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Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes

GUEST,Thomas http://westcountryfolklore.blogspot.c 30 Mar 11 - 05:44 PM
GUEST,Thomas 31 Mar 11 - 10:45 AM
GUEST,Sean O'Shea, Exeter 01 Apr 11 - 06:11 AM
GUEST,Thomas 01 Apr 11 - 06:31 PM
Floksnog 07 Apr 11 - 04:29 PM
GUEST 12 Jun 11 - 06:47 PM
Snuffy 13 Jun 11 - 09:59 AM
GUEST,Erudites 31 Jul 11 - 01:37 PM
GUEST 01 Aug 11 - 11:52 AM
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Subject: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: GUEST,Thomas http://westcountryfolklore.blogspot.c
Date: 30 Mar 11 - 05:44 PM

Can anyone here (from the Westcountry in Britain) remember any rhymes they learned in the playground? I am trying to put together a post for this blog - http://westcountryfolklore.blogspot.com/

I have written down those my wife and I can remember and it turns out to be quite a lot! This seems to be a fun vein of Folklore to explore...

As a sort of format I would love to include a place and an approximate date, for instance like this -

Ip Dip Do

Batmans got the flu
Robins got the measles
so out goes you
if it lands on number ten
it will be you
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

From Southville primary school in Bristol late 1980's

You could add some background stories if you like.

Thank you!

ps for Westcountry be self defining - I have found that to be the best option - if you come from Gloucester and feel you live in the Westcountry that is good enough for me!

I will post a link to the finished post in a few days.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: GUEST,Thomas
Date: 31 Mar 11 - 10:45 AM

Is there nobody here from the Westcountry??


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: GUEST,Sean O'Shea, Exeter
Date: 01 Apr 11 - 06:11 AM

Bronco Layne had a pain,so they sent for Wagon Train.
Wagon Train was no good,so they sent for Robin Hood.
Robin Hood lost his bow,so they sent for Ivanhoe.
Ivanhoe was too large,so they sent for I'm In Charge.

We sang this in the early sixties and it relates to TV programmes of the time.
'I'm In Charge'is Bruce Forsyth.

This is a clapping game from the seventies..
Chinese men are very funny,
This is how they treat their mummy,
Oo cha,oo cha,turn around and boot ya.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: GUEST,Thomas
Date: 01 Apr 11 - 06:31 PM

Thanks, Sean, they are brilliant! I wander if the second one is still around in that form? The last line rings some sort of bell, but the first two dont at all...

I take it they where from Exeter?


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: Floksnog
Date: 07 Apr 11 - 04:29 PM

One last go - anyone else?


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Jun 11 - 06:47 PM

Ivanho was having tea so they sent for larrimee


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: Snuffy
Date: 13 Jun 11 - 09:59 AM

Oh The Yellow Rose of Texas and The Man From Laramie
They went to Davy Crockett's to have a cup of tea
They said it was delicious. They had another cup
And left poor Davy Crockett to do the washing up.

We sang this around 1955/56, when all three of these songs made the top ten music charts.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: GUEST,Erudites
Date: 31 Jul 11 - 01:37 PM

When I was travellin to St. Ives
I met a man with 7 wives
and every wife had 7 sacks
in every sack was 7 cats
and every cat had 7 kits
and every kit did 7 shits
when I was travellin to St. Ives.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Westcountry Playground Rhymes
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Aug 11 - 11:52 AM

I vaguely recalled something from my primary school playground in Bath in the Fifties and was surprised to find a version on the net:

http://limerik.tripod.com/lyrics_f/fart.htm

Some of these verses don't ring a bell, and I think we had a verse involving a horse but can't remember any more than that !


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