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Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky

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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Oct 08 - 12:55 AM

Me and ma m8s playd down by the banks today and it went like this:
Down by the banks of the hanky pank,
Were the bullfrogs jump from tank to tank singing
A E I O U are out!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 09:47 PM

genieken, re-reading your rhyme, I'm stuck on the phrase "rank tank tank". There may be no connection at all, but it occurred to me that I had read that phrase "ranky tank" before.

Bessie Jones, the primary informant for the early 1980s book Step It Down: Games, Plays, Songs and Stories from the Afro-American Heritage {co-authored by her and Bess Lomax Hawes} refers to the "ranky tank" as a dance and {if I recall correctly} a somewhat risque dance that children did in the Georgia Sea Isles when she was a child.

I really have to purchase this book again as I've misplaced my copy. But here's a brief description that I found online:

"ranky tank-Excerpt - on Page 45: " ... one and two (rest), as in the fox trot. (See the dance by the same name for a fuller description.) RANKY TANK. Dance teachers would refer to this as a "buzz step"; the actual motion is rather like riding a scooter. ... "
http://www.amazon.com/phrase/ranky-tank

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Here's another online reference to Bessie's Jones' remembrance of the "ranky tank" dance:

"Step It Down weaves together the lyrics, music, and description of traditional Afro-American children's songs as well as Jones's comments on their meaning and "feel." Whether reciting "Tom, Tom, Greedy Gut" or demonstrating the more complex steps of "Ranky Tank" and "Buzzard's Lope," Bessie Jones always viewed the amusements of the young as preparation for adult roles and relationships, and as a teacher, she developed her own philosophy of how a black child is socialized into the larger community"
folkstreams-ranky tank

-snip-

These definitions are included among other meanings of the word "rank"

[adjective] very fertile; producing profuse growth; "rank earth"

[adjective] very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar"

[adjective] conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible; "a crying shame"; "an egregious lie"; "flagrant violation of human rights"; "a glaring error"; "gross ineptitude"; "gross injustice"; "rank treachery"
Synonyms: crying, egregious, flagrant, glaring, gross

[adjective] complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers; "absolute freedom"; "an absolute dimwit"; "a downright lie"; "out-and-out mayhem"; "an out-and-out lie"; "a rank outsider"; "many right-down vices"; "got the job through sheer persistence"; "sheer stupidity"
Synonyms: absolute, downright, out-and-out, right-down, sheer

[adjective] growing profusely; "rank jungle vegetation

http://www.elook.org/dictionary/rank.html


-snip-

Given those definitions, a social dance could be considered "rank" if the dancers moved in what some people would consider sexually suggestive ways. "Tanked" might refer to dancing down to the ground in time to the beat of the chant.

But I hasten to repeat that there may be no connection at all with the rhyming phrase "rank tank tank" in the "hanky panky" rhyme and the dance Bessie Jones recalls called the "ranky tank". That said, the term hanky-panky can have a sexual meaning of its own, can't it?

Be that as it may, I wanted to note this reference to the ranky tank dance just for the record.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 09:54 AM

Thanks for sharing that information, GUEST,genieken. Eighty years ago would date that rhyme fragment as 1928. I'm wondering how you remember it. For instance, was this a rhyme that was shared in your family? And I'm also wondering what performance activity-if any, you remembering children doing while chanting this rhyme.

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For what it's worth, I still think that this children's rhyme comes from "May Irwin's Frog Song". See the posts that are referenced in my 21 Aug 06 - 10:38 PM comment to this thread.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,genieken
Date: 21 Oct 08 - 08:42 AM

80 years ago in south central iowa it started like this:

Way down yonder in the rank tank tank
the bull frog jumped from bank to bank


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 09:47 AM

Hello, Abdomite!

Thanks for sharing your version and including where you learned it.

And Abdomite, for what it's worth, since children's playground rhymes & songs are part of folk traditions, you can find earlier versions of specific compositions, but there's no such thing as a correct version of a playground rhyme/song.

