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Subject: Nursery rhymes :)
From: j0_77
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 01:08 PM

'Hi diddle diddle the cat and the fiddle the cow jumped over the moon, and how the cat laughed to see such fun as the dog ran away with the spoon'
Is this right? Any one got some more


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Banjer
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 01:17 PM

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard,
To get her poor daughter a dress,
But when she got there, the cupboard was bare
And so is her daughter, I guess!


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From:
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 01:18 PM

I think it"s
"the little dog laughed to see such sport....
and the dish ran away with the spoon"

how's about?

The owl and the pussycat went to sea
in a beautiful pea-green boat

that's all I remember of that one...anyone got more?

My mom used to have an old album of these nursery rhymes done in song....


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: annamill
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 01:19 PM

Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle. The cow jumped over the moon.

The little dog laughed to see such sport, and the dish ran away with the spoon.

Love, annap


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Banjer
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 01:20 PM

NEWS FLASH

Hickory Dickory Doc,
Three mice ran up the clock
The clock struck one
But the other two escaped without injury!

Film at eleven


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Peter T.
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 01:29 PM

Sounds like Mots d'heures gousse rames.
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: j0_77
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 02:28 PM

Thanx guys an gals - I must get some more of these - there is a theory floating around somewheres that nursery rhymes /lil kids 'play ground' rounds/songs are the source of all folk/tunes etc - Comments???


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Subject: Owl and the Pussycat
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 04:46 PM

Click here for an illustrated rendition of Edward Lear's "Owl and the Pussycat." Explore all the links on the page, and you'll find some wonderful stuff.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: McKnees
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 04:54 PM

Hi how about the cure for the plague.

Ringa ringa roses, a pocket full of poses, atishu, atishu,we all fall down.

couldn't figure out how you spell a sneeze.

Knock knee'd one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: McKnees
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 05:48 PM

Duckboots might remember this one. This old man he played one, he played nicknack on my thumb, With a nicknack paddy whack, give a dog a bone, This old man went rolling home.

This old man he played two, he played nicknack with my shoe. with a nicknack etc

this old man he played three, he played nickack on my knee. with a nicknack etc

This old man he played four,he played nicknack on my door. with a ni etc. Anyone any ideas where this one came from, I don't Knock Knee'd one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: John Hindsill
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 07:35 PM

Mary had a little lamb,
Some chicken and some stew
She used to weigh one hundred pounds,
But now she's two-oh-two.

I love her twice as much now that there's twice as much of her to love.---John


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bill\sables
Date: 21 Aug 99 - 08:28 PM

Old King Cole was a merry old soul he played with his soldiers in bed But when he got tired of his majors and generals he played with his privates instead Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Margo
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 12:32 AM

Haha, Bill.

Little Jack Horner sat in the corner extracting cube roots to infinity,
a task for all boys that will minimize noise, and maintain a more peaceful vicinity.

I thought it was Mary had a little lamb, a little pork, a little jam..............

Higglety pigglety my black hen, she lays eggs in the relative when!

Oh my, no wonder my kids are warped!

M


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: alison
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 12:43 AM

You will find plenty of nursery rhymes etc at Wonderful kids songs and rhymes site

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 01:00 AM

Mary had a little toad--
I know that's not tradition;
But the toad, you see, was once a lamb
Back before nuclear fission.

--seed


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 03:21 AM

Pick a pock of peach pits
Pockets full of pie.
420 blackbirds, baked til they fry.
Winnipeg was opened and burst upon a swing,
Wasn't that a dainty dish, was two by four the King.

........complimemnts of Pogo and Walt Kelly

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 03:59 AM

'Sclaw, I thought I recognized that style--Deck us all with Boston Charlie and Good King Sauerkraut, look out! on yo' feets unevern. Give a toot of the ol' possum for Good Old Walt Kelly! --seed


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bill\sables
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 08:08 AM

Mary had a little lamb she also had a bear I've often seen her little lamb but I've never seen her bare Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Banjer
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 08:43 AM

Ok, I have refrained but that's over now....

