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Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky

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GUEST 28 Apr 08 - 07:52 PM
Azizi 27 Apr 08 - 04:23 PM
GUEST,Taylor 27 Apr 08 - 03:01 PM
Azizi 26 Apr 08 - 03:16 PM
GUEST,bob 26 Apr 08 - 09:15 AM
GUEST,yung chic 23 Apr 08 - 07:40 PM
GUEST,guest, katy 23 Apr 08 - 12:50 AM
GUEST,dancergirlita235 19 Apr 08 - 10:26 AM
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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Apr 08 - 07:52 PM

Loser loser double loser
as if whatever, get the picture DUH!
brick wall water fall
girl you think you know it all
but you don't, i do
so MMMMM with that attitude!
piece punch captain crunch
i got something you can't touch
so bang bang
choo choo train
wind me up i'll do my thing!
reices peices, 7 up
mess with me...
i'll mess you up!
Down in the banks of hanky pank
bull frogs jump from bank to bank
saying beep bop beep bop bop
skittle dittle cornel pop
i pleade alligence to the flag
michael jackson makes me gag
he used to play with little toys, now he plays with little boys
coca-cola came to town
dr. peper knocked him down
pepsi-cola picked him up
know were drinking 7 up
7 up had no caffine
now were drinking gasoline
gasoline got the flu
now were drinking mountain dew
mountain dew fell off the mountain
now were drinking from the fountain
fountain broke...
NOW WERE DRINKING PLAIN, OLD COKE!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Apr 08 - 04:23 PM

Thanks, Taylor, for posting that example and remembering to include demographical information {where you grew up/where yourecited that rhyme}!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Taylor
Date: 27 Apr 08 - 03:01 PM

I cannot remeber the whole thing but what I do remember goes like this:

"Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with a hip
hop
kerrrrrplop!!!"

I grew up in Aurora, CO (suburb of Denver)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 03:16 PM

Thanks to all who have posted to this thread!

GUEST,bob, I've never "heard" that first version you posted {with the lines about jelly beans and Charley Brown}. I'm curious is this a handclap rhyme or a counting out/choosing it rhyme {given the line Charlie Brown is it!"

Also, for the folkloric record, Bob [and others who post to this thread], if you read this, could you please add where {city, state or province and nation} you heard these examples performed or performed them and when {decade/year}.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,bob
Date: 26 Apr 08 - 09:15 AM

Down by the bay where the hanky-panky
Where the bullfrog jumps from bank to banky
Says eep, op, eep op op
Skiddle diddle kernel pop
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson makes me gag
Coca Cola has caffeine
Now we're talking jelly beans
Jelly beans are out of style
We've been talking for a while
Charlie Brown is it!

Or, some people play it like this:

Down by the bay where the hanky-panky
Where the bullfrog jumps from bank to banky
Says eep, op, eep op op
Skiddle diddle kernel pop
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson makes me gag
Coca Cola has caffeine
Now we're drinking gasoline
Gasoline has no fuel
Now we're drinking Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew fell off the mountain
Now we're drinking form the fountain
Fountain broke and made me choke
And now we're drinking plain old Coke!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,yung chic
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 07:40 PM

Hey! I'm a teen, and my friends just taught me this song today:

Down on the banks by the hanky-panky,
Where the bull frogs jump from bank to banky,
Sayin' e-i-o-um,
Insacadillion, ding-dong.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10!

Then of course, u have ur right hand on top of whoever else ur playin' this with. I like it.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,guest, katy
Date: 23 Apr 08 - 12:50 AM

the one i remember was in second grade and a group of girls usually would get in a circle and play a clapping game and at the end of the song the last person that got clapped was out until there was only one person left.


down by the river where theres hanky panky
and the bull frogs jump from bank to bank
saying eeps ipes opes oops
chilly willy ding dong
your mama smells like king kong
pledge allegience to the flag
michael jackson is a fag
coca cola's burning up
now we're talking 7up
7up has no caffeine
now we're talking billy jean
billy jean saw his sister walking down the street singing do-a-ditty-ditty-dum-ditty-do. do-a-ditty-ditty-dum-ditty-do.
icky picky ponky daddy had a donkey
donkey died, daddy cried
icky picky ponky!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Bank and the Hanky Pank
From: GUEST,dancergirlita235
Date: 19 Apr 08 - 10:26 AM

