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Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations

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A YOU'RE ADORABLE
SAILOR'S ALPHABET
THE LUMBERMAN'S ALPHABET


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Subject: The Alphabet Song
From: Haruo
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 04:43 AM

Perhaps the "Alphabet Song", the one whose lyrics consist, in the main, of the letters of the alphabet in alphabetic order, is perhaps a bit too puerile or infantile or something for the Digitrad, but it's certainly an important part of preliterate musical culture. I've got the version I sang as a very wee tot here in La Lilandejo. I'm interested in knowing other people's and peoples' variants. The tune of the version I (and most other kids hereabouts) learned is essentially the same as "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and only a bit different from "Baa, baa, black sheep". (Didn't see "Twinkle, twinkle" nor any immediately obvious parodies thereof in the Digitrad, either, which does surprise me a bit.

Liland


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Jacob B
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 05:17 PM

I learned a new version of the alphabet song the other year. The melody was the same "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" melody as the usual version, but the lyrics were different. It went:

ZYXWVUT
SRQPONMLK
JIH, GFE,
D and C and B and A.
Now I know my ZYX's. That's the way we say the alphabet in Texas.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: okthen
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 06:18 PM

I tried to find "the housewives alphabet" in the DT but I am notoriously bad at finding things.

It started A is for altar where it first went astray

B is for bills that arrived the next day.

don't have the full text.......anyone else want to put it in the DT?

cheers

bill


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:15 PM

When I was a kid, we just sang the first part of the alphabet over again to fill out the tune, but by the time I was teaching it to small people we were singing "Now I know my ABC, next time won't you sing with me." Which is pretty much the Sesame Street authorized version, I think.

Well, I suppose that we weren't very fair to the letters after "P" in the way I learned it first.

;D


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:17 PM

Not a song, but does anybody know the complete Cockney alphabet:

A for Horses
B for mutton
C for ships
...etc

Wassail! V


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Subject: Lyr Add: 'A' YOU'RE ADORABLE (THE ALPHABET SONG)
From: John Hindsill
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 07:44 PM

My fav alphabet song was sung by Perry Como (and others) many a year ago...as many as 50+ ago.
A - you're Adorable
B - you're so Beautiful
C - you're a Cutey, full of charms
D - you're Delightful
E - you're Exciting
F - you're a Feather in my arms.
G - you look Good to me
H - you're so Heavenly
I - you're the one I Idolize
J - we're like Jack & Jill
K - your lips are Kissable
L - is the Lovelight in your eyes.
and etc until -
It's fun to wander thru' the alphabet with you to tell you what you mean to me,


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Dave (the ancient mariner)
Date: 18 Dec 00 - 08:32 PM

There is a mariners song version A= anchor B=Bow etc .. and there is the "Sod's Opera" Version popular on Navy Ships; but I cant sing it here (or aywhere else for that matterlol) Yours, Aye. Dave


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Jacob B
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:13 AM

The version I sang as a kid ended with, "Now I know my ABC. Tell me what you think of me." I don't recall anyone answering back to me when I sang the song, but I think that I used to sing "I think you stink" (to the tune of "Good Evening, Friends") to my younger sister when she sang the song the same way.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:49 AM

To fill in (I have this by John Lithgow):

L - is the Lovelight in your eyes...M, N, O, P, I could go on all day
Q, R, S, T alphabetically speaking, you're OK and
U you look good to me, V you're so very sweet, W X Y Z...
- It's fun to wander thru' the alphabet with you to tell you what you mean to me.

I'm trying to remember if we even SANG an alphabet song when I was a wittle kiddie in French school - do they have one?


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Bert
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 12:00 PM

'ere tiz Snuffy


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 02:57 PM

Ta muchly, Bert


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 19 Dec 00 - 11:00 PM

Oscar the Grouch sings a parody of "A you're Adorable"... I'll see if the book with the words in it is in the branch where I work tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 20 Dec 00 - 08:49 AM

There is (was?) a shop in Leamington Spa called "Desdemona Postlethwaite!"


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: rabbitrunning
Date: 21 Dec 00 - 10:55 PM

Alas, the book with "A you're an Artichoke" (ala Oscar the Grouch) is not on shelf in my library at the moment. When it turns up, I will add the lyrics. My nephew thinks it is the most hilarious of all alphabet songs. (He also thinks an elemeno is a short squashy elephant. This is my brother's fault.)


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: misfit
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 04:34 AM

The last line goes...I L-O-V-E-Y-O-U, spells I R N Love with you. Well at least that is how I remember Perry singing it to us.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST,Michael Cooney
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 09:44 AM

Subject: RE: A is for 'orses
From: MudGuard
Date: 18-Feb-99 - 04:50 AM

Could someone please spell out the rest?
My guesses:
(being German, the A, E, F, G, I, L, N, O, R, U and Z are too hard for me to catch, and I'm not sure about my solution to G, J and M)

A for 'orses = ??? (Hay for horses?)
B for Mutton = Beef or Mutton
C for yourself = See for yourself
D for dumb = Deaf or dumb
E for Brick = ??? (Half a brick?)
F for vescence = ??? (Effervescence?)
G for police = Chief of Police???
H for retirement = age for retirement
I for tower = ??? (Eiffel Tower?)
J for oranges = Jaffa Oranges???
K for teria = Cafeteria
L for leather = ??? (Hell for leather = fast)
M for sis = emphasis???
N for dig = ??? (Infra-dig = very hip?)
O for the garden wall = ??? (Over the garden wall)
O for the wings of a dove = ??? (so I could fly away...)
P for comfort = Pee for comfort
P for ages = Pee for ages
Q for a bus/pee = Queue for a bus/pee
R for mo' = ??? ('Arf [half] a mo[ment])
S for you = is for you
T for two = tea for two
U for mism = ??? (Euphemism)
V for la France = vive la France
W for tune = double your fortune
X for breakfast = eggs for breakfast
Y for husband = wife or husband
Z for breezes = ??? (Zephyr breezes?)

Andreas


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 10:48 AM

Michael, you seem to have got them all with the exception of E=(h)eave a brick.

The Queen queueing for a Big Mac would be Infra dig (latin 'below one's dignity')

O For The Wings Of A Dove was a famous aria recorded in the 1920s by a boy soprano which sold a million.

I always knew it as T for 2, U for me


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Bert
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 11:40 AM

Here's a link to some alphabet books


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: pavane
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 06:07 AM

I have a live recording of the Cockney Alphabet (A is for 'orses) recited by John Foreman. E fer Brick means Heave a brick (through a window, presumably). The rest seem OK, although I will check the tape


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: mousethief
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 12:00 PM

When looking things up in the Hebrew lexicon, I sing, to the same tune,

alef, beth, gimel, daleth, he, waw, zayin
chet, tet, yodh, kaph, lamedh, mem, nun, samekh, ayin
pe, tsade, qoph,
resh, shin, taw,

and then the alefbeth ends but I still have lots of music left over.

Alex


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: WickedLad
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 03:07 PM

here are some Alphabet song urls
warning they are not all kiddies tunes
http://www.lunacow.com/writing/alphabet.html
http://www.bigwig.net/jonhaynes/ulsa/publications/virtual/the_seshed_singers_songbook/the_alphabet_song.htm
http://www.gthhh.com/hymnal/hym5.htm
http://home.twcny.rr.com/innergroove/lyr_alp.htm
http://www.qts1.com/xuxa/audio/lyrics/USXuxa1/alphabet_song.html
http://www.concord.k12.nh.us/schools/bgs/colonial/abc.htm
http://209.11.56.13/html/asong.html
http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/SongUnid/698A62AFF8499167482569960011BBD1
http://attila.stevens-tech.edu/phisigsig/Salphabet.html
http://members.iinet.net.au/~chrysms/song.html
http://www.klang.com/abc.html
http://seasrc.th.net/spoken/th_con.htm
http://www.gammagirl.co.uk/abcstalk.htm
http://mailer.fsu.edu/~bmonroe/earthdawn/journals/windySongs/alphabet.html
http://home.hawaii.rr.com/farani/puuhaleweb/hawaiian_alphabet.htm
http://perso.club-internet.fr/calyx/lyrics/hatfield/02.html#MUMPS
http://website.lineone.net/~roseyjen/chrisalp.htm
http://cweb.middlebury.edu/f99/fs019a/Neverending/WoodsmansAlphabet.htm

URLs converted to links. --JoeClone, 29-Mar-05.


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Subject: Lyr Add: SAILORS ALPHABET (East Cowes)
From: vectis
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 07:37 PM

Here's one I used to sing. It was collected in about 1970 in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Exact origins unknown.

SAILORS ALPHABET

CHORUS
Merrily, merrily, so merrily sail we,
No mortal on Earth like a sailor at sea.
Heave away, haul away, the ship rolls along.
Give a sailor his grog and there's nothing goes wrong.

