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Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky

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Azizi 28 May 08 - 07:34 AM
GUEST,Mandy 28 May 08 - 12:04 AM
Azizi 27 May 08 - 04:22 PM
GUEST,GUEST - Nash.TN 27 May 08 - 03:01 PM
GUEST,Cocoa 26 May 08 - 06:41 PM
GUEST,mooseormeece? 21 May 08 - 11:34 PM
GUEST,Anonymous. 21 May 08 - 05:24 PM
GUEST,anonymous 14 May 08 - 06:07 PM
Azizi 11 May 08 - 07:44 PM
GUEST,Laura 11 May 08 - 07:37 PM
GUEST,Jessica 02 May 08 - 03:28 PM
Azizi 01 May 08 - 06:53 PM
GUEST,me 01 May 08 - 05:58 PM
Azizi 30 Apr 08 - 05:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 28 May 08 - 07:34 AM

Hi, Mandy!

Thanks for posting demographical information and performance instructions with your example. I can't recall ever reading an example of "...Hanky Panky" that included lines from "Not Last Night But The Night Before" [24 robbers at my door/I got up to let them in/hit 'em in the head/with a rolling pin}.

It's interesting to see how a specific rhyme changes from place to place, isn't it?

You be well also!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Mandy
Date: 28 May 08 - 12:04 AM

I'm from South Eastern Virginia and this was how we used to do it.. :)

Down by the bank where the hanky pank
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
sayin east ist ost ust
Isabella ding dong.
Not last night but the night before
Someone came and knocked at my door,
Knock one, knock two, knock three, knock four...
knock knock OUT!

We would sit in a big circle outside (a bunch of little girls) with our left hands underneath the person to our left's palm (palms up) and then our right hands the opposite (above the person to our right's palm. Then we would slap on the beat from our right hand onto the person to the left's palm above ours in a circle until you were ended on in the song on the out (last word). Gosh I'm so glad other people know about this, it's so interesting how colloquial it can be!

Be well.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 27 May 08 - 04:22 PM

Thanks, to all guests who have posted a version of "Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky" on this thread.

One thing these different versions show is that kids are very creative!

I hope that you will visit other Mudcat threads on children's rhymes by clicking on the name of the thread that is provided in the list at the top of the page!

Best wishes,

Ms. Azizi


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,GUEST - Nash.TN
Date: 27 May 08 - 03:01 PM

This is the way I learned it.
--- DISCLAIMER: Kids were fast in my day. ---


Down by the riverside hanky panky.
Where the bullfrog croaks "Yo' booty stanky."
Jumpin easts west north south.
Ding dong all in yo mouth.
I pledge allegiance to the flag.
Michael Jackson is a fag.
Dr. Pepper burnt him, but
Now we're drinkin 7 UP.
7 UP got too much green.
Now we're drinkin more caffeine.
Fiends drink coke cause it's a drug.
Slurped the toad who ate... a ... BUG!

And if you were the person to say "bug",
You were suppose to hit the next persons hand,
To stay in the game. If you missed their hand,
You were out. And that person stayed in.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Cocoa
Date: 26 May 08 - 06:41 PM

this is how my friends & I know it:



Down by the banks of the hanky panks
where bull frogs jump from bank to bank
singing eip ipe ope ump
Chilly willy ding-dong
I pleage alegence to the flag Michle Jackson makes me fag
now where talking 7-up
7-up has no cafine
now were talking billy jean
billy jean is out of sight
now where talking dinomight
dinomight blew up the school now were talking billy cool billy cool is such a fool 543210 OHHHHHHHHHH    Ta da!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,mooseormeece?
Date: 21 May 08 - 11:34 PM

I learned this and forgot most of it (not complete! but it goes sort of like this....
Down by the bay in beverly hills
where the bull frog jumps from bank to banky
and the heeps hops, coffee shops,
we all drink mochas and we wear flip flops
(faster)
I pledge allegence to the flag
Michal jackson makes me gag
coca cola has cafeine and now we're talking billy jean
billy jean when out of style now lets sit and talk a while
diddy diddy donkey
daddy had a donkey
donkey died, daddy cried
diddy diddy donkey!
theres a party round the corner wont you please please come
bring your own cappuchinos and your own chewing gum
what is your boy friends name?______ (whoever the clap lands on has to come up with a name)

_______ will be there blowing kisses in the air saying I love ______ (who ever came up with the name) saying I love_____ saying O U T spells you are out!
OR
______will be there blowing kissed in the air singin' I... Love...Ma..Ma...Mia, singin' I love ma...ma...mia singin' O U T spells you are out!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Anonymous.
Date: 21 May 08 - 05:24 PM

Now when I was in elementary school, we had one with similar words but it was different.
It went:
Down on the farm said Hanky Panky
Said bulldog, bulldog Hanky Panky
Said Fee-Fii-Foo-Fum
Pass it to the bulldog
Mickey Mouse built a house
Donald Duck messed it up
Who will pay the consquences
And the ..

