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Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny

GUEST,Lindy 12 Oct 12 - 02:42 PM
Susan of DT 12 Oct 12 - 04:37 PM
GUEST,Guest - Cathy 14 Oct 12 - 02:00 AM
GUEST,Janice Currie 12 Nov 12 - 08:05 PM
GUEST,Lindy 14 Nov 12 - 01:16 AM
GUEST,Lindy 18 Nov 12 - 02:01 AM
GUEST,Janice Currie 23 Dec 12 - 09:22 PM
GUEST 27 Jul 13 - 11:44 AM
GUEST,Guest 13 Mar 16 - 07:16 PM
GUEST 25 Apr 16 - 08:01 AM
GUEST,Lindy 25 Apr 16 - 07:54 PM
GUEST,Dan 19 Nov 16 - 06:06 PM
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Subject: Childhood Song in Canada
From: GUEST,Lindy
Date: 12 Oct 12 - 02:42 PM

When I was a child going to school in Ontario, Canada in the early 1960's and in about Grade 3 we used to sing a song that I don't remember the title of or all the verses. I have never been able to track it down in children's song books so hopefully someone might recall the name of it and all the verses. Also, don't know if it was a song only taught to Canadian school children or not.
Here is what I remember and it went something like this,

All alone for a loaf of bread
All alone went Johnny
Watch the traffic his mother said
Yes, answered Johnny
But he forgot what his mother said
And he forgot the light was red
He felt a big bump
And he thought he was dead
??????????????????
??????????????????

I believe it was a song to teach safety to children when crossing the street.
That's all I can remember, although I know there were more verses.
If anyone knows who wrote it, the name of the song and the complete song verses, I would appreciate it.

Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada
From: Susan of DT
Date: 12 Oct 12 - 04:37 PM

Not the same song, but related songs to teach children safety and songs to teach tolerance:
Previous thread
See particularly Let the ball roll in this thread as a similar song.


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST,Guest - Cathy
Date: 14 Oct 12 - 02:00 AM

Wow! I went to school in Canada in the 60's (also late 50's)
as a child and this song sounds so familiar to me. I even came across an old book of children's rhymes (from Canada) but could not find that song.
Seems like he (the little boy)did get hit by a car and he was ok but I do not recall how the verses went.
I think there were more verses like you said and I wish I could remember them. Did go to the thread menioned by Susan of DT but did not know any of the songs on that thread.
I hope someone will know this song you are trying to track down as I am curious myself now.
Ha, maybe Joni Mitchell knows of it. She went to school as a child in Canada but not in Ontario, although that song might have been taught to children in all the provinces and territories of Canada.


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST,Janice Currie
Date: 12 Nov 12 - 08:05 PM

Funny, I was thinking of this today and thinking I should teach it to the little girls next door!
The song I remember was about 'Jerry'; not Johnny.

All alone for a loaf of bread, all alone went Jerry
Watch the signal, his Mother said; yes, answered Jerry.
but he forgot what his Mother said, and he forgot the light was red,
He felt a big bump and he thought he was dead,
Poor little Jerry.

They carried him home and they put him to bed,
Poor little Jerry.
You're lucky you're living, the Doctor said. Yes, answered Jerry,
They bandaged his leg, they bandaged his head, I'll never do that again, he said.
I'll always watch when the light is red.
Wise little Jerry.


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST,Lindy
Date: 14 Nov 12 - 01:16 AM

Hi Janice,

That is probably the right name (Jerry) (not Johnny) :-)
So long ago when I learned this song, I knew it started with a "J."
I think this may very well be the song! Now that I have read your message about this song, I do recall the verses now about the Doctor, and especially now remember "They bandaged his leg,they bandaged his head, I'll never do that again, he said,"

Thanks very much! Did you also go to school in Canada?

Wow! Never thought I would hear back from someone who knew this children's song from so long ago! Really appreciate it!!


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST,Lindy
Date: 18 Nov 12 - 02:01 AM

To Janice Currie (Posted message on 12, Nov. 12)

Or to anyone else who knows the answer.