A - for the anchor that's at our ships bow
B - for the bowsprit and the jibs all below
C - for the capstan we all run around
D - for the davits to lower the boats down

E - for the ensign that at our peak flew
F - for the fo'c'stle where lives our wild crew
G - for the galley where the salt-junk smells strong
H - for the halliard we hoist with a song

I - for the eyebolts, no good for the feet
J - for the jib boys, stand by the lee sheet
k - for the knightheads where the petty officer stands
L - for the leeside, hard found by new hands

M - for the mainmast, it's stout and it's strong
N - for the needle that never points wrong
O - for the oars of our old jollyboat
P - for the pinnace that lively do float

Q - for the quarterdeck where our officers stand
R - for the rudder that keeps the ship in command
S - for the stunsails that drive her along
T - for the topsail, to get there takes long

U - for the uniform, mostly worn aft
V - for the vangs running from the mainshaft
W - for the water, we're on a pint and a pound
X - marks the spot where old Stormy was drowned

Y - for the yardarm, needs a good sailorman
Z - is for Zoe I'm her fancy man
Z - is also for zero, in the cold wintertime
And now we have brought all the letters in rhyme


A chant/song used in the Dame schools to teach boys the alphabet (to save on expensive paper) and some knowledge needed for work. The subject of the songs varied according to the expected future trade of the pupils.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Snuffy
Date: 18 Jun 01 - 08:03 PM

I think there's two versions of the Sailor's Alphabet in Stan Hugills 'Shanties of the Seven Seas'


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: vectis
Date: 19 Jun 01 - 07:18 PM

Yes. I've heard several versions but this is the one I learned because I liked the chorus.


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Mark Cohen
Date: 19 Jun 01 - 08:03 PM

There is a Hebrew version that uses a different tune. It's usually done as a call and echo. I'll try to post the tune if I get a chance. (Just sold my house and moved to an apartment by the ocean, so unpacking boxes is a major task at the moment.)

Alef, Bet, Vet (alef, bet, vet)
Gimel, Daled, Hei (simile)
Vav, Zayin, Chet, Tet
Yod, Kaf, Chaf
Lamed, Mem, Nun
Samech, Ayin, Pei, Fei
Tzadi, Koof, Resh
Sin, Shin, Tav

The reason there seem to be more letters than in Alex's version is that some Hebrew letters have two forms, with two different pronunciations, which are distinguished by the presence or absence (or, in one case, the location) of a dagesh, or dot, in the written letter. The one exception to this is the last letter of the alphabet, Tav. As a child I learned this with two forms, Sav (no dot) and Tav (with a dot). In modern Israeli (Sefardi) Hebrew, both forms are still written, but they are both pronounced with the "t" sound. Aren't you glad you asked?

Aloha,
Mark


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: bobby's girl
Date: 19 Jun 01 - 08:05 PM

One of my favourite alphabet songs was one that Kermit sang on Sesame Street accompanied by Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I can't remember it all but it began "Amazing beautiful creatures dancing" It was wonderful!


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 25 Jun 01 - 09:31 AM

Hi Liland,

your question brought back remembrances I thought long forgotten. Nearly a half century ago at school I learned the English Language (His Majesty's Own) at a German school. Our teacher improved our use of English by playing sketches with us and by singing songs. The first we learned was the pronounciation of the Alphabet:

A B C D E F G, H I J K L-M-N-O-P, Q and R and S and T, U and W behind the V, X and Y and Z, oh glee! Yeah, that is the ABC.

Now I do not know, whether he learned it in England, or made it up as a translation of the German version (we have the ABC-song too, same tune!)


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE SOCIALIST ABC (Alex Glasgow)
From: IanC
Date: 25 Jun 01 - 09:47 AM

I was surprised that nobody has yet posted "The Socialist ABC" from Alex Glasgow (here).

^^
THE SOCIALIST ABC
(Alex Glasgow)

When that I was and a little, tiny boy,
Me daddy said to me,
'The time has come, me bonny, bonny bairn,
To learn your ABC.'

Now Daddy was a lodge chairman
In the coalfields of the time
And his ABC was different
From the Enid Blighton kind.

He sang, 'A is for Alienation
That made me the man that I am, and

B's for the Boss who's a Bastard,
A Bourgeois who don't give a damn.

C is for Capitalism,
The bosses' reactionary creed, and

D's for Dictatorship, laddie,
But the best proletarian breed.

E is for Exploitation
That workers have suffered so long, and

F is for old Ludwig Feuerbach,
The first one to say it was wrong.

G is all Gerrymanderers,
Like Lord Muck and Sir Whatsisname, and

H is the Hell that they'll go to
When the workers have kindled the flame.

I's for Imperialism,
And America's kind is the worst, and

J is for sweet Jingoism,
That the Tories all think of the first.

K is for good old Kier Hardy,
Who fought out the working class fight, and

L is for Vladimir Lenin,
Who showed him the left was all right.

M is of course for Karl Marx,
The daddy and the mommy of them all, and

N is for Nationalisation -
Without it we'd tumble and fall.

O is for Overproduction,
That capitalist economy brings, and

P is for all Private Property,
The greatest of all of the sins.

Q's for the Quid pro quo,
That we'll deal out so well and so soon, when

R for Revolution is shouted and
The Red Flag becomes the top tune.

S is for Sad Stalinism
That gave us all such a bad name, and

T is for Trotsky, the hero,
Who had to take all of the blame.

U's for the Union of Workers -
The Union will stand to the end, and

V is for Vodka, yes, Vodka,
The vun drink that vont bring the bends.

W's for all Willing Workers,
And that's where the memory fades,

For X, Y, and Zed,' my dear daddy said,
'Will be written on the street barricades.'

Now that I'm not a little tiny boy,
Me daddy says to me,
'Please try to forget those thing that I said,
Especially the ABC.'

For daddy is no longer a union man,
And he's had to change his plea.
His alphabet is different now,
Since they made him a Labour MP.

____________________________________

Cheers!
Ian


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Jun 01 - 11:06 AM

And what about the Gashlycrumb Tinies, surely someone has put that to music by now?


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Jun 01 - 08:46 AM

Re: "Twinkle, Twinkle". I believe it is copyright protected. It shows up in Mel Bay's guitar book as "Sparkling Stella".


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Dunc
Date: 28 Jun 01 - 04:49 AM

I recall several years back hearing a 'Folk' alphabet song.
It was sung on the BBC's Folk on Two radio program by an Englishman in a traditional English unaccompanied style.
About the only thing I can remember about it was that 'F' was for the finger in my ear, and that the whole thing was very funny.
Any ideas?


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Subject: Lyr Add: SEAMUS THE SHOWMAN
From: john c
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 12:39 AM

I´ve been singing this cockney alphabet song called SEAMUS THE SHOWMAN for the last 30 years - and still find it great (in an excruciating kind of way!).It goes.......

SEAMUS THE SHOWMAN

I was a young man
He was an old man
He said he was a showman
And he knew what to do
He said his name was Seamus
And he would make me famous
And said it so sincerely
I believed it was true

He said all you need are lots of glossy photos
And a song about the alphabet
I said I've got the photos
But I´ll have to improvise the song
You see I haven't written it yet

(ch)And the showman he cried
They're all on your side
And you don't have to worry at all

So I sang
A is for horses,
B(eer)for your supper
C for yourself
You can't D-eny its true
If you E-ve a brick
When you F-ervesce
The G-ief of police will be after you
He'll H-ate you for it
And I-ll say I told you so
Let's J-walk on a summer's day
Down to the K-afe
For a cup of tea
To L with worry is what I say
(ch)

When the M-phasis
Is on N-tertainment
O, what a decent P-A will do
The people have Q-ed
For R-f an hour
It's S-enntial they can hear you sing
T for two
U for me,
V-ive la France
Then the W-phonium player pretended he was dead
The X started flying
And the Y-fe of our saxophonist
Threw one which landed
On his Z
(ch)

It really was regrettable
My song alphabetical
Went down like a lead balloon
So we made our exitus
With people throwing eggs at us
We smiled and said
We´ll be back soon
And the showman he cried........


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Subject: ADD: Vietnam Alphabet Song
From: mg
Date: 29 Jun 01 - 03:40 AM

There is a very great oil riggers alphabat I think by Jim Payne of Newfoundland. I have a Vietnam one as follows:

    VIETNAM ALPHABET SONG
    ^^
    A for the ambush that comes in the night
    B is for bravo the boys that could fight
    C is for Charlie cruel and red
    D is for dying and d is for dead

    E for enlisted men sturdy and true
    F for the fear that we knew through and through
    G for guerilla for grunt and grenade
    H for a hundred degrees in the shade

    H furthermore is for straight out of hell
    H for the horrors we never will tell
    H for the hueys flying around
    H is for hover and h hit the ground

    I is for incoming deadly and near
    J is for Jesus Christ why are we here
    K is for kill our mission in short
    K for k rations in case we abort

    L is for lots of things that come to mind
    L is for leaving our lovers behind
    L for lieutenants the good and the bad
    L for the limbs that we wished we still had

    M is for memories munitions and mom
    N is for napalm the nastiest bomb
    O is for opium easy and cheap
    P is for pungee sticks plunging in deep

    Q for the quiet that's worse than the noise
    S for what separates men from the boys
    T is for torture and T is for Tet
    T is for try really hard to forget

    U for our uncle who sent us away
    U for our homeland the US of A
    U is for really unless you were there
    You can't understand we're not sure you care

    V is for Vietnam everyone knows
    V is for vanquish our villainous foes
    V for the victory we were denied
    V for the very fine men who have died


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Suffet
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 02:59 AM

Re Mel Bay's copyright of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star": Anyone can put a copyright claim on anything. That doesn't mean the claim will stand up in court. It is pretty easy to establish that the "Twinkle, Twinkle" melody was written by Mozart when he was a child. I believe his name for it was "At Your Direction, Mommy" or however one would say that in German.

