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I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes

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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,My version
Date: 17 Oct 18 - 01:07 PM

My mother recited your postman poem to me as a child growing up in the 70’s, but it went a little differently.

Policeman, policeman
Do your duty,
Here comes Charlotte
As a bathing beauty

She can do the rumba
She can do the splits
She can lift her skirts
As high as her hips.

Here’s another she’d often recite

Charlotte was a dancer,
She danced for the king;
And every time she danced,
She wiggled everything.

Stop! Cried the king,
You can’t do that in here!
Phooey, said Charlotte,
And she kicked him in the rear.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST
Date: 18 Mar 18 - 12:03 AM

Ask your mother for 50 cents, come see the 3 ringed zebra... two around his belly, one around his... hold up there ladies, don't step in that elephants... shame on you little boy for sticking straw up that monkeys... ask your mother for 50 cents...


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,kenny boy
Date: 09 Aug 14 - 09:36 PM

Growing up in Central California in the 1950s, My Mom & Dad would say at the dinner table:

Order in the court.
The monkey wants to speak.
Speak monkey speak.
The first one to speak is a monkey.

It made us all shut up for up to minutes at a time.
In the 1980s it worked just as well on my kids.

I was surprised to find so many variations of it on this thread.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,dingles
Date: 27 Dec 13 - 01:49 PM

for hotdog / weiner roasts we always sang (when no parents were listening);

Daddy's got the weiner
Mommy's got the bun
Baby's got the ketchup
Yum! Yum! Yum!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 10:26 AM

Greetings, Jennifer Martin.

I rarely post on this forum anymore, but I want to share with you (and others) that my guess is that the game song that you remember is a pre-foot stomping cheer. Your entire description of how you remember "Check it Out" being performed conforms with the description of foot stomping cheers, except that you didn't describe the girls doing any percussive steppin' like foot stomping routines while they chanted those words (in between watching the "soloists doing their dance).Furthermore, I've collected other examples of foot stomping cheers that include the line "check it out". But that's not surprising since "check it out" was and still is a rather commonly used African American verncaular phrase.

"Foot stomping cheers" is a term that I coined for a certain type of composition that has a distinctive lyrical structure & performance activity. I consider foot stomping cheers to be a sub-category of children's/youth's dance style cheerleader cheers. I also consider those cheers to be a part of both the larger category of children's singing games, and the larger category of raps (in the pre-hip-hop sense of that word).

Traditionally (that is since 1976 when these cheers are first documented), foot stomping cheers are performed as an informal, leisure time activity, mostly by girls ages 6-12 years old.

Your example further confirms the documentation of these cheers originating with and being most often performed by African American girls. That said, the 2006 cheerleader movie Bring It On: All Or Nothing introduced much of the world to two examples of foot stomping cheers: "Shabooya Roll Call" and "Introduce Yourself".*

* It should be noted that the same textual structure and refrain found in the 2006 Bring It On movie was also used in Spike Lee's 1996 movie Get On The Bus. Also, in 1997 I collected an example of "Introduce Yourself" that is very similar to that used in that Bring It On movie, and I collected an earlier mid to late 1980s example of that same cheer, though with different words than that used in the 1990s example.

Click http://cocojams.com/content/foot-stomping-cheers-0 for more information on foot stomping cheers and for additional links to other related subjects.

Best wishes,

Azizi Powell


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,GUEST, Jennifer Martin
Date: 03 Feb 12 - 12:32 AM

When I was growing up in Chicago in a primarily African-American neighborhood in the mid 70s (This was probably 1976-1978) we used to do a song where a small group of us would stand in a circle and take turns doing little dance solos with different body parts, for example if Jane, Susan and Mary were in the circle we would all sing:

"Jane's got the rhythm, rhythm in her arms" and while Jane would move her arms around we'd all sing "Umm, check it out, umm-umm check it out", then "Susan's got the rhythm, rhythm in her hips" and Susan would swivel her hips around while we all sang "Umm, check it out, umm-umm check it out" and on and on with each kid doing a different body part (head, legs, butt, waist, etc.) we all agreed in advance who would do each body part before we all started singing.

It's 35 years later and I still get that song stuck in my head sometimes and nobody here in California seems to have ever heard it...


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymesloo
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Dec 11 - 01:24 PM


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Patsy Warren
Date: 20 Jul 10 - 07:43 AM

This was a way to get us to eat our prunes by counting the stones after by counting each stone to these rhymes:-

Lady, baby, gypsy, queen,
Elephant, monkey, tangerine.

Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor,
Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief.

This was a skipping game. Girls one side boys on the other.

Down in the valley where the green grass grows,
There goes Sarah(girl's name)as fair as a rose,
She grows, she grows, she grows so sweet,
That she calls for a lover at the end of the street.
(Boy runs in) Michael(whatever the boy's name is) Michael, coming out tonight,
Michael, Michael the moon is shining bright,
Put your hat and coat on tell your mother you won't be late,
How many kisses can I get.
Skipping rope is turned faster counting how many skips can be done.

If there was an election looming we had a skipping song how long ago this goes back I am not sure but in the 60's in England it was:-

Skipper runs into skipping rope)
Vote vote vote vote for Harold here comes Teddy at the door (Edward Heath. For Harold is the one who gives us all the fun,
So we don't want Teddy anymore, shut the door (skipper runs out).


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,susan
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 11:04 PM

I remember parts of this song:

The spades go two lips together
tie them together
bring back my love to me.

What is the me-ee-eening
of all these flow-er-er-ers
they tel the sto-or-or-y,
the story of love,
from me to you.

I saw the ship sail away,
it sailed three years and a day,
my love is far far away,
and I love him so, oh yes I do.

My heart goes bump ba de dump bump,
bump ba de dump bump,
over my love for you.

You are my one and only,
I love you passionately,
..........


I never thought about the meaning of these lyrics when I was young. Now when I search to find the lyrics I see posts referring to them as racist. I wonder though whether this was a song by black people about slaves being sold and separated. Does anyone know the rest of the lyrics and/or know the origin of this song?


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Uly
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 11:37 AM

Well, it's not. Most of it, in fact, is a sample of what genuine children were saying 20, 30, or 40 years ago... not what they learned from grown-ups.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: moonfan
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 10:16 PM

after reading back, it appears i'm on the wrong mind link. i was under the impression that this was a genuine children's rhymes site. if all the profane, discusting stuff i've read on here is a sample of today's youth, count me out.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: moonfan
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 10:06 PM

re: children's rhymes.

The moon is the North Wind's cookie.
He bites it day by day,
Until there's but a rim of scraps
That crumble all away.
The South Wind is a baker.
He kneads clouds in his den.
And bakes a crisp new moon that – greedy
North Wind –eats – again.

I grew up with the north wind's cookie but never heard it in song, only in the gentle cadence of my daddy's voice. Daddy sat with me on the back porch stairs and when that huge orange moon, with the crispy brown edges, began to rise above the horizon of our farm, he would point at it and tell me its story. I'm in my fifties, and now when I point out that that's a north wind's cookie, I get weird looks and a lot of WTF are you talking about. It's really sad that today's youth don't have a clue about the joy in a young child's heart from my era of awe and daddy taught beliefs.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,GUEST JennaH
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 09:44 PM

My sister taught me this:

Wait, come back, you need a tic-tac!
Not a tic, not a tac, you need the whole pack!
Red, green, yellow, white, man what did you eat last night?

One version of "shame" I've heard:

Shame shame shame
I don't want to go to Mexico no more, more, more
There's a big fat policeman at the door, door, door
If he grabs you by the collar
Girl, you better holler
I don't want to go to Mexico no more, more, more SHAME!

We sang this on the bus, as well as many more songs:

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream
Throw your teacher overboard and listen to her scream
Five days later, floating down the Delaware
Lost a pair of underwear, couldn't find another pair
Ten days later, eaten by a polar bear
That's how the polar bear died

Learned all these in early 90's, white and black kids both, in Virginia.

My mom taught me these she used to say from when she was a kid (Colorado or California, early 70's)

Left, left, left right left
I left my wife and forty-nine kids on the brink of starvation
With nothing but gingerbread left, left, left right left

I hate you I hate you I hate you
And besides, your mother dresses you funny (stick out your tongue)


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jan 10 - 11:49 PM

mailman mailman do your duty
here comes mrs american beauty
she can do the pom pom[pom pom]
she can do the splits [do it a lttle]
best of all she can blow u a kiss[blow a fake kiss]
K-I-S-S[Do split on each letter and do it over 'till split is finished]

ENJOY!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 12:33 PM

I need to know before posting a few from Hardi's childhood in a changing neighborhood-- what does the thread originator want me to do with the offensive words?

