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Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire

Cool Beans 23 Aug 04 - 12:58 PM
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Subject: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Cool Beans
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 12:58 PM

I heard this this when I was very little. How does it end?

Old man 'badiah jumped in the fire.
The fire was hot so he jumped in the pot.
The pot was little so he jumped in the kettle.
The kettle was black so he jumped in the crack.
The crack was high so he jumped in the sky.
The sky was blue so he jumped in the canoe.
The canoe sprang a leak so he jumped in the creek.
The creek was soft so he jumped in the loft.
The loft was rotten so he jumped in the cotton.

THEN WHAT HAPPENS?


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Subject: ADD: Obadiah (jumped into the fire)
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 23 Aug 04 - 01:26 PM

It seems to vary. From Joy Cowley, Story Chest: Small Read Together Books - Obadiah Stage 1 (Story Chest S.), quoted at Donald Hayes - Lexical Analysis:

OBADIAH (small book series)

Obadiah jumped into the fire.
The fire was hot so he jumped in the pot.
The pot was black, so he jumped in a sack.
The sack was full, so he jumped in a pool.
The pool was wet, so he jumped in a net.
The net was fishy, so he jumped in a dishy.
The dishy was hard, so he jumped in the yard.
The yard was yuk, so he jumped in a truck.
The truck was loud, so he jumped in a cloud.
The cloud flew away, so he jumped in the hay.
The hay was just right, so he stayed there all night.

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Quoted at Cathy Spagnoli, Storyteller: Tales to Try (no source named):

Old Obadiah jumped in the fire.
The fire was hot, so he jumped in a pot.
The pot was black, so he jumped in a crack.
The crack was high, so he jumped to the sky.
The sky was blue, so he jumped in a shoe.
The shoe was red, so he jumped in a bed.
The bed was white, so he stayed all night.


I expect there are many more.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 07:41 AM


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 24 Aug 04 - 07:43 AM

All I recall (from decades ago) is "Old AUNT MARIAH jumped in the fire." Maybe from "The Andy Griffith Show"?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 25 Aug 04 - 07:43 AM

From my mother, tens of years ago:

You know my Aunt Maria? She pissed on the fire.
The fire was too hot, so she pissed in the pot.
The pot was too round, so she pissed on the ground.
The ground was too flat, so she pissed on the cat
And the cat ran away with the piss on its back.

Lancashire, probably 1920s.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: masato sakurai
Date: 05 Feb 05 - 10:32 PM

(1) From here:
Old Aunt Mariah, jumped in the fire
Fire too hot, jumped in the pot
Pot too black, jumped in the crack
Crack too shallow, jumped in the tallow
Tallow too soft, jumped in the loft
Loft too high, jumped in the sky
Sky too blue, jumped in canoe
Canoe too rotten, jumped in the cotton
Cotton so white she stayed there all night!
(2) As a jump-rope rhyme from Roger D. Abrahams, ed., Jump-Rope Rhymes: A Dictionary (University of Texas Press, 1969, pp. 10-11):
Anthy Maria jumped in the fire;
The fire was too hot, she jumped in the pot;
The pot was too black, she jumped in a crack;
The pot was soon over, she jumped in some clover.
Clover's too sweet; she kicked up her feet.
Feet was soon over, she cried 1, 2, 3, jumped in a tree.
The tree was so high she couldn't go higher.
'Long came a breeze, blew her away.

Other versions give different particulars.

Evans (1961), 23 [California].
Worsell (1961), 10-11.
Abrahams oral collection (1962) [Nevis, B.W.I.].


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Azizi
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 09:31 AM

Some male singer [Raffi?] has recorded this version of that song. Here are the words to that song that I can remember from memory, probably with words changed and the order too [the folk process at work??!]