Mel Bay may in fact own a copyright on a particular arrangement or on its own lyrics, but that copyright would extend only to whatever NEW MATERIAL has been added.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 05:34 PM


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: 53
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 06:18 PM

The Three Stooges did a great alphabet song called 'Swinging the Alphabet' and, if I did this correctly:

your underlined text

This should open a new page for you where you can click song 16 and hear it for yourself. Enjoy - and laugh a lot!

Mark Clark, I hope you gave me good instructions (and that I followed them properly).

Glenda


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: 53
Date: 30 Jun 01 - 06:43 PM

Oh, well, Mark Clark, that is what I get for taking your instructions so completely as they are. Here we go again, but the other works.

Three Stooges' Alphabet Song

Let's see if this looks more correct!

Glenda


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jan 03 - 10:20 PM

No one has ever heard of an alphabet song with US states and cities?
I remember my grandma singing one to me when I was small. She probably learned it in the early part of the 1900s...


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 12:34 PM

B A bay
B E bee
B I bicky bye
B O boe
bicky bye boe B U boo
bicky bye boe boo...


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 01:25 PM

A religious one from 1777.
^^
THE ALPHABET SONG

A In Adam's fall we sinned all.
B Heaven to find; the Bible mind.
C Christ crucify'd For sinners dy'd.
D The Deluge drownd'd the Earth around.
E Elijah hid by Ravens fed.
F The judgement made Felix is afraid.
G As runs the Glass, Our Life doth pass.
H My Book and Heart must never part.
J Job feels the Rod,- Yet blesses God.
K Proud Korah's troop Was swallowed up.
L Lot fled to Zoar, Saw Fiery shower on Sodom pour.
M Moses was he Who Israel's Host Led thro' the Sea.
N Noah did view The Old world and new.
O Young Obadias, David, Josias, All were pious.
P Peter deny'd His Lord and cry'd.
Q Queen Esther sues and saves the Jews.
R Young pious Ruth, Left all for Truth.
S Young Sam'l dear, The Lord did fear.
T Young Timothy Learnt sin to fly.
V Vashti for Pride Was set aside.
W Whales in the Sea God's voice obey.
X Xerxes did die And so must I.
Y While youth do chear Death may be near.
Z Zaccheus he did climb the Tree Our Lord to see.


I wonder how many children were forced to learn this horrible doggerel.
http://jesus-is-lord.com/primer.htm


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST,Gerry (channeling Steve Wright)
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 07:39 PM

Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: LilyFestre
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 07:46 PM

The 3 Stooges Alphabet Song that we loved to sing in college was the same that the GUEST typed in above. The idea was to pick any letter but AEIOUXY or Q and then sing accordingly with the beginning letter...the GUEST posted with the chosen letter B.

If the letter M had been chosen, the song would look like this:

M A MAY
M E ME
Mee my mickey my
Mee O Mo
Mickey My Mo
Me Moo Moo
Mickey My Moo

The following is NOT the brightest of ideas, but we were young and stupid....we often sang this song to determine if we would be able to drive...the thinking was if you were sober enough to get this song out without stuttering, spitting or laughing your fool self silly, you were good enough to drive!

Michelle


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Subject: RE: The Alphabet Song
From: GUEST,Barrie Roberts
Date: 23 Feb 05 - 08:49 AM

Re: John Foreman's version of the 'Cockney Alphabet', I think you'll find his W is 'for a quid' and his Z is 'for 'is 'at' (i,e. 'His head is for his hat')


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Glynis
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 04:17 PM

The "Folk Alphabet" was written and performed by Fred Wedlock, a British folk comedian who also had a hit with the "Oldest Swinger in Town". It's on an album called: LIVE(With Chris Newman). I've just tracked it down myself after years of searching - all I knew was the line "A is for as I walked out as all good songs begin ...".

He's just set up a website at http://www.fredwedlock.net/ and I believe that he's re-releasing the albums on CD within the next few weeks.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 05:43 PM

If Fred Wedlock is releasing his early stuff , I just hope he credits all the people he stole songs from , like Ed Pickford who wrote Oldest Swinger !!
And talkin about Alphabet songs there is a Catter who goes under the name of Trayton who wrote a Dyslexics Alphabet song which is BRILLIANT ! I willl steal it off him one day , just for the line :-
Z is for Xenophobe - A Morbid Fear of Buddhists !!
The letter order is totally random , finishing with E and D :-
E is for my English mark and D is for Dyslexia , the reason I cant spell !!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Frankham
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 05:58 PM

On the A You're Adorable song, I remember the main part but don't know the tune for the "bridge" or middle part. Anyone know where to find it onl-line?

This part:

L - is the Lovelight in your eyes...M, N, O, P, I could go on all day
Q, R, S, T alphabetically speaking, you're OK and
U you look good to me, V you're so very sweet, W X Y Z... - It's fun to wander thru' the alphabet with you to tell you what you mean to me.

Frank


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE LUMBERMAN'S ALPHABET
From: Judy Cook
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 06:04 PM

When I was young we used to sing nursery rhymes to the tune of McNamara's band with a chorus of the alphabet to the same tune.

Nowadays I sing the one of the Lumberman's Alphabets from Doerflinger's collection. Probably a parody of the Sailor's Alphabet above.

THE LUMBERMAN'S ALPHABET
sung by Willis Norrad of New Brunswick, Canada

A is for Ax, and that we all know,
And B is for Boy that can use it also;
C is for Chopping we first do begin,
And D is for Danger we often fall in.

So merry, so merry are we,
No mortals on earth are as happy as we.
T'me I derry O derry I derry down,
Use shanty boys well and there's nothing goes wrong.

E is for Echo that through the woods rang.
And F is for Foreman, the head of our gang;
G is for Grindstone at night we do turn,
And H is for Handle so smoothly worn.

I is for Iron which we mark our pine,
And J is for Jovial - we're always incline';
K is for Keen Edge our axes we keep,
And L is for Lice that keep us from sleep.

M is for Moss which we chink our camp,
And N is for Needle with which we mend our pants;
O is for Owl which hooted at night,
And P is for Pine which we always fall right.

Q is for Quickness we put ourselves to,
R is for River we haul the logs to;
S is for Sleds we haul the logs on,
T is the Team that pulls them along.

U is for Uses we put ourselves to,
And V is Valley we haul the logs through;
And W is for Woods we leave in the spring,
And now I have sung all I'm going to sing.

X is for Christmas when the yarding's all done,
Y is for Yonder, the set of the sun;
Zed is for Zero in the cold winter time,
And now I have brought all the letters in rhyme.

---

from Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman by William Main Doerflinger.
This is one of the oldest songs of the logger's life in camp - probably from the first half of the 1800's.    The "iron was the "stamping iron" or "branding ax" to gougue the owner's mark into a log - kinda like branding cattle.


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Subject: Lyr Add: HOUSEWIVES' ALPHABET SONG
From: gecko
Date: 27 Mar 05 - 08:36 PM

OKTHEN Just in case you haven't found these lyrics yet:
^^
HOUSEWIVES' ALPHABET SONG

A is for altar where we go astray
B for the bills that begin the next day
C is for cuffs and collars of shirts
And D is for dishes and dusting and dirt
E is my energy draining away
F for the floors to be swept every day
G is for girlhood all gawky and gone
And high fed-up housewife that's singing this song.

Ch:        Wearily, it's merely a good woman's day
        Cooking and cleaning and tidying away
        If ever you've finished, remember that when
        You wake up tommorrow, it all starts again.

I is for ironing for kids in their teens
Jerseys and jumpers and acres of jeans
K is for kitchen where year upon end
I've lived there with pot lids and ladles for friends
M is for mending, there's mile upon mile
N is for nappies in a big stinking pile
O for the odd job, the odd job or two
Like pushing the pram or unplugging the loo

Ch:

Q is for quarreling of chicks in my nest
R is for referree and a ten minute rest
S is for shopping in sun, snow or rain
And T for that toilet - it's stopped up again
U is for undies all grimy and soiled
V for those things that we peel, chop and boil
W for woman and washing-machine
We both need attention - you know what I mean!

Ch:

We've got no union, it's eight days a week
Crammed into seven - I'm out on my feet
So much to do - where should I begin
But I've got half me lifetime to finish it in
W for wings, if I had them I'd fly
X marks the spot where I sit down and cry
Y that's yours truly, I've gone on too long
And so has this system and so has this song

Ch:

We do it in three part harmony and it always gets cheers from the women in the audience.
Yours in Unity
gecko


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Subject: Lyr Add: FOLK ALPHABET (Fred Wedlock)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 23 Dec 07 - 08:29 PM

Lyrics copied from Gavin Keir's web site, where it is called simply ALPHABET and comes with no attribution; however, it seems to be the same song that Glynis above calls FOLK ALPHABET and attributes to Fred Wedlock.
^^
FOLK ALPHABET
(attributed to Fred Wedlock)

A is for as I walked out, as all good songs begin.
B is for Brave Boys, the bit the audience joins in.

