The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #141259   Message #3250552
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
04-Nov-11 - 08:18 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Hop Along Peter + Haywire Mac?
Subject: RE: Origins: Hop Along Peter + Haywire Mac?
I sing the first line of the second verse "Old mother Hubbard and her dog went Dutch" instead of "were Dutch". "Went" is what I thought I was hearing when I got the song from a Highwoods Stringband recording about 30 years ago. Maybe they sang "were" and I misheard, but I think the idea of Old Mother Hubbard and her dog going Dutch (going on a date in which each person pays his/her own way) adds to the nonsensical humor of the song. Their simply being Dutch adds no such humor.