But I forget how it ends.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,anonymous
Date: 14 May 08 - 06:07 PM

out of all of thes versions, mine has only been listed once or twice. Here it goes:

Down by the bay where the hanky pank
And the bullfrog jumps from bank to bank
Say eep op eep op op,
skittle diddle kernel pop
I pledge allegiance to the flag,
Michael Jackson makes me gag
Coca cola has caffeine
Now we're drinkin' gasoline
Gasoline ran out of fuel
Now we're drinkin' Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew fell off a mountain
Now we're drinkin' from the fountain
Finally the fountain broke
Now we're drinkin' plain old coke!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 11 May 08 - 07:44 PM

Thanks, Laura, for posting not only the words but the performance instructions. Also thanks for including demographical information-where you lived when you performed this rhyme, when you performed it, and how old you were.

As Laura said, anyone else?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Laura
Date: 11 May 08 - 07:37 PM

Hi! This is the version I learnt at school (UK 1987 5yrs - 1993 11yrs)
Down by the banks of the Hanky Panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
they go hip hop
bellyflop
one missed the lilypad and went kerflop!

BUT! We had totally different clapping patterns - it's between 2 people only:
hold your hands together like you're praying and swing them from side to side, hitting your partners hands in time to the beat 3 times. On the 4th, stop with your hands touching left to left hand and your right hand claps first your own left hand, then your partners right hand above, your own hand again. As your move your right hand down, instead of clapping their hand, you grab it like a hand shake, pulling up and away to your right, moving your left hand in a similar way. As soon as you let go with your right hand (still holding hands with your left) you slap your thigh and click your fingers, bringing your hand back up to do a one handed swinging slap like at the beginning 3 times (STILL holding left hands!). I don't remember what we did after that - it only gets me to 'bullfrogs leap'. Maybe we repeated it? It def finishes with a patticake type slap at the end (no head bashing!). The aim was to go as fast as you could and still get it right.
Anyone else?!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Jessica
Date: 02 May 08 - 03:28 PM

I sing a version that may be a little different...
Down by the banks
With the hankey-panks,
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
Saying "e-i-eat-my-pie, skittle-diddle-kernal-pop".
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson is a fag.
7Up has no caffeine
Now we're drinking gasoline.
Gasoline gave us the flu
Now we're drinking moutain dew.
Mountain dew fell off the mountain
Now we're drinking from the fountain.
Foutain broke,
Now we're drinking
Plain
Old
Diet
Coke.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 01 May 08 - 06:53 PM

Guest me, some of us are gals. And it's not nice to call guys or gals "stupid".

As to your comment that none of these [examples of this rhyme that have been posted to this thread thus far] are correct, I said all I'm gonna say about that in my 30 Apr 08 - 05:34 PM post to this thread.

If you want to share the version that you know of "Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky", please do so.

If not, then I guess we'll have to live without it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,me
Date: 01 May 08 - 05:58 PM

you guys are all stupid. NONE of these are correct! duuuuuuuuuuuh


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Apr 08 - 05:34 PM

GUEST, 30 Apr 08 - 04:29 PM, thanks for posting your example, and including demographical information {your geographical area}.

As to someone correcting you and telling you that his or her version of a children's rhyme is the right one, phooey! There's no such thing as the right version of a rhyme. We may try to find early versions of rhymes, or even the earliest version {but I'm not sure that we could ever be certain that there was no version earlier than another one that would possibly be found}.

And I think that it's good to talk about source songs for specific rhymes, like the May Irwin's Frog Song which is probably one of the main sources for the "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky" children's rhyme. However, that's different than talking about which version of the rhyme is the right one.

Children's rhymes are part of folk culture. And one of the things that's bound to happen with folk culture is that the words-much more than the tunes of rhymes & songs-are going to be changed a little, or a lot by accident, or on purpose.   