C is for the cabin boy who turns out not to be male,
And D is for the drummer who is very often female.

E is for ethnic stance with hand round mug of beer.
F is for the finger wot you sticks into your ear.

G is for the garter which often comes undone,
And H is for the hay where you untie it which is fun.

I is for the Irish rascal who already has a wife.
J is for John Barleycorn who keeps coming back to life.

K is for the k-nave who took a k-nife and killed his sister
... and mother, and father, seven brothers and assortment of male servants, his horse, his hawk, his greyhound, his ferrets, himself, all in 47 verses and assortment of keys.
L is where he's going, for to bake and burn and blister.

M is the merry month of May when youthful blood springs hot.
N is nine months later when you wish that it had not.

O is for "O no John no John no I don't approve,
Of P the perky way in which I saw your trousers move.

Q is found at festivals outside the ladies' loo.
R is for real ale, me boys, responsible for Q.

S is the sporran of the bonnie heilan laddie.
T is wild mountain thyme, gings a treat with finnan haddie.

U is unaccompanied song of very great appraisal.
V is for the vowel sounds which should preferably be nasal.

W is for the wife who takes tumble with the groom.
X is what her husband says on entering the room.

Y is you good people, I hope you've not been bored.
Z is for the zeal, with which I hope you might applaud!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song at Christmas
From: Mo the caller
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 08:56 AM

At Grandma's on Christmas day we always had the Nusery rhyme game.
Two teams
Everyone sings the alphabet
First team sings a nursery rhyme
Everyone sings alphabet
Next team sings a different nursery rhyme
......untill one team can't think of one or sings one that has been sung before.

It helped that the lights on Grandma's tree had shades with nursery rhymes painted on them. (2 of them are dangling on my tree now)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Bert
Date: 24 Dec 07 - 10:00 AM

We used to do the same Mo, but around in a circle with everyone taking a turn.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,Reese
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 12:44 AM

Hello I don't remember all the verses but it went something like this: (XXXX 2 time Long 2 time short if there)

Appleseeds make apple trees (AAaa) A
Blue Bear Loves the USA (BBbb) B
Cindy trades carrots for some corn (CCcc) C


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: pavane
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 03:17 AM

A late reply to Barrie Roberts (2005) :

Re: John Foreman's version of the 'Cockney Alphabet', I think you'll find his W is 'for a quid' and his Z is 'for 'is 'at' (i,e. 'His head is for his hat')

Yes to W for a quid, but in the version I recorded, he uses the Zephyr Breezes line for Z.

If anyone wants to hear it, I can direct them to a private URL.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 02:18 PM

To return to the original question (we seem to have strayed somewhat)
in the 50s we sang the alphabet to the tune of Jack and Jill went up the hill.
ABCDEFG
HIJKLM
NOPQ-RSTU
VWXYZ


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Joe_F
Date: 04 Sep 08 - 10:04 PM

For us (ca. 1940) it was

ABCDEFG
HIJKLMNOP
LMNOPQRST
UVWXYZ

TTTO "Twinkle, twinkle, little star".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: CapriUni
Date: 05 Sep 08 - 01:29 AM

I grew up with the "Twinkle, Twinkle" version, too. But sometime in the last few months (when I had several tunes tumbling around in my head at the same time, and they were getting jumbled around together), I realized that the alphabet fits much more snugly into the tune of "Frere Jacques":

A, B, C, D
E, F, G, H
I, J, K
L, M, N
O-P-Q-R-S-T
U-V-W-X
Y and Z
(That's the end).

A couple of weeks ago, I started to wonder if I could fit the alphabet to other children's rounds; "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" is too short. I thought maybe "Three Blind Mice" would work.

Prodded by this thread, tonight, I've finally hammered it out:

A B C
D E F
G H I J
K L M N
O P Q R S and T and U
and then there is V and there's dou-ble-U
and then, there's X, and there's Y and there's Z
and that's the end.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 02:08 PM

Here are the lyrics given along with a tune in McCaskey, John Piersol. Franklin Square Song Collection: Two Hundred Favorite Songs and Hymns for Schools and Homes, Nursery and Fireside. New York: Harper, 1881, page 170:

A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
H, I, I, K, L, M, N, O, P,
Q, R, S, and T, U, V,
Double-you and X, Y, Z.
Happy, happy shall we be,
When we've learned our A, B, C.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Melissa
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 02:24 PM

Stanley Holloway did "Elephant's Alphabet"

An A-nut, a B-nut...LMNO P-nut


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALPHABET SONG (Emma C. Dowd)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 06 Sep 08 - 02:25 PM

Here's a version that's actually attributed to an author, from:

Dodge, Mary Mapes. St. Nicholas. New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1890, Volume 18, page 401:

ALPHABET SONG
Emma C. Dowd.

A, B, C, D, E, F, G,—
Baby and I will sail the sea;
H, I, J, K, L, M, N,—
Across the ocean and back again;
O, P, Q, R, S, T, U,—
Now on the railway, choo, choo, choo!
V and W, X, Y, Z,—
Home is the best place for baby and me.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 16 Sep 08 - 07:08 PM

As a resident in the UK I find it a shame that the above quotes all seem to rhyme 'Z' with 'T'. Or Zee & Tee.
Over here we use 'Zed' (except those brought up in the Sesame Street era)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 Sep 08 - 07:33 PM

Zed? How quaint!
Zed, bed, bled, fed, ted, dead, wed, said, led- can't rhyme the alphabet with those words.
You may as well accept the American improvement.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: CapriUni
Date: 16 Sep 08 - 10:05 PM

Here's a rhyme that only works with zed:

A, B, C, D, E, F, G
Little Robin Redbreast sitting on a tree;
H, I, J, K, L, M, N
He made love to Little Jenny Wren.
O, P, Q, R, S, T, U
"Dear Little Jenny, I want to marry you."
V, W, X, Y, Z
Poor little Jenny, she blushed quite red.

(From The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book, assembled by Iona and Peter Opie [first edition copyright 1955, Oxford University Press)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 16 Sep 08 - 10:27 PM

Quite right, CapriUni.
In the same book is Tom Thumb's Alphabet, with "Z was a zany, a poor harmless fool." 'Zee' fits better than 'Zed,' I think.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 17 Sep 08 - 05:38 PM

Or the Cockney alphabet.....
Z for 'is 'at. (That'll fox 'em!)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: CapriUni
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 02:12 AM

Q --

'Zed' is a form of the Greek name for the letter: "Zeta."

Americans only changed it to "Zee" after our split with Britain, in a feeble attempt to make our language different.

Same reason we went through a period of spelling 'Socks' as 'Sox' and why we took the u out of 'colour.' ... Some of the changes stuck, and some didn't.

What I want to know is (and have yet to find a satisfying answer to): How did alphabets get to have difinitive 'Alphabetic orders' long before literacy (much less dictionaries) became common?

Also: Has anyone written a song for the QWERTY alphabet order, yet (Or shall I have to do it?) ;-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 06:03 AM

"What I want to know is (and have yet to find a satisfying answer to): How did alphabets get to have difinitive 'Alphabetic orders' long before literacy (much less dictionaries) became common?"
Probably from people like us, lovers of the language(s) playing about.
As an example of an early alphebetisation, we can go back to the Old Testament, Book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 is an acrostic (in the original Hebrew), being 176 verses in 22 blocks of 8.
The first block all start with the Hebrew letter Aleph, vv 9-16 with Beth, 17-24 Gimel, et seq to the last 8 verses starting with Tav.
Each verse also includes a reference to the word of God, or his laws/precepts. (with one exception which I leave to the reader to find!)

Of course, someone may be able to find an earlier example!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: CapriUni
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 01:52 PM

Nigel -- thanks for the information on alphabet play in the psalms.

What first got me wondering about this is line attributed to Jesus: "I am the alpha and the omega." That wouldn't make any sense at all if it were not already firmly established that "alpha" comes first, and "omega" comes last.

But why was it ever decided, in the first place, that alpha should come first, and omega go last?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 02:29 PM

Brings up a digression- who decided that Jesus said, "I am the alpha and the omega? Did his teacher know Greek? Or did he pick it up from someone bearing gifts?

Looking forward to learning qwerty and yuiop. Don't google querty lyrics, only linkin park seems to come up.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: CapriUni
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 08:22 PM

Q --

I don't know. It is true that there was already much trade between the Jews and the Greeks at that time, so it may have just been common knowledge.

Or, it could be that the person who wrote that story down was translating what Jesus said for a Greek audience, and figured that using "Alpha and Omega" would be be clearer than using "Alef and Tav,"
and then trying to explain what that meant.

...Did you try Googling "QWERTY" instead of "querty?"


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Sep 08 - 08:40 PM

Yep, I am just guilty of preferring right-wing yuiop to left-wing qwerty.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: CapriUni
Date: 20 Sep 08 - 05:06 AM

Okay... But "Wingers" are not very good typists, anyway. Mostly, they hunt n' peck...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,granny92
Date: 20 Sep 08 - 10:08 AM

I remember singing an alphabet song that started out with
"A is for the apple that grows upon the tree,
B is for the birds that sing for you and me.
C is for the camel with a hump upon his back,
D is for the duck that goes quack, quack, quack.
E is for the elephant.........................."
and this is where I get stuck. Does anyone in cyberspace recall this song and know more of the words to it? I seem to associate it with the Captain Kangaroo show in my memory. Thanks.


