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Posted By: Azizi
21-Aug-06 - 11:11 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
Subject: RE: Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky
Here's another example of this rhyme:

DOWN BY THE BANKS OF THE HANKY PANKY
Down by the banks of the Hanky Panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
Where the eeps, ops, sodapops
Hey Mr. Lilypad and went kerplops
[Then hit your partner in the head; whoever hits first, wins.]
[Thanks to Chloe McCloskey]

Source: http://www.beachnet.com/~jeanettem/chants.html#HANKY

Note that at the end you're supposed to hit your partner on the head. I've noticed quite a bit of performance violence and references to violence in the text of contemporary children's rhymes....Anybody else noticed this?...Maybe this aggresive behavior and references to hitting, slapping, killing etc isn't new. But in the post Columbine era, it's kinda "striking".

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Thanks for that example, Joe.

And also thanks to the member who sent me a pm about that last example.