Please PM reply and then I'll implement here.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,cea
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 12:25 PM

here coms the bride all fat and wide give her a piece of alastic to keep her knickers tied. ta-da


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Lizzy
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 11:17 PM

"Oh the girls in france they don't wear no underpants
There's a hole in the wall if you look you'll see it all."


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,girl in black
Date: 30 Jul 09 - 05:10 AM

all of thease poems are crap thank you very much but one is sailor!:)


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Kathryn
Date: 14 May 09 - 11:24 AM

I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles and learned this rhyme in the early 1970s:

Eenie meenie pepsadenie
Ah ba bubalini
Achta katcha liberatcha I pick you
Have a peach
Have a plum
Have a stick of chewing gum
If you want another one, this is what you say
Amen Amen Amendiego San Diego
Hocus pocus dominocus
Yea Monkees!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Anje
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 01:04 AM

My bonnie lies over the ocean
My bonnie lies over the sea
My father lies over my mother
That's how I came to be

-------------------------

It's raining
It's pouring
The old man
is snoring

He cracked his head
and he went to bed
and he couldn't
get up in the morning

Rain, rain go away
Come again another day


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Azizi
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 09:57 AM

Thanks to all who have added examples to this thread.

It's good to see so many different versions of specific rhymes such as "Silence In the Court" which I remember as "Order In The Court" from my childhood in New Jersey in the 1950s.

And special thanks to those who remember to include demographical information with your example/s, particularly where you learned it (city, state if in the USA and city, nation outside of the USA) and when you learned it (year or decade). Including the type of playground rhyme such as whether it is a choosing "It" rhyme or a handclap rhyme would also be great as would be information about how it is played.

Also, remember to visit other children's rhymes threads that are hyperlinked at the top of this page. And why not consider joining this forum? Membership is free and easy to do. See the Membership feature near the top right hand corner of this page.

Thanks again!!

Ms. Azizi


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Tom Jenkins (UK)
Date: 04 Mar 09 - 08:18 AM

Silence in the Courtyard,
Silence in the street
The biggest fool in [town name]
Is just about to speak

(Often closed with 'Starting froooooom... NOW!')


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Anje
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 07:03 PM

Found a peanut
found a peanut
found a peanut just now
just now I found a peanut
found a peanut just now.
It was rotten
it was rotten
it was rotten just now
just now it was rotten
it was rotten just now.
Ate it anyway
ate it anyway
ate it any way just now
just now I ate it anyway
ate it anyway just now.
Got a tummy ache
got a tummy ache
got a tummy ache just now
just now I got a tummy ache
got a tummy ache just now.
Called the doctor
called the doctor
called the doctor just now
just now I called the doctor
called the doctor just now.
Died anyway
died anyway
died anyway just now
just now I died anyway
died anyway just now.
Went to heaven
went to heaven
went to heaven just now
just now I went to heaven
went to heaven just now.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Anje
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 06:49 PM

Only remember a little of this:

Order in the court
The judge is eating beans.
His wife is in the bathtub (bathroom?)
sinking submarines


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Anje
Date: 22 Feb 09 - 06:44 PM

Tramp tramp tramp
the fleas are marching!
Cheer up comrade
I've got one
Underneath my fingernail
I will pinch his little tail
'Til he promises
no further harm is done.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,lol
Date: 06 Feb 09 - 10:48 AM

Oh the girls in France
do the underpanty dance
and the dance they do
is enough to kill a shrew
when the shrew is dead
they put flowers in its head
when the flowers dry
there are diamonds in the sky
when the diamonds fall
they throw up a glass ball
when the glass ball breaks
it is 1968!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,abbey the golfer
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 09:22 PM

We used to do clapping games when we were kids, this is one of the first ones I remember - it was in 1967 that I learned it and I remember thinking that we couldn't play it after the next year!

Oh the girls in France
do the underpanty dance
and the dance they do
is enough to kill a shrew
when the shrew is dead
they put flowers in its head
when the flowers dry
there are diamonds in the sky
when the diamonds fall
they throw up a glass ball
when the glass ball breaks
it is 1968!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,keith
Date: 08 Nov 08 - 09:10 PM

Engine,engine number 9 going down Chicago line if the train falls off the track, do you want your money back? yes or no spell it and you are or are not it/

Inka dinka bottle of ink cough alot and your stink not because you are dirty not because you are clean just because you kissed the girl behing the magizine. (person picke is or is not it)

These are from Brookl;y, NY 1960's


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 05:41 PM

I've got a secret I won't tell
I was born in a winkle's shell
The winkle's shell was made of glass
So I went rolling on my
Ask no questions, tell no lies
Have you ever met a chinaman doing up his
Flies are a nuisance bugs are worse
That is the end of my silly verse


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 05:35 PM

Silence in the gallery
Silence in the court
The biggest monkey in the world
is just about to talk!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Azizi
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 05:09 PM

Guest, Deana Ashley, thank you for sharing those examples of children's rhymes.