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Subject: Lyr. Add: TOM THUMB'S PICTURE ALPHABET (1744)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Sep 08 - 09:01 PM

TOM THUMB'S PICTURE ALPHABET
^^
A was an archer, who shot at a frog;
B was a butcher, and had a great dog.
C was a captain, all covered with lace;
D was a drunkard, and had a red face.
E was an esquire, with pride on his brow;
F was a farmer and followed the plough.
G was a gamester, who had but ill-luck;
H was a hunter, and hunted a buck.
I was an innkeeper, who loved to carouse;
J was a joiner, who built up a house.
K was King William, once governed this land;
L was a lady, who had a white hand.
M was a miser, and hoarded up gold;
N was a nobleman, gallant and bold.
O was an oyster girl, who went about town;
P was a parson, and wore a black gown.
Q was a queen, who wore a silk slip;
R was a robber, and wanted a whip.
S was a sailor, and spent all he got;
T was a tinker, and mended a pot.
U was a usurer, a miserable elf;
V was a vintner, who drank all himself.
W was a watchman, and guarded the door;
X was expensive, and so became poor.
Y was a youth, that did not love school;
z was a zany, a poor harmless fool.

"The earliest known nursery rhyme book "Tommy Thumb's (Pretty) Song Book" was published 'for the Diversion of all Little Masters and Misses' in 1744," in two tiny volumes. Note in Opie and Opie, "The Oxford Nursery Rhyme Book," 1955 (reprinted with corrections 1957, 1960).

I couldn't find this alphabet rhyme in Mudcat, although there are references to it in thread 28733: Alphabet
This particular rhyme is not known before that date.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Sep 08 - 09:08 PM

Sorry, forgot to cut off the bold.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WORKING MAN'S A.B.C. (from Bodleian)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 20 Sep 08 - 09:59 PM

THE WORKING MAN'S A.B.C.

A Alphabet that we used to learn at school,
You'll find a dealt of truth in it, tho' written by a fool.

B British Workman, there are thousands here to-day.
The Eight-Hours Movement we must have, and that without delay.

C Country. Ours is governed by the swells,
The rich man eats the oysters, the poor man gets the shells.

D Donkeys- the masters are we say,
But when the men begin to strike, the Union made them bray.

E Eight Hours we want to play,
Eight to work and eight to sleep, and get eight bob a day.

F Freedom. We have it here no doubt,
If you haven't got a dinner you are free to go without.

G Greed and that precious stuff called gold.
Our capitalists possess it, and tight enough they hold.

H House and Home, alright when we've got tin,
But when out of work and can't pay up, they put the brokers in.

I Improvements, which our rulers seem to shirk,
Why don't they act about it, and give shorter hours for work?

J Justice- the poor they seldom get,
And though the good time's coming, it has not come as yet.

K Kind relations, when a bob you want to borrow;
I haven't any cash today, pray call again tomorrow.

L Lies.- I'm sure the lot they tell,
It's very near enough to send the blooming lot to--- Spain, well, well.

M Masters; but then you see there's Missus,
Some Missuses wear drawers, but my one wears the breeches.

N Number that have to emigrate,
And leave their native country to avoid a pauper's fate.

O Old Times, which our father's said was good 'uns,
When instead of dining on faggots, we get roast beef and puddings.

P Parliament. When members they get there,
For the working-men who got them in, the devil a bit they care.

Q Question? Let them answer if they can,
Do the masters care a little bit how they slave the working man?

R Royalty- it also stands for Rot-
As long as they get their money, we can all of us go to pot.

S Strikes there's been throughout the nation,
We boldly stuck up for our rights though threatened with starvation.

T Trade Unions, they'll come it pretty think,
And make the masters jump about like a monkey on a stick.

U Uncle's, where our clothes go up the spout,
But when they're there it's jolly hard sometimes to get them out.

V Victory, which we hope soon to attain,
And every man employment find, not seek for it in vain.

W Wealth. But when a man gets skinned,
He finds what sort of friends he's got when he wants to raise the wind.

X Ten Hours, men very often toil,
But eight I think is quite enough throughout the British soil.

Y Young Men, the masters they will tickle
If they don't get what they want they'll put them in a pickle.

Z Zealous- which one and all should be,
And stand by one another, to bring prosperity.


Bodleian Collection, Firth c11(204). Dated [1891].


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,SongSinger
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 05:56 AM

ABC Song a Gospel Song I sung when I was young but can't remember all of it can someone help me out?

A is the Answer to all of our prayers
B is for The Bible to help us through the years
C is for Christ to look to each day
D is for devil tempting in his way


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE ALPHABET SONG (Sol Smith Russell)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Jul 09 - 01:13 PM

From Sol Smith Russell's "Jeremy Jollyboy" Songster by Sol Smith Russell (New York: Robert M. De Witt, 1876), page 14:

^^
THE ALPHABET SONG.

Now folks, I'll sing a little song, and I hope you all to please.
I'll make it from the alphabet, and commence with A, B, C's,
D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K L, M, N, O, P,
Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, the X, and Y, and Z.

CHORUS: Then listen to me well; oh, hearken unto me,
And I'll sing to you the alphabet, from A way down to Z.

A stands for America, land of the brave and free.
B stands for Bully Boys; I expect that's you and me.
C stands for Curiosity; that means an honest man.
D stands for Dishonesty, which with the world began.

E stands for Eve, who first did Adam tempt.
F stands for Frogs, of which ould Ireland is exempt.
G stands for Goose; good Goose is good I think.
H stands for Hoping that we'll never want a drink.

I stands for Ireland; I hope she'll soon be free.
J stands for Jury, who seldom do agree.
K stands for Kentucky, where they make bourbon and rye.
L stands for Lawyers; oh, my, but can't they lie!

M stands for Married folks, who're always in a stew.
N stands for Nobody; I suppose that's me and you.
O stands for One, Two, Three, away we go with speed.
P stands for President; a good one's what we need.

Q stands for Queer, and that's our Administration.
R stands for Rotten; that's the head of our great Nation.
S stands for Swindlers; in Washington they live.
T stands for Treason, which we never can forgive.

U stands for Union, which divorces often sever.
V stands for Victory; may it ours be forever.
W stands for Washington, a kind friend, but bitter foe.
X stands for X-actly what I lost at Keno.

Y stands for Young; I mean that rat, old Brigham Young.
Z stands for Zeal, with which I hope my song was sung,
& now my song is ended. I'll take my oath above,
That I never want to see the back of my neck, if ever I cease to love.


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Subject: Lyr Add: NEW ALPHABET FOR 1865
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 06:18 PM

From Littell's Living Age (Boston: Littell, Son, and Company, Third Series, Vol XXVIII, No 1081, 18 Feb 1865), page 306:

^^
NEW ALPHABET FOR 1865.

A is for America, a land so wide and free,
There's room for all the human race and all posterity.

B is for Belligerent, a name that was bestow'd
On southern rebels who betray'd and shed their country's blood.

C is for the Chivalry, who would o'er all the nation
Spread slavery, and be themselves the lords of all creation.

D is for Devotion, true to Freedom's righteous cause,
Devotion to the Union, devotion to the laws.

E's for Eagle, dauntless bird, of bold, unflinching gaze;
May our brave fellows face the foe as he the noontide blaze.

F's for Admiral Farragut: hardy vet'ran sea-king;
Conq'ring he comes, thro' storm of guns, cannon loudly shrieking.

G's for glorious General Grant! That we may take for granted;
Thank God! for granting such a Grant just at the time he's wanted.

H is for Hood, in Tennessee, who great things did determine,
But then in Thomas found his match, and was hood-winked by Sherman.

I—let the answer "I," "I," "I," re-echo through the land,
When duty calls for men to fight, with ready heart and hand.

J shall begin our Jubilee, when peace we celebrate,
When brothers shall be foes no more, and love shall conquer hate.

K is for Kindness, hail the day! when all men kindly deal
With fellow men, and wisely seek their own in others' weal.

L is for Lincoln — Abraham (henceforth a household name),
Who loved the paths his namesake trod, nor feared to keep the same.

M's for McClellan; what he did deserves fair praise and mention;
What he didn't we'll suppose supplied by good intention.

N Is for Neutrality, another name for aid
To rebellion, by building ships and running the blockade.

O is for Omnipotent; so may that people be,
Who put their trust in God's right hand to guard their liberty.

P is for Patriotism pure; God sees with eye benign,
And blesses those who sacrifice at thy most holy shrine.

Q's for our Quarrel. Many ask "what is it all about?"
"Is it worthwhile for negro slaves, the making such a rout?"

R's for Redemption, answer we, for this unhappy race;
To pity, help and succor them, God grant us all his grace!

S, crooked S, stands for undaunted Sherman's deathless name,
Who straight his fifty thousand led, through Georgia on to fame.

T is for Time, who puts an end to war and tribulation;
O! haste to spread thy healing wings over this bleeding nation!

U is for Union; herein lies our peace, our all;
United may we ever stand, divided we must fall.

V is for Victory — dearly won! Hence let men count the cost
Before they rouse, for selfish ends, to strife a kindred host.

