The Mystery Behind Carol Burnett’s Ear Pull- Revealed

What was the inspiration behind that ear tug? What is the story behind that inspiration?


At the end of each episode of her eponymous show, Carol Burnett would sing and give a little tug her ear.  The song, “I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together,” was a short tune written by her then-husband and executive producer Joe Hamilton. And while many thought that the tug was for good luck, it was instead for her grandmother – a reminder to her gran that she was doing well and thinking of her. The lyrics are, in part, as follows:

I’m so glad we had this time together, Just to have a laugh, or sing a song. Seems we just got started and before you know it Comes the time we have to say, ‘So long.’


There’s a time you put aside for dreamin’, And a time for things you have to do. The time I love the best is in the evening I can spend a moment here with you.

When the time comes that I’m feelin lonely, And I’m feelin’ ohooooo – so blue, I just sit back and

think of you, only, And the happiness still comes through.

What else is it a shout out to? Click “Next” to find out.


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