You can take that to the bank.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Apr 08 - 04:29 PM

In southern california we sang it like this

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
where eeps ops
soda pops
hey mr. willy and he went kerplops

Later in my childhood someone corrected me and said it was actually this:

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
where he hops
soda pops
he missed a lilly and he went kerplops.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 08 - 07:52 PM

Loser loser double loser
as if whatever, get the picture DUH!
brick wall water fall
girl you think you know it all
but you don't, i do
so MMMMM with that attitude!
piece punch captain crunch
i got something you can't touch
so bang bang
choo choo train
wind me up i'll do my thing!
reices peices, 7 up
mess with me...
i'll mess you up!
Down in the banks of hanky pank
bull frogs jump from bank to bank
saying beep bop beep bop bop
skittle dittle cornel pop
i pleade alligence to the flag
michael jackson makes me gag
he used to play with little toys, now he plays with little boys
coca-cola came to town
dr. peper knocked him down
pepsi-cola picked him up
know were drinking 7 up
7 up had no caffine
now were drinking gasoline
gasoline got the flu
now were drinking mountain dew
mountain dew fell off the mountain
now were drinking from the fountain
fountain broke...
NOW WERE DRINKING PLAIN, OLD COKE!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Apr 08 - 04:23 PM

Thanks, Taylor, for posting that example and remembering to include demographical information {where you grew up/where yourecited that rhyme}!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Taylor
Date: 27 Apr 08 - 03:01 PM

I cannot remeber the whole thing but what I do remember goes like this:

"Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with a hip
hop
kerrrrrplop!!!"

I grew up in Aurora, CO (suburb of Denver)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 03:16 PM

Thanks to all who have posted to this thread!

GUEST,bob, I've never "heard" that first version you posted {with the lines about jelly beans and Charley Brown}. I'm curious is this a handclap rhyme or a counting out/choosing it rhyme {given the line Charlie Brown is it!"

Also, for the folkloric record, Bob [and others who post to this thread], if you read this, could you please add where {city, state or province and nation} you heard these examples performed or performed them and when {decade/year}.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,bob
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 09:15 AM

Down by the bay where the hanky-panky
Where the bullfrog jumps from bank to banky
Says eep, op, eep op op
Skiddle diddle kernel pop
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson makes me gag
Coca Cola has caffeine
Now we're talking jelly beans
Jelly beans are out of style
We've been talking for a while
Charlie Brown is it!

Or, some people play it like this:

Down by the bay where the hanky-panky
Where the bullfrog jumps from bank to banky
Says eep, op, eep op op
Skiddle diddle kernel pop
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson makes me gag
Coca Cola has caffeine
Now we're drinking gasoline
Gasoline has no fuel
Now we're drinking Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew fell off the mountain
Now we're drinking form the fountain
Fountain broke and made me choke
And now we're drinking plain old Coke!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,yung chic
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 07:40 PM

Hey! I'm a teen, and my friends just taught me this song today:

Down on the banks by the hanky-panky,
Where the bull frogs jump from bank to banky,
Sayin' e-i-o-um,
Insacadillion, ding-dong.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10!

Then of course, u have ur right hand on top of whoever else ur playin' this with. I like it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,guest, katy
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 12:50 AM

the one i remember was in second grade and a group of girls usually would get in a circle and play a clapping game and at the end of the song the last person that got clapped was out until there was only one person left.


down by the river where theres hanky panky
and the bull frogs jump from bank to bank
saying eeps ipes opes oops
chilly willy ding dong
your mama smells like king kong
pledge allegience to the flag
michael jackson is a fag
coca cola's burning up
now we're talking 7up
7up has no caffeine
now we're talking billy jean
billy jean saw his sister walking down the street singing do-a-ditty-ditty-dum-ditty-do. do-a-ditty-ditty-dum-ditty-do.
icky picky ponky daddy had a donkey
donkey died, daddy cried
icky picky ponky!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Bank and the Hanky Pank
From: GUEST,dancergirlita235
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 10:26 AM

Down by the bank and the hanky pank where the juice box frog singing bank to bank singing eep opp eep opp opp skittle dittle kernal pop I pledge alligence to the flag Micheal Jackson makes me gag[or is a fag] Coca Cola came to town Pepsi Cola knocked him down Dr. Pepper picked him up now we're drinking 7UP 7UP caught the flu now we're drinking Mountain Dew Mountain Dew fell off the mountain now we're drinking from a fountain fountain broke now we're drinking plain old Coke


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:01 AM

Down by the riverside a hanky panky where the bull frog jumps from bank to bank i said an A E I O U BAMBOO!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 08:07 PM

Correction:

"only"="also"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 08:02 PM

Hello, GUEST,guest :)

I don't recall reading that particular version of "..Hanky Panky" before. Thanks for sharing it.