W is for Wilmington. Thy day of plenty's past;
Of blockade runners to thy port thou'st seen the very last.

X is for Exeunt to Jeff D. and all his rebel crew;
Oh! wretched men! repent! There may be mercy yet for you.

Y is for Yankees — let the name have due appreciation;
They'll prove to friend as well as foe a very plucky nation.

Z is for Zealous friends, who see our cause in its true light;
May all in time spell with this rhyme, and learn to read it right!


A. R.
New York, January 31, 1865.
N. Y. Evening Post.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FEMINIST ALPHABET
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 06:37 PM

From The Poetic Year for 1916 by William Stanley Braithwaite (Boston: Small, Maynard & Company, 1917), page 239:

^^
THE FEMINIST ALPHABET.
Compiled by an agnostic.

A is for Antis — the allies of sin,
Who scourge Suffragitis with horrible din.

B is for Ballot — the sceptre which rules,
Not granted to Women, ex-convicts or fools.

C is for Child Labor (let plutocrats gloat).
How long would it last if Mothers could vote?

D is for Duty men owe to their Wives,
To give them the vote — then repent all their lives.

E is for Equality — sought at the polls
By feminine creatures with masculine souls.

F is for Franchise — 'Tis plain to be seen
They'll have it, God bless 'em, by nineteen steen steen.

G is for Girls — whenever they start
They'll vote with their head — but more with their heart.

H is for Husband with resolute jaw,
Who, when you have children, is required by law.

I is for Infant — asleep in her crib,
Deprived of a vote through descent from a rib.

J is for Justice which Women pursue.
They obey all the laws — why not make just a few?

K is for Kerbstone — where humble men stand
And watch suffrage pageants keep step with the band.

L is for Ladies — chock full of hard knocks
For the masculine voter, while darning his socks.

M is for Manacles — fetters which years
Have forged on the wrists of the Women, poor dears!

N is for Nations — learning at last
That shy, shrinking Woman's a thing of the Past.

O is for Oak — once for clinging vines suited,
But strong grew the vine, so the tree's been uprooted.

P is for Papa — once head of the house,
But since Mother voted as meek as a mouse.

Q is for Quibble — dare any man state
That Suffragettes do it when pressed in debate?

R is for Reverence — which decent man shows
To his charming and arduous suffragist foes.

S is for Sex — which being made double
Is really the mainspring of all of this trouble.

T is for Taxes — which Woman must pay.
Concerning their uses she's nothing to say.

U is for Union — for thus, hand in hand,
Queen Man and King Woman united should stand.

V is for Voting — what feminine bliss
Except perhaps flirting, is greater than this?

W is for Woman — the Mother of men,
But without any fathers, Mrs. Woman, what then?

X is for Xanthippe — quite set, as you know,
Did she, too, root for suffrage, so long, long ago?

Y is for Yoke — such as dumb cattle wear.
Let him who'd grind Woman to earth have a care!

Z is for Zenith (no more 'don'ts' and 'can'ts')
When Woman will stalk through the World wearing 'pants'!"


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Subject: Lyr Add: SCRIPTURE ALPHABETS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 07:50 PM

From The Infant Teacher's Assistant by Thomas Bilby, R. B. Ridgway (London: T. Bilby & R. B. Ridgway, 1843), page 21:


SCRIPTURE ALPHABETS.
Tune—Portugal New.

[1]
A is for Angel, that praises the Lord.
B is for Bible, God's most holy word.
C is for Church, where the righteous resort.
D is for Devil, who wishes our hurt.
E is for Eve, who was mother of all.
F is for Felix, who trembled at Paul.
G's for Goliath, whom David brought low.
H is for Heav'n, where the faithful will go.
I is for Isaac, the darling it seems.
J is for Joseph, who told Pharaoh's dreams.
K is for Korah, the rebel struck dead.
L is for Lot, who from Sodom was led.
M is for Moses, a great man of God.
N is for Noah, preserv'd from the flood.
O is for Og, a great Giant destroyed.
P is for Peter, who Jesus denied.
Q is for Quails, a sad curse in disguise.
R is for Rahab, who hid the two spies.
S is for Saviour, and Jesus is such.
T is for Thomas, who doubted too much.
U is for Uzzah, who died for his sin.
V is for Vashti, the hard-fated Queen.
W's for Whale, to Jonah a dread.
X is a cross, upon which Jesus bled.
Y is for yoke, 'tis the badge of a slave.
Z is for Zaccheus, whom Jesus did save.

[2]
A stands for Adam, of mankind the first.
B stands for Balak, who would Israel curse.
C stands for Canaan, the Jews promis'd rest.
D stands for David, whom God often bless'd.
E stands for Esau, his birth-right he sold.
F stands for Famine, once mighty we're told.
G stands for Gallio, who car'd not for God.
H stands for Herod, who shed infant's blood.
I stands for Israel, good Jacob's new name.
J stands for Joseph, his son of great fame.
K stands for Korah, of Moses' line.
L stands for Laban, whom Jacob did find.
M stands for Moses, he Israel did guide.
N stands for Nebo, the mount where he died.
O stands for Olives, where Christ was oft found.
P stands for Pharaoh, who in th' Red Sea was drown'd.
Q stands for Quails, on which Israel were fed.
R stands for Rachel, who mourn'd for her dead.
S stands for Samuel, a prophet from youth.
T stands for Thomas, who doubted the truth.
U's for Uriah, who in battle did fall.
V stands for Viper, that fasten'd on Paul.
W's for Wisdom, bestowed on a King.
X stands for Christ, whose praises we'll sing.
Y stands for Youngest, the prodigal son.
Z stands for Zimri, and now we have done.

[3]
A is for Athens, a place where Paul went.
B is for Bethlehem, where the Wise Men were sent.
C is for Carmel, a mountain we're told.
D is for Dothan, where Joseph was sold.
E is for Eden where Adam did sin.
F's for Fair Haven, where ships can go in.
G is for Goshen, a rich and good land.
H is for Horeb, where Moses did stand.
I is for Italy, where Rome stood so fair.
J is for Joppa, and Peter lodg'd there.
K is for Kadesh, where Miriam died.
L is for Lebanon, can't be denied.
M is for Moab, where Balaam was led.
M is for Nod, where wicked Cain fled.
O is for Olives, where Christ oft did go.
P is for Patmos, where John was, I know.
Q is for Quicksands, where ships oft are drawn.
R is for Ramah, where Samuel was born.
S is for Sychar, and there was a well.
T is for Tarsus, where Saul once did dwell.
U is for Ur, from whence Abram came.
V is for valley, and such I could name.
W's for wilderness, where many did sin.
X not a place named in Scripture begins.
Y is for Yesterday, our God still the same.
Z is for Zion, a mount of great fame.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Susan of DT
Date: 28 Jul 09 - 08:46 PM

OK guys. The next edition of the DT will have 18 alphabet songs.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE TEMPERANCE ALPHABET.
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 12:58 AM

From Temperance Anecdotes, Original and Selected by George Washington Bungay (New York: National Temperance Society and Publication House, 1873), page 263:


THE TEMPERANCE ALPHABET.

A is for Adder, that lies in the cup;
The drunkard don't see it, and so drinks it up.

B is for Bottle, marked "poison" thereon;
Touch not, taste not, nor handle, or you'll be undone.

C is for Conscience, which bids us beware
Of learning to drink, to lie, and to swear.

D is for Drunkard; just look at his nose;
How red are his eyes, and how dirty his clothes!

E is for Evening, when he goes out to drink;
What he knows does him harm, if he only would think.

F is for Fountain, so merry and clear;
Who only drink water have nothing to fear.

G is for Gin, that makes people lazy,
Then cross to their wives, and finally — crazy.

H is for Heaven, which no drunkard can know,
While drink holds him in bondage to sin and to woe.

I is for Inn; like a rat-trap, no doubt;
When once you get in, it is hard to get out.

J is for Jail, where the drunkard is kept
Till the fames of his liquor away he has slept.

K is for Knowledge, of which little remains
When he puts in his mouth what runs off with his brains.

L is for Liquor; whatever the name,
The taste, or the color, they all are the same.

M is for Monkey, who is wiser than men;
If you once get him drunk, you can't do it again.

N is for Noah, who planted the vine,
And — how sad is the warning! — got drunk on the wine.

O is the Orphan, of whom thousands are made,
Every mouth in the year, by the rum-seller's trade.

P is for Pledge, all good children should take.
If you can't sign your name, your mark you should make.

Q is for Quarrel; look sharp, and you'll find
In nearly all quarrels there's liquor behind.

R is for Rum, and for Rum-seller too;
With one or the other have nothing to do.

S is for Snow, where the poor drunkard lies,
Overcome by the liquor, and freezes and dies.

T is for Tippler, who grows worse and worse,
Till he finds, to his sorrow, not a coin in his purse.

U is for Union; in union there's strength;
With the young and the old we shall conquer at length.

V is for Victim, who staggered around
Till he fell in the river, where, of course, he was drowned.

W is for Woe, which everyone feels
Who partakes of strong liquor, and through the street reels.

X is for Xerxes; a great army had he;
But Alcohol's army is larger, you see.

Y is for Youth; daring youth, oh, beware,
Lest the love of strong drink should thee also ensnare!