Down by the bank and the hanky pank where the juice box frog singing bank to bank singing eep opp eep opp opp skittle dittle kernal pop I pledge alligence to the flag Micheal Jackson makes me gag[or is a fag] Coca Cola came to town Pepsi Cola knocked him down Dr. Pepper picked him up now we're drinking 7UP 7UP caught the flu now we're drinking Mountain Dew Mountain Dew fell off the mountain now we're drinking from a fountain fountain broke now we're drinking plain old Coke


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 08 - 08:01 AM

Down by the riverside a hanky panky where the bull frog jumps from bank to bank i said an A E I O U BAMBOO!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 08:07 PM

Correction:

"only"="also"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 08:02 PM

Hello, GUEST,guest :)

I don't recall reading that particular version of "..Hanky Panky" before. Thanks for sharing it.

And by the way, GUEST,guest :) , I hope you share some more examples of children's rhymes that you know, but I'd like to suggest that you pick another, more distinguishable screen name. There have been other people who have used that particular name minus the :)

As a matter of fact, I'm glad that post wasn't deleted, because that's what could very well happen to posts that are written by anyone who uses the name Guest guest.

And thanks also to this site's moderators for not deleting that post, as it adds to the folkloric record by presenting another version of this children's rhyme.

[Now if the poster had only included where and when she or he recited or heard this rhyme and whether it was performed as a handclap rhyme or jump rope rhyme or something else. Sigh...]


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,guest :)
Date: 10 Apr 08 - 01:32 PM

Down by the river on a hanky panky where the bull frog jumps from bank to bank i said A-E-I-O-U bamboo micheal jackson went to town coca cola shot him down mountain dew shot him up now were talking 7 up 7 up has no caffine now were talking billy jean billy jean went down the street singing do a diddy diddy dum diddy 1-2-3


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Mar 08 - 09:39 PM

My friends play it like this:

Down by the bank by the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jumps from bank to bank
We're sayin ep op ep op op
skiddle diddle kernal pop!
I pledge alligence to the flag
Micheal Jackson makes me gag
Coca Cola messed him up
now we're drinking 7up
7up has no caffine
now we're drinking gassoline
Gassoline not good for you
now we're drinking Mt. Dew
Mt. Dew fell off the Mt.
now we're drinking from a fountain
The fountain broke
and now we're back to drinking coke


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,=]
Date: 28 Feb 08 - 12:37 PM

down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with an eeps opps oops ouch
jump of a lilypad
kerplunk splash


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,m.b.
Date: 21 Feb 08 - 06:06 PM

down by the river of the hanky panky
were the bulldog jump from bank bank
sayen EEPS OPPS OOPPS OOPS
listen to the ding dong
your mama smell like king kong
see that house on the top of the hill
thats were me and my boy friend live
smell that chicken
smell that rice
come on lets shoot some dice
1
2
3
4
5


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Jenny
Date: 05 Feb 08 - 02:32 PM

this song has been lingering in my head for days, so I went searching for the one I remembered not knowing there were so many, this is what i remember.

Down by the river and the hanky panky
bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with an eeps Ipes, Opes, Opps
Chilly willy ding dong,
I pledge Allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson is a fag
Now were talking 7 up
7 up has no caffiene
now we're talking billy Jean
(and then there was more... but I dont remember it...)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Rebecca
Date: 29 Jan 08 - 04:05 PM

yep cuz my friends sis is bi so yeah...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 07:10 PM

GUEST,Rebecca, thanks for sharing your school's version of this rhyme. Thanks also for including demographical information {where yu live} and information about how you perform it.

Poor Michael Jackson. At least your school's version isn't homophobic.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Rebecca
Date: 28 Jan 08 - 05:01 PM

Ummm... I learned this a couple years ago when i was ten. I live in Maryland but closer on the border to washington D.C. Most people in our school know this. I think it is because we try to do it as fast as possible and the part about " Michael Jackson is a fag" somehow changed to Michael Jackson stinks so bad.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 06:10 PM

GUEST,Lily from the Midwest, thanks for adding to the record of how children played this rhyme.

