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Children's Street Songs

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GUEST,Anon. 07 Apr 15 - 12:22 AM
Steve Gardham 20 Mar 15 - 04:13 PM
GUEST,mayomick 20 Mar 15 - 07:53 AM
Steve Gardham 20 Mar 15 - 04:31 AM
MartinRyan 20 Mar 15 - 04:10 AM
GUEST,Guest Tess 19 Mar 15 - 09:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Senoufou
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 05:28 AM

While teaching in Edinburgh, 1960's, I was amazed to find the same song, but up there, they sang, "We all clap the dog!" This didn't mean applause, but 'clap' meant to pat.

In Norfolk, the same game is known today, but here they sing "We all coax the dog!" (nothing to do with persuading, just stroking)

I just wonder how many regional variations there are for stroking/patting a dog in UK!


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Senoufou
Date: 27 Apr 17 - 05:23 AM

(West London, early 1950's)

We had several rhymes for choosing who would be 'on' or 'it' before a game.(ie the 'chaser' or a rope turner for skipping etc)
We'd stand in a circle and everyone would present two clenched fists. The 'dipper' went round the circle, touching each fist. (Her own were touched using her chin!) When the rhyme stopped, that fist was put behind one's back. This went on until only one person with the final fist was left. They were then 'it'. This is what the dipper said:-

One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Five potato, six potato, seven potato MORE!

or (this one was just pointing at the assembled candidates for a game)

Ip dip dip,
My little ship,
Sailing on the water,
Like a cup and saucer.
The one that comes to number three,
Surely will be he.
One. Two. THREE!

And a very racist one:-

Eenie meenie miny mo,
Catch a n*****by the toe.
If he hollers let him go.
Eenie meenie miny mo.

I also remember a rather boring ring game, usually for small children.
(One child in the middle, others walking round holding hands) This one was sung, not chanted.

The farmer's in his den
The farmer's in his den.
Ee aye ee aye.
The farmer's in his den.

This went on with:-
The farmer wants a wife (farmer chooses a wife, who joins him in the ring)
The wife wants a child (ditto)
The child wants a nurse (ditto)
The nurse wants a dog   (ditto)
We all pat the dog (everyone approaches the unfortunate child chosen as the dog and thumps him vigorously on the back!)


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Anon.
Date: 07 Apr 15 - 12:22 AM

Anyone else ever sing "Texaco, Mexico, Overhill Mexico" while skipping? I know a few people who sang "Cinderella, dressed in Yellow", but "Texaco, Mexaco" seems limited to my area (North County Dublin).
The lyrics are fairly long, so I won't post them all, but it goes something like this, with matching actions:
"Texaco, Mexico, Overhill Mexico, where they do the
Splits, splits, splits,
Where they do the high kicks, kicks, kicks,
Where they drive a truck, truck, truck,
Where they read a book, book, book..."


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 20 Mar 15 - 04:13 PM

In Hull in the same period this rhyme had dual usage.

It was used as above for long rope skipping with several skippers at once doing varied actions to tell all of the skippers to come in, and out, together as opposed to individually or in smaller groups.

The cry 'Allie allie in' was also used to end a game for some reason or to stall the game while a problem was dealt with, to gather all of the participants, particularly in a game like block or really-o where the players might be widely dispersed.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,mayomick
Date: 20 Mar 15 - 07:53 AM

In North East London in the fifties and sixties we had :
all-ie all-ie in , a bottle of gin
all-ie all-ie allie out, a bottle of stout
For us , it was a chant used to gather the kids around before a new game commenced, not a skipping tune.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 20 Mar 15 - 04:31 AM

And ripe for Mondegreening.

Just a reminder that from a researcher's point of view when you post up your variants please be as specific as possible as to where and when you heard/performed the song, and any other detail is always helpful.

Thank-you!


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: MartinRyan
Date: 20 Mar 15 - 04:10 AM

Nebuchadnezzar - a brave effort!

Regards


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Guest Tess
Date: 19 Mar 15 - 09:58 PM

I skipping rhyme from Britain, early 60s:

All in, a bottle of gin
All out a bottle of stout.

London bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady.

And two kids would make the bridge by holding hands and lifting their arms as a bridge the others go under then, at my fair lady, the arms come down and trap the kid and who then gets swung back and forth between the arms to the rhyme "build it up with sticks and stones sticks and stones, sticks and stones; build it up with sticks and stones my fair lady." Then the captive gets released and goes behind one of the bridge "arms and holds them round the waist, then when there are no more people are left it then becomes a tug of war, with everyone hanging around the waist of the person in front - wild fun!!!