There once was a man and he was mad
so he jumped into a pudding bag.
The puddin bag it was so thick
that he jumped into a walking stick.
The walking stick it was so narrow
he jumped into a wheelbarrow.
The wheelbarrow began to break
so he jumped into a chocolate cake.
The chocolate cake it was sour
So he jumped into a case of flour.
The case of flour caught on fire
and blew him up to Jeremiah. Whew!

end of lyrics

This type of rhyme where one defective item is exchanged for another one that also proves to be defected reminds me of the "Went To The River [but couldn't get across] songs composed by enslaved African Americans...

"Gray and Black Horses' is one song that contains a [now standard] series of exchanges:

I went to de woods an' I couldn' go 'cross.
So I paid five dollars fer an ole gray hoss.
De hoss wouldn' pull so I sol it for a bull.
De bull wouldn't holler, so I sol it for a dollar.
De dollar wouldn't pass, so I throwed it id de grass.
Den de grass wouldn't grow. Heigho! Heigho!
   {Source Thomas W. Talley "Negro Folk Rhymes", 1922]

"Apples On A Stick" {Barbara Michels, Bettye White}, a 1983 book of African American children;s rhymes collected in Houston Texas has this version of that old song:

Shake shake shake
Eeny Meeny
That's a queeny
Ooh ba Thumbelina *
Ah cha ca che Libarace
Oh baby I love you
yes I do
Take a peach
Take a plum
Take a piece of bubble gum
No peach
No plum
Just a piece of bubble gum
Ooshe ahshe
Ooshe ahshe
I want a piece of pie
The pie too sweet
I want a piece of meat
The meat too tough
I wanna ride the bus
The bus too full
I wanna ride the bull
The bull too black
I want my money back
The money too green
I want a diamond ring
end of quote

(There is also an alternative ending for this series of strung together rhymes: the money too green/I want a jelly bean/the jelly bean too white/it's time to say good nite.. or as one person wrote it
on the Wheee! Blog school games thread:

"the jelly bean to white
goodnight sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite
if they do get a shoe an beat the black and blue"

more children's rhymes here

*From my childhoold in the 1950s Atlantic City, New Jersey
I recall the "eeny meeny parts of this rhyme, but the line went
"Ooh Ah Thumbelini". We then chanted "Ahche mache cucharachi/I love you" and ended the rhyme there. I thnk we just chanted this rhyme or used it as a counting out/elimination rhyme.

The longer version of 'Take a Peach' might be a handclap or jump rope rhyme..

Does anyone have any information as to whether these type of trade songs are found in other traditions than African American?

Ms. Azizi


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 06 Feb 05 - 12:45 PM

Also known as Annie Elias or Annie Marier, which last has the virtue of a good rhyme with "fire."


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Dec 05 - 09:47 PM

I heard it on a kids' record in the 50s. I recall the final line, but there may be another or 2 before it:

Old man 'badiah jumped in the fire.
The fire was hot so he jumped in the pot.
The pot was little so he jumped in the kettle.
The kettle was black so he jumped in the crack.
The crack was high so he jumped in the sky.
The sky was blue so he jumped in the canoe.
The canoe sprang a leak so he jumped in the creek.
The creek was soft so he jumped in the loft.
The loft was rotten so he jumped in the cotton.

THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

The cotton was soft so he pulled off his shoes
And stayed all night.

Now, does anyone know the chords?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST,Anonymous
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 11:39 AM

The version that I heard as a young child from my own father came from his grandfather, who was from Wiltshire, UK.

There was a man, he was so mad
he jumped into a pudding bag
the pudding bag it was so rotten
he jumped into a ball of cotton
the ball of cotton it was so fine
he jumped into a glass of wine
the glass of wine it was so good
he jumped into a log of wood
the log of wood it was so hard
he jumped into a pan of lard
the pan of lard it was so fat
he jumped into my old hat
my old hat it was so hairy
he jumped into my sister Mary
my sister Mary gave a shout
and with a (blow raspberry) she blew him out!


