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Old 02-15-2017, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Finally the house is done and we are in Port St. Lucie!
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Just remembered another one

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady

Build it up with iron bars
Iron bars, iron bars
Build it up with iron bars
My fair lady

Iron bars will bend and break
Bend and break, bend and break
Iron bars will bend and break
My fair lady

Build it up with silver and gold
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Build it up with silver and gold
My fair lady

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
M-y-y f-a-i-r l-a-d-y
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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We sang the same thing!
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet, Eating her curds and whey. Along came a big spider, Who sat down beside her and said "what's in the bowl beeotch?"
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:38 AM
 
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pease porridge hot
pease porridge cold
pease porridge in the pot
nine day old

some like it hot
some like it cold
some like it in the pot
nine days OLD!
( a clapping game that you were supposed to do faster every time you sang it)

Does anyone remember Mary had a Steamboat? It went on forever and ever and I only remember bits and pieces. We loved it because at the age of ten or so we thought it was very risque
Something about a a place in France where *someting something* dance and the dance they do *something somthing*( that rhymes with 'do') then later it goes into

Mary had a steamboat
the steamboat had a bell
mary pulled the wrong cord
and blew herself to
Hell-o operator,
give me number nine
if you disconnect me
I'll kick you in the hind
"There's a place in France,
Where the nekked ladies dance,
And the dance they do
Is the hoochy-koochy-koo!"

My naughty little boy cousin loved to sing this.
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:46 AM
 
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For those who want to learn more about the history of Mother Goose rhymes and children's games, folklorists Iona and Peter Opie literally wrote the book(s) (but not the rhymes and games - they collected those).

Some nursery rhymes are said to be about historic people and incidents - Little Jack Horner was presented with the deed to valuable property, baked into a Christmas pie. He was something of a wheeler-dealer of his day. And Miss Mousey who was courted by the Froggie is said to have been Queen Elizabeth I - with her French suitor.

Good stuff. I overheard a four year old little girl singing "Oh, do you know the muffin man?" while I was out shopping yesterday. I complimented her mother for making sure her kids (three were with her) knew their nursery rhymes, something far too many children are deprived of these days.

So, if you have small children or grandchildren, teach them. There are lots of good Mother Goose books, and every child should have one or two. The rhymes are fun, develop vocabulary and a sense of language, and can be quite functional ("One, two, buckle my shoe.." is a great help in dressing a toddler). They are also part of any English-speaking child's heritage (there are similar rhymes in every other language of the world).

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Old 02-15-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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. . . So, if you have small children or grandchildren, teach them. The rhymes are fun, develop vocabulary and a sense of language, and can be quite functional ("One, two, buckle my shoe.." is a great help in dressing a toddler). They are also part of any English-speaking child's heritage (there are similar rhymes in every other language of the world).
One of the best camping programs I ever saw was Ranger Kyle (he's nuts in a most wonderful way), who taught all the kids at the camp some of these songs your parents would never teach you but every child should know. :-D
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:54 AM
 
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Just remembered another one

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady

Build it up with iron bars
Iron bars, iron bars
Build it up with iron bars
My fair lady

Iron bars will bend and break
Bend and break, bend and break
Iron bars will bend and break
My fair lady

Build it up with silver and gold
Silver and gold, silver and gold
Build it up with silver and gold
My fair lady

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
M-y-y f-a-i-r l-a-d-y
And the game that accompanies it. I was working with a group of school-age kids (before I retired) and intended to teach them "The Needle's Eye", a Kentucky singing game made well-known by Jesse Stuart's "The Thread that Runs so True", about his teaching in an isolated one-room school. So I said, "Make a ring and a bridge, like in 'London Bridge'". To my shock, NONE of the kids knew how to play it. So I scrapped "The Needle's Eye" and taught them how to play "London Bridge". They ranged from six to eleven year old children - but none of them had ever played the game.

I wonder if other ancient singing games are also becoming lost - you can't play them on a hand-held device. "Go in and Out the Windows", "Oats, Peas Beans and Barley Grow", "Way Down Yonder in the Paw-Paw Patch" - are they still around among children? If so, do kids learn them from each other, or are they deliberately taught?
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Old 02-15-2017, 11:10 AM
 
Location: State of Washington (2016)
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pease porridge hot
pease ...
Does anyone remember Mary had a Steamboat? It went on forever and ever and I only remember bits and pieces. We loved it because at the age of ten or so we thought it was very risque
Something about a a place in France where *someting something* dance and the dance they do *something somthing*( that rhymes with 'do') then later it goes into

Mary had a steamboat
the steamboat had a bell
mary pulled the wrong cord
and blew herself to
Hell-o operator,
give me number nine
if you disconnect me
I'll kick you in the hind


The same words until:

Hell-o operator,
give me number nine
If you disconnect me
I'll kick your little
behind the 'frigerator
there's a piece of glass
if you sit on it, you'll cut your little
ask me no more questions
tell me no more lies
that's how Mary and her
steamboat died.
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Old 02-15-2017, 11:19 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Commercial jingles were fair game:


I hate Bosco -- It's not the drink for me
Mommy put some in my milk and tried to poison me.
I fooled mommy -- I put some in her tea
Now I have no Mommy to try to poison me.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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Oh I'd like to be an Oscar Meyer wiener.
That is what I'd really like to be.
And if I was an Oscar Meyer wiener,
Every one would be in love with me!

Itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried it all away
And the Itsy bitsy spider came out again to play.
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