Z is for Zealous, which I hope we will be
From strong drink's dominion our country to free.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Uly
Date: 11 Aug 09 - 12:57 AM

"Re Mel Bay's copyright of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star": Anyone can put a copyright claim on anything. That doesn't mean the claim will stand up in court. It is pretty easy to establish that the "Twinkle, Twinkle" melody was written by Mozart when he was a child. I believe his name for it was "At Your Direction, Mommy" or however one would say that in German."

That's actually not true. Mozart wrote a series of variations on the melody as a child, but the tune already existed.

Anyways, I've recently been singing the alphabet "weirdly", though it makes more sense the way I do it.

Same Twinkle Twinkle tune, but I break the letters up slightly differently:

A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N
O P Q
R S T
U V W
X Y Z
Now I know my ABC &c.

Of course, sometimes nowadays we sing it to the Super Why song. It's just catchier :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,N96D
Date: 05 Sep 10 - 07:54 AM

Thanks, Q, in case you or anyone else is still reading this, the Working Man's Alphabet was what I sought, having found a reference to the People's Alphabet in a novel -

F stands for freedom, which old England brags about.
If you haven't got a dinner, why you're free to go without.

Also great to see complete versions of the Cockney Alphabet, for the ones I and my family have forgotten. Variations we use -

C for th'islanders - Seaforth Highlanders
D for a station - deforestation
I for Novello/the Engine - Ivor Novello/the Engine
N for cement - enforcement
O for the rainbow - over the rainbow
Y for sister - wife or sister


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,Karla B.
Date: 05 Apr 11 - 05:24 PM

To GuestGranny92...I don't know the whole song either but starting with E, instead of elephant, we learned it as:

E is for the Eagle a mighty bird is he.
F is for the fox as sly as he can be.
G is for the Glowworm lighting up most everything.
H is for the horse in the circus ring.

From I-Z is where I get stuck. Sorry I wasn't more help. :o(


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALPHABETICAL TRADES
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Apr 11 - 04:05 PM

From The Infant Teacher's Assistant by T. Bilby and R B. Ridgway (London: T. Bilby and R B. Ridgway, 1834), page 106:


ALPHABETICAL TRADES.

A is for Architect, he buildings does plan;
B is for Butcher, who sells beef and lamb.
C is for Currier, he leather does dress;
D is for Dyer, who will dye cloth, and press.
E's for Engineer, he makes vessels for steam;
F is for Farrier, who shoes horses—a team.
G is for Grazier, he for cattle has grounds;
H is for Huntsman, who follows the hounds.
I is for Ironmonger, selling screws, nails, and tools;
J is for Joiner, who builds Infant Schools.
K is for Keeper, he looks after game;
L is for Limner, who draws pictures to frame.
M is for Mason, he cuts stone square and round;
N is for Newsman, who takes papers round.
O is for Oculist, he doctors the eyes;
P is for Pastrycook, who makes jellies and pies.
Q's for Quillcutter, he prepares pens to write;
R is for Ranger, watching parks day and night.
S is for Sawyer, he cuts planks from a tree;
T is for Tailor, who clothes you and me.
U's for Upholsterer, he'd make a nice bed;
V is for Vintner, who sells white wine and red.
W's for Weaver, at his loom he will sing;
Y is for Yeoman, who waits on the King.

[It ends with Y.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAJA'S ALPHABET
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Apr 11 - 04:17 PM

From The Treasury of Pleasure Books for Young Children edited by Joseph Cundall (Lowell [Mass.]: William G. Baker, 1850), page 50:


MAJA'S ALPHABET.

A is for Ann, who is milking a cow.
B is for Benjamin, making a bow.
C is for Charlotte, gathering flowers.
D is for Dick, who is one of the mowers.
E's for Eliza, feeding a hen.
F is for Frank, who is mending his pen.
G's Georgiana, shooting an arrow.
H is for Harry, wheeling a barrow.
I's Isabella, gathering fruit.
J is for John, who is playing the flute.
K is for Kate, who is nursing her dolly.
L is for Lawrence, feeding Poor Polly.
M is for Maja, learning to draw.
N is for Nicholas, with a jackdaw.
O's for Octavius, riding a goat.
P's for Penelope, sailing a boat.
Q is for Quintus, armed with a lance.
R is for Rachel, learning to dance.
S is for Sarah, talking to cook.
X is for Thomas, reading a book.
U is for Urban, rolling the green.
V's named Victoria, after our Queen.
W's for Walter, flying a kite.
X is for Xerxes, a boy of great might.
Y's for Miss Youthful, eating her bread.
AND
Z's Zachariah, a going to bed.


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Subject: Lyr Add: AN ALPHABET OF CHILDREN (I F Bellows)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Apr 11 - 05:00 PM

From St. Nicholas, Volume 10 (New York: The Century Co., 1882), page 112:


AN ALPHABET OF CHILDREN
By Isabel Frances Bellows

A is for apt little Annie
Who lives down in Maine with her granny.
Such pies she can make!
And such doughnuts and cake!
Oh, we like to make visits to granny!

B is for bad little Bridget
Who is morn, noon, and night in a fidget.
Her dresses she tears,
And she tumbles downstairs,
And her mother's most worn to a midget.

C is for curious Charlie
Who lives on rice, oatmeal, and barley.
He once wrote a sonnet
On his mother's best bonnet
And he lets his hair grow long and snarly.

D is for dear little Dinah
Whose manners grow finer and finer.
She smiles and she bows
To the pigs and the cows
And she calls the old cat Angelina.

E is for erring young Edward
Who never can bear to go bedward.
Every evening at eight,
He bewails his hard fate
And they're all quite discouraged with Edward.

F is for foolish Miss Florence,
Who of spiders has such an abhorrence,
That she shivers with dread
When she looks overhead,
For she lives where they're plenty—at Lawrence.

G is for glad little Gustave,
Who says that a monkey he must have,
But his mother thinks not
And says that they've got
All the monkey they care for in Gustave

H is for horrid young Hannah
Who has the most shocking bad manner.
Once she went out to dine
With a party of nine
And she ate every single banana.

I is for ignorant Ida
Who doesn't know rhubarb from cider.
Once she drank up a quart,
Which was more than she ought,
And it gave her queer feelings inside her.

J is for jovial young Jack,
Who goes to the balls in a hack.
He thinks he can dance
And he'll caper and prance
Till his joints are half ready to crack.

K is for kind little Katy
Who weighs 'most a hundred and eighty,
But she eats every day
And the doctors all say
That's the reason she's growing so weighty.

L is for lazy young Leicester
Who works for a grocer in Chester,
But he says he needs rest
And he finds it is best
To take every day a siesta.

M is for mournful miss Molly
Who likes to be thought melancholy.
She's as limp as a rag
When her sisters play tag
For it's vulgar, she says, to be jolly.

N is for naughty young Nat
Who sat on his father's best hat.
When they asked if he thought
He had done as he ought,
He said he supposed 'twas the cat!

O's operatic Olivia
Who visits her aunt in Bolivia.
She can sing to high C,
But between you and me,
They don't care for that in Bolivia.

P is for poor little Paul
Who doesn't like study at all,
But he's learning to speak
In Hebrew and Greek
And is going to take Sanskrit next fall.

Q is for queer little Queen
Who's grown so excessively lean
That she fell in a crack
And hurt her poor back
And they say she can hardly be seen.

R is for rude master Ruby
Who once called his sister a booby,
But a boy who stood by
Heard her piteous cry
And came and chastised master Ruby.

S is for stylish young Sadie
Whose hat is so big and so shady
That she thought it was night
When the sun was out bright
And mistook an old cow for a lady.

T is for turbulent Teddy
Who never can learn to be steady.
He'll skip and he'll hop
And turn 'round like a top,
And he's broken his leg twice already.

U is unhappy Ulrika
Who takes her tea weaker and weaker.
She sits in the dust
And eats nothing but crust
And Moses, they say, wasn't meeker.

V is for valiant young Vivian
Who practiced awhile in oblivion,
Till he saw, without doubt,
He could turn inside out
And now they're all boasting of Vivian.

W is wise little Willie
Who lives where the weather is chilly,
But he skates and he slides
And takes lots of sleigh-rides
And he coasts on his sled where it's hilly.

X, Y, Z—each is a baby
Who is going to be wonderful, maybe,
For their mothers all say
To themselves every day
That there never was quite such a baby.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,Susan
Date: 29 May 11 - 09:37 AM

Lol. In a moment of levity/parody, I give you the parody version of the alphabet song that one of my college roommates used to sing to me:

(To the tune of Twinkle, twinkle)

ABCD LSD
Gummy Bears are chasing me.
One is green, The other's blue.
The red ones sitting on my shoe.
Now I know my ABCs,
Next time won't you trip with me?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,Sarah Sammi
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 03:31 PM

Hello,

I've spent many years (over 25) looking for a book. Unfortunately I did not know the title or author, only some of the rhymes within the book. Having been so used to Google not being able to help/point me in the right direction, I have been pleasantly surprised that this thread has answered my prayers!

Jim Dixon posted the following (thank you Jim!):

From St. Nicholas, Volume 10 (New York: The Century Co., 1882), page 112:

AN ALPHABET OF CHILDREN (A is for Apt little Annie etc)
By Isabel Frances Bellows

I have been trying to find out a little more but cannot source the book, I'm presuming the title could be slightly different, can anyone help?!

