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Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!

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Subject: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: bubukaba
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 12:22 AM

Hello! I am Becca, and I have never posted here before, so please forgive me if I am doing anything wrong! Now to business:

I have discovered a mystery which I am quite keen on solving.

There is a song by a man named John Darnielle who records as The Mountain Goats called "Down Here."

The final stanza of this song consists of the following:
    "Johnson Johnson is my name
    Brooklyn is my station
    Heaven is my resting place
    And God is my salvation"
Now, earlier today I was reading James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and lo and behold, a few pages into it what should I see but this:
    "Stephen Dedalus is my name,
    Ireland is my nation.
    Clongowes is my dwellingplace
    And heaven my expectation."
This amazing parallel struck me, and I was compelled to poke about online to see what I could find. All I've been able to find are the following facts:

1) There seems to be nothing out in the internet resembling the bit from Joyce enough to turn up in any googl'ing.

2) The bit from John Darnielle's song turns up one other place: a field recording sung by a man named Ben Mandel from New York City, 1964 from an album called "Brave Boys - New England Traditions in Folk Music" of a version of "The Two BrotherS" (Child 49). However, a document from the record label that released the album that some searching turned up states the following: "Mandel's delightlfully incongrous final stanza clearly derives from another urban street rhyme, but its presence serves to make this version unique"

I would love to know what the origins of this song (poem?) are, both the Brooklyn version and the Ireland version.

If any of you can help me, it would be super.

-Becca


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTER
From: bubukaba
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 12:34 AM

[Oh dear, in looking over things it looks as if I perhaps ought to have labeled this "lyrics request." I'm sorry if this screws anything up. I'll do it right next time.]
    Hi, Becca - in this situation, I think either "origins" or "lyrics request" would be appropriate. There are no hard-and-fast rules. And it is an interesting mystery.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTER
From: Peace
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 02:30 AM

www.shsu.edu/~his_ncp/DeadEnd.html

also

The Two Brothers: "Johnson, Johnson is my name /Brooklyn is my station..." The Child Ballad that both John Darnielle and Alfred Bester borrowed. (This is cut and paste from the following site:

www.snarkout.org/side/music/


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTER
From: Peace
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 02:32 AM

I can't find much more that would be of help. However, the first noted site in the post above has a long poem , and the stanza you have quoted comes near the end of the poem.

Welcome to the 'cat , by the way.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 04:50 AM

I seem to remember hearing this quoted in a Swedish accent, with the name pronounced yonson yonson.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: GUEST,Lighter at work
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 08:32 AM

Oscar Brand sings a similar stanza in his version of the (very) bawdy song "One-Eyed Riley":

            Oscar Brand it is my name,
            America it is my nation,
            Drinking gin my claim to fame,
            Shagging girls my occupation.

From the early '50s.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 11:24 AM

That verse formula used to be very common indeed. It was used on children's samplers and as an owner's motto in books and so on. For a sampler of 1799 made by a 15-year old English schoolgirl, see:

http://www.antiquesamplers.com/samplers/Hornby.htm

You can find other examples with a little searching via Google (I used the phrase "england is my nation," as that is probably the most common form, though obviously other places where English is spoken have known and used it). The lines have been incorporated, in one form or another, into a good few songs because they were common currency, at one time familiar to all.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTER
From: bubukaba
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 12:15 PM

Malcolm Douglas - Thank you thank you, this certianly the origin of the form - I'd thought that it was perhaps from an epitath formula or something, but this makes much more sense.

The only remaining question, then, is where the Johnson Johnson verse comes from, since it's one that seems to reoccur in a few places.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 12:35 PM

It does wander a little into epitaph territory at times: the following inscription is quoted at Inscriptions: by Rita Smith, from some time after 1838:

"Peter Ingray is my name
England is my nation
Bassingbourn is my living place
And Christ is my salvation.
When I'm dead and in the grave
And all my bones are rotten
Take up this book and in there look
And see I'm not forgotten.

Signed, Peter Ingray"

That second part, too, was pretty common in one form or another.

As for "Johnson Johnson", there may perhaps be some connection (if only by analogy) with My Name Is Yon Yonson.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: masato sakurai
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 01:11 PM

From other samplers etc.:

(1) From here:

Martha Earl

Birth record of Martha Earl
Martha Earl (b. August 1,1781) (married to Casparus or Jasper Bartolf)
Hackensack, Bergen County, N.J., ca. 1787
10 1/8" x 9 5/8"
Silk on linen

"Martha Earl is my/name
Hackensack is/ my station
Heaven/is my dwelling [place]/
And Christ is my [sal/v]ation
When I [am]/dead and in my grav/
-e and all my bones/are rotten
For / this you sea remem/ber me
That I are/not forgottin
She was born August/ 1 AD 1781
ABCDEFGHI"

Martha was living at Bergen County, N.J., at the time of her deposition in 1842.