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Subject: Lyr. Add: Old Mariah , Maria (Perrow)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 02:09 PM

Lyr. Add: OLD MARIAH

Old Mariah jumped in the fire;
The fire was so hot, she jumped in the pot;
The pot was so black, she jumped in the crack;
The crack was so high, she jumped in the sky;
The sky was so blue, she jumped in the canoe;
The canoe was so deep, she jumped in the creek;
The creek was so shallow, she jumped in the tallow;
The tallow was so hard, she jumped in the lard;
The lard was so soft, she jumped in the loft;
The loft was so rotten, she jumped in the cotton;
The cotton was so white, she staid all night.
vol. 26, p. 143.

MS. of W. C. Stokes, collected from Mississippi whites. E. C. Perrow, Game Songs and Nursery Rhymes, no. 17, "Songs and Rhymes from the South," JAFL, 1911-1915, vol. 25, pp. 137-155; vol. 26, pp. 123-173; vol. 28, pp. 129-190.
----------------------
Also collected in North Carolina, Burke Co., by Amy Henderson, 1914-1915. (1952, Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, vol. 1, p 199).

OLD MARIA

Gena Maria fell in the fire;
The fire was so hot she fell in the pot;
The pot was so little she fell in the kettle;
The kettle was so black she fell in the crack;
The crack ws so high she fell in the sky;
The sky was so blue she fell in the canoe;
The canoe waas so long she fell in the pond;
The pond was so deep she fell in the creek;
The creek was so shallow she fell in the tallow;
The tallow was so hard she fell in the lard;
The lard was so soft she fell in the loft;
The loft was so rotten she fell in the cotton;
The cotton was so white she stayed there all night.

The similarity of the Mississippi and North Carolina versions may suggest both were derived from a printed source. "Obadiah" was also collected in Burke Co., NC; the last line- 'The cotton was so white he jumped out of sight.'

Also reported from UK, but I don't know any details. I doubt an African-American origin.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Melissa
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 04:29 PM

in school, our mad man jumped into a taching (sp) end after the walking stick (it did so bend)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 04:55 PM

There was a man, he was so mad...., seems to be from England, but still looking for an early reliable source.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Melissa
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 11:43 PM

Q

I guess I always thought it was an American song because of the bag of cotton he jumped in when the taching end was rotten..and will be interested to read what you find out/verify.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 04:18 PM

Poor old lady maria, she jumped in the fire.
the fire was so hot, she jumped in the pot.
the pot was so black, she jumped in the crack.
the crack was so high, she jumped in the sky.
the sky was so blue, she jumped in the canoe.
the canoe was so shallow, she jumped in the tallow.
the tallow was so rotten, she jumped in the cotton.
the cotton was so white, she stayed all night.
the night was so dark, she stepped on a fork.
the fork was so round, she went into town.
the town was so big, she found a pig.
the pig was so red, she jumped in the bed.
the bed was so hard, she jumped in the lard.
the lard was so greasy, she slipped out easy.
poor old lady maria...

My old great grandma told me this when i was young... she was born before the 1900's.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 06:14 PM

The form of this poem is very old. Here is another one.

There was a man of double deed,
Who sowed his garden full of seed;
When the seed began to grow,
'Twas like a garden full of snow;
When the snow began to melt,
'Twas like a ship without a belt;
When the ship began to sail,
'Twas like a bird without a tail;
When the bird bega to fly,
'Twas like an eagle in the sky;
When the sky began to roar,
'Twas like a lion at my door;
When my door began to crack,
'Twas like a stick across my back;
When my back began to smart,
'Twas like a penknife in my heart;
And when my heart began to bleed,
'Twas death, and death, and death indeed.

Anon.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Peace
Date: 05 Sep 09 - 06:36 PM

The term I find of interest is "taching end".


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 08:00 AM

From A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (London: Gibbings and Company, Ltd., 1901):

TACHING-END. The waxed thread, armed with a bristle at the end, used by shoemakers. North.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 09:23 AM

So, was old man Badiah attempting suicide then?