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider, sat down beside her,
And aseked, "What's in the bowl, bitch?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 09:21 AM

or Jack be quick Jack be nimble Jack jumped over A phallic symbol


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: annamill
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 10:51 AM

Shall we go to Andrew Dice Clay?? Oh noooo.. Banjer!

Little Miss Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? With silver bells, cockle shells, and one f**kin' petunia!

What a way to start a gentle morning. Where is my coffee??

Love, annap


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Margo
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 01:14 PM

Banjer, that's my husband's style. Besides that he makes up the best nonsense syllables I've ever heard. He can't sing worth a darn, but he does sing to the kids and me.....


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Banjer
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 01:32 PM

Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water,
Each had a dollar and a quarter,
When Jack and Jill came down the hill,
Jill had two dollars and fifty cents,
'Tain't water they went after!


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: annamill
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 01:33 PM

Margarita, I hope you didn't think I was being nasty to Banjer. I hope you didn't think that, Banjer. I was being funny. Though I have no great love the Diceman, I love his little nursery rhymes. I just forgot to put the ;-) **BG**. Sorry.

Love, annap


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 01:55 PM

In that case............

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone.
But when she bent over, Rover came over,
And he had a bone of his own.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bill\sables
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 01:58 PM

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get the postman a letter But when she got there the cupboard was bare so they did it without, It was better

Cheers Bill


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Barbara
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 02:29 PM

Mary had a little lamb (3X)
Now Mary's lamb is dead
And Mary takes her lamb to school(3X)
Between two slabs of bread

Anyone else sing "The Second Story Window"? As kids it kept us occupied for hours on car trips.
You simply take the first three lines of any nursery rhyme (or any song with the right meter, and there are a lot) and plug in "And he/she/they threw it/him/her out the window" for the fourth line. Thus:

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep
And can't tell where to find them
Leave them alone and they'll come home
And she threw them out the window
CHORUS:
The window, the window,
the second story window
Leave them alone and they'll come home
And she threw them out the window!

Tune is similar to "Ain't Gonna Rain No More". Variants of this involve singing every verse and nursery rhyme you can think of to either Shady Grove or "OOooeee, Ride Me High" that Bob Dylan song.
This is best done with kids, or adults after 2 a.m.(or maybe anytime here at Mudcat)>

Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: annamill
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 05:10 PM

I thought it was "so Rover drove'er, cause he had a bone of his own" 'spaw.

Naughty annap ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Murray on Saltspring
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 08:39 PM

And don 't forget:

Mary had a little lamb--

and wasn't the doctor surprised!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: j0_77
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 08:42 PM

This thread oughter be framed and put on the mudcat tavern walls - :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From:
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 10:43 PM

Many years ago, I taught in an inner, inner city school. A brand new English teacher came in as a sub for the class next door to mine, and read them the poem, "The Owl and the Pussycat." He never substituted there again...


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Margo
Date: 22 Aug 99 - 11:59 PM

AnnaP, I've never thought you were nasty! Margarita


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: PJ
Date: 23 Aug 99 - 12:13 AM

How about...

A little bird with a yellow bill Hopped upon my window sill I lured him in with crumbs of bread And bashed him on his crummy head. (Aaaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnn.)

:) pj :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: PJ
Date: 23 Aug 99 - 12:26 AM

Hey!

I tried to create breaks after each line in that last posting by typing a "b" in between the left and right... um... pointy things. (Am I losing ya in techinical jargon?)

Instead I got no line breaks and suddenly I was speaking in bold print. What happened?

If this is some kinda incantation, it could actually come in handy. Just think, if I was feeling shy all I'd have to do is say "B IN THE POINTY THINGS!" and suddenly all my inhibitions would disappear and I'd speak boldly.

"B IN THE POINTY THINGS!" Boss, I want a raise. "B IN THE POINTY THINGS!" Honey, I wrecked the car. "B IN THE POINTY THINGS!" Hey, would you control your obnixious child for heaven's sake?

