by John Larkin
John "The Scatman" Larkin writes:
"Two of the four verses to "Scatman" deal directly with stuttering....they
1. "Everybody stutters one way or the other so
check out my message to you. As a
matter of fact don't let nothin' hold you back if the
Scatman can do it....so can you."
2. Everybody's saying that the Scatman stutters but
doesn't ever stutter when he sings.....but
what you don't know I gonna tell you right now that the
stutter and the scat is the same thing....yo I'm the
The words are intended for kids and youth.
The first verse simply says that we all have problems; and with the courage
to accept yourself just as you are and deal with those problems, you can have
a good life and a stronger life as the very result of having those
problems....and if I can get on with my life, so can you.
The second verse says that the stutter and the scat are the very same
thing....by that I mean that the biggest influence to my scatsinging has been my
(a) The stutter taught me to pronounce the scat syllables the way you hear
them on the song.
(b) It can be useful to see scatsinging as "released" stuttering....or
My scatsinging is unique......because I stutter.....therefore my greatest
problem has become my greatest asset."