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Old 02-14-2017, 01:12 AM
 
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Wasn't ring around the rosie about the plague or something?

Ring around the rosie
A pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!
Yep. The Black Death. It was thought to be spread by noxious smells, so people carried nosegays to shield themselves from the foul odors. There were so many dead they burned the bodies.

And none of it worked.
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Old 02-14-2017, 01:56 AM
 
Location: R.I.
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Lizy Borden took as axe and gave her father forty wacks and when that was done she gave her mother forty one.
This rhyme brought back memories for me, but not from my childhood but a bit later in my life. My late husband was from Fall River, MA which was where Lizzie Borden was from and where the murders of her step mother and father took place. He had a life long interest in the Lizzie Borden case which is a common interest among many locals, and how appropriate we met at a local bar called Lizzie's named after it's famous namesake. According to my late husband no one could ever discover how this rhyme about Lizzie originated, but local folklore leans towards it likely was coined by a journalist. What was discovered to be fact was that whoever committed the crime, Lizzie's step mother received 18 or 19 whacks from the axe not 40, and her father 11 and not 41.
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Old 02-14-2017, 02:41 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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great big gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts

mutilated monkey meat
french fried birds feet
mmmm wish I had a spoon.


A pretty yukky song, which is probably why we sang it so much.


then there was:

I stand before you to sit behind you to tell you something I know nothing about.

Admission is free-you pay at the door. Pull up a chair and sit on the floor.

There was more but that's as much as I remember.
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Old 02-14-2017, 03:43 AM
 
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this old man, he play one, he played knick-knack in the sun,
With a knick-knack, paddy whack, give the dog a bone,
This old man, he came rolling home.

This old man, he played two, he played knick-knack on my shoe,
with a knick-knack, paddy whack, give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played three, he played knick-knack paddy whack on my knee,....

This old man, He played four, He played knick-knack on my door,......

This old man, He played five, He played knick-knack with some jive,.....

THis old man, he played six, he played knick-knack with some sticks,....

This old man, he played seven, He played knick-knack up in heaven,.....

This old man, he played eight, he played knick-knack on my gate,....

This old man, he played nine, he played knick-knack on my dime,.....

THis old man, he played ten, he played knick-knack all over again,
With a knick-knack, paddy whack, give the dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

Whew!
that jogs the old memory!

Thank you for this stroll down amnesia lane...
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Old 02-14-2017, 06:47 AM
 
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I skipped rope to:
Not last night but the night before,
24robbers came knocking at the door,
While I ran out they ran in ,hit me over the head with a bottle of gin

Then you counted the number of bottles while jumping
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Chicago area
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Ninety nine bottles of beer on the wall.......

I remember singing that on the school bus going on a field trip.
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Old 02-14-2017, 09:09 AM
 
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I recall something about black birds...can you help me here.
Sing a Song of Sixpence was from Mother Goose. At some point in history people would put live birds into a pie crust. When the pie was cut the birds would fly out. These pies were presented at weddings and large parties for the entertainment and surprise factor.

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye,
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened
The birds began to singó
Wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the king?

The king was in the counting-house
Counting out his money,
The queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey,

The maid was in the garden
Hanging out the clothes.
Along came a blackbird
And snipped off her nose
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Old 02-14-2017, 09:25 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Wasn't ring around the rosie about the plague or something?

Ring around the rosie
A pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!
I read an article that said that many of those old nursery rhymes started out as political protest 'disguised' as doggerel.
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Old 02-14-2017, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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My wife was born and raised in Fall River MA, and also skipped rope to the Lizzie Borden song.

But unlike the rest of the nursery rhymes and kid's games, the Lizzie Borden story is true. It was a huge scandal in the Fall River society of the day. Her house still stands - it is a bed and breakfast today. Beck in the 70s when I was dating my wife, she took me to see the house.
I lived on the Cape and I have been to see her house also.

the ring a round a rosie one was related to the Plague so that one was real also.

Ba Ba black sheep was one of the lulabyes I sang to one of my children. Each child had a different lulabye.
Imagine trying to get kids today to play to these rhymes?
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Old 02-14-2017, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Since we are remembering our time out on the street when we were so young and without knowledge of the world as it seemed...why then did we sing song such as

Lizy Borden took as axe and gave her father forty wacks and when that was done she gave her mother forty one.
As I recall, it was "and when the job was neatly done, she gave her mother forty-one." Rhythm, ya know.

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The worms crawl in the worms crawl out the worms play pienocollo on your snout.

Remember those!

I remember skipping rope to Lizzy and worms as I played hopscotch with my friends.

What taradiddles do you remember that kinda shock you now? Or not.

I recall something about black birds...can you help me here.

And something about wool and sheep....

Do you have any wool, yes sir, yes sir, three bags full, one for the master, one for the ________, and one for the ________ that lives up the lane.

from the road,


One for my master, one for my dame, and one for the little boy/girl that lives in the lane.
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