And by the way, GUEST,guest :) , I hope you share some more examples of children's rhymes that you know, but I'd like to suggest that you pick another, more distinguishable screen name. There have been other people who have used that particular name minus the :)

As a matter of fact, I'm glad that post wasn't deleted, because that's what could very well happen to posts that are written by anyone who uses the name Guest guest.

And thanks also to this site's moderators for not deleting that post, as it adds to the folkloric record by presenting another version of this children's rhyme.

[Now if the poster had only included where and when she or he recited or heard this rhyme and whether it was performed as a handclap rhyme or jump rope rhyme or something else. Sigh...]


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,guest :)
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 01:32 PM

Down by the river on a hanky panky where the bull frog jumps from bank to bank i said A-E-I-O-U bamboo micheal jackson went to town coca cola shot him down mountain dew shot him up now were talking 7 up 7 up has no caffine now were talking billy jean billy jean went down the street singing do a diddy diddy dum diddy 1-2-3


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 09:39 PM

My friends play it like this:

Down by the bank by the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jumps from bank to bank
We're sayin ep op ep op op
skiddle diddle kernal pop!
I pledge alligence to the flag
Micheal Jackson makes me gag
Coca Cola messed him up
now we're drinking 7up
7up has no caffine
now we're drinking gassoline
Gassoline not good for you
now we're drinking Mt. Dew
Mt. Dew fell off the Mt.
now we're drinking from a fountain
The fountain broke
and now we're back to drinking coke


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,=]
Date: 28 Feb 08 - 12:37 PM

down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with an eeps opps oops ouch
jump of a lilypad
kerplunk splash


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,m.b.
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 06:06 PM

down by the river of the hanky panky
were the bulldog jump from bank bank
sayen EEPS OPPS OOPPS OOPS
listen to the ding dong
your mama smell like king kong
see that house on the top of the hill
thats were me and my boy friend live
smell that chicken
smell that rice
come on lets shoot some dice
1
2
3
4
5


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Jenny
Date: 05 Feb 08 - 02:32 PM

this song has been lingering in my head for days, so I went searching for the one I remembered not knowing there were so many, this is what i remember.

Down by the river and the hanky panky
bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with an eeps Ipes, Opes, Opps
Chilly willy ding dong,
I pledge Allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson is a fag
Now were talking 7 up
7 up has no caffiene
now we're talking billy Jean
(and then there was more... but I dont remember it...)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Rebecca
Date: 29 Jan 08 - 04:05 PM

yep cuz my friends sis is bi so yeah...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 07:10 PM

GUEST,Rebecca, thanks for sharing your school's version of this rhyme. Thanks also for including demographical information {where yu live} and information about how you perform it.

Poor Michael Jackson. At least your school's version isn't homophobic.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Rebecca
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 05:01 PM

Ummm... I learned this a couple years ago when i was ten. I live in Maryland but closer on the border to washington D.C. Most people in our school know this. I think it is because we try to do it as fast as possible and the part about " Michael Jackson is a fag" somehow changed to Michael Jackson stinks so bad.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 06:10 PM

GUEST,Lily from the Midwest, thanks for adding to the record of how children played this rhyme.

I hope to "see" you in other Mudcat threads on children's rhymes. Hyperlinks to some of those threads are posted in blue above the comment portion of this thread.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Lily from the Midwest
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 06:50 AM

As for how the final winner was tallied-- when I was in elementary school (currently am 22), the final two would hold onto one another's forearms and stand over some line or crack in the ground. They'd move their arms back and forth until the final word at which point it would become a tug-of-war. Whoever stepped over the crack or line lost.


The version I remember best is:

Down by the banks (and/where) the hanky-panky
And the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
With an eeps ops soda-pop
Land on a lily and go ker-plop.


But I do know there was a longer version. It just became unpopular after the first couple days. The bits above about Coca-Cola and 7-Up sound familiar, but not the parts about Michael Jackson.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jan 08 - 07:02 PM

Jade, thanks for sharing you & your friends' version of Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky.

And thanks for including demographical information {where you live and the age/year you were when you first learned this}.

