Written for an episode of “Happy Days,” this song has taken on a life of its own; being used by teachers in towns across America to teach grammar school and high school children the basics of the circulatory system. ┬áIt is also been adopted by The Heart Association, and was an award-winning commercial for St. Joseph’s Bayer aspirin for years…


Pump, pump, pump…pumps your blood

The right atrium’s where the process begins
Where the CO2 blood enters the heart
Through the tricuspid valve to the right ventricle
The pulmonary artery and lungs
Once inside the lungs it dumps its carbon dioxide
And picks up its oxygen supply
Then it’s back to the heart through the pulmonary vein
Through the atrium and left ventricle

Pump, pump, pump, pump
Pump, pump, pump, pump
Pump, pump
Pump, pump, pump, pump
Pump, pump, pump, pump
Pump, pump
Pump, pump, pump, pump
Pump, pump, pump, pump
Pumps your blood
(Repeat)

The aortic valve’s where the blood leaves the heart
Then it’s channeled to the rest of the bod
The arteries, arterioles, and capillaries, too
Bring the oxygenated blood to the cells
The tissues and the cells trade off waste and CO2
Which is carried through the venules and the veins
Through the larger vena cava top the atrium and lungs
And we’re back to where we started in the heart

Chorus

Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Dunne

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