I hope to "see" you in other Mudcat threads on children's rhymes. Hyperlinks to some of those threads are posted in blue above the comment portion of this thread.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Lily from the Midwest
Date: 18 Jan 08 - 06:50 AM

As for how the final winner was tallied-- when I was in elementary school (currently am 22), the final two would hold onto one another's forearms and stand over some line or crack in the ground. They'd move their arms back and forth until the final word at which point it would become a tug-of-war. Whoever stepped over the crack or line lost.


The version I remember best is:

Down by the banks (and/where) the hanky-panky
And the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
With an eeps ops soda-pop
Land on a lily and go ker-plop.


But I do know there was a longer version. It just became unpopular after the first couple days. The bits above about Coca-Cola and 7-Up sound familiar, but not the parts about Michael Jackson.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 11 Jan 08 - 07:02 PM

Jade, thanks for sharing you & your friends' version of Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky.

And thanks for including demographical information {where you live and the age/year you were when you first learned this}.

As to your version of that rhyme not making any sense, who says children's rhymes have to make any sense? Alot of stuff grownups write and say doesn't make any sense, so why should children be any different?

:o)


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Jade
Date: 11 Jan 08 - 06:10 PM

Wow A lot of these I've never heard before. Makes me wonder how I learned the version I did. Now that I think about it It makes no sense. Anyway here it is

Down By the Banks of the Hanky Panky
Where the bullfrogs jump form bank to bank
East, Meast, Sun Ceased
Eastside, Westside
Bow Wow, Ding dang dong.

I learned this when I was about 6 in 1994. I;'m from Kentucky and all my friends say it the exact same way. Guess the entire translation got lost somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Emily - GA
Date: 30 Dec 07 - 12:17 AM

I learned this rhyme so long ago it seems.

I'm from GA, and my most vivid memory of playing this hand game was at girlscout camp in north ga. It was probably sometime around 1993-1995.
Our version was:

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
you go eeps iips opes oops
chilly willy ding dong!

It fascinates me the number of variations on this there are. I had no idea! I sure do hope children still play these games - I have such fond memories


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Alina
Date: 23 Dec 07 - 09:15 PM

Down by the banks of the Hanky Panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with a hip hop crackle and a pop
with a hip hop belly flop
a boom shug-a-lag
full stop.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Melissa
Date: 19 Dec 07 - 07:58 PM

The first batch of girls I saw doing this circle game had an ending I haven't seen mentioned in the threads discussing it.

After "pow" they went on with "down by the river---nothing to do--along came a fat man..and 'how do ya do'"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Dec 07 - 07:18 PM

Thanks for sharing that example, Rebecca!

I've never heard or read that version before. Did you make it up or did you learn it from someone? For the folkloric record, it would be great if you would provide demographical information about this {what area of the USA or elsewhere do you live; when you first learned that version}.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Rebecca
Date: 19 Dec 07 - 07:06 PM

Its amazing that out of all these posts there isn't one like mine.


Down by the bank of the hanky panky
where the bull frogs jump from bank to bank
going eeps ieps ops oop
Listen to the ker-plop
i pledge allegience to the flag
Michael Jackson stinks so bad\
Coca Cola burned him up
now he's drinking 7 up
7 up has no caffiene
now he's drinking gasoline
Gasoline has no good taste now he's drinking toxic waste


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 07 - 10:30 PM

down by the bank with the hanky panky where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky with the e i o u eastside westside ding dong see that house on top of that hill that's where me and my boyfriend live smell that chicken smell that rice come on yall let's shoot some...dice


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,elle
Date: 04 Dec 07 - 03:45 AM

down by the banks of the hanky panky,
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky.
with a hip, hop, belly flop
A E I O U
Wooo!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,untitled
Date: 01 Dec 07 - 06:42 PM

Down by the banks of the hanky panky where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky singing e-i-o-u your mother stinks and so do you ping pong diddly dong your daddy smells like king kong pledge allegiance to the flag michael jackson is a gag coca-cola bring it up now were talking 7-up 7-up has no caffeine now were talking billy jean billy jean went out of style for a while so 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: Azizi
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 10:04 PM

Sorry I left out a word. Let me try again.