And for tossing two balls (juggling style sort of up against a wall):
Ebecunkeber King of the Jews
Brought his wife a pair of shoes
When the shoes began to wear
Ebecunkeber began to swear
When the shoes began to leak
Ebecunkeber began to squeak

When the shoes began to crack
Ebecunkeber said "Take them back!"
when the store refused to trade
Ebecunkeber began to rage
When the rage began to stop
Ebecunkeber..... I can't remember any more - and I have no idea how the King's name is spelt... This is a phoentic rendition of how I remember saying it


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Neil panto.
Date: 24 Jul 12 - 07:45 AM

I remember girls playing this game and wonder have i got it right?
Wallflowers WALLFLOWERS GROWING UP SO HIGH
aLL THE YOUNG LADIES ARE ALL SURE TO DIE
eXCEPT (GIRL NAMED)SHE'S THE FAREST OF THEM ALL
sHE CAN DANCE SHE CAN SING SHE CAN TURN HER HEAD
TO THE WALL (SHE DOES THAT & SO IT CONTINUES UNTILL
THERE IS ONE GIRL REMANING....


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,nickyhorse
Date: 21 Nov 11 - 04:50 AM

Doesn't anybody remember the raunchy version of "Playmate?"

Oh little Playmate
I cannot plat today
It happened yesterday
The boy across the way
He gave me fifty cents
To lie across the fence
He said it wouldn't hurt
I felt it up my skirt
My Mommy was surprised
To see my belly rise
My daddy was surprised
To have me hospitalized...

Harry! Look what you've done to me!
Harry! You'll have to marry me!
Harry...We'll call him Larry,
And it'll be Harry, and Larry, and Me!


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,nicky
Date: 20 Mar 11 - 12:54 PM

hi, my kids love doing handstands & I remember doing songs with mine when I was little, like going round in a circle & singing "take your doggie for a walk" then whilst doing a handstand saying "woof, woof". Unfortunately although there were loads of these back in the 1980's I can't remember them! Can anyone help as I'm having no luck on net???


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,ty
Date: 06 Jan 11 - 01:58 PM

grandma grandma sick in bed
Called the doctor n the dr. Said
Get up old lady! U aint sick
All you need is a pepperint stick
Hands up! Shake shake
Shake shake
Hands down. Shake shake
Shake shake
all around.Shake shake
Shake shake


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Brent
Date: 10 Sep 10 - 12:19 AM

From 1947: "Once upon a time when the goose drank wine while riding on a street car line, the street car broke and the monkey got choked, and they all went to heaven except the old nanny goat!"


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,zari
Date: 06 Aug 10 - 10:44 PM

I recognize a lot of these both things my mother taught me as a child and then things I heard my own daughters sing.

I remember a couple of extra verses to rocking robin that were done as a handclapping game

mama's in the kitchen cooking something sweet
papa's out hunting, shooting at some meat.
your brothers in prison, your sister walks the street
listen to the robin going tweet tweet tweet.

And another verse that some of the boys prefered:

Your father f---s your mother and
your mother f---s you
your sister does the dog
and she likes it too
all the little birdies on jaybird street
love to f--- the robin with his tweet tweet tweet.

And another one called shame shame shame

Shame shame shame
I don't want to go to Mexico no more more more
there's a big fat policeman by the door door door
if he grabs you by the collar
girl you're going to holler
I don't want to go to Mexico no more more more
Shame!

the last line is followed by an attempt to slap the other girls face while simultaneously dodging her slap.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: PHJim
Date: 20 Jul 10 - 05:15 PM

Michael Cooney used to sing,
"I hate Bosco, It's so bad you see,
Mommy puts it in my milk to try and poison me
But I fooled Mommy, I put some in her tea.
Now I have no Mommy to try and poison me."

There's also:
"Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce,
Shut up Lady, don't upset us.
All we ask is that you let us
Throw it away"

and:
"MacDonalds is my kind of place.
Hamburgers in my face
French fries up my nose
Ketchup between my toes,
Mustard running down my back
I want my money back
Before I have a heart attack."


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,17yr old kid at heart:)
Date: 20 Jul 10 - 11:51 AM

OOPS I FORGOT LITTLE SALLY WALKER.! LOLZ........LITTLE SALLY WALKER SITTING IN HER SAUCER RISE SALLY RISE WIPE YA WEEPIN EYES SHAKE IT TA DA EAST-AH.! SHAKE IT TO DA WEST-AH.! SHAKE IT TO THE VERY ONE THAT YOU LOVE THE BEST.!*POINT TO THE PERSON*


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,17yr old kid at heart:)
Date: 20 Jul 10 - 11:47 AM

candy stix make me sick make my heart go 246 not because im dirty not because im clean not because i kissed a boy behind a magazine hey girls lets have some fun here comes *name* with his pants undone close your eyes and count to ten whoever stops first has to ki-iss him.!

miss sue *clap-clap*
miss sue *clap-clap*
miss sue from alabma
her real is suzanna
sittin in the rockin chair
eatin them tacos watching the clock go
tic toc tic toc shawalla walla(x2)
ABCDEFG wash them cooties offa me
aboosha aboosha aboosha FREEZE.!

mrs.mary mack mack mack all dressed in black black black with silver buttons buttons buttons all down her back back back she asked her mother mother mother for 15 cents cents cents to see the elephant elephant elephant jump the fence fence fence he jumped so high high high he touched the sky sky sky and he never came back back back til the fourth of July ly ly


down by the river in the hanky pank where the bulldogs jump from bank to bank singing EIOU ya mamma stank and so do yuh ping pong donky kong 12345678910 whoever the 10 lands on is out this is a clapping game so if yur #10 yuh can move yo hand to keep from getting out and get some1 else out


Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Tie your shoes.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
That will do.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn out the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say good night.

