November 24, 2004

Mea Culpa

I've written twelve books, and I've waited until my latest book, Do Elephants Jump?, to commit my biggest blunder.

On page 156, I answer the Imponderable: Why Do We "See Stars" When We Bump Our Head?

My answer begins: "Want to see stars? We heartily recommend going to the countryside, where there are few lights, and looking up, especially on a cloudless night. As Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller so eloquently phrased it in their song, On Broadway, `At night the stars put on a show for free.'"

On Broadway was popularized by The Drfiters. But they also sung another classic, "Up On the Roof." And the wonderful lyric, is, of course, from Up On the Roof, written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King (Leiber and Stoller did, indeed, write On Broadway).

I love both of these songs, especially Up on the Roof, so it pains me no end to make this kind of mistake. My apologies to four of my favorite songwriters and thanks to reader Monica Rose for pointing out this egregious mistake.