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Posted By: Azizi
22-Dec-04 - 12:02 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Children's rhymes in dance songs
Subject: Children's rhymes in dance song lyrics
Wandering around cyberspace as I sometimes do, just googling different subjects, I found a version of Rufus Thomas'1964 hit song "Walkin The Dog". This song starts with the Mary Mack childen's rhyme and includes other verses of that rhyme.

I'm wondering what other dance songs are out there that also include children's rhymes?

For example, for the life of me, I can't remember all the words or even the singer of a contemporary jazzy type song that I listened to on a CD about three years ago. The song starts with:

"Last night and the night before
25 robbers at my door
I got up to let them in"
[I don't think she sings "Hit'em in the head with a rollin pin", but maybe she does. I distinctly remember the singer said "25 robbers, instead of the "24 robbers" which I believe is the usual number given.]

At some point the words of that song are
"I won't let it get me down, clown
turn my smile into a frown

And I think she sings...
all is fair in love and war
what are you waiting for.   

That's the end of my recollection :0(

Does anyone know this song/singer and/or other contemporary or older dance songs that contain lyrics of children's rhymes?