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Thread #81350   Message #1494664
Posted By: Azizi
27-May-05 - 07:12 PM
Thread Name: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes

Thanks for posting such interesting rhymes!

The "Have a peach, have a plum" rhyme that you remember sounds like a cheerleading chant that is made up of bits and pieces of other rhymes/chants.

There are a large number of rhymes that start with "Take a peach, take a plum, take a piece of bubble gum". I have also come across several rhymes that include the words "Sitting on a trash can, beating on a tin can". And of course, "Who can? We can! Nobody else can! Sis, sis, sis boom bah!...Rah! Rah! Rah!" is chanted by cheerleaders all over the place.

Could there be [or have been] a sports team in your area whose name became converted by you or other children to the word 'horses'???


Here are two examples of children's rhymes that contain the 'floating verses' that you remember from your childhood "Have A Peach" rhyme:

Shake, shake, shake
Eeny meeny
That's a queeny
Ooh ba Thumbalina
Ah cha ca che Liberace
Oh baby I love you
Yes I do.
Take a peach
Take a plum
Take a piece of bubble gum
No peach
No plum
Just a piece of bubble gum
Oooshe ahshe
Oooshe ahshe
I want a piece of pie
The pie too sweet
I want a piece of meat
The meat too tough
I want to ride the bus
The bus too full
I want to ride the bull
The bull too black
I want my money back
The money too green
I want a diamond ring.
        {Source Barbara Michels, Bettye White, "Apples On A Stick,
       The Folklore of Black Children", 1983, p. 17
       {Houston, Texas}


star spangle...
itsy bitsy teeny witsy ew oh to0-ba-leeny outsy whatsy sellahawts say the magic words.. i have a stick of chewing gum and if you want the other half.. this is what you say.. amen. amen. amen-deyago sedeyago hookes pookes sallamoskes sis.. sis .. sis coom ba.. everybody eerybody RA-RA-RA.. BOO-BOO-BOO.. sitting on a trash can banging on a tin can i can you can nobody else can sitting on a bench.. nothnig to do.. along comes a little baby goochy gochy goo..

i learned this as when i was litte.

{Source: Wheee! Blog; posted by brrittannee at March 25, 2005}




Ms. Azizi Powell