Havee you and your friends ever heard or performed the rhyme Stella Ola Ola?

And what other handclap rhymes do you know?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 09:55 PM

Hey, guest high school student!

Thanks for sharing that version. I'd never "heard" that one before.

I hope to "see" you and other guests who post on this thread posting on other Mudcat threads.

For instance, I'm wondering if you and your classmates have ever another group hand clap rhyme called Stella Ola Ola / Stella Ella Ola thread.cfm?threadid=77066

I've found that girls and boys like playing these types of competitive circle group hand clap games.

Has this been your experience that boys play these games as well as girls?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,high school student
Date: 15 Nov 07 - 09:40 PM

This was actually played today in class!

Down by the river by the hanky panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
Saying "East side west side east side west side"
Dilly Dang Dong!

This was always my favorite hand game, since we could do it with a big group of people! It has to be really fast though. In elementary school, some kids counted the number of beats or hand-slaps in the rhyme to predict who would get the last slap.
One teacher thought it was a gang song though, with the "east side west side east side west side".


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Nov 07 - 12:19 PM

coca-cola came to town
diet pepsi knocked him down
dr pepper fixed him up
now were drinkink 7up
7up caught the flu
now were drinking mountain s\dwe
muntain dew fell off the montain
now were drinking from afountain
fountain water makes me choke
nw were back to drinking coke!!!!!!!XD


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Subject: does anyone remember Dr. Pepper?
From: GUEST,a highschool teacher
Date: 09 Nov 07 - 08:00 PM

i remember it went something like this...
dr. pepper
came to town
iced tea
knocked him down
dr pepper
gave him
sleeping pills
and jelly rolls....

*i don't remeber the next part...does anyone else?


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 08:14 AM

Thanks Guest 01 Nov 07 - 07:29 AM for that example and comment.

I agree with you that complaining about the rhyming phrase "hanky panky" is hyper political correctness.

I suppose that mother didn't realize that she was really stretching the bounds of credulity to suggest that "hanky panky" as it is found in this children's rhyme means "inappropriate sexual activity".
I hope that you shared with that parent that a word or phrase may mean different things in different contexts.

Yet, that woman-and folks who think like her-are going to believe whatever they want to believe or what someone that they consider a legitimate authority figure tells them to believe.

Sigh...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Nov 07 - 07:29 AM

I sing this songs regularly through work in toddler groups in England.
We sing:

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!

Recently I've recieved a complaint from one mother about the phrase 'hanky panky', thinking it was sexually inappropriate!
If the world continues along this line of hyper political correctness, i suppose we might lose this song altogether...


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Bryce Kime
Date: 09 Oct 07 - 01:15 PM

The one i learned is a little different. Its like this:

Down by the river with a hanky panky
Where the bull frogs jump from bank to banky,
with a.. hip.. hop.. flip.. flop.
splashin in the water with a big ker-plop


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Tootsaz
Date: 08 Oct 07 - 07:52 PM

I learned the song in 2001 (my Sr Year of High School) at camp. I didn't see the version i learned so i thought to post it.

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
with an A...E...I...O...U.. Keerrr-plop.

We stood in a circle with palms up your right hand laying on your neighbors left. as the song starts you hit the persons right hand to your left with yours. the person who got hit on the plop went out. and you went till the last person standing was the winner.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Julia
Date: 27 Sep 07 - 08:16 PM

Down by the riverside
hanky panky side
bull frog jumped from bank to bank
He said "A-E-I-O-U your mamma stinks and so do you"
ping-pong rubadingdong gimme a nickel I'll give you a five look at me and say good bye.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 19 Sep 07 - 07:16 AM

Thanks, Joe Offer!!!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Sep 07 - 09:28 PM

Ugh!!

Sorry for that typo:

Of course "Down Vy Rge Banks of the Hanky Panky" = "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky"


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Sep 07 - 09:23 PM

It just occurred to me that a large number of the posters to this thread have been guests to Mudcat.

I suppose these guests have found this thread through a search engine such as Google or Yahoo.

Hopefully, some of these members have joined Mudcat and have also found other Mudcat threads on children's rhymes and on other subjects.