I've been working on a project of collecting versions of various rhymes and trying to find early examples & sources for those rhymes. And I admit that I've been slacking on that project. However, the examples that you shared {whose versions I've not seen exactly that way}-particularly "Down by the river"; "Eenie Meanie Cessalini"; "Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka" helped to get me over that "editor's slump" {which I guess is similar to "writer's slump"}.

I very much appreciate that.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Deana Ashley :)
Date: 24 Aug 08 - 03:14 PM

Miss Mary Mack
"Miss mary mack mack mack
all dressed in black black black
with silver buttons buttons buttons
all down her back back back
she asked her dad dad dad
for 25 cents cents cents
to see an elephant elephant elephant
jump over the fence fence fence
he jumped so high high high
he reached the sky sky sky
and didnt come back back back
till the fourth of july -ly -ly"

"Eenie Meanie Cessalini"
Eenie Meanie Cessalini
Ya Ya Tumbalini
Etchi Ketchi Liberetchi
I love you.

Heard about your boyfriend lsat night.
How'd you know?
Peeked through a keyhole-nosy
Didnt do you homework-lazy
Jumped through a window-now you know im crazy
thats why they call me...

Eenie Meanie Cessalini
Ya Ya Tumbalini
Etchi Ketchi Liberetchi
I love you."

"Cici my playmate"
Cici my playmate
come out and play with me
Bring your dollies three
climb up my apple tree
slide down the rainbow
into the cellar door
and we'll be jolly friends
for ever more more more"

"Miss Susie"
Miss susie had a steamboat
the steamboat had a bell
miss susie went to heaven
the steamboat went to...
hello operator
please give me number nine
and if you disconnect me
ill chop off your...
behind the fridgerator
there was a peice of glass
miss susie sat upon it
and broke her little...
ask me no more questions
and tell me no more lies
the boys are in the bathroom
zipping up their...
flies are in the meadow
and bees are in the park
miss susie and her boyfriend
are kissing in the...
D-A-R-K, D-A-R-K, DARK! DARK! DARK!
the dark is like the movies
the movie's like a show
a show is like tv
and that is all i know
i know my ma
i know i know my pa
i know i know my sister
with a 48 acre bra bra bra!"

"Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka"
Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka
was her name
she had two hairs on top of her head
one was black and the other was red
Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka
was her name.
she had to holes in the middle of her nose
one was open and the other was closed
Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka
was her name.
she had two eyes which were quite a sight
one looked left and the other looked right
Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka
was her name.
she had two teeth in the middle of her mouth
one pointed north and the other pointed south
Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka
was her name.
she had two feet as flat as mat
everybody asked how they got like that
Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka
was her name.
a big huge bus ran over magdelina..
poor old fella had to buy a new machina
Magdelina Hagdelina Ooka talk walka talk ohka mohka poka
was her name."

"Down by the river"
Down by the river with the hank to pank
where the bullfrog jumped from bank to bank
saying eeps ipes opes oops
chilly willy ding dong
i pledge allegiance to the flag
michael jackson sings so bad
coca cola roots me up
now we're talkin 7Up
7Up has no caffine
now we're talkin billy gene
billy gene whent outta sight
now we're talkin bobby white
bobby white went out of town
riding on a rocket
stuck a feather in his hat
and called it hershey's chocolate"


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Bonnie
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 03:11 PM

My son just finished up 1rst grade and at Quarles Elementary in Winchester, VA, he learned:
first, second, third,
elementary nerd.

i don't know if there is more or not, but i think its a chosing one.

I used to say, chitty chitty bang bang sitting on a fence, trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents, that was in the early 80's in Baltimore County.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Keith H. From Rochester NY
Date: 14 Jun 08 - 01:51 AM

I learned this rhyme as a kid growing up in Rochester NY in the early 1970s. This rhyme is similar to the McDonalds rhyme above posted in April 2007.

McDonalds is your kind of place
They Serve you rattle snakes
On dirty paper plates
There is no parking place
They shove french fries up your nose
and pickles between your toes
Mcdonalds is your kind of place!