Cinderella, dressed in yellow
Went upstairs to kiss a fellow
Made a mistake
Kissed a snake
How many docotrs
Did it take?
{count until someone makes a mistake}

Ice Cream,ice cream,cherry,on top how many boyfriends do you got 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16..… cntinue til sum 1 messes up jumprope game


Divide the group of kids into two teams. The kids then form two lines holding hands and facing each other. The lines should be 30-50 feet apart. The team chosen to go first calls for a runner from the other line, saying, "Red Rover, Red Rover, let Thomas come over!" Thomas then takes off running and tries to break through the other line. If he breaks through, he chooses one of the kids that he broke through to take back to his team. If he doesn't break through, he has to stay with the other team. The game ends when everyone is in one line.


Miss Annie had a steamboat
the steamboat had a bell
Miss Annie went to Heaven
the steamboat went to
Hell-o
Operator,
give me number nine.
If you disconnect me
I'll kick your fat
Behind
the 'frigerator
there was a piece of glass.
Mary sat upon it
and broke her big fat
As-k
me no more questions
I'll tell you no more lies.
Tell that to your mother
the day before she dies.
The boys are in the bathroom
pulling up their
Flies are in the playground
Bees are in the park
The boys and girls are having fun NFBSKing in the dark!


He rocks in the treetop all day long
huffing and a puffing and a singing that song
all the little birdies on jaybird street
love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet
rockin robbin tweet tweet tweet
rockin robin tweet tweet tweet
mamas in the kitchen cookin fried chicken
dadys in bed have way dead dead brothers in jail drinkin ginger ale sisters in the back singin fruit cocktail rockin robin.....

Double Double *make fists of your hands and tap the non-thumb side against the other person's twice*
This This *palms together twice*
Double Double *fists*
That That *back of hands together twice*
Double *fists*
This *palms*
Double *fists*
That *back of hands*
Double Double *fists*
This *palms*
That *back of hands*


popcoooorn on a train and lee-et *name* do her/his thang she said a oomp dad*day* oomp da*day* oomp da*day* oomp da*day*....repeat til every1 goes

This is a handclap/foot stomping cheer called Gigolo.
Gig-olo-o
Gig-Gig-olo-o
Gig-olo-o
Gig-gig-olo-o
Group: Hey [girls name]
Girl: Yeah!
Group: Hey [girls name]
Girl: Yeah
Group: show us how yuh get down.!
Girl: what.?!
Group: show us how yuh get down.!
Girl: Well, my hands up high, my feet down low and thats the way I gigolo (does dance/motion of her own)
Group: Well, her hands up high, her feet down low and thats the way she gigolos (group repeats the unique dance/motion)
(Repeat with a new girl and new dance/motion.)

OOOORRR:

Gig-olo-o
Gig-Gig-olo-o
Gig-olo-o
Gig-gig-olo-o
Group: Hey [girls name]
Girl: Yeah!
Group: Hey [girls name]
Girl: Yeah
Group: show us how yuh get down.!
Girl: what.?!
Group: show us how yuh get down.!
Girl: Well my back aint right my bra too tight my hips keep shakin from left to right and THATS the way I gigolo (does dance/motion of her own)
Group: Well my back aint right my bra too tight my hips keep shakin from left to right and THATS the wa she gigolos(group repeats the unique dance/motion)
(Repeat with a new girl and new dance/motion.)


INA LINA THUMBELINA TWO TIMES THUMBELINA IRIATCHEE LIRIATCHEE I LOVE YOU TAKE A PIECE TAKE A PLUM NOT A PIECE OF BUBBLEGUM I LIKE COFFEE I LIKE TEA I LIKE A BLACK/WHITE BOY AND HE LIKES ME SO STEP BACK WHITE/BLACK BOY YOU DONT SHINE IGOTTA A BLACK/WHITE BOY TO KICK YOUR BEHIND SEE THAT HOUSE ON TOP OF THAT HILL THATS WHERE ME AND MY BABY GNNA LEAVE WE GNNA CHOP SOME WOOD EAT SOME MEAT COME ON BABT LETS GO TO SLEEP

I SEE THE MOON AND THE MOON SEES ME THE MOON SEES SOMEBODY I WANNA SEE SO GOD BLESS THE MOON AND GOD BLESS ME GOD AND BLESS THE SOMEBODY I WANNA SEE


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Cool Beans
Date: 09 Jul 10 - 10:50 AM

I can't believe I've never contributed to this thread. Oh well. Just the other day I recalled this one, to the tune of "Lulu Had a Steamboat," etc.