Wow, this could be great.

pj


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Barbara
Date: 23 Aug 99 - 01:09 AM

PJ, when you calm down a little you will notice that these dang machines and codes do what we
say not what we want. 'B'in the little pointy things [angle brackets], as you have just discovered, gives you BOLD
Whereas, putting 'BR'in the little pointy things gives you a line BReak.
And BOLD, as you noted in your message, doesn't go away until you tell it to stop by putting '/B' in another cute little set of pointy things. Ain't computers wonderful?
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Barbara
Date: 23 Aug 99 - 01:13 AM

P.S. PJ, your approach to BOLD reminds me of the time Calvin tried the remote control on his dad.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bseed(charleskratz)
Date: 23 Aug 99 - 01:31 AM

PJ, so that's where you were when I was going all flubbery trying to play "Jimmy Brown the Newsboy" at the Starry Plough (and maybe I'd better look back at Thursday's posts to see if that's also why you didn't make it to Quinn's). One of my former students came in tonight (after I had sung), in the company of Jessica, John's daughter (John who was sitting with us last Sunday). --seed


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 23 Aug 99 - 03:29 AM

Say, Barbara, do you think we should tell PJ that the way to do a line break is

<br>

...or is it more fun just to watch PJ's frustration???
-Joe Offer, the <br> king-


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 23 Aug 99 - 10:30 AM

Joe - if you wade through that morass of technological language you will see that Bleessings B DID tell PJ how to do a line break.

BTW ladies, I applaud you! That was actually one of the most clear concise and useful descriptions of how to use HTML language codes I have seen!

MMario


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: black walnut
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 01:52 PM

i hope i can encourage you to add more quirky nursery rhyme versions (not TOO quirky though) to this thread, and not change topic on me.

i teach early childhood music, and i was thinking that some of these would be fun for the parents to read on the blackboard as they come in for classes. (but at the same time, i MUST maintain the integrity of the school i work for....:-) )

lots of fun, ~black walnut


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 02:08 PM

Have you seen the Space Child's Mother Goose?

among others, the one I remember is:

Higgedly,Piggedly, My Black Hen
She lays eggs in the relative when
She doesn't lay eggs in the positive now
Because she's unable to postulate how

This one is repeated thorughout the book in various languages, including one copy in egyptian hieroglyphics.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Bert
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 02:15 PM

Mary had a little lamb
Who had a sooty foot
and into Mary's bread and jam
his sooty foot he put


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 02:20 PM

or this one I just found....

Mary had a swarm of bees
Swarm of bees, swarm of bees
Mary had a swarm of bees
and they to save their lives
had to go where Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went.
Had to go where Mary went
'Cause Mary had the hives.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bob schwarer
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 02:33 PM

There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead
When she was good
She was very,very good
But when she was bad she was terrific.

Keep 'em coming.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 03:36 PM

As I was going down the stairs
I met a man who wasn't there
He wasn't there again today
Because the cops dragged him away.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 04:07 PM

Maybe I am part of the 6%....

found this....

There once were two cats of Kilkenny,
Each thought there was one cat too many,
So they fought and they fit,
And they scratched and they bit,
Till, excepting their nails
And the tips of their tails,
Insteads of two cats, there weren't any.

Which I haven't seen since I was in High School too many decades ago....

what I was looking for was the Ginham Dog and the Calico Cat.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 04:17 PM

finding all sorts of stuff I haven't seen for ages....

including: WYNKEN, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe,--
Sailed on a river of crystal light
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken,
Blynken,
and Nod.

The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe;
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in the beautiful sea--
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish,--
Never afeared are we!"
So cried the stars to the fishermen three,
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam,--
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home:
'Twas all so pretty a sail, it seemed
As if it could not be;
And some folk thought 'twas a dream they'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea;
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.

Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed;
So shut your eyes while Mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:--
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.



and wasn't someone looking for this the other day??