Thanks very much


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Bettynh
Date: 17 Jun 11 - 01:20 PM

From a children's album by Johnny Cash:


AH BOS CEE DAH

Well if you'd like to learn your ABC's
Then listen very carefully to me.
You can sing them like a funny foreign song
and very very soon you'll sing along

The first 8 letters go like this:
Ah Bos Cee Dah Ee Fah Ga Ha
Ah Bos Cee Dah Ee Fah Ga Ha
A B C D E F G H
Ah Bos Cee Dah Ee Fah Ga Ha

The next 8 go like this:
I Jah Ka La Me Nah Oo Pah
I Jah Ka La Me Nah Oo Pah
I J K L M N O P
I Jah Ka La Me Nah Oo Pah

Now that's 16 letters, and there's 10 more you know
so let's take these next 10 slow

Qu Rah See Tah Uu Vee Wah X Yah Zee
Qu Rah See Tah Uu Vee Wah X Yah Zee
Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Qu Rah See Tah Uu Vee Wah X Yah Zee

Now let's put it all together:
Ah Bos Cee Dah Ee Fah Ga Ha
I Jah Ka La Me Nah Oo Pah
Qu Rah See Tah Uu Vee Wah X Yah Zee
means
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: PHJim
Date: 17 Jun 11 - 04:46 PM

Nigel Parsons, It's still officially pronounced Zed in Canada too, but as you mentioned, Sesame Street has converted a number of younger folks (by younger, I guess I mean under 50). Being an old fart, I find myself talking about Zed Zed Top. I would guess that the Zee pronunciation was adopted in order to make it rhyme.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon, at the Webster WI library
Date: 18 Jun 11 - 12:24 PM

More information for Sarah Sammi:

St. Nicholas is (or was) a periodical, not a book. St. Nicholas was the oldest source I could find, but the poem was also printed in several later books. To see a list of them, follow this link to a Google Books search results page.

Then, to see the actual text (if available) click on a book title.

Next, click on "About this book."

Next, click on "Find in a Library." This will take you to a different web site called WorldCat.org. Find the box called "Enter your location" and type in your Zip Code (if you are in the US) or your postal code (if you are in the UK or Canada—I don't know about other countries; maybe you would need your country name). Then click "Find Libraries." It will show you a list of libraries near you where the book can be found.

Does that answer your question?

I am away from home right now and might not be able to answer further questions for a couple of days. If you get stuck, you might try printing out a relevant page and taking it to a local library to see if the librarian can help you. I think most librarians are familiar with WorldCat.org and probably Google Books.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 19 Jun 11 - 06:50 PM

I found this while searching for something else.

From St. Nicholas, Volume 11, No. 5 (New York: The Century Co., March, 1884), page 382:


AN ALPHABET MENAGERIE
By Isabel Frances Bellows

A was an Amiable Ape
Who lived on an African cape.
He climbed up the trees
On his elbows and knees
And came down by the fire escape.

B was a Bustling old Bear
Who thought he must have change of air,
So he went with a show,
Though it filled him with woe
To see people so rude as to stare.

C was a Comical Cat
Who tried to make love to a rat.
She sang him a song
Both loving and long,
But he said, "You can't fool me like that!"

D was a Dainty old Dog,
Who every day drank an egg nog.
He took it, he said,
To steady his head
In case there could come up a fog!

E was an Eminent Elephant
Who invented a thing called a telephant.
When they asked, "What's it for?"
He replied: "Such a bore,
To be pestered with questions irrelevant!"

F was a Frivolous Fawn
Who gave a soirée on the lawn.
He played on the flute
And sang to a lute,
But the guests would do nothing but yawn.

G was a Greedy old Goat
Who ate up his master's best coat.
He stood by with a leer
While they searched far and near
And remarked: "They seem rather afloat!"

H was a Hopeful young Horse
Who was brought up on love without force.
He had his own way,
And they sugared his hay,
So he never was naughty, of course!

I was an Idle Ichneumon
Who wanted to learn to play Schumann,
But he found to his pains,
It took talent and brains,
And neither possessed this Ichneumon.

J was a Jaunty Jaguar
Who once took a ride in a car,
But when asked for his fare,
Gave a growl and a stare,
And remarked: "That is going too far!"

K was a Keen Kangaroo
Who painted his children sky-blue.
When his wife said: "My dear,
Don't you think they look queer?"
He replied, "I'm not sure but they do."

L was a Lively old Lion
Whose conduct no man could rely on,
For he'd smile and look sweet
At the people he'd meet,
And be thinking which one he should fly on!

M was a Merry young Mink
Who went in to skate at a rink,
But he said that the ice
Was too hard to be nice,
And too smooth to allow him to think.

N was a Naïve Nylghau
Who would take his tea through a straw.
When his aunt said, "I think
'Twould be better to drink,"
He replied, "You had better withdraw!"

O was an Obese Old Ox
Who wanted to learn how to box.
A teacher he hired,
Who nearly expired
At the first of his terrible knocks!

P was a Prosy old Pig
Who complained that his brain was too big.
He felt it, he said,
Inside of his head—
Which was certainly strange, for a pig!

Q was a Quarrelsome Quagga
Who made a great bluster and swagger,
But what was quite queer,
When danger was near,
No trace could be found of the bragger!

R was a Rowdy young Rabbit
Who had a most terrible habit.
When he saw any food
Which appeared to him good,
He would rise from his chair and just grab it.

S was a Senseless old Sheep
Who spent all his time half asleep.
He was thinking, he said,
When he nodded his head,
But his friends though that tale rather steep.

T was a Terrible Tiger
Whose name was Abdullah Meshigah.
For lunch he would eat
Forty-two kinds of meat
And his postal address was "The Niger."

U was a Unique Unicorn
Who tried to peek over his horn.
He said he saw more
Than he e'er did before,
But it made him feel rather forlorn.

V was a Verdant old Viper
Who let himself out as a piper,
But so badly he played,
That the dancers all said
They would wait till his talents were riper.

W's a Wan little Weasel
Who spent all his days at his easel.
His friends came to see
What they thought was a tree,
But he called it a "Study of Teasel."

X, Y, and Z were three creatures
With all sorts of fabulous features.
They had talons and claws
And fiery jaws,
But their names haven't happened to reach us!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,Dar Mueller
Date: 19 Apr 12 - 02:15 PM

I have been trying to remeber the alphabet song I sang as a child. I would love to sing it to my grandchildren. I will go as far as I remember.
A is for the apple that hangs upon the tree.
B is for the bird that sings so merrily.
C is for the camel with two humps upon his back.
D is for the duck that goes quack quack quack.
E is for the eagle, a mighty bird is he.
F is for the fox as sly as he may be.
G is??????
H is for the horse in the circus ring.
I is for the island where all the monkeys live.
J is for the jokes they're always sure to give.
K is for the kitten playing with a ball of string.
L is for the laugh their always sure to bring.
M is for mother ?????
N is ?????
O means that you must obey what mother says to you.
P is for the pie when your lunch is through.

That's all I remember. Any help out there? Thank you so much.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Bettynh
Date: 20 Apr 12 - 10:30 AM

ALFABET SONG
by Barry Louis Polisar


A is for armpit, acne and alchemy,
Au naturel and alcohol, albatross and atrophy,
Athlete's foot and anchovy, asthma and autopsy
B is for bombshell, bacteria and me.
B is for bombshell, bacteria and me.

C is for cantankerous, canker sore and candy,
D is for dumbbell, doody balls and dandy,
E is for egghead, enema and ear wax,
F is for follicle, fatty cell and fax.
F is for follicle, fatty cell and fax.

G is for grotesque, gross and glockenspiel
H is for hernia, hemmorhoids (I hope they heal).
I is for imbecile, interface and Illinois
J is for jugular vein, jaundice and joy
J is for jugular vein, jaundice and joy

K is for kickback, karma and killer bee
L is for lint ball, lymph node, and larceny.
M is for mayonnaise, mayhem and misogynist,
N is for nonsense, nudity and nit.
N is for nonsense, nudity and nit.

O is for oatmeal, oreos and oleo,
P is for politics, Pat and Edgar Allen Poe,
Q is for quadruple and R is for rude,
S is for S-hook and T is for two.
S is for S-hook and T is for two.

U is for undulate and V is for villany,
W is too hard and so is X, Y and Z.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: Mark Ross
Date: 20 Apr 12 - 10:40 AM

One of my pre-school classes taught me this, to the tune of TWINKLE, TWINKLE.

A,B,C,D, dinosaur,
That is what the D stands for,
Some are big, some are small,
Some are short, some are tall,
A,B,C,D, dinosaur,
That is what the D stands for.


Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Alphabet Song variations
From: GUEST,ev
Date: 25 Sep 12 - 08:44 PM

I know about half of the alphabet song you are referring to but would also like to know the entire version again as I once knew it.
A is for the apple that hangs upon the tree.
B is for the bird that sings for you & me.
C is for the camel with 2 humps upon it's back.
D is for the duck that goes "quack, quack, quack".
E is for the eagle, a mighty bird is he.
F is for the fox as smart as he can be.
G is for the glow worm lighting up most everything.
H is for the .........


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