(2) From here (p. 56) (pdf file)

The answer is found in the context of such verses. Quaker Anna Garwood's sampler, wrought in 1832, reads: "Anna Garwood is my name/in Ohio is my station/in Warren is my dwelling place/and Christ is my salvation" [45]. Lucretia Kirtland's earlier sampler of 1808 carries similar verses:

    Lucretia Kirtland?November 2nd1807 Aged 10
    Wallingford [Connecticut] is my native place
    And English is my nation,
    Poland is my dwelling place
    And Christ is my salvation. [232]

(3) From here (HANNAH BREED 1756):

Hannah Breed is my name
New England is my station
Lynn is my dwelling place
and Christ is my salvation

   (Origin and date: Lynn, Massachusetts, 1756)

(4) From here:

Autograph Album [#2] of Miss
Ella Calhoun,
Wellington Kans.
July 25th 1881


At home        Rich Hill Mo Feb the 22 -82
Ida Ervin is my name single is my station. Bates County is My Dwelling
place Christ is my salvation.
Think of me                        Miss Ida Ervin

(5) From here (also here):

When her Uncle was at work, my mother enjoyed exploring the graveyard, which contains many gypsy graves, all of which are beautiful white marble angels. She could even remember some of the inscriptions.

"Miranda Stevens is my name.
England is my nation,
Market Drayton my resting place
And Christ is my station."

She also remembered seeing a tragic inscription on a grave of six young children, who died after eating matches.

(6) From here:

AFS 2789B3-4: Two songs performed by a school child. Dunham, Kentucky, March 29, 1938.

2789B3: "Betty Lou is my name, Dunham is my station"
2789B4: "Roses on my shoulder"

(7) From here:

William Willoughby is my name and Spotsylvania is my Station.

Sally Willoughby was married October 4, 1797.
Nancy Willoughby was married October 2, 1800.
Wm Willoughby was married January 30, 1812.
[Illegible line] dead October 24, 1815.
Lusindy Willoughby was married to Charles McCloud December 21, 1815.

James Martin and Sidney Willoughby was married May 28, 1818.

(8) From here:

PEEL-TOWN [], Peel.
Jamys Kelly is my name,
Peel-town is my station,
The Isles of Man is my dwelling-place,
And Christ is my salvation. (A book inscription.)

(9) From here (MARY JONES, 1801):

Adam and Eve while innocent In Paradise were Placed
But soon the serpent by his wiles The happy pair disgraced
MARY JONES IS MY name New York is my station
Heaven is my dwelling place And Christ is my salvation
When I am dead laid in my grave and all my bones are rotten
When this you see Remember me that I be not forgotten
August 14 AD 1801 and in the 15th year of America's Independence


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: masato sakurai
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 01:44 PM

Continued:

(10) Mystery grave in Pike Brethren Cemetery:

William Donaldson is my name
And Scotland is my nation
Nant-Y-Glo is my dwelling place.
And Heaven is my expectation.
When I am dead and in my grave
And all my bones are rotten
These few lines will tell my name
When I am quite forgotten.

(11) The Stars My Destination:

Gully Foyle is my name
And Terra is my nation.
Deep space is my dwelling place,
The stars my destination.

(12) Ethel Hegeman's Documentation:

He writes The Bible was the first Brookfield edition printed in 1815. On the first blank page we find the following:

The property of
Thomas Chaddock
October 1818
price 3.00

    underneath the following:

Thomas Chaddock is my name,
and English is my nation;
Brookfield is my native place
And Christ is my salvation.

(13) I'M A LITTLE ORPHAN GIRL (in the DT):

Rodger Lang Strang (1948), 27, as a line game;
continued with a rhyme properly belonging to the class
of book rhymes: When I'm dead and in my grave,/ And all
my bones are rotten,/ This little book shall tell my
name/ When I am quite forgotten./ Jeannie Rodger is my
name;/ Dundee is my nation;/ Heaven is my dwelling-
place/ And holy habitation.