Please check out other Mudcat threads for more discussions & examples of children's rhymes. A partial listing of "related threads" is found on the left hand top corner of this page. Some of the rhyme examples found in those threads are suitable to sing to children, but many aren't.

Best wishes to you and to your child!

Azizi


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Abdomite
Date: 18 Oct 08 - 09:20 AM

Hello- I stumbled upon this as I was looking for the "correct" rhyme to sing with my 15 month old. I was delighted to find that everyone seems to have a different version. The one I remember growing up with in Northern Virginia is:
Down by the banks of the hanky panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
Singing ooh ayy ooh ayy
Skiddle I diddle I ding dong!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 02:59 PM

Thanks for sharing your memories of this rhyme GUEST
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 02:28 PM.Also, thanks for including demographical information {the state you lived in when you performed this game}.

It's interesting that you and your friends sat in a circle while playing this game. I've read other accounts of people sitting while they play this game, but I've only seen it done while standing.

Also, I'm wondering if you meant to write "one fell in and went ker PLOP" instead of "one well in" etc.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Oct 08 - 02:28 PM

I'm from Alabama. We always said:
Down by the bank of the hanky pank
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
singing eeps ops ohps oops
one well in and went ker PLOP.

we also sit around in a circle, left hand under right and slap each others' hands. On "plop" whoever got hit was out.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 08:11 PM

This is example, posted on another Mudcat children's rhyme thread contains a religious reference. I've rarely found that in contemporary English language children's rhymes.

Subject: RE: Kids chant Stella Ola Ola / Stella Ella Ola
From: GUEST, samantha - PM
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 05:39 PM

it goes like this---- down on the by the hanky panky were the bull frogs jump from bank to bank saying eeps aaps oops eeps aaps oops Jesus loves u i do to so ding dong bell 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

-snip-

My thanks to Guest Samantha!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Childs Games
Date: 10 Sep 08 - 03:45 PM


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,S.chetwy
Date: 19 Aug 08 - 10:45 PM

down by the riverside playing hanky panky,
where the bulldogs leap from bank to bank...
oooh aah oo aah ooo oo ody i aaar!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 09:37 AM

Hello, Fiona.

When it comes to children's playground rhymes, there are no right or wrong versions. There are earliest collected versions, and versions that are most often published and/or most often sung by one group or people or another. But that doesn't make versions that are different from those wrong.

You mentioned "Inky pinky parlez vous" being "a whole other song to me!"

You could have shared your example even if it's "off-topic".

I'm wondering, were you referring to the rhyme that has the words "All the girls In France" or "In The Land Of France"?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Fiona
Date: 03 Aug 08 - 08:57 AM

I was looking for the words as my friend from Surrey argues that my last line is wrong.
In England at my school we sang,

down by the banks of the hanky panky,
where the bull frogs jump from bank to banky,
hip hop, don't stop,
ding dang dollar and a ding dang dong.

Inky pinky parlez vous which appeared in someone's version is a whole other song to me! But that might start a whole new thread.....


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 08 - 10:58 PM

when i was growing up in northern california, the lyrics i learned went, "Down by the banks of the hanky panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
With an eeps ipes opes opps
Hey Mr. Bullfrog goes kerplop!"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Kelly Smelly
Date: 08 Jul 08 - 09:43 PM

Down on the banks of the hankie pankie where the bull frogs jump from bank to bankie with a hip hop flip flop kerrrrrr plop! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,David Taylor
Date: 05 Jul 08 - 04:35 PM

I remember when i was in 6th grade Crowley Elementary ( Visalia, Ca year 1991 ) and we sung it like this:

down by the river of the hanky pank
where the bull frog jumped from bank to bank
going eep opp soda pop
Hey Mr Willy...and he went ker-plop


and if you were smacked on the sound plop...you were out..and the circle got smaller...man...RECESS was fun!!!!

