I had a bad childhood. My mother bought me this toy when I was real young..I had it with ME all the time, I spent much time alone due to.... well lets just say this song has followed me everyday. I never even thought to Google it until it escaped the box I still carry in my brain and that haunting Melodie stirred like a horror show tune mixed with a warped happiness it somehow gave me back then....I am still mad at myself because I have remembered as ".....shiny and bright, shiny and bright" I must have re written it in my head as a kid....really cool to know of all this! Now I will NEVER GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD!

September 28, 2010 / 06:27

CharlesCairo

I have a 45 record from a promo called the Lucky Strike Hour. On it are several short songs, one is, "My Name is Michael, I got a nickel, a bright shiney nickel and I found it today...I'm gonna use it, to buy a pipe dream, and I'm gonna give it to you right away" Is this the same song?

November 10, 2010 / 13:34

CharlesCairo

I stand corrected, the record is the same size of a 45rpm except it has a small center hole and it is a 33 1/3 rpm.

November 10, 2010 / 13:37

TinkaToronto

I remember this toy. I loved it so and still remember the song.

August 27, 2011 / 14:30

Roxanne

I bought this same Fisher Price toy for my son, Michael, when he was born in 1974. He is getting married in a few weeks and it will be one of my gifts personal to him. Not sure whether their will be a Jr. to hand it down to, but the possibility is there.

July 29, 2013 / 10:04

Nick

I had one of those!
I think my parents still has it tucked away somewhere, and I'm thinking about digging it up and give it to my new born baby boy.

Also; I'm in Sweden.

February 24, 2014 / 04:13

Anonymous

I still have mine from when I was kid.

April 27, 2014 / 18:13

anonymous

I grew up with a boy whose name was Michael.he loved that song had the radio and everything! He thought it was made just for him ! Im older than him my mom and his mom best friends ! He just past away a week ago at the age of 36 ! To say gd by i found a shiny nickel and put it in his jacket pocket and sang to him ! As adult he would tell people about it !

December 8, 2014 / 22:57

anonymous

I grew up with a boy whose name was Michael.he loved that song had the radio and everything! He thought it was made just for him ! Im older than him my mom and his mom best friends ! He just past away a week ago at the age of 36 ! To say gd by i found a shiny nickel and put it in his jacket pocket and sang to him ! As adult he would tell people about it !

December 8, 2014 / 22:57

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