Another rhyme I learned dealt with Batman:
Jingle Bells
Batman smells
Robin laid an egg
Batmobile lost a wheel
Commisioner lost his head !


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Piers Plowman
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 12:46 PM

Sorry, it seems where I used angle braces to indicate names, that they have disappeared. It's probably pretty clear where they belong, though.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Piers Plowman
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 12:44 PM

I haven't read through this whole thread, so I apologize if I'm repeating things.

Evanston, Illinois in the 1960s and possibly into the 1970s:

Lincoln, Lincoln I've been thinkin'
What the heck have you been drinkin'?
Looks like water, tastes like wine,
Oh, my gosh, it's turpentine!

Liar, liar pants on fire!

I see London, I see France
I see underpants!

and
Sitting in a tree
K - i - s - s - i - n - g
First comes love, then comes marriage
Then comes in a baby carriage.

Eenie, meenie, minie, mo
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go
Eenie, meenie, minie, mo.
My mother told me to pick the very best one and that is YOU!

Jingle bells, Batman smells
Robin laid an egg.
(Can't remember the rest.)

Milk, milk, lemonade
Around the corner fudge is made.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Gogo
Date: 05 Jun 08 - 11:19 AM

Here's a couple that I learned from my big sister growing up in New England during the 60's:


A double jump-rope song:

Not last night, but the night before
24 robbers came knocking at my door
as I ran out - they ran in (1st jumper hops out, 2nd jumps in)
and hit me over the head with a rolling pin

It hurt, it hurt, it hurt so bad
I asked them what they wanted and this is what they said:
(jumper performs the following directions)
Spanish Dancer, turn a-round
Spanish Dancer, touch the ground
Spanish Dancer, do the splits
Spanish Dancer, give a high kick


And this was just a ryhme we all loved:

One bright day in the middle of the night
Two dead boys got up to fight
They turned back-to-back and faced each other
Drew their swords and shot each other
A deaf police man heard the noise
And came and shot the two dead boys
If you don't believe this lie, it's true
Go ask the blind man - he saw it too!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Apr 08 - 06:06 PM

Skunk in the barnyard
Pee-Yew!
Who passed gas?
It was you!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Mar 08 - 11:50 AM

I should clarify that-notwithstanding its use of the "Yo Mama" phrase-I believe that the structure and ending rhyming words of "Your [Yo] Mama Don't Wear No Drawers" fits the style of an open ended handclap rhyme or jumprope rhyme more than the one line
"Yo Mama" taunts.

As a means of comparison, here are four {at least in my opinion witty and humorous} "Yo Mama" one liners that same Cocojams page:

Yo Mama's so fat when she wore a yellow rain coat, people called out "TAXI!!" to her.
-Sandra; 6/26/2006; www.cocojams.com

**

yo mama so dumb it took her 2 hours to watch 60 minutes.
--Charlotte; 9/2/2007; www.cocojams.com

**

Your Momma So Poor
Your momma so poor that when i went in your house and stepped on a cigarrette she said ohhhhhhhhhh its cold in here who shut off the heat
-Markine P. ; 4/18/2006 ; www.cocojams.com

**

Yo moma's so stupid i put a paper on the tv and asked her what she was watching and she said paperview.
-Some Body; 10/15/2006 ; www.cocojams.com


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Azizi
Date: 29 Mar 08 - 11:32 AM

Here's an example that was recently sent to my website on children's rhymes.


Your Mama Don't Wear No Drawers

Here is an insult rhyme my sister, cousins, and I used to get into a lot of trouble repeating...but it was so much fun to say them and make up new lines. Birmingham, AL, 1980s and early 90s

Yo mama don't wear no draws (ba ba boom}*
i saw when she took them off (ba ba boom}
she put em in the washing machine {ba ba boom}
ajax couldn't get em clean {ba ba boom}
she put em on top of the house {ba ba boom}
they scared away mighty mouse {ba ba boom}
she put em up under the bed {ba ba boom}
you shoulda heard what the roaches said {ba ba boom}
she put up on top of the tracks {ba ba boom}
that train went 50 miles back {ba ba boom}
she put em in the middle of the street {ba ba boom}
those cars went beep beep beep {ba ba boom}

that's all that i can remember...but the taunt could go on forever. we would add to it every time someone thought of something new. but man, our parents hated us singing this around the house.
-Joi; 3/23/2008; http://cocojams.com/taunting_rhymes.htm

-snip-

*In her entry to Cocojams, Joi wrote that "ba ba boom is at the end of every line while you stomp". In this reposted example, I've added that "ba ba boom" phrase to the end of every line. I've also rewritten Joi's entry in a poetry format instead of the essay format in which it was sent.

