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August 16, 2007



I thought this was very funny when I first saw it; but three people e-mailed me copies of it asking for explanations, so maybe it wasn’t as obvious as I thought.

It’s a reference to what the Wicked Witch of West’s guards were chanting as Dorothy and her friends were approaching the castle. To better refresh your memory, click here.


  1. Listening to the wav file, Warren the Ophthalmologist got the words wrong:

    O-E-O, Yo-o 🙂

    Comment by John Reiher — August 16, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

  2. If you ask 10 people what the guards are chanting, you’ll get 10 different answers.

    Comment by brien — August 16, 2007 @ 10:48 pm

  3. Let me be one of the 10, and let’s shoot for 20 or 30 answers: it’s either “O-E-Ah E-O-Ah” or “O-E-Uh E-O-uh”. Then again, it could be “O-E-Ah E-O-uh”. I used to sing in a choir with a leader who was a stickler for correct vowel sounds. We were taught to sing “E” by dropping the jaw as if to sing “Ah” but lifting the tongue to make it a soft “E” instead of the usual pop singer’s strained “EEEEE”.

    Comment by Keith Jackson — August 17, 2007 @ 7:14 am

  4. I always heard it as “O-E-O, E-Yo-O”. Here’s what the IMDb has to say about other variations:

    There are many alleged lyrics to the “Winkie Chant” performed by the Witch’s guards, including “All we own, we owe her”, “Oh we love the old one”, and “Oh we loathe the old one”. However, the correct version, seen in the film’s screenplay, is “O-Ee-Yah! Eoh-Ah!” and any other interpretations are simply the result of the listener’s mind treating the chant as an audio ink blot.

    Comment by eeyore19 — August 17, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

  5. Who knows what the chant really was? Nevertheless, this comic is not as funny as it could have been. A “there’s no place like home” reference would have been better.

    Comment by trademark registration — December 8, 2007 @ 7:29 pm

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