My father is a butcher,
My mother cuts the meat,
And I'm a little hot dog
That runs around the street.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Nikki
Date: 09 Jul 10 - 01:29 AM

Sorry about my last post, it didn't go through right. I'm 18, so these are fairly good recollections, although I was never in the inner circle so some of these are a bit secondhand. I'll put the chant/rhyme in quotes, and then the performance instructions and such below that...

"Little Sally Walker,
Walkin' down the street
she didn't know what to do so
she stopped in front of me she said
Hey girl, do your thing, do your thing and switch
Hey girl, do your thing, do your thing and switch."

A group stands in a circle and Sally skips/walks/runs around the circle. at "She stopped in front of me" Sally picks a girl, stops in front of her, and during the first "Hey girl" bit does some kind of action. The ones I've seen ranged from cheer leading herkies, to dance moves, to jumping jacks. Then the girl who was stopped in front of switches places with Sally and repeats the action, and becomes the new Sally as the chant starts over again. We played this on our last day of 8th grade in Kansas, the year was 2006.
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A similar version, but more appropriate for both genders, which is why we switched to this one on that same day, once the boys wanted to join in and preferred not to be referred to as Sally.

"Ridin' ridin' ridin' my pony
ridin' ridin' ridin' my pony
ridin' ridin' ridin' my pony
and this is how it goes.
Front to front to front with my pony
back to back to back with my pony
side to side to side with my pony
and this is how it goes."

So during the "ridin" bits, the person gallops around the circle, stops in front of someone at the first "And this is how it goes" line. The rest is fairly explanatory...rub fronts, rub backs, rub sides, and switch places.
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I always loved this one!! Girl Scouts all over have used this one for ages, as far as I can tell. some girls moved from Pennsylvania and when I tried showing them this one, they knew a variation on it.

"Down by the banks of the hanky-panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
Singin' ee uh pop puh eye uh pop puh oh uh pop puh pow!"

So the players sit in a circle, criss-cross-applesauce (is that term still in use??) with their knees touching. Everyone placed their hands palm-up on their knees...where two hands overlap, the right hand always goes on top and the left hand beneath it, both palms up. At the beginning of the chant, the first person smacks the palm to her left. That person slaps the next palm, and it continues around. Who ever is slapped on "Pow!" loses. There are variants on what to do with the loser...if the circle is large, they go in the center, but if it's smaller they can just sit outside. This continues until two people are left. These people hold each other's right hand, like shaking hands. They chant and move their hands back and forth (this is difficult to explain. The best way to illustrate it is to clench your right hand into a fist. Bend it horizontal at the elbow. Then punch straight out and back a few times.) If your hand is closer to you at the end, you lose. If it's closer to the other person, you win.
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This was a fun one, guaranteed to drive any bus driver or parent insane. For that reason, you could hear it for 50 percent of any long bus ride, especially the ones with only girls, like volleyball trips.

"There was a hole
in the ground,
the prettiest hole,
that you ever did see.
(quickly)the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, the green grass grew all around.
There was a tree,
in the hole,
the prettiest tree,
that you ever did see.
(quickly)the tree in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, the green grass grew all around.
There was a limb,
on the tree,
the prettiest limb,
that you ever did see.
(continue with the same theme...now there's a limb on a tree in a hole and green grass)

Continue this theme for as long as humanly possible. Sometimes you inserted bark on the tree before the limb. For the fullest list I've ever come up with (this is in order of their verses)
**hole, tree, bark, limb, branch, twig, nest, egg, bird, feather**
and by the end you are going insane trying to remember everything.
**the feather on the bird and the bird in the egg and the egg in the nest and the nest on the twig and the twig on the branch and the branch on the limb and the limb on the bark and the bark on the tree and the tree in the hole and the hole in the ground**
During the main part of the verse, just sort of chant/sing, the tune is dum dum dum dee, dum dum dum doo, dum dum dum dee, dum dum dum doo. Then quit trying to sing and just say it as fast as you can. It's really funny.
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Another song to annoy...this is one we didn't dare sing on bus trips, because at least the tree song has an end. Don't let small children see this, especially before a long trip.

"I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, everybody's nerves, everybody's nerves
I know a song that gets on everybody's nerves, and this is how it goes." (repeat to infinity, or until the driver pulls over)

No idea where it originated. But so easy to annoy with!! I'm just at the border of understanding the annoyed parent and the giggling child, so I find it annoying but hilarious.
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Simplest jumping rhyme ever...