**

"Yo Mama" taunts are associated with the African American oral folk cultural tradition called "The Dozens" {snappin', crackin, dissin and other terms}. Click here for a wikipedia article on The Dozens.

Also, there are a number of Yo Mama {Your Mama} children's taunts on that Cocojams page whose link has been provided.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 12:52 AM

Happy to do it, Azizi. And thanks to our GUEST for the contribution. Why don't you consider joining our merry band and helping us a bit more?

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 12:52 AM

Ammended comment:

Some of these post may be from adults, children, and teens who don't know that they are supposed to pick a screen name when they post on Mudcat.

But since that is Mudcat's policy, I hope people who post remember to choose a screen name.

Also, why not join Mudcat? Membership is free and easy to do. Just click on the membership tap up the top near the right hand corner of this page, and follow the instructions which are provided.

I hope folks will continue sharing the songs/rhymes/and comments about those songs and rhymes either as a guest who uses the same name whenever they post on Mudcat, or as a Mudcat member.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 12:42 AM

Big Mick, thanks for re-posting that example.

I'm guessing that some of the Guests who post to Mudcat threads about children's rhymes are children or pre-teens who found those threads through Google or other search engines and don't know that the policy of Mudcat is to add a name to the "Guest" referent when they post examples.

I'm hoping that anyone wanting to share examples of children's rhymes in these threads will now know that they have to add a name to their post along with the word GUEST.

By the way, it also would be great if anyone posting examples or comments about rhymes or songs would remember to include demographical information, particularly the geographical location {city/state/and nation if the nation is outside of the USA} and the year that she or he remembers reciting or hearing the rhyme.

Thanks, again!


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Big Mick
Date: 15 Mar 08 - 12:22 AM

from an unattributed GUEST post which is not allowed:

I remember:

Order in the court
the monkey wants to speak
the first one to speak is
the monkey for the week.

My parents used to use it on long car trips to try to get me not to talk.


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Jay
Date: 13 Mar 08 - 02:40 PM

On the Shirley Temple rhyme - As a kid growing up in New Zealand (1970's) while waiting in line we used to hear this variant from the girls
"Shirley Temple is a Star, S..T..A..R..
She can do the wibble-wobble, she can do the splits
She can lift her dress right up to her hips!"
At which point they would briefly lift up their skirt (like we boys cared at that age)


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,kfo
Date: 25 Feb 08 - 02:56 PM

Does anyone remember something like this:

Order in the courthouse,
The monkey wants to speak.
No laughing, no smiling
No showing your teeth!

Then if anyone talked or smiled, etc, they were "it".


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: GUEST,Baby*Shake
Date: 31 Jan 08 - 11:31 PM

i went down town to see Charlie Brown
he gave me a nickle so i bough a pickle
the pickle was sour so he gave me a flower
the flower was dead and this is what he said
"down down baby down by the ocean,
sweet sweet baby never should i let you go,
chity chity bang bang i know kar-out-tay,
chity chity bang bang show off your body,
chity chity bang bang freeze.
and never ever let your mama say tell you to say please


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 05:38 AM

epteber?? September of course...


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 05:37 AM

The first piece of folklore I ever collected in the field was from Peter Best on my first day at Shiremoor Infants School, Northumberland in epteber 1966, aged five. I remember it to this day, largely account of my insane mother washing my mouth out with soap and water when I proudly recited it to her upon getting home:

Ching-Chong the Chinaman went to milk a cow,
Ching-Chong the Chinaman didn't know how;
Ching-Chong the Chinaman pulled the wrong tit,
Ching-Chong the Chinaman got a mouth full of shit.

Otherwise:

Tarrara-boom-dee-ay, the teacher pumped today
She blew the school away, now we're on holiday

And the totally vile:

Yum-yum bubble gum, push it up the teacher's bum;
If it sticks, suck her tits; yum-yum-bubblegum.

Funny how these things linger...


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Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
From: Azizi
Date: 23 Jan 08 - 01:03 AM

GUEST,thanslin,

Actually, I'm not sure if anyone knows if this rhyme/taunt was around before 1949.

It would be interesting to find out.

But if it's you who we have to thank for creating the "I'm rubber/you're glue" taunt, then thanks a lot.

It's a really witty rhyme.


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