Which brings up another subject:

I wonder why this thread doesn't have a list of "related threads" on children's rhymes that is placed under its title as is done on many other threads about a general topic. And I wonder why this thread hasn't been included in such a list on other Mudcat threads of children's rhymes. At least, I thinkthat to date it hasn't been included in any Mudcat listing of children's rhymes that is placed on other threads.

Since this thread appears to get so many "hits" from guests, having such a listing would make these guests aware that there are many other Mudcat threads on children's rhymes that they may also be interested in reading and posting to.

Maybe this thread hasn't been included on any list because I {as its thread starter} haven't asked any Mudcat moderator to include it on such a list.

I am formally,respectfully, and publicly making such a request now.

In addition, I will make the same request via pm to a moderator.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 18 Sep 07 - 09:08 PM

Thanks, GUEST jenn for sharing that version of "Down Vy Rge Banks of the Hanky Panky"!

Thanks also for including that comment about when you learned this rhyme {when you were in the 2nd grade}. However, for the sake of folk cultural research, it would have been more helpful if you had given the year that you were in the 2nd grade, as that would help date this version. Some people give the decades {like the 1990s} and/or part of those decades {like the mid 1980s}.

Also, it would be great if people sharing the examples that they remember of this and other rhymes would also include where they lived when they first learned those rhymes {for instance which city & state, if inside the USA} or which city, province, nation if outside the USA.

This kind of demographical informtion could help future or present day researchers document the similarities and differences between versions of a specific rhyme over time and in the same or different places.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,jenn
Date: 18 Sep 07 - 08:06 PM

so, i learned this one when i was in like... 2nd grade.


Down by the banks of the hanky pank
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
singing eeps opps oops opps
follow the riverbed
kerplop
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
coca cola went to town
diet pepsi shot him down
dr pepper fixed him up
now we're drinkin 7 up
7 up caught the flu
now we're drinkin mountain dew
mountain dew fell off a mountain
now we're drinkin from a fountain
the fountain broke
now we're back to drinkin coke!


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 07:08 PM

Thanks for sharing that version of Down By The Banks of the Hanky Panky" with us Emily!

That's the first time I've seen the rhyme "down by the ocean/
down by the sea/my brother {or Johnny} broke a bottle/ and blamed it on me" rhyme in combination with those other Hanky Panky verses.

The rest of that rhyme is usually something like "I told ma/ and ma told pa/ and my brother {or Johnny} got a whoopin/ha ha ha".


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Emily.
Date: 12 Sep 07 - 06:55 PM

Down by the Banks with the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jumped from bank to bank
i said eep opp she-bop she-bop
skittle dittle kerrr-plopp!

down by the ocean
down by the sea
my brother broke a bottle and blamed it on me

sayin eep opp she-bop she-bop
skittle dittle kerrr-plopp!

i pledge allegiance to the flag
michael jackson makes me gag
coca cola messed him up
now we're drinkin 7 up
7 up caught the flu
now i'm drinkin mountain dew
mountain dew fell off the mountain
now we're drinkin from a fountain
fountain broke-
now i'm drinking
plain.
old.
coke.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: Azizi
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 12:36 PM

Thanks for posting to this thread, Fatima. At least you can be happy that your son didn't learn that other version of the Hanky Panky rhyme that mentions Michael Jackson.


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Subject: RE: Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky
From: GUEST,Fatima
Date: 09 Sep 07 - 11:23 AM

I was attempting to find the words to the hand game I learned when I was young, after hearing my son sing the version he learned at school. I didn't see any version that was the same as mine but they are all very interesting.

I learned a couple of versions in the early 80's in Birmingham, AL. This is one that I think incorporated Japanese sounds:

Down the river of Hanky Panky
Bullfrog jumps from bank to bank,
Eesh, Meesh, Sun, Shee
Eece Say Meece Say Ding Dong
Your breath smells like King Kong!

I think it ended there. There might have been more, I don't remember if it was.

Today, this is what my 8-yr-old son sings:

Down by the river, Silver Rock
Michael Jackson wears no socks
Ee-pi-pi, Oh-pi-pi, Pow!
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,    10!


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