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Pop Goes The Weasel

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A RIPPING TRIP
LONG AND THIN
POP GOES THE WEASEL
POP GOES THE WEASEL (2)
SARAH JANE.


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Pop Goes the Weasel (37)
(origins) Pop Goes the Weasel - Meaning? (92)


LaaLaaLND@aol.com 02 Nov 97 - 01:31 AM
Jack Hickman 02 Nov 97 - 04:42 PM
Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca 04 Nov 97 - 06:53 PM
Ron 05 Nov 97 - 01:15 AM
GUEST 17 Nov 03 - 08:35 AM
8_Pints 17 Nov 03 - 08:50 AM
Gary T 18 Nov 03 - 03:51 AM
masato sakurai 18 Nov 03 - 04:06 AM
Steve Parkes 18 Nov 03 - 04:19 AM
michaelr 18 Nov 03 - 03:26 PM
GUEST,Sharon G 18 Nov 03 - 05:10 PM
IanC 19 Nov 03 - 04:27 AM
Q (Frank Staplin) 19 Nov 03 - 01:00 PM
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Subject: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: LaaLaaLND@aol.com
Date: 02 Nov 97 - 01:31 AM

Can anyone explain to me what the song means? I have had several people state that they do not understand the lyrics to the son.......can anyone help? Thank you.


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: Jack Hickman
Date: 02 Nov 97 - 04:42 PM

Of all places, this song was part of the plot of NYPD Blue last week, Andy, one of the Detectives, had been singing it to his infant son, and was curious as to the meaning. There was some discussion as to whether the words were "all around the mulberry bush" or "all around the cobbler's bench." Somewhere in the depths of my memory I seem to think it has something to do with a cobbler who has pawned all his tools to get enough money to go boozing. The weasel may be some type of cobbler's tool. This may not be right, but may be enough to stimulate some more authoritative discussion.

Keep the Faith

Jack Hickman


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca
Date: 04 Nov 97 - 06:53 PM

What happened to the rest of this thread?

Hi Jack, how's the Kingston Ceilidh Band these days? Drop me a line some time.

As for the song, I think there are several variants and I won't presume to say which one is "correct".


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: Ron
Date: 05 Nov 97 - 01:15 AM

A "weasel" was a wooden instrument used by weavers to measure their yarn. It had six or so arms on it, and after each revolution, a little wooden or metal clacker would "pop" to assist the person in counting or measuring the yarn. Weavers would often sing or make up rhymes to accompany their measuring of the yarn or weaving. Put it all together and you have "pop goes the weasel". Really !


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Nov 03 - 08:35 AM

this represents a boy chasing a girl and it tells of how they give to each other and pop goes the cherry


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: 8_Pints
Date: 17 Nov 03 - 08:50 AM

In the dim recesses of my mind I recollect Anthony Newly relased this song in the UK, as the B-side to some single. On the record he described its interpretation verbally, and finished with the words ........'now isn't that interesting!'

The vinyl recording has long since disappeared.

Bob vG


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: Gary T
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 03:51 AM

This may shed some light: http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a990402a.html


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: masato sakurai
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 04:06 AM

See also the thread: "Help: Pop Goes the Weasel - Meaning?" (the link is given above).


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 04:19 AM

Tony Newley's explanation was: "... the habit of London[?] hatters "popping", or pawning, their "weasels", or accessories, in orde to buy liquor". Sound to me, after reading the "thread spooling machine" version in the link above, that the cobblers' version came first, and was "articulated" (as the social scientists say) to the later "pawning" explanation in the music hall song. Just a thought ..

Steve


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: michaelr
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 03:26 PM

I can never remember
When they ask me to sing
Is it God save the weasel
Or Pop goes the king?


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: GUEST,Sharon G
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 05:10 PM

I don't have a clue about the lyrics- but it gets a smile from young Irish step dancers when it gets played for a "single jig" at a feis (dance competition.....)
Sharon


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: IanC
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 04:27 AM

pop shop
noun
U.K. pawnbrokers: a pawn shop (informal)
[Pop from pop1 in the sense "to pawn"]

:-)


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Subject: RE: Pop Goes The Weasel
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 01:00 PM

Pop, to pawn, goes back a ways, appearing in Francis Grose, A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, London, 1785 (noted in the main thread on the song, 19247- link below).

However, as shown in the lyrics and explanations posted in thread 19247: Pop Goes the Weasel

the origin is probably erotic (see post in that thread by Masato Sakurai, comment by Fuld).

The meaning to pawn possibly took over in the late 18th c. versions.
In the time of Victoria and Albert, it was a movement in a party dance. The childrens' songs are all later than the 1850s.

In America, of course, most people think it has reference to the actions of the animal.


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