"Cinderella
Dressed in yella
went upstairs to kiss her fella
made a mistake
kissed a snake
how many doctors did it take?
1,2,3,4, etc"

As far as I can remember, the jumper's feet hit on the first syllable, and hit on every other syllable (CIN-der-EL-la DRESSED in YEL-la WENT up-STAIRS to KISS her FEL-la) and once you got to numbers, you counted the times the jumper's feet hit. So the jumper hit pavement sixteen times before the numbers.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Dec 09 - 12:16 AM

I'm a nut
I'm a nut
I stole an apple from the tree so what
I'm crazy
I'm foolish
I'm crazy I'm foolish I'm carzy I'm foolish so what (then u freeze)


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Aug 09 - 08:41 PM

this is a song my mother remembers from her childhood (1950s),


"Oh Katarina
Oh Katarina
to win my love
you must get lean-a
there's so much of you
two could love you!
join a gym
learn to swim
and always eat Farina!"

and she taught me this one as well

"whistle while you work
Hitler is a jerk
Mussolini has no weinie
and it doesn't work!"


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Sailor Ron
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 06:58 AM

My late mother used to sing this as a little girl, she was born in 1910.

Pancack Tuesday's a very happy day
If we don't get a holiday we'll all run away.
Where will you run to?
Down Copp Lane,
Here comes the Master with a big fat cane.

then shouted
Eating pancackes, cracking nuts
Shovelling pancakes down us guts!

Copp Lane was the lane behind the Testimonial School in Fleetwood, the town's oldest school, and in the mid 19C, Shrove tuesday was a school holiday, but not when my mother was a little girl, I don't know how old this ditty is but I'd guess late 19C.   Ron


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Caroline
Date: 22 Jun 09 - 01:00 AM

There's a place on Mars where the women smoke cigars
and the men wear bikinis and the children drink martinis
every breath you take is enough to kill a snake
when the snake is dead you put diamonds on his head
when the diamonds crack you put mustard on his back
when the mustard fades you call the king of spades
and the king of spades says STOP!

- - -

Repeat each line

The prettiest girl (repeat)
I ever saw (repeat)
was sippin ci- (repeat)
-der through a straw (repeat)

I asked her if (repeat)
She'd show me how (repeat)
to sip that ci- (repeat)
-der through a straw (repeat)

so cheek to cheek (repeat)
and shin to shin (repeat)
we sipped that ci- (repeat)
-der through a straw (repeat)

then suddenly (repeat)
that straw did slip (repeat)
so we sipped ci- (repeat)
-der lip to lip (repeat)

the moral of (repeat)
this little tale (repeat)
is sip you ci- (repeat)
-der through pail (repeat)

In all honesty, neither of the rhymes make much sense, but whatever, they get stuck in your head.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 10:23 PM

GUEST,Emma, thanks for sharing that example. Thanks also for including performance instructions!


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Emma
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 08:43 PM

In Belfast in the 90s we had one called Firecrackers, we must have been about 8.

Firecrackers *left legs and clap hands under knees*
Firecrackers *left legs and clap hands under knees*
Boom-ity Boom *shake body*
Firecrackers *left legs and clap hands under knees*
Firecrackers *left legs and clap hands under knees*
Boom-ity Boom *shake body*
The boys've got the muscles *flex muscles*
Teacher's got the brains *point to head*
Girls've got the sexy legs and we win the game *right leg forward*
Pepsi cola *rub stomach*
Coca cola *rub stomach other way*
Hypnotise and *put one hand on the ground*
Paradise *put other hand on the ground*
Fall in
LOVE *handstand*

Also had Mickey Marley's Roundabout and My Aunt Jane, Dusty Bluebells, You'll Easy Know a Weaver etc.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 08 - 11:42 PM

i thought i learned it like this:
(it was a hand game)

(see see?) my playmate,
come out and play with me,
and bring your (jolly?) seed,
climb up my apple tree,
slide down my rainbow,
into my pot of gold,
and we'll be jolly friends,
forever more,
1-2-3-4, (clap clap),
when i was younger,
i used to play with toys,
but now i'm oold-er,
i play with
b-o-y-s,
boys boys boys boys,
boys boys boys boys,
criss-cross,
apple sauce,
do me a favor and
get,
lost.


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Subject: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Dec 08 - 08:32 PM

Miss Susie had a steam boat
the steam boat had a bell
Miss Susie went to heaven
and the steam boat went to...

Hell.o operater
connect me number 9
If you disconnect me I'll kick you from...

Behind the frigerater
there was a peice of glass
Miss susie sat upon it
and broke her little...

Ask me no more questions
tell me no more lies
the boys were in the bathroom zipping up there...

Flies were in the meadow
the bees were in there hive

Miss susie and her boyfriend were kissing in the
D-A-R-K
D-A-R-K
dark, dark, dark


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Shelby
Date: 27 Nov 08 - 08:50 PM

My mother, your father lived across the street
Eighteen, nineteen Broadway street
Every time they had a fight this is what they said st night
Boys are rotten made out of cotton
Girls are sexy made out of pespi
Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider
Girls go to college to get more knowledge
Mumble mumble clap clap
Mumble mumble stomp stomp
Mumble mumble kick kick
Mumble mumble jump jump
Mumble mumble freeze
5,6,7,8
To the front
To the back
To the side
To the Side
Front
Back
Side to side
Let me see you butterfly
Turn around
Touch the ground
Let me see you break it down

This of course looks so much better with the hand movements!!!!


