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Re: Nursery Rhymes - regional versions
« Reply #45 on: April 11, 2014, 11:53:32 AM »
The version I was taught of Pop Goes the Weasel is:

All around the cobbler's bench
The monkey chased the weasel.
The preacher kissed the cobbler's wife.
Pop! goes the weasel.

Yeah, great for the kids.


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Re: Nursery Rhymes - regional versions
« Reply #46 on: April 11, 2014, 03:51:59 PM »
Nobody's mentioned the little piggies!

Bare-footed child, starting with the big toe:

This little piggy went to market,
this little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had roast beef
and this little piggy had none.
And this little piggy cried 'wee wee wee' all the way home! (as you tickle up the child's leg to their tummy)

The piggies and the teddy bear can keep a little one busy for ages.

I actually used this in my teens when I had broken two toes doing gymnastics (I was Very Disappointed with a vault I did and kicked the vaulting horse).  My whole foot started swelling during the rest of the practice, to the point that I couldn't get dressed afterwards, so my mum took me to A&E to get it checked out.  I told the doctors that I had kicked the vaulting horse and the corner went between "home" and "roast beef". 

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Re: Nursery Rhymes - regional versions
« Reply #47 on: April 11, 2014, 09:11:25 PM »
East coast US

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought it was all in fun
Then pop goes the weasel
That's how I learned it in Wisconsin, too.

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Re: Nursery Rhymes - regional versions
« Reply #48 on: April 11, 2014, 09:29:38 PM »
Criss cross apple sauce (trace lines in a X up and down the back)
Spider climbing up your back (walk your fingers up the spine) - every kid wriggles as you get up near the neck)
Cool breeze (blow in their ear)
Tight squeeze (Hug the kid)
Now you've got the giggles (tickle them)

I like to leave a gap between the 2nd last and last lines to enhance the 'terror'. 😝

We had an extra line for that and different actions

Criss cross apple sauce (trace lines in a X up and down the back)
Spider climbing up your back (walk your fingers up the spine)
Tight squeeze (Squeeze their shoulders)
Light breeze (blow on the back of their neck)
Bang an egg on your head and let it dribble down your back (mimics mushing an egg into someones hair and raking your fingers down their back)
Now you've got the shivers (tickle them)

For us it was:
Cross, cross, line line (trace crosses and lines on the back)
Spider crawling up your spine (scurry fingers up the spine)
Cool breeze (blow on the back of the neck)
Tight squeeze (squeeze the back of the neck with your fingers, not hard!)
Now you've got the shiveries!

Also, where I grew up (Alberta, Canada) we sing,

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought it was all in fun,
Pop! Goes the weasel!

And I grew up singing:
Ring around the rosey
A pocket full of posies.
Hush-a! Hush-a!
We all fall down!

I have never heard of these clip-clopping, galloping, trit-trotting horses though.  That's not a rhyme I'm familiar with.
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Re: Nursery Rhymes - regional versions
« Reply #49 on: April 11, 2014, 11:05:53 PM »
East coast US

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought it was all in fun
Then pop goes the weasel

That's the version we know!
I don't know the lady trotting one or the teddy bear one people have been citing, at all. And my mother (Michigan) was big on nursery rhymes/songs.

We did the spiders on the back thing, but only amongst my preteen friends at slumber parties. I don't remember the base form, as we were always trying to add more and more absurd things to spook each other.

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Re: Nursery Rhymes - regional versions
« Reply #50 on: April 13, 2014, 03:52:34 PM »
The version I was taught of Pop Goes the Weasel is:

All around the cobbler's bench
The monkey chased the weasel.
The preacher kissed the cobbler's wife.
Pop! goes the weasel.

Yeah, great for the kids.

An interesting crossover with a verse of Robert Burns's ballad "My Love She's But A Lassie Yet" (metaphor for new whisky, needing to be left alone for a fair stretch of time to mature and improve in quality):

"We're a' dry wi' the drinking o't,
 We're a' dry wi' the drinking o't;
 The minister kissed the fiddler's wife,
 And couldnae preach for thinking o't."

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Re: Nursery Rhymes - regional versions
« Reply #51 on: April 14, 2014, 01:15:46 AM »
Australia here.
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The other one I've discovered that is different to most people's versions is Pop goes the weasel. The one my family always said is:

Round and round the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey stopped to pull up his socks
Pop, goes the weasel.

I suspect that it was just my family that did it that way, though.

Mine was

Round and round the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel
The monkey thought it was a joke
Pop, goes the weasel.

Another Aussie.

Ring a rosey is same as cakeeater.

Can't remember the third line of pop goes the weasel now I've seen that version, darn it. Remember there were other verses. Something about tuppeny something. Aargh! Will probably wake up at 3am and remember exactly.  :)

The one I've now seen goes:

Half a pound of tuppeny rice
Half a pound of treacle
Stir it up and make it nice
Pop, goes the weasel

Half a pound of  tuppenny rice,
Half a pound of treacle
That's the way the money goes
Pop! Goes the weasel.

I knew the next bit as

Penny for a spool of thread
Penny for a needle
That's the way the money goes
Pop! Goes the weasel.