HAVE you ever heard of the Sugar-Plum Tree?
'Tis a marvel of great renown!
It blooms on the shore of the Lollypop Sea
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town;
The fruit that it bears is so wondrously sweet
(As those who have tasted it say)
That good little children have only to eat
Of that fruit to be happy next day.

When you've got to the tree, you would have a hard time
To capture the fruit which I sing;
The tree is so tall that no person could climb
To the boughs where the sugar-plums swing!
But up in that tree sits a chocolate cat,
And a ginger bread dog prowls below-
And this is the way you contrive to get at
Those sugar-plums tempting you so:

You say but the word to that gingerbread dog
And he barks with such a terrible zest
That the chocolate cat is at once all agog,
As her swelling proportions attest.
And the chocolate cat goes covorting around
From this leafy limb unto that,
And the sugar-plums tumble, of course, to the ground-
Hurray for that chocolate cat!

There are marshmallows, gumdrops, and peppermint canes
With striping of scarlet and gold,
And you carry away of the treasure that rains,
As much as your apron can hold!
So come, little child, cuddle closer to me
In your dainty white nightcap and gown,
And I'll rock you away to the Sugar-Plum Tree
In the garden of Shut-Eye Town.



This isn't the version I remember Burl Ives singing:


THE gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'Twas half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t'other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.

(I wasn't there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)

The gingham dog went "bow-wow-wow!"
And the calico cat replied "mee-ow!"
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!

(Never mind: I'm only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, "Oh, dear! what shall we do!"
But the gingham dog and calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw-
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!

(Don't fancy I exaggerate-
I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning where the two had sat
They found no trace of the dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!

(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Llanfair
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 04:39 PM

Does A.A.Milne count?
"I had a little beetle
And beetle was his name
I called him Alexander
And he answered just the same
I put him in a matchbox and I kept him all the day
But Nanny let my beetle out
Nanny let my beetle out
But Nanny let my beetle out
And beetle ran away"
What about Struwelpeter? instant nightmares!! Hwyl, Bron.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Jeri
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 05:45 PM

MM, I love "Wynken, Blynken & Nod." It's by Eugene Field, who also wrote "The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat." Are we looking at the same book?

I have another old book somewhere called, I think, "Silver Pennies" and has poems for children that are mainly about faeries.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bob schwarer
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 08:12 PM

Eugene Field wrote "Little Boy Blue". You need to read that sometime.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Barbara
Date: 24 Aug 99 - 08:21 PM

Bob,there's a thread on Little Boy Blue -- someone set it to music. Try forum search.
Am I the only person who loved Custard the Cowardly Dragon (Ogden Nash)?
Blessings,
BArbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Bert
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 08:43 AM

Ever seen two white ghosts
sittin' on two white posts
eatin' bread and crusts
with their dirty fusts (fists)


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 08:58 AM

Custard the Cowardly Dragon? Never heard of such a thang!

Do tell us more...


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 10:07 AM

Well, I hadn't checked in here in a few days, and I thought, why not, I need a laugh.....and indeed I got some from PJ and Barbara and the rest of you..........until I encountered "Little Boy Blue"..............oh gawd.............

I guess I was a kind of sensitive kid (believe it or not) and that poem really got to me then, and indeed, for many years to come. At age 42, I finally became a Dad and now at age 50, it's all I can do to even get a few words of it out before choking up and crying like a fool. About the time Tris was born, Karen and I were "back home" and searching the large cemetery at Schoenbrunn where my family is buried for a "missing" aunt buried in a different section. Quite unexpectedly, we stumbled upon a section of the grounds reserved for children. On and around the monuments and markers were dolls, trains, fire trucks, stuffed animals, and other toys .............I can't even talk about it. We stood there in tears and holding each other and wondered what the parents and relatives must feel. Some of these deaths had occurred 40 or 50 tears before....and still the little trucks and dolls............"Little Boy Blue" didn't just flash into my mind, it exploded there................I wonder what happens to the toys placed there at the graves. Does someone take them away after a time? Do the parents exchange them for others? Doesn't matter, but if they came back and they were gone, I'd feel as though my child had taken them off and played with them.....might help.....or maybe not.