remember double dutch!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,tay-tay
Date: 04 Jul 08 - 11:24 AM

down by the banks of the hanky panky where the bullfrog jumps from bank to bank saying i pledge allegience to the flag micheal jackson makes me gag coa-cola burn his butt now we're drinking 7-up, 7-up has caffiene now were drinking beligene, beligene is out of sight now were drinking sprite. spell it s-p-r-i-t-e.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,robin
Date: 03 Jul 08 - 03:52 PM

down by the river of the hank pank we are bullfrogs jump from bank to bank say EIOU JESUS LOVES YOU AND I DO TO SO PING PONG


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,maeson anderson
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 08:16 PM

dowon by the river side hanky panky were the bullfrogs jump from bank saying a-e-i-o-u bamboo a-e-i-o-u bamboo michel jakson came to town coca cola shot hem down dr.pepper fixed him up now were talking 7-up 7-up has no cafene now were talking bilajean bilajean has no caffene no caffene no caffene 1234 shut the door enless u ant to here more


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jun 08 - 04:53 PM

i used to play this as a hard hand hitting game.. few kids standing in circle each with their palms facing the air, one palm below their neighbors to the left(or right) and the other palm above their neighbors palm to the right (or left) so that everyone has an available hand to hit the persons hand next to them.. and u chant while hitting (starting soft) saying :

down by the river hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
hip hop don't stop listen to the water POP!

and the POP! signifies the hard hitting begins.. and it continues until one by one the hitting gets so hard and intense ppl drop out the game until its just two ppl left and then they go at it sometimes yelling (POP!) as they hit each others hands. and then who ever quits, their opponent is the POP! champ. I was the POP! champ all throughout 5th and 6th grade (its a horribly painful game, leaving children with itchy red palms.. but it helped prove alot for me.. it made me tough lolol)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,jamielulu314
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 10:18 PM

I 'member it like this...
      
       Down by the river...
          down by the river where the hanky pankies
          and the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
            singing "A-E-I-O-U" KURPLUNK!!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 06:17 PM

Thanks for posting that example and the location, guest high school student.

I hope you decide to check out the other threads on children's rhymes that are listed above this one.

Best wishes to you and to all other guests who found this discussion forum!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST, a high school student
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 06:11 PM

Oh, yeah, location. This version (above) was played in south-eastern USA.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST, a high school student
Date: 26 Jun 08 - 06:10 PM

We played this game a few weeks ago after our exam. The version we used was:

'Down by the banks of the hanky panky,
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank-y
Singin' "East side, West Side, East Side, West Side"
Dilly ding dong!'

At the "east side west side" part, you speed up a bit so it's harder for the unlucky "last person" to know when to remove their hand.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,ME!
Date: 25 Jun 08 - 12:53 PM

Down by the river
To the hanky pank
Where the bullfrog jumps
from bank to bank
saying E I O U
Your mama stinks and so do you
So ding dong ping pong
Your daddy smells like king kong.
Michael Jackson went to town
Dr. Pepper brought him down
Coca Cola brought him up
Now he's drinking 7-Up
7-Up with no caffine
Now we're talking Billy Jean
Inky Binky Bonky, Daddy had a Donkey
Donkey died
Daddy cried
Inky Binky Bonkey


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 06:37 AM

I never heard or read that version before, GUEST,Me![Here's The Miami Version]. Thanks for posting it and thanks for remembering to include where you live {where this version is played].


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Me![Her's The Miami Version]
Date: 20 Jun 08 - 01:59 AM

Down by the banks with the hanky pank
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
say E-I-O
You Yo Momma stank and so r u
ping pong donky kong
Yo Momma smell like king kong
Micheal Jackson went to town riding on the pony
stuck a feather in is hat n called him macaroni
resse pieces butter cup
u mess wit me ill bust you u up
i woke up in the morning i looked up on the wall
i saw a bunch of cocka roches playin basketball
and they score was 1.2.3.4.5.6.7.8.9 and on 10 they have to try to slap the other person hands if the person misses n slaps their own hand they are elinimated


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 17 Jun 08 - 05:35 PM

Hi, Uke!

Thanks for posting those versions. I appreciate it.