Do kids ever think about such things?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Cool Beans
Date: 07 Sep 09 - 12:25 PM

If he were attempting suicide he'd have stayed in the fire; that usually does the trick (See Arc, Joan of). I think he was just looking for a comfortable place to rest but he wasn't terribly bright.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 10 - 01:32 PM

My dad always said, "Little Mary Mariah,jumped in the fire",etc. He was from Georgia, born in 1915.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: Mr Happy
Date: 06 May 10 - 07:34 AM

When I was a lad as big as me dad
I jumped into the laundry bag
The laundry bag it was so thick
That I jumped onto the walking stick

The walking stick it was so narrow
That I jumped into the wheelbarrow
Wheelbarrow, wooden wheel
I jumped onto the horse's heel

The horse's heel it was so hard
That I jumped into a pan of lard
The pan of lard it went on fire
And blew me up the Jeremiah!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old man 'badiah/Jumped in the fire
From: GUEST,Shirley
Date: 01 Jul 10 - 02:14 AM

Here is one that is similar my Grandfather used to tell me when i was a child, and is to be said with great spead and a very loud PUFF PUFF at the end.

When I was a lad as big as me dad
I came out of a peace wag

The peace wag was so full
I came out of a roaring bull

The roaring bull was so fat
I came out of a gentleman's hat

The gentleman's hat was so fine
I came out of a bottle of wine

The bottle of wine was so thick
I came out of a knob stick

Knob stick wouldn't bend
So I came out of a turkey hen

Turkey Hen wouldn't lay
So I came out of a lump of clay

Lump of clay was so nasty
I came out of an apple pasty

The apple pasty was so rotten
I came out of a bag of cotton

Bag of cotton caught on fire
Blew me up to Jeremiah
PUFF PUFF


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,spinnjade
Date: 28 Mar 11 - 05:59 PM

grandma mire jumped in the fire
the fire was so hot she jumped in the pot
the pot was so black she jumped in the crack
the crack was so high she jumped in the sky
the sky was so blue she jumped in the canoe
the canoe was so deep she jumped in the creek
the creek was so shallow she jumped in the tallow
the tallow was so soft she jumped in the loft
the loft was so rotten she jumped in the cotton
the cotton was so white she stayed all night.
she had a little dog it's name was Rover when it died,
it died all over except for its tail and it turned over.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,mazzamum
Date: 07 May 12 - 05:48 AM

this is the version my dad used to say to us when I was little in the early 1960's. It was spoken and the last jeremiah was loud and made us jump

When I was a lad as big as my dad
I jumped into a peapod
the peapod was so full
I jumped into a butchers bull
the butchers bull was so fat
i jumped into a gentlemans hat
the gentlemans hat was so fine
i jumped into a bottle of wine
the bottle of wine was so clear
i jumped into a bottle of beer
the bottle of beer was so nasty
i jumped into an apple pasty
the apple pasty was so good
i jumped into a lump of wood
the lump of wood was so rotten
i jumped into a bag of cotton
the bag of cotton set of fire
and blew us all to jeremiah


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Subject: Lyr Add: Jeremiah peed on the fire
From: Richard from Liverpool
Date: 07 May 12 - 06:10 AM

This is the version from Liverpool, as printed in Frank Shaw's You Know Me Anty Nelly? (1970) - very similar to Paul Burke's version from his mother in Lancashire.

Jeremiah pee'd on the fire,
The fire was out-
So he pee'd up the spout.
The spout was flat
So he pee'd on the cat
And the cat ran away
With the pee on its back


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST
Date: 20 May 12 - 10:42 PM

Here are the adjusted lyrics with a few lines that were left out:
There once was a man and he was mad
so he jumped into a pudding bag.
The puddin bag it was so fine
He jumped into a bottle of wine
The bottle of wine it was so thick
that he jumped onto a walking stick.
The walking stick it was so narrow
He jumped into a wheelbarrow.
The wheelbarrow began to crack
So he jumped onto a horse's back
The horse's back began to break
So he jumped into a chocolate cake.
The chocolate cake became so rotten
So he jumped into a bag of cotton
The bag of cotton caught on fire
and blew him up to Jeremiah. POOF!

