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a song called alla balla (children's rhyme?)

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GUEST,Jo 12 Nov 00 - 11:41 PM
Songster Bob 13 Nov 00 - 01:21 PM
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Subject: a song called alla balla
From: GUEST,Jo
Date: 12 Nov 00 - 11:41 PM

There's an old folk song/chant that used to be sung in the The Bahamas and most likely in Latin America too, called "alla balla" or "alla palla". I'm trying to find information on its origin and meaning. Please help. It went something like this...spelling is most likely totally off: "Alla balla chicin calala, alla balla bu". Please respond to: jojustilien@hotmail.com Thanks so much!


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Subject: RE: a song called alla balla
From: Songster Bob
Date: 13 Nov 00 - 01:21 PM

I used to know a counting-out rhyme with some similarity, which used "Ocka-bocka, stona-crocka, ocka-bocka-boo" in place of the "Alla balla ... balla bu" in your request. don't know more than that, though, and don't know where you'd find more about such rhymes.

My full counting-out rhyme:
Ocka-bocka, stona-crocka, ocka-bocka-boo
Ocka-bocka, stona-crocka, out goes YOU.

Bob Clayton


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Subject: RE: a song called alla balla
From: Sandy Paton
Date: 13 Nov 00 - 05:22 PM

I've heard:

Acka-backa soda-cracka, acka-backa boo,
Acka-backa soda-cracka, out goes you.

Grandpa Paton


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Subject: RE: a song called alla balla
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 13 Nov 00 - 06:49 PM

Jo has started a couple of other threads on this subject; most of the discussion is here:   Caribbean folk songs--Scottish influence


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Subject: RE: a song called alla balla
From: Lanfranc
Date: 14 Nov 00 - 01:22 PM

Any chance this could be related to the Scottish childrens song "Coulters Candy", which has a chorus "Ally, Bally, Allybally bee, seated on yer mither's knee, greeting for a wee bawbee to buy some Coulters Candy" ??


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Subject: RE: a song called alla balla
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 14 Nov 00 - 06:18 PM

That was suggested in the parallel thread I've linked to above, but apparantly it isn't connected.


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Subject: RE: a song called alla balla (children's rhyme?)
From: GUEST,RIH
Date: 28 May 10 - 06:59 PM

This is the version I know

Alla balla tingo
THe way jon kalla balla
Alla balla walla balla oo ja ja
Jeway Jewo the opoticle popalla
San Fair push cart, duck's feet.


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Subject: RE: a song called alla balla (children's rhyme?)
From: Reiver 2
Date: 28 May 10 - 07:43 PM

It immediately made me think of Coulter's Candy, but Lanfranc and Malcolm beat me to it. I used to sing that to my kids when they were little and it was a favorite of The Reivers, too. Coultre's Candy, I mean!

Reiver 2


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Subject: RE: a song called alla balla (children's rhyme?)
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 May 10 - 07:48 PM

Old Threads like this are a bit of a Confusion !
But Bill Caddick has a 'song' - Oller Boller , when I call you will foller , or something like that - Kids thing from West Midlands UK


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