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Fred Maslan 13 Jul 14 - 01:43 AM
Joe Offer 13 Jul 14 - 02:54 AM
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Bert 13 Jul 14 - 01:40 PM
GUEST,leeneia 14 Jul 14 - 10:49 AM
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Subject: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: Fred Maslan
Date: 13 Jul 14 - 01:43 AM

Today I had the opportunity to bounce an eleven month old on my knee. I found myself singing a Yiddish rhyme that I learned on my fathers' knee.

Yam tam tiddle-a
Maishe fiddle-a
Boruch tseidicle
Kreks dem seidicle
Bimbedy bambedy)2

Since I don't know Yiddish very well the nearest translation I can do is(I am not sure of the pronunciation either.)

Yam tam tiddle-a
Maishe plays the fiddle
Blessed be the child
tickle him in the side.
Bimbedy bambedy)2

the tune is a simble progression up the scale line by line till it drops back down for the Bimbedy bambedy)2

I have also heard this refered to as dapping on the knee, or dafting on the knee.

Does anyone else know this rhyme and are there other bouncing rhymes out there?


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: Joe Offer
Date: 13 Jul 14 - 02:54 AM

I didn't have any luck finding your song, Fred - but I had a good time looking. Googling yiddish children's songs brings up lots of treasures, as does a search for yiddish at Smithsonian Folkways.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: Monique
Date: 13 Jul 14 - 03:58 AM

Have a look at Voices of a People: The Story of Yiddish Folksong from page 61 on. This one (Yingl tsingl khyat) is an old one, it's printed in Hebrew characters in image format (Yiddish and English edition for sale). Some material there. There must be some more...


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 13 Jul 14 - 05:36 AM

There are a few in this thread.


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: Bert
Date: 13 Jul 14 - 01:40 PM

I have a six months old Grandson and I sing when I'm bouncing him.

If I stop he keeps bouncing himself.

Songs I use until I run out are.

Galloping Major
Riding on a camel in the Desert
Horsey, Horsey.
Down the Road Away went Polly
Bibbety Bobbety Boo
When the Boat comes in.

Then I have to continue with anything else that I can think of.


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 14 Jul 14 - 10:49 AM

Bouncing songs? Well, there's the song Pony Boy (which I hope you can find on the net) and this nursery rhyme:

Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross
to see a fine lady upon a white horse.
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
she shall have music wherever she goes.

You can't keep bouncing the kid indefinitely, so the next thing to do is to look for 'finger plays.'

I congratulate you on having a eleven-month old friend to enjoy and to teach.


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: GUEST,ologist
Date: 14 Jul 14 - 10:52 AM

How many miles to Babylon?
Four score and ten!
Can we get there by eventide?
Yes, and back again!


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: PHJim
Date: 14 Jul 14 - 12:53 PM

Once, at a festival, I decided to sing an old Gene Autry song that I learned as a kid. My son was in the audience and turned to his wife and said, "Papa used to sing that when he bounced Clay and me on his knee."
The song was "I'm A Cowpoke Pokin' Along".
When my twin sons were still small enough to bounce on my knees, this was one of the songs I sang.


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: PHJim
Date: 14 Jul 14 - 01:17 PM

I'm a cowpoke poke, poke, pokin' along,
I live a peaceful life of ease,
I do my livin' as I please
I'm a cowpoke pokin' along.

Got a pinto tow, tow, towin' the line
There's a hill ahead we'll have to climb.
We won't rush, just take our time,
I'm a cowpoke pokin' along.

I don't need money, my clothes are all new,
That's why I'm wearin' a grin.
Today is Sunday, there's nothing to do,
And plenty of time to do it in.

I'm a cowpoke poke, poke, pokin' along.
There's a gal in Utah on my mind,
The only one I left behind,
I'm a cowpoke pokin' along.


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: Musket
Date: 14 Jul 14 - 02:40 PM

I must admit, I use Banbury Cross whilst bouncing my granddaughter on my knee. My mum used to sing Christopher Robin. Once my lads were too old for that, they'd lay in bed whilst I first read them a story then get the guitar out. Morningtown Ride, Puff the Magic Dragon, Liverpool Lullaby....

In The UK, some of us might smile at the term "bouncing baby" as it denotes a rather large baby. "Bonny" being another way of saying they like their milk.....