DAF


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,Aunt mamire
Date: 15 Nov 12 - 10:13 PM

Aunt mamire jumped in a fire;
The fire was so hot, she jumped in a pot;
The pot was so black, she jumped in a crack;
The crack was so high she fell in the sky;
The sky was so blue, she fell in a canoe;
The canoe was so deep,she jumped in a creek;
The creek was soft she jumped in a loft;
The loft was so rotton, she fell in some cotton;
The cotton was so white, she stayed all night;
The night was so dark, she peeled her some bark;
The bark was so brown, she went to town;
The town was so big, she bought a pig;
The pig was so rough, she bought her some snuff;
The snuff was so strong, she didn't last long.

Terry's (Marbledale Tennessee)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,libby
Date: 07 Jun 13 - 02:45 PM

the cotton was right
so he took off his shoes
and he stayed all night!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 17 Jun 13 - 04:01 PM

As told to me by my Grandpa circa 1950 in Preston Lancs with broad Lancs accent:
When I were a lad as big as me Dad
I came out a pea pod
Pea pod was so full
I came out a roarin' bull
Roarin' bull was so fat
I came out a gentleman's 'at
Gentleman's 'at it was so fine
I came out a bottle o' wine
Bottle o' wine it was so clear
I came out a bottle o' beer
Bottle o' beer was so thick
I came out a knob stick
Knob stick wouldn't bend
I came out a turkey 'en
Turkey 'en it wouldn't lay
I came out a lump o' clay
Lump o' clay it was so nasty
I came out an apple pasty
Apple pasty was so good
I came out a lump o' wood
Lump o' wood it was so rotten
I came out a bag o' cotton
Bag o' cotton set on fire
And blew me up to Jeremiah.... Puff, Puff, Puff.

I have just started teaching it to my Grand daughter (age 1)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,Cheryl Hughes
Date: 20 Jun 13 - 01:25 PM

All the different versions and title names are interesting! My grandfather would recite this to me when I was a kid - starting out at a normal pace of speech then gradually increasing to a rapid pace at the end. His last name was Jenkins, and he was a descendant of Burkes, who came to Tennessee from Rockingham Cty, NC - mostly Scots-Irish ancestry. He titled it "Jimmy Conaire" (kuh-NAIR) and it goes further than most I've seen (with the exception of Terry's/Marbledale, TN), and addresses the character's "end."

Jimmy Conaire

Jimmy Conaire jumped in a fire;
The fire was so hot he jumped in a pot;
The pot was so black he jumped in a crack;
The crack was so high he jumped in the sky.
The sky was so blue he jumped in a canoe;
The canoe was so shallow he jumped in the tallow;
The tallow was so soft he jumped in the loft;
The loft was so rotten he jumped in the cotton.
The cotton was so white he stayed all night;
The night was so dark it peeled the bark;
The bark was so round he went to town;
The town was so big he found a pig.
The pig was so poor he went to the store;
The store was so clean he found a bean;
The bean was so red he went to bed;
The bed was so square it pulled his hair;
AND THAT WAS THE END OF JIMMY CONAIRE.

In the Andy Griffith Show episode "Mountain Wedding", Ernest T. recites "Old Aunt Mariah." I asked about this on a TAGS fan site and the responder stated that Everett Greenbaum, who co-wrote that episode, had gotten the recitation from his wife, who heard it growing up in the Midwest. This answer was given in a TAGS interview at some point.


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Subject: Lyr Add: OBADIAH JUMPED INTO THE FIRE.
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 21 Jun 13 - 06:52 PM

From Americanisms; the English of the New World by Maximilian Schele De Vere (New York: Charles Scribner & Company, 1872), page 46:

The other used to be sung by one voice, the response being given in a chorus, and at each refrain the husked car would be thrown on the rapidly-rising pile in the centre:

Solo. Obadiah.
Chorus. Jumped into the fire.
Solo. Fire too hot.
Chorus. Jumped in the pot.
Solo. Pot too black.
Chorus. Jumped in the crack.
Solo. Crack too high.
Chorus. Jumped in the sky.
Solo. Sky too blue.
Chorus. Jumped in the canoe.