Today was the first day back at school for Tris and Michael, ages almost 7 and almost 8..........I cannot imagine what we would feel, be, or do without them. Just found out that a friend's little 10 year old boy, a Down Syndrome child, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Ain't life just grand? Probably the ONLY subject where Catspaw doesn't go for a laugh........................

Spaw---Looking forward to a "great" day


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Jon W.
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 10:22 AM

I've always liked this one, because I think it says a lot about how we think of each other and our differences:

Comical Folk

In a cottage in Fife lived a man and his wife
Who believe me, were comical folk.
They both saw with their eyes, and to people's surprise
, Their tongues moved when ever they spoke.

Whenever they'd sleep, I'm told that to keep
Their eyes open they could not contrive.
They both walked on their feet, and 'twas thought what they eat
Helped, with drinking, to keep them alive.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Roger the zimmer
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 10:41 AM

'Spaw, sadly, here, too many tokens of childhood on graves are stolen or vandalised, if not banned altogether by Church or cemetery regulations. My wife is an assistant churchwarden and last weekend I helped her tidy up some church records by reconciling details on recent graves with the paperwork. Sadly, there were several recent ones of child deaths and a couple of promising teenagers lost to road accidents. Even a cynical old jokester like myself, can't help but be moved by the toys & tokens left by their friends and relatives. Roger


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Bill in Alabama
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 10:51 AM

Catspaw-- About twenty years ago, I was visiting my grandparents' graves at a little east Tennessee cemetery with the daughter and son (ages 10 and 7). It was near Thanksgiving; The mist had crept up from the hollow, and we could hear thunder bragging about a storm on the other side of the ridge--a typical east Tennessee November day. Just a few graves down from the Foster plot, I noticed, of all things, a fresh, bakery-made birthday cake with eight candles in front of a small tombstone. The candles were not lit, but the blackened wicks indicated that they had been. The inscription on the stone showed that the child had died at age four. It's an image that I still carry around with me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Barbara
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 11:08 AM

Here's the previous thread on Little Boy Blue Blue clicky thing.

Custard was in my Big Golden Book of Poetry --

Belinda lived in a little white house
With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse,
And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon
And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon.

Now the name of tha little black kitten was Ink,
and the little gray mouse, she called her Blink
And the little yellow dog was as sharp as Mustard
But the dragon was a coward, and she called him Custard.

All the other critters perform great acts of daring do, while "Custard just cries for a nice safe cage." He was my absolute favorite.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Cara
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 11:11 AM

I can't find the "Little Boy Blue" thread mentioned above. Can someone post a link?

Wynken, Blynken and Nod is my favorite childhood poem. I asked a mother in my office if she knew it yesterday and when she said no, I printed it up and made her promise to read it to her little girl. I love the Sugar-Plum Tree too. Reading them makes me happy. For some reason I thought I was the only one who knew them though; I didn't realize that it was so widely loved. It's good to know.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Bert
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 11:24 AM

This is a MUST for any lover of 'The Owl and the Pussycat'

The French version is great and the illustrations are fantastic.

LEAR Edward: LE HIBOU ET LA POUSSIQUETTE ; Rupert Hart Davis, The Owl and the Pussycat in French, freely translated by Francis Steegmuller. Illustrated by Monique-Alika Watteau.

You can probably find it at www.bibliofind.com


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Den
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 12:07 PM

Hey diddle diddle
the cat did a piddle
right in the middle of the floor
the little dog laughed
to see such fun
so the cat did a little bit more

I have a few more but I made the mistake of reading the little boy blue thread even though I should have been prepared by Spaw's comments. It made me think of my own kids and starting school/going back to school, which they will do next Thursday. I found the first day my youngest started to be a very traumatic day for us. My wife and I were quivering wrecks. I'll never forget when we finally had to leave the room and leave him with his new class mates and teacher. He was so small, the smallest in the class. He started school on the day of his fifth birthday. He was realy scared. We could see it in his eyes. He wears glasses so his eyes were magnified even more. We couldn't speak as we backed out the door. The lump in my throat felt like it would choke me. Anyway this is not a nursery rhyme but I dedicate it to all the parents who's kids are going back to school, especially for those who have little ones starting for the first time.