(14) Inscriptions:

Finally, one of my favorite inscriptions. In a childish hand, on the inside cover of a tract published in 1838 entitled The Story of Joseph and his Brethren the owner, Peter Ingray, left an inscription for the ages:

Peter Ingray is my name
England is my nation
Bassingbourn is my living place
And Christ is my salvation.
When I'm dead and in the grave
And all my bones are rotten
Take up this book and in there look
And see I'm not forgotten.
Signed, Peter Ingray

(15) Liz Burdick's Chaddock Family History:

The birth of Thomas on 12 Nov 1760 , as son of Joseph, is listed in the Brookfield, MA VR, and he, Thomas listed his families' records on a sheet of ledger like paper numbered 398, owned by Liz (Tillman) Burdick in 1997. This paper was handed down to his Granddaughter Avelyn Hughes, Liz Burdicks Great Grandmother, and was found in the trunk which contained all the clues and records collected by many family members that started this whole "mess" of research. The page is headed "Chaddock Family Record" and below this "The Property of Thomas Chaddock October 1818. price 3.00". Following this is: "Thomas Chaddock is my name, And English is my nation; Brookfield is my native place And Christ is my salvation."

(16) MFA - Online Collections Database - Object Full Record:

Ann Wing, American
Sampler
American
Colonial, 1739
United States, Massachusetts, (Boston)

Description: Unbleached plain weave linen sampler embroidered with silk. Inscribed "Ann Wing is my Name and New England is my Nation, Boston is my Dwelling Place and Christ is my Salvation. When I am dead and all my bones are rotten, When this you see Remember me and never let me be Forgotten."; "A. W. wrought this Aged thirteen 1739." Below this "One did commend me to a Wife both Fair and Young, That had French, Spanish and Italian tongue. I thanked him kindly and told him I loved none such, For I thought one tongue for A Wife too much. What love ye not the Learned? Yes as my Life, A Learned Schollar but not a Learned Wife." Orignally edged with green silk ribbon.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTER
From: GUEST,Sandy Paton
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 09:31 PM

The version of Two Brothers mentioned above was sung for me by bBen Mandel and I used it on my New World recording of song traditions in the Northeast (they chose to title the album "Brave Boys - Musical Traditions in New England" even though a number of the songs and tunes were collected in New York -- not a New England State. Ben mandel had learned this remarkable children's version of the classic Child ballad when he was a young lad growing up in a New York orphanage. He concluded the ballad with the "Johnson, Johnson is my name" quatrain. That's the way he learned it. The New World recording is currently available as a CD and may be ordered via Folk-Legacy's web site.
    Sandy


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: masato sakurai
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 09:52 PM

"Johnson, Johnson is my name" was sung and written down in Brooklyn in 1938. The manuscript is at American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940 (click here).
Johny and Billy went out for a walk
One Sunday afternoon
Johny said to Billy
"Do you manna have a fight?"
And then the boys threw stones.
Johny took out his little white knife And found the edge was sharpened.
He stuck it into Billy's heart
And blood came pouring after.
   "If mother asks you where I am?
   Tell her I am dying.
   Six little angels at my side
   Two to watch
   Two to pray
   And two to carry my soul away."
Johnson, Johnson is my name
Brooklyn is my station
Heaven is my resting place
God is my salvation!"


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: Lighter
Date: 09 Oct 04 - 09:55 PM

Masato, outstanding!


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTER
From: GUEST,W. Kiernan
Date: 29 Dec 07 - 03:26 PM

Alfred Bester's fantastic sf novel "The Stars My Destination" (the title in the U.S.A.; in the U.K. it was published under the cooler title "Tiger! Tiger!") opens with:

He was one hundred and seventy days dying and not yet dead. He fought for survival with the passion of a beast in a trap. He was delirious and rotting, but occasionally his primitive mind emerged from the burning nightmare of survival into something resembling sanity. Then he lifted his mute face to Eternity and muttered: "What's a matter, me? Help, you goddamn gods! Help, is all."

Blasphemy came easily to him: it was half his speech, all his life. He had been raised in the gutter school of the twenty-fifth century and spoke nothing but the gutter tongue. Of all brutes in the world he was among the least valuable alive and most likely to survive. So he struggled and prayed in blasphemy; but occasionally his raveling mind leaped backward thirty years to his childhood and remembered a nursery jingle:

Gully Foyle is my name
And Terra is my nation.
Deep space is my dwelling place
And death's my destination.

He was Gulliver Foyle, Mechanic's Mate 3rd Class, thirty years old, big boned and rough... and one hundred and seventy days adrift in space.


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Subject: Lyr Add: Goondiwindi Song (Old Black Alice)
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 30 Dec 07 - 12:28 AM

G'day bububaka / Becca ... if you're still around after 3 years and some months ...,

I found all the information and scholarship quite interesting ... then it dawned on me that we have an Australian "cross-cultural" song that also draws on the same structure for the first stanza: Old Black Alice ... or, sometimes The Goodiwindi Song. The song concerns a Murri (Aboriginal) woman who probably works on a property that raised merino sheep in Queensland, near the town of Goondiwindi.