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,kittymcc
Date: 18 Jul 08 - 10:18 PM

my mother and your mother
were hanging up the clothes
my mother socked your mother
right in the nose
what color was the blood


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 28 Jun 08 - 01:01 PM

Nice little collection of Australian kids songs (all rude) entitled, 'Shocking, Shocking, Shocking.
A friend of mine who used to visit schools and talk about theatre told me of the time he asked permission of a headmaster to record some children's songs.
He set the tape-recorder up in front of the class and one-by-one they came up and sang or recited their polite pieces into the microphone and went back and sat down.
After a while he decided on a fresh tack so, with the permission of the teacher he placed the recorder inside a walk-in cupboard with a blanket over the door so the kids could do their thing in relative privacy, left the tape running while he and the teacher disappeared to the staff room for a cup of tea.
They returned some time later to find the tape full of songs and rhymes which would out-Burns The Merry Muses of Caledonia.
My own favourite of the genre was a rhyme recorded by a friend from East London, from one of his daughters
Poor Little Sparrer, poor little fing,
No fevvers on its 'ed, no fevvers on it's wing,
Can't fly, can't sing
Useless barsted
(or alternatively)
Cut its bleedin' ed orf.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,unknown
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 06:19 PM

this is are version:

apple on a stick makes me sick, makes my heart beat far too quick. girls and boys having fun here comes *name here* with a big fat bum. she/he can wibble she/he can wobble she/he can do the splits but bet you 50 dollors he can't do this. close your eyes and count to 10 if you go wrong then start again. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 we didn't muck it up so were best friends.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Miguel M
Date: 16 Jun 08 - 09:56 PM

Allen,

This is what I remember from that song:

I was standing on the corner, doing no harm. Along came a copper, who took me by the arm. He took me to the corner and rang a tiny bell. Along came a wagon, that took me to my cell.

As I lay sleeping, I drew upon the wall. The bed bugs and the roaches, where having a game of ball. The score was six to nothing. The roaches were ahead. The bed bugs hit a homer and knocked me out of bed . . . hey!

morgmen@comcast.net


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Anonymous
Date: 21 May 08 - 10:35 PM

Apple cider makes me sick. Makes my heart go 2-4-6. Not because I'm dirty, Not because I'm clean, Just because I kissed a boy behind a magazine. Hey girls, let's have some fun. Here comes Johnny with his pants undone. He can wibble he can wobble he can even do the splits But I betcha fifty dollars that he can't do this. Now close your eyes and count to ten, if you screw up start over again.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 18 May 08 - 12:27 PM

Guest, Chris McCann, if you happen to read this, I took the liberty of reposting your example about Pancake Day on this Mudcat thread
thread.cfm?threadid=67287&messages=29#2343654 BS: Damn! I missed my pancakes:-(

I also took the liberty of reposting your example on my website page about Teacher Taunts: http://cocojams.com/teacher_taunts.htm

**

Before reading your example, I had never heard of Pancake Day. But thanks to you and thanks to This wikipedia page about Shrove Tuesday, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday, I now know that Pancake Tuesday is the name for the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the same day that some people call Mardi Gras. And now I also know why that day is called "Pancake Tuesday"-because people make pancakes on that day to use up rich ingredients such as eggs, milk, and sugar before the beginning of fasting for Lent. Also, I learned that the "most famous pancake race, at Olney in Buckinghamshire, has been held since 1445.[In that race] contestants, traditionally women, carry a frying pan and race to the finishing line tossing the pancakes as they go. As the pancakes are thin, some skill is required to toss them successfully while running. The winner is the first to cross the line having tossed the pancake a certain number of times."

-snip-

Imagine that! It's a wonder what you can learn on Mudcat, and on other Internet sites.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Apr 08 - 07:20 PM

baby louise, thanks for posting that example. That's an interesting one. I've not read that version before.

Best wishes,

Ms. Azizi


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,baby louise
Date: 28 Apr 08 - 06:27 PM

a song we always used to sing (another version of i went to a chineses resterant)

I went to a chinese resterant to buy a loaf of bread-bread-bread
He wrapped it up in a £10 note and this is wat he said-said-said
My name is elvis preisly
girls are sexy
sittin on the back seats
drinkin pepsi
had a baby
named it daisy
showed it to a lady
she went crazy
joined the nazy
boys go kiss kiss
girls go woah (at which point we wud lift up our skirts or do a front handspring)

(sori about any spellin mistakes am dyslexic)


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Bert
Date: 01 Apr 08 - 07:49 PM

In 1944 the soldiers went to war
they used their bums instead of guns
in 1944.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Bert
Date: 01 Apr 08 - 07:40 PM

One two three O'Lairy
My ball's down the airey
Don't forget to give it to Mary
Not to Charlie Chaplin.

