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Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????

John M. 01 May 06 - 05:24 PM
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Subject: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhoea Song' ????
From: John M.
Date: 01 May 06 - 05:24 PM

Hello everyone,

This thread is for child-like audiences only.  I am looking for the earliest date for the traditional children's song titled:  
 

                                    The Diarrhea Song 


                 1.  Do you sing this song? 
                 2.  If yes, when and where did you learn it?
                 3.  Would you be willing to sing it for folklore purposes over the phone? 


So far I have only been able to trace this song back to the late 1970s.  Do you remember a version earlier than this?

Your help with the tune and giving an earlier date for this song, please feel free to email or call me (314.381.0492).

Thanks!

John Mehlberg
john@mehlberg.com
~
Phone:  +1.314.381.0492
~
My website: www.immortalia.com


~

THE DIARRHEA SONG

Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)
Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)

Some people think it's gross
I think it's good on toast

Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)
Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)


Notes: This is from the singing of an anonymous 37 year old woman from Wisconsin recorded on 26 March 2006.  She learned this sometime in the late 1970s. 
 

  • Field Recording - John Mehlberg Collection - See Notes.

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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 May 06 - 01:50 PM

very good, I wouldn't mind singing that

I can't think why she would remain anon

you could sing it mixed up with skip to my lou

Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)
Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)
Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)
Skip to the loo my darling

Some people think it's gross
Some people think it's gross
I think it's good on toast
Skip to the loo my darling

Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)
Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)
Diarrhea (pfffft, pffft)
Skip to the loo my darling


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 02 May 06 - 02:55 PM

Pity. Only in England.
Skip to the john doesn't work.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for The Diarrhea Song ?
From: John M.
Date: 04 May 06 - 02:31 PM

refresh


>>>>>>   

Can anyone help by posting when & where they learned this song?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for Diarrhea Song ???
From: John M.
Date: 30 Jun 06 - 02:15 PM

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Can anyone help by posting when & where they learned this song?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ???
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 30 Jun 06 - 03:04 PM

Diarrhoea, I just caught a dose of diarrhoea
And suddenly that name, will never be the same to me.
Diarrhoeah, say it loud and your friends start rushing,
Say it soft, you can hear cisterns flushing.
Diarrhoea, will I never stop going, diarrhoea,
All the horrible sounds of the arse in a single phhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrp
Diarrhea, diarrhoea diarrhoea, diarrhoea.

Not what you wanted, but then again, who does?

Giok

[Think West Side Story]


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Becca72
Date: 30 Jun 06 - 03:07 PM

I learned it in elementary school in the late 70's in Northern New England, but our version didn't have the pfft pfft...we did cha cha cha instead.
Diarrhea cha cha cha, etc.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar
Date: 01 Jul 06 - 05:44 AM

I have collected many versions in Scottish schools in the 1990s and in a collecting trip a few weeks ago, but Ian Davison's ms collection of over 500 items in Glasgow in the 1970s does not I think have it at all [certainly not with the usual Scottish start to each verse of 'I was', as in 'I was goin to the chippy when ah slipped in somethin slippy'].


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Rockhen
Date: 01 Jul 06 - 05:55 AM

At last, a thread that manages to reach the sophisticated level of humour, I find most amusing... :-)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Charley Noble
Date: 01 Jul 06 - 05:06 PM

It does remind me of a song we used to sing in Peace Corps training, after the health lecture on how to guard against dysentery. The song had this memorable line:

The water is delicious,
It will keep you on the run!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jul 06 - 05:21 PM

from a group of kids from a tough housing estate on a camping holiday in 1984..ish

Diarrhoea Diarrhoea
comes out your bum like a bullet from a gun
Diarrhoea Diarrhoea

I was swimming in a lake when I felt a belly ache
Diarrhoea Diarrhoea
I was walking down the lane when I felt a sudden pain
Diarrhoea Diarrhoea
I was lying in my bed when it sloshed around my head
Diarrhoea Diarrhoea

can't remember more...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ???
From: Greg B
Date: 02 Jul 06 - 11:09 PM

Wonder how long this thread is going to run...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,Pelrad
Date: 02 Jul 06 - 11:54 PM

I remember it vaguely from my childhood, which would place it somewhere around 1977-8 in New England. I must have thought it was too gross, because I didn't learn it and never sang it.

The only words I remember were sung by a character in the movie "Parenthood," which came along much later.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ???
From: John M.
Date: 10 Aug 06 - 02:31 PM

So can anyone get me an earlier date for this song?

Yours,

John Mehlberg


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,jimmy
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 09:31 AM

I know a version of the song with several verses. Please let me know if you're still looking, and I'll try to remember it and post.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Oct 06 - 10:26 AM

It was certainly sung at our school in West Yorkshire when I was 4 in 1981 and I suppose it had been going longer than that before.