**

This may be a good time to once again say thanks to everyone who has posted the versions of "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky" on this thread. And thanks to those who also posted performance instructions, demographical information, and other comments about this rhyme.

When I started this discussion, I certainly didn't think that "Down By The Banks of The Hanky Panky" was this widely known and some many different versions. But so far, more people have posted to this thread than any other thread on a specific children's rhyme.

Not that this is a contest or anything. I'm just sayin.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Uke
Date: 17 Jun 08 - 05:05 PM

Hi Azizi,
Here's some related variants from grown-ups printed in the Ozark folklore collection 'Blow the Candle Out' (Vance Randloph / Gershon Legman, 1992, p.689):

Bullfrog jumped from bank to bank,
Skinned his pecker shank to shank.

(Collected 1947, Missouri)


They also cite another version from 'What Happened to Mother Goose' (Ray Wood, 1946):

Down on the river Yank-te-hank,
The bullfrog jumped from bank to bank,
He spread his legs from shank to shank,
And split his hide from flank to flank.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jun 08 - 02:15 AM

This is what I know about the lyrics for Hanky Panky

Down by the BAnks of the Hanky pAnkys
Where the bull frogs jump from Bank to banky
With the Scuba DUba divers-Motor Boat Drivers
Bow chica Wow WOw Bow CHicka WoW WOw Bow


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Someone
Date: 13 Jun 08 - 10:51 PM

Down by the riverside a hanky pank
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
Singing A- E- I- O- U
Bam Boo

If you say boo and hit the next person's hand they're out, if you hit your own hand, you're out.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Sugee97
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 08:30 PM

(Continued)

We started drinking diet coke,
Diet fell out and it was coke,
Coke was bad cuz it smelled like poo,
Now we're drinking mountain dew,
Mountain dew fell off the mountain,
Now we're drinking from the fountain,
Fountain broke,
Now we're back to drinking plain old diet coke!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Sugee97
Date: 11 Jun 08 - 08:26 PM

This is how I learned it:

Down by the bank,
With the Hankey Pank,
Where the bullfrogs jump,
From bank to bank,
Say eep,op,eep,op,op
1,2,3,4
I pledge allegiance to the flag,
Michael Jackson makes me gag.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Omg.
Date: 06 Jun 08 - 06:22 PM

my frends said they made this up..omg no way!!!
DOWN BY THE BANKS WITH THE HANKY PANKY
IS THE BULLFROGS THAT JUMP FROM BANK TO BANK
SINGING EPP OP E BOP BOP
SKIDDLE DIDDLE KERNAL POP
I PLEDGE ALIGENCE TO THE FLAG
MICHAEL JACKKSON MAKES ME GAG
7-UP GOT THE FLU NOW IM DRINKING
MOUNTAIN DEW, MOUNTAIN DEW FELL
OFF THE MOUNTAIN NOW IM DRINKING
FROM A FOUNTAIN. FOUNTAIN BROKE
NOW IM DRINKING PLAIN OLD COKE.

LIARS!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Guest, Walker
Date: 03 Jun 08 - 10:06 PM

One of my 2nd graders taught a hand clapping game in our music class in Abilene, Texas 5-30-08.

Down by the bay, by the bay, the bay,
Where the bullfrogs jump from bay to bay,
Where the eeps, ahps, ohps, ahps
Bowl fulla jelly and a ker-plop.

The children stand in a cirle with hands extended palms up. The right hand is on top of the one to the right and the left in beneath the one to the left. The beat is passed around clockwise as the players slap their neighbor to the left. On 'plop' they must hit the neighbor's hand before it is pulled away. If you hit your own hand, you're out. If you hit the neighbor's hand, he is out. The last two standing lock fingers and "saw" to the beat and tug on plop like tug of war. The one who pulls someone over the line is the winner.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 28 May 08 - 07:34 AM

Hi, Mandy!

Thanks for posting demographical information and performance instructions with your example. I can't recall ever reading an example of "...Hanky Panky" that included lines from "Not Last Night But The Night Before" [24 robbers at my door/I got up to let them in/hit 'em in the head/with a rolling pin}.