It's hard to say if the song originates among the Murri (who might have been exposed to some European schooloing ... and met up with the sampler text style that underlies the Johnson, Johnson text - or if the song started out as a white settler-composed song for an event such as a concert at the sheep station (~ "ranch"). Either way, it has survived among both the Murri and the white settlers ... and, apparently, acquired a stronger sense of pride in their own culture and race (at least, in the versions I prefer!).

This is the entry from Ron Edwards' Australian Folk Song Index - with my condensation of the pertinent notes:

The Goondiwindi Song

Oh, it's old Black Alice are my name, Wellshot are my station,
It's no disgrace, the old black face, it's the colour of my nation.
Oh, it's boomeri-eye and mind your eye, and don't kick up a shindy.
I've got a boy in Camooweal and one in Goondiwindi.

I can polka, I can waltz, I can dance the figures,
White man find 'em too much work, teach 'em to the niggers!
Dance me up and dance me down, I don't mind your colour,
I've got a boy in Kingaroy and one in Cunnamulla.

God he made the lubra girl that all the white girls run down,
He made the whites by the light of day, the black ones after sundown.
Dance the black girl round and round, don't you dare despise her!
I've got a man at Cuddapan, and another one at Mount Isa.

White man wash in old tin tub, black man wash much cleaner,
Black man wash in Condamine and in the Diamantina.
Listen to the beat and mind your feet, don't exhaust my patience!
I'm off next week to Combo Creek to meet my fine relations.

As printed in the Joy Durst Memorial Songbook

Tune: Variant of The Rose Tree (or Portlirge)

Ron Edwards notes, in his Australian Folk Song Index, The Rams Skull Press, 2005: Welltown is probably the original location of the song as it is 64 kilometres west of Goondiwindi on the road to Nungindi and about 19 kilometres from the NSW border. It was owned by William Leonard and son and was an old established merino stud. My informant, Mrs Makim, thought that Snowdrop Sally* had worked there as a cook "in the old days".

* "Snowdrop Sally" and "Snowdrop Willy" each appear as the singer in the other collected versions of the song. "Snowdrop" was the sort of casual name that whites of the period might give to a Murri (Aboriginal) in their employ ? but it's interesting to see it appearing as both male and female protagonists.

As the collected versions of the song are closely related to one geographical region, it may be that the informants are remembering a Murri couple who did domestic work on Wellshot Station (merino sheep "ranch").

The tune I use - and published in the Bush Music Club's Mulga Wire, #70, December 1988, is a variant of The Rose Tree (or Portlirge), both in metre and the notes of the second part. I can't detail how that one evolved - but I can supply dots (or, at least, ABC notation) if anyone is interested.

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: GUEST,Robbie Evans
Date: 13 Jan 08 - 04:39 PM

I can add to the above list - I have just watched UK BBC TV adaptation of Flora Thompsons 'Lark Rise to Candleford Green' and a song was sung using similar wording.
Thus : My name is.......and England is my nation........ etc. etc.
This prompted me to check an old Quaker book that I possess (published 1676 by Francis Howgil) in which there is much ownership inscriptions.

Including this:

William Hodgson is my name
and England is my nation
Longborough is my dwelling place
and hop (sic) for haven (sic) to be my habation (sic)


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: GUEST,Brenda
Date: 04 Feb 09 - 02:19 PM

I have found an old Hymn book Beloging to my great grandfather dated Sep 3 1873 with James Hood is my name England my nation & heaven is my dwelling place a pleasant obligation or habitation and when I am dead & all my bones are rotting this little book will remember me me when I am quite for goring

Also

The hour of my departure has come I here the voice that calls me home at last O lord let trouble cease now let thy servant die in peace


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: GUEST,Dick Cryer
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 03:05 PM

There are many Mennonite show towels around the Phildelphia area that the young girls inscribed in the midlle of the 1800s:
    "When I am dead and in my grave,
    And my bones are rotten,
    When this you See remember me,
    Lest I Should be for gotten.
    Elizebeth H. Longenecker is my name,
    and heaven is my salvation.
    Pennsylvania Is my dwelling place,
    and Chirst is my Sustation.
    Elizebeth H. Longenecker.
    She marked This towel
    Done the 7 day of abril A. D. 1840."


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: Jack Campin
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:56 PM

And as for who Johnson Johnson might have been: there was a kid by that name who lived for a few years around the 1950s who was born with no mouth. He was celebrated as medical curiosity. (I can find nothing at all about him via Google).