As to your version of that rhyme not making any sense, who says children's rhymes have to make any sense? Alot of stuff grownups write and say doesn't make any sense, so why should children be any different?

:o)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Jade
Date: 11 Jan 08 - 06:10 PM

Wow A lot of these I've never heard before. Makes me wonder how I learned the version I did. Now that I think about it It makes no sense. Anyway here it is

Down By the Banks of the Hanky Panky
Where the bullfrogs jump form bank to bank
East, Meast, Sun Ceased
Eastside, Westside
Bow Wow, Ding dang dong.

I learned this when I was about 6 in 1994. I;'m from Kentucky and all my friends say it the exact same way. Guess the entire translation got lost somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Emily - GA
Date: 30 Dec 07 - 12:17 AM

I learned this rhyme so long ago it seems.

I'm from GA, and my most vivid memory of playing this hand game was at girlscout camp in north ga. It was probably sometime around 1993-1995.
Our version was:

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
you go eeps iips opes oops
chilly willy ding dong!

It fascinates me the number of variations on this there are. I had no idea! I sure do hope children still play these games - I have such fond memories


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Alina
Date: 23 Dec 07 - 09:15 PM

Down by the banks of the Hanky Panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with a hip hop crackle and a pop
with a hip hop belly flop
a boom shug-a-lag
full stop.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Melissa
Date: 19 Dec 07 - 07:58 PM

The first batch of girls I saw doing this circle game had an ending I haven't seen mentioned in the threads discussing it.

After "pow" they went on with "down by the river---nothing to do--along came a fat man..and 'how do ya do'"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Dec 07 - 07:18 PM

Thanks for sharing that example, Rebecca!

I've never heard or read that version before. Did you make it up or did you learn it from someone? For the folkloric record, it would be great if you would provide demographical information about this {what area of the USA or elsewhere do you live; when you first learned that version}.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Rebecca
Date: 19 Dec 07 - 07:06 PM

Its amazing that out of all these posts there isn't one like mine.


Down by the bank of the hanky panky
where the bull frogs jump from bank to bank
going eeps ieps ops oop
Listen to the ker-plop
i pledge allegience to the flag
Michael Jackson stinks so bad\
Coca Cola burned him up
now he's drinking 7 up
7 up has no caffiene
now he's drinking gasoline
Gasoline has no good taste now he's drinking toxic waste


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 07 - 10:30 PM

down by the bank with the hanky panky where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky with the e i o u eastside westside ding dong see that house on top of that hill that's where me and my boyfriend live smell that chicken smell that rice come on yall let's shoot some...dice


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,elle
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 03:45 AM

down by the banks of the hanky panky,
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky.
with a hip, hop, belly flop
A E I O U
Wooo!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,untitled
Date: 01 Dec 07 - 06:42 PM

Down by the banks of the hanky panky where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky singing e-i-o-u your mother stinks and so do you ping pong diddly dong your daddy smells like king kong pledge allegiance to the flag michael jackson is a gag coca-cola bring it up now were talking 7-up 7-up has no caffeine now were talking billy jean billy jean went out of style for a while so 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 10:04 PM

Sorry I left out a word. Let me try again.

Havee you and your friends ever heard or performed the rhyme Stella Ola Ola?

And what other handclap rhymes do you know?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 09:55 PM

Hey, guest high school student!

Thanks for sharing that version. I'd never "heard" that one before.

I hope to "see" you and other guests who post on this thread posting on other Mudcat threads.

For instance, I'm wondering if you and your classmates have ever another group hand clap rhyme called Stella Ola Ola / Stella Ella Ola thread.cfm?threadid=77066

I've found that girls and boys like playing these types of competitive circle group hand clap games.

Has this been your experience that boys play these games as well as girls?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,high school student
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 09:40 PM

This was actually played today in class!

Down by the river by the hanky panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
Saying "East side west side east side west side"
Dilly Dang Dong!

This was always my favorite hand game, since we could do it with a big group of people! It has to be really fast though. In elementary school, some kids counted the number of beats or hand-slaps in the rhyme to predict who would get the last slap.
One teacher thought it was a gang song though, with the "east side west side east side west side".


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 12:19 PM

coca-cola came to town
diet pepsi knocked him down
dr pepper fixed him up
now were drinkink 7up
7up caught the flu
now were drinking mountain s\dwe
muntain dew fell off the montain
now were drinking from afountain
fountain water makes me choke
nw were back to drinking coke!!!!!!!XD


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