Green Gravel, green gravel
your grass is so green
my Father's a farmer on yonder green
with plenty of money to dress me in silk
so come along Charlie and marry me.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: paula t
Date: 01 Apr 08 - 07:18 PM

In Lancashire in the 60s and early 70s there were lots of songs for clapping games and skipping etc. Most of them have faded from my mind, but here are a few....

Queenie O'Cocoa, who's got the ball?
Queenie O'Cocoa, who's got the ball?
I haven't got it. It isn't in my pocket.
Queenie O'Cocoa , who's got the ball?



A sailor went to sea sea sea,
To see what he could see see see.
But all that he could see see see,
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea.


I used to play the old banjo and rest it on my knee,
But now the strings have broken down it's no more use to me.
I took it to the menders shop to see what he could do. He said the strings have broken down,It's no more use to you.
(this song was sung by adding a strange effect to the words, in an attempt to sound like a banjo e.g" I ululused to playlaylay the ololold banjololo and relelest it ololon my kneeleeleeleeleeleelee...."We thought we were very clever!)

Sigh...We really knew how to live in those days.


,


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Chris McCann
Date: 31 Mar 08 - 11:13 PM

One I remember from my childhood in Belfast in the 50s was:
Pancake Tuesday is a holiday.
If we don't get off, we'll all run away.
Where shall we run?
Down the wee lane.
Who should we meet, but the teacher with the cane.
What shall we do?
We'll chop her up in two & leave her at the hospital at half past two! (? not totally clear in the memory department on the last half of the last line!)

One of the skipping songs - one person either end of rope turning it while others jump in & jump rope - I remember:
I had a little motor car, P46.
I drove it round the corner..........And slammed on the brakes!
(At "round the corner", the skipper jumped out of the rope, around the person turning rope & back in on the other side. At, "slammed on the brake", the skipper had to jump & land, catching the rope under foot.

I'm sure many more will come to me. There always seemed to be a song for everything in Belfast


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 10:05 AM

GUEST,Drew, you asked what's the rest.

Here's three possibilities from my website: www.cocojams.com

Brickwall Waterfall (name) thinks shes got it all and she don't, I do. So backup with that attitude. Peace Punch Captian Crunch I got something you can't touch. Rieces Peices 7Up you mess with me I'll mess you up. Bang Bang Choo Choo train come on over I'll do my thang I know Karate I know Kung-fu mess with me I'll mess with you. Be gone, your breath is too strong, wait come back, I think you need a tic tac. Not one not two but the whole dang pack. Not a tic not a tac but the whole dang pack!!
-Cheerleading Babe; 3/11/2007

****

Brick Wall Waterfall girl u think u got it all but u don't I do so boom with that attitude peace punch captain crunch i got something u cant touch bang bang choo choo train wind me up while i do ma thang elbow elbow wrist wrist CRY NOW GIRL you just got DISSED!
-shorty ; 4/29/2007

****

brickwall waterfall girl you think you got it all you dont i do so POOF with that attiude chris cross captain crunch i got something you cant touch bang bang choo choo train wind me up i'll do my thang recess peaces 7up mess with me i'll mess you up POOF be gone your breath is way to strong wait come back i think you need a tic-tac sorry to be mean but you need some listerine not a drop not a girgle but the whole dang bottle elbow elbow wrist wrist shut up girl you just got dissed!!!!
-kendal; 5/23/2007

-snip-

There are many other possibilities...


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Drew
Date: 13 Dec 07 - 09:33 AM

do you remember the one that goes:

abc hit thats the way uh huh uh huh
i like it uh huh uh huh
thats the way uh huh uh huh
i like it uh huh uh huh

you got your way and i got mine
so peace punch captain crunch
brick wall water fall
girl you think you got it all
but you dont i do
so poof with the attitude

bang bang chu chu train

Whats the rest???


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,julie
Date: 05 Dec 07 - 09:44 AM

ok now i remembered the one with strawberry in it.. it wasn't strawberry shortcake... it went:

I am a pretty little Dutch girl,
As pretty as pretty can be,
and all the boys in the neighborhood,
go crazy over me,
My boyfriend's name is Tony,
He lives in the land of baloney (bologna I suppose we meant)
with baloney on his nose and baloney on his toes
and this is how my story goes,
One day as I was walking,
I heard my boyfriend talking,
To the pretty little girl with the strawberry curls,
and this is what he said to her,
I K-i-s-s kiss you
I L-o-v-e love you
I K-i-s-s kiss you
In the D-a-r-k Dark Dark Dark


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,julie
Date: 05 Dec 07 - 09:38 AM

We used to say one that went:

Say Say my Playmate, (clap, clap)
Come out and play with me (clap, clap)
And bring your dollies 3 (clap, clap)
Climb up my apple tree (clap, clap)
Slide down my rainbow (clap, clap)
Into my cellar door (clap, clap)
and we'll be jolly friends (clap, clap)
Forever more, more (clap, clap)
10-4 (clap)

Then there was:
Apples, Apples on a stick,
make me sick,
make my tummy go 2-4-6
not because it's dirty,
not because it's clean,
just because I kissed a boy
behind a magazine,
boys, boys have some fun
here comes the teacher with her mini skirt on
she can wibble, she can wobble
she can do the splits,
but i betcha 5 dollars she can't do this,
close your eyes and count to 10
and if you mess up start over again,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
the end!