Do you know who the writer is of this song - written so long ago for school children in Canadian schools?

Do you know the actual title of the song?

I can still remember the tune - singing it as I type this message!:-)

We used to sing it all the time in school in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST,Janice Currie
Date: 23 Dec 12 - 09:22 PM

Hi,
Sorry for not responding sooner. I had forgotten I had written this post.
I have no idea what the name of the song is/was. We called it "All Alone for a Loaf of Bread" but that probably wasn't the real title.
I went to school in Toronto and think I must have learned this about 1960.
Regards.


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jul 13 - 11:44 AM

I learnt this song when at school in Ontario in the late 60's.
So pleased to find this link, as over the last 25 years there hasn't been a day I haven't thought of the song...... I married a Jerry!


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 13 Mar 16 - 07:16 PM

Yes, I remember the Jerry song very well and taught it to my four or five year old in the mid fifties. We lived in Saskatchewan where she attended a Montessori School. It is interesting to me as an octogenarian to see the development of children's literature. As a child growing up in the depression, we had no books but stories were handed down by parents or relatives and included a lot of vocal sounds. I especially remember things like, Little Red Riding Hood and the the fun parts of, What big teeth you have, Grandmother/the better to eat you my dear sort of things. My children had books that were read to them along with little rhymes and songs. My grandchildren (l980's) had the books, plus videos such as LADY AND THE TRAMP, SESAME STREET BARNEY, etc. Now my great great grand daughter lives in the big city of London, UK and and has all of the above plus videos of her reading, dancing singing.


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST
Date: 25 Apr 16 - 08:01 AM

All alone for a loaf of bread
All alone went Jerry
Watch the signals his mother said
yes, answered Jerry
But he forgot what his mother said
And he forgot that the light was red
He felt a big bump...
And he thought he was dead
Poor little Jerry

They took him home
And they put him to bed
Poor little Jerry
Lucky you're living the doctor said
Yes, answered Jerry
They mended his leg
And they mended his head
I'll never forget again he said
I'll always STOP....
when the light is red
Wise little Jerry


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST,Lindy
Date: 25 Apr 16 - 07:54 PM

So happy to see that people remember this song. I can still sing it and remember the tune. I remembered most of the verses but had forgot a few lines here and there. So very glad to see the entire song in print again. Many, many thanks!!!
We sang it in Ontario, Canada during in late 50's & early 60's.
I wonder if it was taught or sung in schools later then that time?


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST,Dan
Date: 19 Nov 16 - 06:06 PM

I am so happy to find the lyrics to this song!! I went to school in Nova Scotia in the 1970's (elementary) and I remember this song very well! I still hum it to myself and want to teach the children at my school. What a great memory and a happy blast from the blast!!
Thanks-you!!
Dan


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Apr 17 - 05:27 PM

Ha! Learned this song in the 70s in North Bay, Ontario. Was singing it to my teenager just yesterday as a joke and now neither one of us can get it out of our heads. I Googled it on a lark and never thought I would find anything. Thanks, guys, this is awesome!


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Jul 17 - 05:01 PM

Right on!! I have taught this song to so many little ones and I was taught it in kindergarten. Ontario, Canada.
We sang it JERRY...
only difference is we sang, "They mended his leg and they mended his head. I'll never forget again, he said. I'll always stop when the light is red. Wise little Jerry."

I love it!!


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Subject: RE: Childhood Song in Canada-All alone went Johnny
From: GUEST
Date: 13 Jan 18 - 08:09 AM

Nostalgia!!!!Too funny...I woke up with this song in my head & was happy to find it as I googled it!
I grew up in Midland Ontario 1949-2018... it was part of the "Health & Safety" curriculum. "Elmer the Safety Elephant " used to visit the school & teach street smart rules. As I drive down the roads now & see someone riding their bike on the wrong side of road I think of Elmer! He taught us to walk facing traffic...ride with traffic...stop lights etc. ??????????????We used to get stickers with safety rules so sticker books are not a new concept!

Remember Health class...we had to show our hands & nails on the desk to make sure they were clean?????. Thanks


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