It's interesting to see how a specific rhyme changes from place to place, isn't it?

You be well also!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Mandy
Date: 28 May 08 - 12:04 AM

I'm from South Eastern Virginia and this was how we used to do it.. :)

Down by the bank where the hanky pank
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
sayin east ist ost ust
Isabella ding dong.
Not last night but the night before
Someone came and knocked at my door,
Knock one, knock two, knock three, knock four...
knock knock OUT!

We would sit in a big circle outside (a bunch of little girls) with our left hands underneath the person to our left's palm (palms up) and then our right hands the opposite (above the person to our right's palm. Then we would slap on the beat from our right hand onto the person to the left's palm above ours in a circle until you were ended on in the song on the out (last word). Gosh I'm so glad other people know about this, it's so interesting how colloquial it can be!

Be well.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 27 May 08 - 04:22 PM

Thanks, to all guests who have posted a version of "Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky" on this thread.

One thing these different versions show is that kids are very creative!

I hope that you will visit other Mudcat threads on children's rhymes by clicking on the name of the thread that is provided in the list at the top of the page!

Best wishes,

Ms. Azizi


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,GUEST - Nash.TN
Date: 27 May 08 - 03:01 PM

This is the way I learned it.
--- DISCLAIMER: Kids were fast in my day. ---


Down by the riverside hanky panky.
Where the bullfrog croaks "Yo' booty stanky."
Jumpin easts west north south.
Ding dong all in yo mouth.
I pledge allegiance to the flag.
Michael Jackson is a fag.
Dr. Pepper burnt him, but
Now we're drinkin 7 UP.
7 UP got too much green.
Now we're drinkin more caffeine.
Fiends drink coke cause it's a drug.
Slurped the toad who ate... a ... BUG!

And if you were the person to say "bug",
You were suppose to hit the next persons hand,
To stay in the game. If you missed their hand,
You were out. And that person stayed in.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Cocoa
Date: 26 May 08 - 06:41 PM

this is how my friends & I know it:



Down by the banks of the hanky panks
where bull frogs jump from bank to bank
singing eip ipe ope ump
Chilly willy ding-dong
I pleage alegence to the flag Michle Jackson makes me fag
now where talking 7-up
7-up has no cafine
now were talking billy jean
billy jean is out of sight
now where talking dinomight
dinomight blew up the school now were talking billy cool billy cool is such a fool 543210 OHHHHHHHHHH    Ta da!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,mooseormeece?
Date: 21 May 08 - 11:34 PM

I learned this and forgot most of it (not complete! but it goes sort of like this....
Down by the bay in beverly hills
where the bull frog jumps from bank to banky
and the heeps hops, coffee shops,
we all drink mochas and we wear flip flops
(faster)
I pledge allegence to the flag
Michal jackson makes me gag
coca cola has cafeine and now we're talking billy jean
billy jean when out of style now lets sit and talk a while
diddy diddy donkey
daddy had a donkey
donkey died, daddy cried
diddy diddy donkey!
theres a party round the corner wont you please please come
bring your own cappuchinos and your own chewing gum
what is your boy friends name?______ (whoever the clap lands on has to come up with a name)

_______ will be there blowing kisses in the air saying I love ______ (who ever came up with the name) saying I love_____ saying O U T spells you are out!
OR
______will be there blowing kissed in the air singin' I... Love...Ma..Ma...Mia, singin' I love ma...ma...mia singin' O U T spells you are out!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Anonymous.
Date: 21 May 08 - 05:24 PM

Now when I was in elementary school, we had one with similar words but it was different.
It went:
Down on the farm said Hanky Panky
Said bulldog, bulldog Hanky Panky
Said Fee-Fii-Foo-Fum
Pass it to the bulldog
Mickey Mouse built a house
Donald Duck messed it up
Who will pay the consquences
And the ..

