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Thread #76856   Message #1368924
Posted By: Azizi
01-Jan-05 - 04:21 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: a big bullfrog jumped into the lake
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a big bullfrog jumped into the lake
Little Daddy, I don't know if this is the rhyme you were thinking of, but I believe that this song is the source of a "family" of children's rhymes that mention a bullfrog and feature the phrase "hanky panky."

In 2004 I collected one fragment of this rhyme from an African American young woman in Pittsburgh, Pa. I also have found several others from a website called Wheee! Blog- . I first learned about website from another Mudcat thread on children's rhymes.

Here are two examples of "The Hanky Panky rhyme" as they were written on the Wheee! Blog forum:

1. down by the lake with the hanky panky
   where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
   singing fee fi fo fum
   ure momma looks like king kong
   didley dong i went to school with nothing on
   i asked the teacher what to wear
   polka dotted underwear
   not too big not too small
   just the size of dadeland mall (or w/e mall u choose)

2. Down by the bay with a hanky panky,Where the bullfrogs jump from
   bank to banky with a hip-hop, hippity hop, shooby-dooby-dooby-
   dooby ker plop.

Both of these rhymes were posted to that site on September 18, 2003. I have no information about the race,age, or location of these "informants". No name was given for the first example and the second one was posted by a person named "Jenniy".

I don't think I recited this rhyme when I was a child. Is it familiar to anyone and, if so, was it used for handclap rhymes or jumprope?