[Part of the rhyme seems to be missing at this point.]

Solo. Pond too deep.
Chorus. Jumped in the creek.
Solo. Creek too shallow.
Chorus. Jumped in the tallow.
Solo. Tallow too soft.
Chorus. Jumped in the loft.
Solo. Loft too rotten.
Chorus. Jumped in the cotton.
Solo. Cotton so white.
Chorus: Stayed there all night!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,Cheryl Hughes
Date: 25 Jun 13 - 12:11 AM

You do mean "husked EAR" - as in corn husking? That's an interesting connection - something to make the work go faster...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,Donald
Date: 01 Sep 13 - 12:16 PM

My father recited this to me when I was achild. He was born in Texas in the 20s. His family came from Georgia, Carolinas and Virginia,

Old Granny Dyer, she jumped in the fire,
The fire was so hot, she jumped in the pot,
The pot was so black, she jumped in the crack,
The crack was so deep, she jumped in the creek,
The creek was so shalllow, she jumped in the tallow,
The tallow was so soft, she jumped in the loft,
The loft was so rotten, she jumped in the cotton,
The cotton was so white, she jumped alll night...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 14 - 05:03 PM

The cotton was white so he stayed all night


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 18 Mar 14 - 02:04 PM

If the Southern pronunciation "fiah" is used, there is no reason for all these other characters whose names don't 'rhyme'.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,Tom Johnstone
Date: 13 Nov 14 - 12:04 PM

My version, from my Auntie Belle in Clitheroe, Lancashire, late 1950s, is very similar to Chris Guest's but with more of a flourish at the end:

When I were a lad as big as me Dad,
I come out of a pea swad,
Pea swad were so full,
I came out of a roaring bull,
Roaring bull were so fat,
I come out of a gentleman's hat,
Gentleman's hat were so fine,
I come out of a bottle of wine,
Bottle of wine were so clear,
I come out of a bottle of beer,
Bottle of beer were so thick,
I come out of a knob stick,
Knob stick wouldn't bend,
I come out of a turkey hen,
Turkey hen wouldn't lay,
I come out of a lump of clay,
Lump of clay were so nasty,
I come out of an apple pasty,
Apple pasty were so good,
I come out of a lump of wood,
Lump of wood were so rotten,
I come out of a bag of cotton,
Bag of cotton set afire,
And blew me back to Jeremiah.

Jeremiah, blow the fire,
Puff, puff, puff!
First you blow it easy,
Then you blow it rough.
Jeremiah, blow the fire,
Puff, puff, PUFF!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,leah
Date: 03 Nov 15 - 08:54 PM

Auntie Mariah sat on the fire
The fire was too hot she sat on the pot
The pot was too round she sat on the ground
The ground was too flat she sat on the cat
The cat ran away with s**t on its back


That the one I was told as a kid :)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Old Man 'Badiah Jumped in the Fire
From: GUEST,Gary
Date: 21 Jul 17 - 05:18 PM

Here's the way Iremember it from my boyhood here in Texas, 60 + years ago.

Jack McGuire jumped in the fire
The fire's so hot, he jumped in the pot
The pot's so little, he jumped in the kettle
The kettle's so black, he jumped in a crack
The crack's so high, he jumped in the sky
The sky's so blue, he jumped in the slough
The slough"s so deep, he jumped in the creek
The creek's so shallow, he jumped in the tallow
The tallow's so hard, he jumped in the lard
The lard's so soft, he jumped in the loft
The loft's so rotten, he jumped in the cotton
The cotton's so white, he stayed all night
And smoked old Jack McGuire's pipe


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