But I forget how it ends.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,anonymous
Date: 14 May 08 - 06:07 PM

out of all of thes versions, mine has only been listed once or twice. Here it goes:

Down by the bay where the hanky pank
And the bullfrog jumps from bank to bank
Say eep op eep op op,
skittle diddle kernel pop
I pledge allegiance to the flag,
Michael Jackson makes me gag
Coca cola has caffeine
Now we're drinkin' gasoline
Gasoline ran out of fuel
Now we're drinkin' Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew fell off a mountain
Now we're drinkin' from the fountain
Finally the fountain broke
Now we're drinkin' plain old coke!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 11 May 08 - 07:44 PM

Thanks, Laura, for posting not only the words but the performance instructions. Also thanks for including demographical information-where you lived when you performed this rhyme, when you performed it, and how old you were.

As Laura said, anyone else?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Laura
Date: 11 May 08 - 07:37 PM

Hi! This is the version I learnt at school (UK 1987 5yrs - 1993 11yrs)
Down by the banks of the Hanky Panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
they go hip hop
bellyflop
one missed the lilypad and went kerflop!

BUT! We had totally different clapping patterns - it's between 2 people only:
hold your hands together like you're praying and swing them from side to side, hitting your partners hands in time to the beat 3 times. On the 4th, stop with your hands touching left to left hand and your right hand claps first your own left hand, then your partners right hand above, your own hand again. As your move your right hand down, instead of clapping their hand, you grab it like a hand shake, pulling up and away to your right, moving your left hand in a similar way. As soon as you let go with your right hand (still holding hands with your left) you slap your thigh and click your fingers, bringing your hand back up to do a one handed swinging slap like at the beginning 3 times (STILL holding left hands!). I don't remember what we did after that - it only gets me to 'bullfrogs leap'. Maybe we repeated it? It def finishes with a patticake type slap at the end (no head bashing!). The aim was to go as fast as you could and still get it right.
Anyone else?!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Jessica
Date: 02 May 08 - 03:28 PM

I sing a version that may be a little different...
Down by the banks
With the hankey-panks,
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
Saying "e-i-eat-my-pie, skittle-diddle-kernal-pop".
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson is a fag.
7Up has no caffeine
Now we're drinking gasoline.
Gasoline gave us the flu
Now we're drinking moutain dew.
Mountain dew fell off the mountain
Now we're drinking from the fountain.
Foutain broke,
Now we're drinking
Plain
Old
Diet
Coke.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 01 May 08 - 06:53 PM

Guest me, some of us are gals. And it's not nice to call guys or gals "stupid".

As to your comment that none of these [examples of this rhyme that have been posted to this thread thus far] are correct, I said all I'm gonna say about that in my 30 Apr 08 - 05:34 PM post to this thread.

If you want to share the version that you know of "Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky", please do so.

If not, then I guess we'll have to live without it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,me
Date: 01 May 08 - 05:58 PM

you guys are all stupid. NONE of these are correct! duuuuuuuuuuuh


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 30 Apr 08 - 05:34 PM

GUEST, 30 Apr 08 - 04:29 PM, thanks for posting your example, and including demographical information {your geographical area}.

As to someone correcting you and telling you that his or her version of a children's rhyme is the right one, phooey! There's no such thing as the right version of a rhyme. We may try to find early versions of rhymes, or even the earliest version {but I'm not sure that we could ever be certain that there was no version earlier than another one that would possibly be found}.

And I think that it's good to talk about source songs for specific rhymes, like the May Irwin's Frog Song which is probably one of the main sources for the "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky" children's rhyme. However, that's different than talking about which version of the rhyme is the right one.

Children's rhymes are part of folk culture. And one of the things that's bound to happen with folk culture is that the words-much more than the tunes of rhymes & songs-are going to be changed a little, or a lot by accident, or on purpose.   

You can take that to the bank.

:o)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Apr 08 - 04:29 PM

In southern california we sang it like this

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
where eeps ops
soda pops
hey mr. willy and he went kerplops

Later in my childhood someone corrected me and said it was actually this:

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
where he hops
soda pops
he missed a lilly and he went kerplops.


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