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: GUEST,Dick Cryer
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 01:08 PM

In reviewing the web site, I guess the verse "When I am dead and in my grave, and all my bones are rotten" etc., is anymomous being told in England and the Quakers before 1700?


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Sep 09 - 09:51 AM

The following song was collected in 1938 by Fred Romanofsky, a worker with the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940.

It was mentioned upthread by Peace on 09 Oct 04 - 02:30 AM, and an excerpt of this rhyme was posted by masato sakurai on 09 Oct 04 - 09:52 PM.

But I think the entire song* should be posted on Mudcat, in part because pf its folkloric value, but also because some of its verses are quite similar to other rhymes that are already posted on this forum or are available elsewhere on the Internet.

*Actually, I think this "song" is a series of "risque" childen's rhymes strung together). The song title was given in the interview notes.


JOHNNY BILLY

"You manna hear some songs? The dirty kind?"

Hei ho! Hei ho!
To Hollywood we go,
To see Mae West and all the rest.
Hei ho! Hei ho!
Me and my friend Toni
We come from Italy.
We drink the booze
And shine the shoes
Me and my friend Toni.
We are the boys of 11th street
That you hear so much about
People hide their pocketbooks
Whenever they go out.
We're noted for our dirty work
Most everything we do.
All the copers hate us
And we hope you hate us too.
Hei ho! Hei Ho!
It's off to the burlesque we go
We sit and stare at the girls bare
Hei ho! Hei ho!
One day I saw something in the grass
It was Mussolini with Hitler in his ass.
In 1492
Columbus was a Jew
He sat on the grass
And tickled his ass -
In 1493.
Tammany, Tammany
Hookus pocus
Kiss my tocus
Tam-m-a-n-y!
A richman takes a taxi cab
A poorman takes a train
A hobo walks the railroad track
But gets there just the same.
Johny and Billy went out for a walk
One Sunday afternoon
Johny said to Billy
"Do you manna have a fight?"
And then the boys threw stones.
Johny took out his little white knife And found the edge was sharpened.
He stuck it into Billy's heart
And blood came pouring after.
"If mother asks you where I am?
Tell her I am dying.
Six little angels at my side
Two to watch
Two to pray
And two to carry my soul away."
Johnson, Johnson is my name
Brooklyn is my station
Heaven is my resting place
God is my salvation!"
Hoover blew the whistle
Mellon rang the bell
Wall Street gave the signal
And the country went to Hell!
-George [Poohepka?], between 9-15 years old, East End, New York City, collected by Fred Romanofsky (the Federal Writers' Project), 1938

http://www.shsu.edu/~his_ncp/DeadEnd.html


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: Uly
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 09:33 PM

How funny, I just looked this up the other day, too. Reading a book on Australian playground rhymes where an interesting version is:

So-and-so is her name
Single is her station
Happy is the man
To make the alteration


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: MGMLion
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 10:59 PM

From memory ? that one comes up in that charming but sentimental epistolary US-campus novel Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster 1912, musicalised in Britain 1952. I repeat ? this from memory; but the book an oft-read childhood fave of mine & above jingle rings loud bell in relation to it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: MGMLion
Date: 30 Sep 09 - 11:00 PM

Forgot to say that the 1952 UK musical version called Love From Judy.


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: GUEST,Rob Zitzewitz
Date: 07 Jul 14 - 07:51 PM

Sampler worked by Abigail White born 16 Jan 1743, Kittery, Me.

" ABIGAIL WHITE IS MY NAME, NEW ENGLAND IS MY NATION. KITTERY IS MY DWELLING PLACE AND CHRIST IS MY SALVATION. WHEN I AM DEAD AND IN MY GRAVE AND ALL MY BONES ARE ROTTEN, WHEN THIS YOU SEE, REMEMBER ME, LET ME NOT BE FORGOTTEN"


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: GUEST,Anne Neilson
Date: 08 Jul 14 - 01:19 PM

I have a vague memory of autograph books having a fleeting popularity when I was about 10 years old (1954) -- the autographs were never of anyone remotely famous, but always of school pals; and the 'competition' was to write something unusual or unknown or special or humorous.
There were some pretty awful puns, some poor verse -- and the rhythm of this long-lasting verse sounds very familiar! Perhaps it was supplied to school friends by grannies?

(On a tangent, there were also the various forms for identifying a book as one's own, with the 'This book belongs to:- ?..Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain, Europe, The World, The Universe etc. etc.'. To a 10 year old it all seemed very fresh and new!)


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Subject: RE: Origins: 'Johnson Johnson is my name' A MYSTERY!
From: GUEST,Tildy
Date: 31 Oct 14 - 10:51 AM

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