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Thread #73808   Message #1283105
Posted By: Azizi
28-Sep-04 - 09:05 AM
Thread Name: Jody's children - kids' rhymes from military chant
Subject: Jody's children
Yesterday after reading an old thread on Jody military cadence chants, I realized that I had to expand my research on the origins and meanings of African American children's hand clap rhymes and foot stomping chants to include the influence of {sanitized?} army rhymes such as "Sound Off, 1,2 etc." This counting chant is found in several children's rhymes that I've collected. I've also collected two handclap rhymes from Pittsburgh, PA area that start with the rhyme "Mama Mama, can't you see/what that army's done to me". I would appreciate any help with the origin of that rhyme. I would also appreciate examples of any other children's rhymes {Black or otherwise} from the USA or elsewhere that reference the military or that may be influenced by Jody military chants. Thanks!