Wee Hughie
He's gone to school wee Hughie
And him not four,
Sure I saw the fright was in him,
When he left the door,

But he took a hand of Denny,
An' a hand of Dan,
Wi' Joe's oul coat upon him,
Och, the poor wee man,

He cut the quarest figure,
More stout nor thin,
An' trottin' right and steady,
Wi' his toes turned in,

I watched him to the corner,
O' the big turf stack,
An' the more his feet went forrit',
Still his head turned back.

He was lookin' would I call him,
Och, me heart was woe
Sure its lost I am without him,
But he be to go.

I followed to the turnin'
When he passed it by,
God help him he was cryin'
And maybe so was I.

It always brings a tear to my eye when I recite it and since my own children came along I can never make to the last verse. Den the blubbering fool


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: bob schwarer
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 12:10 PM

Catspaw:
I can't handle Little Boy Blue very well either. Memories of a life that never was keep coming back.But I'm glad I mentioned it. Need to remember once in a while.

Bob S.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Margo
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 12:40 PM

MMario, shame on you. I mentioned a Spacechild's Mother Goose and posted a poem earlier in the thread. I checked it out at the booksellers, and since it's out of print they wanted $50 for it. I decided to borrow my sister's copy.

I am very fortunate that my 6 (soon to be seven) year old girl loves going to school. More precisely, she like going to school; she loves to ride the school bus. She likes school in general, and gets mad if there is a holiday. School for her starts on the first of September, so she will be happy soon to ride the bus.

Black Walnut, is that special ed or regular preschool? My kids both went to early intervention (autism) and there were some poems and songs they liked.

Margarita


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Bert
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 12:52 PM

Phew! this should be a happy thread! What with 'Spaw & Bill in Alabama I'm struggling here, then Den comes along. My son's boss, lost his sixteen year old son in a road accident at the weekend, the funeral is today. I don't know how they can cope with it.

Bert.


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Den
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 01:23 PM

Sorry Bert, how about these?

Mary had a big steel cow
She milked it with a spanner
The milk came out in shilling (approx. 5p) tins
And little ones for a tanner (approx. 3.5p)

Little Jack Horner he sat in a corner
Eating his Christmas pie
He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plumb
And said aaaaaargh Jeez thats hot


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 01:38 PM

What about "Coddlestun pie"?

A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly!


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 03:26 PM

Sorry guys........and you're right Bert!!!

Little Boy Blue
Come blow your Horn
The sheep's in the meadow
The cow's in the corn.
Quit blowing yourself and get to work.

Spaw


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From: catspaw49
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 03:35 PM

Sorry guys........and you're right Bert!!!

Little Boy Blue
Come blow your Horn
The sheep's in the meadow
The cow's in the corn.
Quit blowing yourself and get to work.

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Have you any wool?
Because if you don't
The stew pot will be full.

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
Dumbass place for an egg to be anyway.

Spaw


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From: Nogs
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 04:49 PM

Mary had a little sheep
And with this sheep she liked to sleep
But this sheep it was a ram
So Mary had a little lamb

Nogs


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: MMario
Date: 25 Aug 99 - 06:41 PM

mary gets around, doesn't she?

Mary had a little lamb
It's fleece was white and wavy
It followed her to cooking school
and now it's lamb with gravy!


