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1234567 All good children go to heaven

GUEST,Fren 06 Sep 15 - 04:20 AM
GUEST 06 Sep 15 - 06:28 AM
GUEST,The Lord's Saint 01 Jun 18 - 03:13 PM
Jos 01 Jun 18 - 03:55 PM
GUEST,Mark Bluemel 01 Jun 18 - 05:07 PM
Steve Shaw 01 Jun 18 - 06:12 PM
Mo the caller 02 Jun 18 - 03:45 AM
Keith A of Hertford 02 Jun 18 - 04:48 AM
GUEST,Phil d'Conch 02 Jun 18 - 05:31 PM
Mo the caller 03 Jun 18 - 08:35 AM
Monique 04 Jun 18 - 12:36 AM
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Subject: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: GUEST,Fren
Date: 06 Sep 15 - 04:20 AM

When i was little my grandmother used to say this nursery rhyme to me
I have tried looking it up but the only reference I can find is to the Beatles 'You never give me your money', which came many years later
1234567
All good children go to Heaven
When thry die, put them in pie
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I was saying it to my grandson without really thinking about it when my daughter pointed out how gruesome it was. Does anyone know where the rhyme came from?

Grandma had another rhyme which is a favourite with my grandchildren
Mary had a little lamb, it's fleece as black as ink
It ran three times around the yard, and weeweed in the sink


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Sep 15 - 06:28 AM

Common enough in my childhood (1950s to 1960s, mid-/northern-UK)

We used it as an elimination game for deciding who would be 'it' in such games as Tig (or Tag, if you are so inclined). One beat per word and/or syllable, move on to next person each beat.
The sneaky art (if you were the person 'doing' it) was knowing whether seven and heaven were one beat or two to give your desired outcome. Children was always two though.

I preferred spuds 'One potato, two potato, three potato, four. Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.' with one beat per word, and the last spud eliminated on 'more'. Each child proffered two spuds (fists side by side) and the last still holding out a fist was the chosen one.


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: GUEST,The Lord's Saint
Date: 01 Jun 18 - 03:13 PM

As a child i had this children's book with this poem but a bit different. it was "1234567 all good children go to heaven, 765431 naughty children have more fun". i cant recall the name of the book does anybody know?.


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: Jos
Date: 01 Jun 18 - 03:55 PM

There are any number of variations on 'Mary had a little lamb ...'
We used to say 'Mary had a little lamb - the doctor was surprised.'


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel
Date: 01 Jun 18 - 05:07 PM

When Old MacDonald had a farm, he couldn't believe his eyes.


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 01 Jun 18 - 06:12 PM

Old McDonald was dyslexic

OIOIE


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: Mo the caller
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 03:45 AM

I only knew the first part
1234567 all good children go to heaven.

We also had variants
Mary had a little lamb its fleece as black as soot
And everywhere that Mary went his sooty foot 'e put

Hickory Dickory Dock
Two mice ran up the clock
The clock struck one...
The other got away

And this from the early 60s*
Hickory Dickory Dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck...
The mouse came out in sympathy

*before Maggie Thatcher made it illegal, sympathetic strikes were common, there was a catch phrase 'one out all out' - seems a long time ago (and only yesterday)


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 04:48 AM

Mary had a little lamb,
She also had a bear,
I never saw her little lamb,
But often saw her bear.


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
Date: 02 Jun 18 - 05:31 PM

Tune Req: TUNE(?): 123467, All Good Children...


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: Mo the caller
Date: 03 Jun 18 - 08:35 AM

I can't open the link to the tune in that thread.


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Subject: RE: 1234567 All good children go to heaven
From: Monique
Date: 04 Jun 18 - 12:36 AM

It's been published in 1899 by Percy B. Green in his "A History of Nursery Rhymes" -mentioned p.64 and 67.


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