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: GUEST,Anne Neilson
Date: 14 Jul 14 - 11:08 PM

I remember two different kinds of 'bouncing' here in Scotland, for toddlers rather than infants.
One was when your dad (usually) crossed his legs and baby was positioned on the top foot whilst being held by the hands. A song like 'Hey Jock, my cuddie' was sung with dad's foot bouncing in a regular rhythm -- until the final line 'My cuddie'll gie ye a fright!', which ended with a real up in the air bounce.
The other option was to sit baby across both knees and facing the adult, who was holding the baby by the hands. Bouncing went on throughout the song until the final line, when the knees were separated and the wean 'fell' into the space.

The words (of great literary significance, I have no doubt) were:-
    Hey Jock, my cuddie!
    My cuddie's ower the dyke.
    Hey Jock, my cuddie
    - My cuddie'll gie ye a fright! (cuddie was a horse, ower the dyke was over the wall, and
gie ye a fright was give you a fright.

With the benefit of many years, I can only wonder at my dad's stamina!


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: LadyJean
Date: 15 Jul 14 - 12:32 AM

Bouncing baby on both knees

Trot trot to Boston.
Trot trot to Lynn.
Careful now little girl (Or boy)
Don't fall in. (Part the knees so the baby falls in, just a little. Seriously they love it!)

This is the way the ladies ride the ladies ride the ladies ride
This is the way the ladies ride so early in the morning.
(A sedate trot)
This is the way the gentlemen ride. (A less sedate trot.)
This is the way the farmer boy rides. (Swaying from side to side.)
This is the way the robbers ride. (Bouncing as fast as you can.)

One small girl remarked that the robbers were probably riding so fast to get way from the police.


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: GUEST,franc 91
Date: 25 Jul 15 - 10:18 AM

Hanky Panky

Down by the banks of the hanky panky,
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky,
With a hip, hop, hippity hop,
Jump off the lilypad,
And kerplop!

This is the way the ladies ride,
Nim, nim, nim, nim;
This is the way the gentlemen ride,
Trim, trim, trim, trim;
This is the way the farmers ride,
Trot, trot, trot, trot;
This is the way the huntsmen ride,
A-gallop, a gallop, a-gallop, a-gallop;
This is the way the ploughboys ride,
Hobbledy-gee, hobbledy-gee,
And down into the ditch.

A farmer went trotting upon his grey mare,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
With his daughter behind him so rosy and fair,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!

A raven cried, 'Croak!' and they all tumbled down,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
The mare broke her knees and the farmer his crown,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!

The mischevious raven flew laughing away,
Bumpety, bumpety, bump!
And vowed he would serve them the same the next day,
Lumpety, lumpety, lump!

Taken from 'Playtime Rhymes for Little People' - compiled by Clare Beaton

Father and Mother, and Uncle John
Went to market,
One by one.
Father fell off! (slip child to one side)
Mother fell off! (slip child to other side)
But Uncle John went on, and on,
And on, and on, and on!

(Ride a Cock-Horse - Ian Beck and Sarah Williams)


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: Megan L
Date: 25 Jul 15 - 12:38 PM

Mums was

Oh the day ye merry (marry)a collier chiel(boy or man). A gey small poke'l ( a very small paper bag) had (hold) yer meal (your oats).Ye'll gang rattlin tae the duel(you will go rattling(skinny like a Skelton) to the devil.) The day ye merry a collier.


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 25 Jul 15 - 02:00 PM

Very popular with all the toddlers in our family and performed by my wife is one that ends with the sudden drop as described above.

I went to the barber's shop
To get me hair cut off;
When I got there I sat in the chair
And the chair went PLOP!
(shades of Sweeny Todd)

'Horsy, Horsy' as already mentioned.


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Subject: RE: Bouncing baby rhymes
From: Janie
Date: 26 Jul 15 - 06:47 AM

My son loved this. Legs crossed, with baby sitting on elevated foot, holding hands, arms extended.

Ride a little horsy up a big hill
Girls go to market and the boys go to mill
Giddyup, Giddyup, Giddyup (higher bounces)
Whooaaaooo! (uncross, extend and drop leg in swooping motion, ending by recrossing legs)


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