This song dates from the 1970s, and it has loopy lyrics to match, but the instrumental playing makes it one of the most infectious songs I’ve ever heard. We played a shortened version once at music camp — mainly shortened in omitting a verse and the soprano sax solo — and it was a blast. This is…well, it’s the kind of song Dick Clark was talking about when he referred to a song’s beat. The rhythm of this thing will keep you going for hours.
It’s in two parts because of YouTube’s time limits, but the person who did this picked a perfect spot for the break. Here’s Chuck Mangione and friends with “Land of Make Believe”. During the bigger passages, listen for quotes from children’s songs, like “Old McDonald” and “The Farmer in the Dell”.