Then there was one about strawberry shortcake... can't remember that one at all for some reason.

then there was about billy boy
cross down when billy boy was 1
he learned to suck his thumb
thumb after thumb after half past one


2 was tie his shoe
3 was climb a tree
4 was shut the door
5 was swim and dive
6 was pick up sticks
7 was pray to Heaven
8 was shut the gate
9 was pay the fine
10 was say the end

and at the end it was
... end after end after half past ten
cross down the end.

then there was one about
cinderella dressed in yella
went upstairs to kiss her fella
made a mistake kissed a snake
how many doctors did it take?
1, 2 and so on until you missed at jumping rope


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 03:31 PM

GUEST,Lballinger,I agree with you that the lines you shared to the song your grandfather sung are similar to the "All The Girls In France examples posted above [such as in GUEST 18 Oct 07 - 05:06 PM's post]

However, since children's rhymes don't have any set words or order of words, it's not possible to really know the exact words and order of verses that your grandfather sung.

For what it's worth, I've never before heard or read a version of
"All The Girls In France" that included the line "They Wear Tissue Paper Pants".

Maybe someone else reading this has heard a version like that and will share the example that she or he knows here.

By the way, your post can serve as a reminder for folks to tape or video record-or at the very least-write down the words of rhymes & songs that their grandparents, parents, and other family members, school mates, and friends sing. Also, don't forget to write down the who, what, where, and when information about that recording/transcription.

In doing so, you will be preserving your childhood/family memories and also will be doing your part to record, preserve, and pass on cultural artifacts.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Lballinger
Date: 29 Nov 07 - 02:23 PM

I was looking for the second or more verses of a song my grandfather used to sing that went
"All the Girls in France,
They Wear Tissue Paper Pants" It sounds like it may have been related to some of the above posts.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Ezekiel
Date: 16 Nov 07 - 12:41 PM

I like it


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: Azizi
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 09:25 AM

Guest Jasmine, I've heard and read a number of versions of the rhyme you posted. I'm not sure if I've posted these before, but in any event, here's some examples from my website: Cocojams

APPLES ON A STICK {Version #1}
Apples on a the stick
make me sick.
Make my heart go
Two forty six
Not because I'm dirty
Not because I'm clean
Not because I kissed a boy
Behind a magazine.
-multiple sources, including girls ages 7-10 years; Millview Acres Housing Development (Clairton, PA) 2002; collected by Azizi Powell, 2002; www.cocojams.com

**

APPLES ON A STICK {Version #2}
Apple on a stick makes me sick makes my heart beat 2-46 not because you're dirty not because you're clean not because you kissed the boy behind the magazine hey girls you wanna have some fun cause here come a lady with a big fat bum she can wibble she can wobble she can even do the splits but i bet ya i bet ya she can't do this close your eyes and count to ten if you muck it up you're a big fat hen. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (if you didn't muck up) we didn't muck it up so that's the end. we're best friends. (if you did muck up) we mucked up and that's the end so start again cause we're not best friends.
-Allie; 2/15/2007 ; www.cocojams.com

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In some examples, "makes my heart go 246" or "makes my heart beat"
2-4-6 is also given as "makes my tummy go"

Also, Jasmine, instead of your line "with a finger up his bum", I've seen the line "here comes a lady with a big fat bum" or "here comes a boy with his pants undone".

Here's one ending that I've seen for this jump rope rhyme:

A lady on one foot one foot one foot a lady on two foot two foot two foot a lady on three foot three foot three foot a lady on four foot four foot four foot a lady on five foot five foot five foot a lady on six foot six foot six foot a lady no foot no foot no foot.
-De'Azia, age 8, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 3/24/2006 www.cocojams.com


-snip-

I remember doing that "Lady With One Foot" rhyme from my childhood in New Jersey {USA} in the 1950s.


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,Jasmine
Date: 13 Nov 07 - 06:57 AM

Apples on a stick makes me sick makes my stomach go 246 boys boys havin lots of fun here come one with his finger up his bum he wibble he can wobble he can even do the splits but i bet he cant do this

i dont know the rest


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Subject: RE: Children's Street Songs
From: GUEST,boogie
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 11:34 PM

im trying to remember a "cheer" i used to hear as a child some of the previous ones ive read have come close but not enough to spark up nest alga (or how ever you spell it).
it goes

Imma nut
and a hut
i stole an apple from the tree
so what...


I cant remember the rest can anyone help me out?


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