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: black walnut
Date: 26 Aug 99 - 09:16 AM

margarita, this year i'm specializing in teaching music and movement for classes of 0-3 year olds with their parents and caregivers. it is part of the early chilhood music programme at a wonderful local conservatory. music and poems are magic for wee ones. i teach a real mix of children. my own daughter has a learning disability (which required speech therapy from the age of 1 1/2), and music was the first tool that reached her well. songs were the first words she 'spoke'. now, just about to enter grade 7, she just took a HUGE leap forward this summer, to our shock and amazement, by reading The Hobbit all by herself, in a week no less! i have taught everything from high school bands to private flute lessons to seniors, but my passion now is teaching the tiniest of human creatures ~ they soak in the melodies, the rhythms, the phrasing, the games, the surprises, the cuddles... ~ and there is the aspect of teaching the accompanying adult as well ~ so many adults tell me that they have found their voices for the first time in my classes, and that they now sing to their own children rather than always putting on a cd or a video. two parents told me a while back that they spent a whole week together at a cottage with their little ones, singing over and over the songs they'd learned in class, doing the bouncers, playing the games... in my collection, i have hundreds and hundreds of wonderful songs for early childhood, mostly very simple to learn. i refuse to teach anything i do not really love for one reason or another. everything i choose must have real value. there is a lot of 'garbage' music for kids out there. but i am not at all limited. there is much to laugh and sing with, both in the trad. category, and the newly~composed. thank you one and all for the fun rhymes (as i said above, there are some of these i'll put on the blackboard just for fun reading for parents as they come into the room). i am quite enjoying this thread. ~black walnut


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Bert
Date: 26 Aug 99 - 09:27 AM

You're doing a grand job there 'nut.


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From: Lady McMoo
Date: 26 Aug 99 - 09:32 AM

Willy was a watch dog Lying in the grass Along came a bumble bee And ...

Sorry!

mcmoo


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 26 Aug 99 - 10:55 AM

Someone once wrote "The Perfect Reactionary"

As I was sitting on a chair
I knew the bottom wasn't there
Nor legs nor back, but there I sat
Ignoring little things like that


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: catspaw49
Date: 26 Aug 99 - 11:34 AM

Would that be on the liberal or conservative side of the political spectrum? No matter, it's really a circle and they join up at that point.

......and now......

Peter T. is a man of intelligent thoughts,
As I've learned from his many pennings.
But now I fear he's gone over the edge,
By dressing herons like Waylon Jennings.


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From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Aug 99 - 06:43 PM

The Duel

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'Twas half past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one not t'other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat;
(I wasn't there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)

The gingham dog went, "Bow-wow-wow!"
And the calico cat replied, "Mee-ow!"
The air was littered, and hour or so,
With bits og gingham and calico
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!"
(Now mind: I'm only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, "Oh dear! what shall we do!"
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw--
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
(Don't fancy I exaggerate--
I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning, where the two had sat,
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)

Eugene Field


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: deb_page@hotmail.com
Date: 27 Aug 99 - 09:04 PM

Here's a cute one for you sharp minded folks :->

THE WOODCHUCK'S PORTRAIT

Sit still, Mr. Woodchuck, As still as can be, Till the picture is finished And then you shall see.

It is not every woodchuck Who has such a chance As this set before him, His worth to enhance.

So please to sit still, sir, And perk up your ears; Wear a pleasant expression And quiet all fears.

Look straight at the camera, This is earnest, not fun. All ready? Click! Now, sir, The picture is done.


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From: crooner
Date: 28 Aug 99 - 12:24 AM

This is to McKnees about Knick Knack Paddy Wack. I just used that as an example in my thread about sexual euphemisms in folk music and I should have said nursery rhymes as well. You ask where it comes from; I think it comes from the dirty old man playing with the young girl: one: thumb two:shoe (funky) three: knee four: "door"; well, you get it, he's touching her all over...that's where it comes from, says I...


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Subject: RE: BS: Nursery rhymes :)
From: Falkirk dave
Date: 29 Aug 99 - 10:22 AM

Puff the magic dragon lived all alone, he didn't have a dragon friend that he could call his own. Then one day he found one, a lovely bit of stuff. But he didn't know what to do with her, that's why they called him Puff Thankyou, I've enjoyed this site


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From: Claire M
Date: 09 Aug 12 - 07:16 AM

Hiya,

I luv your one, bill/sables!

Oh the Grand old Duke of York,
He had 1,000 men
He said he felt a little queer
& had them all again


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