I was walking down the lane when I felt a sudden pain
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft),
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)

I went behind a bush and it came out in a rush
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)

I tried to make a bung but it trickled down mi thumb
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)


It shot out of mi bum like a bullet from a gun
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)


I tried to ride mi bike but mi arse felt like a spike
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)

I went to the shop and mi knickers went pop!
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)
dioarrhoea, (pfffft, pffft)



There was never a tune to it, more like a rap really!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,hayley
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 02:13 PM

i was walking down the lane when i felt a sudden pan
DIOARRHOEA
DIOARRHOEA
so i went behind a bush
and it came out in a rush
DIOARRHOEA
DIOARRHOEA
some people think its funny
but its very very runny
DIOARRHOEA
DIOARRHOEA


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: EBarnacle
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 03:50 PM

If you're gonna do it as skip to the loo, you need an extra pffft in the two lead lines of the chorus. That's speaking loosely, of course.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Bernard
Date: 28 Sep 11 - 03:56 PM

I think it's a load of crap!!

;o))


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,Meg
Date: 28 Sep 12 - 11:40 PM

I learned it as a kid in the early 90's from my parents. They were born in 1950 and would have been way out of school in the 70's.

When we sing it, we don't do any pfft or anything. it is:

When you're climbing up a ladder
and you feel something splatter
Diarrhea Diarrhea.

When you're taking off your dress
and you see a big brown mess
Diarrhea Diarrhea

Those two are for sure from my parents.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,Chris
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 06:04 AM

I remember this from 1979/1980 in West Yorkshire, England. The tune had 7 syllables per line (da da da da da da daa - da da da da da da daa). I made one verse up about the Scarlett Pimpernel - weird childhood ha!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 06:23 AM

Kosher Bailey's cousin Dai ... er
Well he tried to join the choir.
Kosher Bailey said "No Fear"
We will have no Dai ...er .. Here!"

Baz Yates, Pelsall Folk Club (think Walsall) 1979 ish

and I might add the trad chorus is:

"was you ever saw, was you ever sore, was you ver sore such a funny thing before?"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Richard from Liverpool
Date: 28 Jun 14 - 08:57 PM

Not an early date, alas, but I do recall this being chanted in school (in Liverpool) in the 1990s. I remember one of the lines was "coming out your bum like pedigree chum".


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,Steve Worley
Date: 04 Dec 14 - 02:08 PM

I think I invented it in the mid- 1970s:

When your tummy feels funny and it's coming out runny,
Diarrhea, pfft pfft, Diarrhea, pfft pfft.

When you're running down the hall and your pants begin to fall,
Diarrhea, pfft pfft, Diarrhea, pfft pfft.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,jamie
Date: 29 Apr 15 - 07:39 PM

i was singing this in the late 70's. It has been around awhile. I only remember it having about 5 verses then though


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: BillOC
Date: 29 Apr 15 - 08:22 PM

Hard to believe, but there is a blog devoted to updating verses to the "Official" Diarrhea Song, and another that presents it as a baseball game tale in a song to be sung on a school (?) bus.

http://diarrheasong.blogspot.com/   
and
http://bussongs.com/songs/diarrhea-song.php


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Don Firth
Date: 29 Apr 15 - 09:03 PM

Diarrhea is the shits!!

(Yeah, I guess you could say that....)

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Apr 15 - 12:35 PM

I don't know this song but I remember having a terrible attack when traveling somewhere in the former Yugoslavia in the 70's - my parents sent me behind the cars since there was no other place to go, and I thought I was in this very private place when along comes a tour bus, double-decker no less, with tourists taking pictures of the peasant/gypsy child squatting in the bushes... they had sent me to the end of the lot right by the main road, not off into a discreet corner. Oops. Wish I'd known the song, we could have sung it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: Mrrzy
Date: 02 May 15 - 08:40 PM

AND the answer is, cha cha cha:

I wouldn't have understood what Jon Stewart was laughing at towards the end of this clip if I hadn't read this thread...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,KKDD66
Date: 01 Feb 16 - 04:58 PM

1985


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST,Jon Thejohn
Date: 18 Feb 16 - 12:46 AM

I believe that song may come from our soldiers or sailors from the wars before 1950. I was taught that by my older brothers when I was 3 or 4. That was in 1955, Seattle area.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 16 - 09:11 AM

People think it'should funny but it's green and runny...s


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jan 18 - 08:24 PM

I learned it as a child. 1976. Again, Seattle area.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Earliest date for 'Diarrhea Song' ????
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Jan 18 - 12:09 AM

Watch all of the old Cheech & Chong movies and you will find it


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