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Posted By: Azizi
04-Apr-09 - 01:16 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Oh my, I want a piece of pie
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Oh my, I want a piece of pie
GUEST,sophie thanks for sharing your version of this rhyme with us.
I hadn't heard or read that version before.

I think that the "123" beginning may be a clip of this line from the Jackson 5 song "ABC" -"ABC It's as easy as 123". That line shows up in a number of contemporary American children's hand clap rhymes.


Jim Dixon, I remember the Stroll :o)

Thanks again, Jim, for your reseach on that beat/box like vocal art of "eephing". I'm fascinated by the possible connectiosn between "eephing" and these rhymes.


My theory is that the "Oosh ah I wanna piece of pie" beginning for some of these rhymes is folk etymology for "Oh my I want a piece of pie". And I think that "Oh my" may have come from the line "By and By I want a piece of pie."

Of course, it's not a matter of which lines are right or wrong, but which lines came first (just because it's interesting to speculate about these kinds of things).