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#29054 - 06/30/05 04:26 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
piksea
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Oh Wow! I love this thread. I remember one my mother taught us. Fudge, fudge, call the judge, Mommy just had a baby. Wrap it up in tissue paper. Throw it down the elevator. How many floors did it drop? Then you would turn the rope really fast (pepper, it was called) and count until the person messed up jumping. Yes my mother taught this one. I think it was one from when she was little.

I also remember the cutest girl, I ever saw, but it's from college and a group of fraternity boys used to sing it when they were really plastered at fraternity parties. The girl is drinking whiskey through the straw, gets involved in some rather adult activities and the moral is don't drink whiskey, drink beer!

Does anyone remember how the Lady who swallowed the fly went?

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
Perhaps she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider.
It wriggled and wriggled and jiggled inside her. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly.
I don't know why she swallowed the fly.
Perhaps she'll die.
(I don't remember the rest, but she swallowed a lot of stuff)
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#29055 - 07/04/05 11:49 AM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Rain
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Here's the version, I know (continuing on from where piksea left off):

I know an old lady who swallowed a bird
How absurd, she swallowed a bird
She swallowed the bird to get the spider
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her
She swallowed the spider to get the fly
I don't know why she swallowed the fly
I guess she'll die

I know an old lady who swallowed a cat
How about that, she swallowed a cat
She swallowed the cat to get the bird, she swallowed the bird to get the spider... etc.

I know an old lady who swallowed a dog
What a hog, she swallowed a dog
She swallowed the dog to get the cat... etc.

I know an old lady who swallowed a goat
Just opened her throat and in walked the goat
She swallowed the goat to get the dog... etc.

I know an old lady who swallowed a cow
I don't know how she swallowed a cow
She swallowed the cow to get the goat... etc.

I know an old lady who swallowed a horse
She died, of course.


I also remember a different version which was sung by a children's performer whose name I forget (who also said "it was an udder disaster" after she swallowed the cow...):

I know an old lady who swallowed a walrus.
(Tusk tusk.)
She swallowed the walrus to get the cow... etc.

I know an old lady who swallowed a minister
Oh, how sinister!
That finished her!


On a similar theme, I feel like this is either by Shel Silverstein or maybe Raffi, but does anyone remember:

I'm being eaten by a boa constrictor
And I don't like it one bit!
Oh no, he's up to my toe!
Oh gee, he's up to my knee!
Oh my, he's up to my thigh!
Oh fiddle, he's up to my middle!
Oh heck, he's up to my neck!
Oh dread, he's up to my .... gllggg

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#29056 - 07/04/05 12:38 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
piksea
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Oh, Rain we used to do I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor in elementary school. I loved that one. There was also an "I'm going to the zoo", but for the life of me, I have no idea how it went. And, thanks for the whole lady who swallowed the fly one. I never remember what comes after the spider.
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#29057 - 07/06/05 05:04 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Demonica
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The elastics rhyme I remember was:

Inky pinky in
inky pinky out
inky pinky in side out

England Ireland Scotland Wales
inside outside inside on

granny put her knickers on
knickers on knickers on
granny put her knickers on
in side out

And yes it was elastic from a haberdashers, knotted together. We never even thought about colouring them in with felt tips - so unimaginative!

You started at "feetsies" with the elastic round your ankles... moved up through "anklesies" "calvesies" "kneesies" to "thighsies" and the fabled "bumsies" that we all assured each other that we could do, no problem, I've done it before, honest.

I'm vaguely remembering something along the lines of "ickle ockle, plastic bottle, which *something something* do you take?"

I also remember a song which involved pregnancy and HIV. That got me thrown out of the Girl Guides...

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#29058 - 07/10/05 04:38 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
Mya
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Just joined - love the forum - Is it possible to get some help from the Aussies (and others)please. \:\)


If you're as old as me your memory may be failing as well, but some may be younger and remember that in Australia in the 60's we had the Peter's Icecream clowns Zig and Zag (who later fell out of fame!).

They had a theme song:
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You and me we'll be partners,
you and me, we'll be friends,
we'll ?????? a great association
one that never ends.

you be the ham, and I'll be the eggs,
You be the arms and I'll be the legs
.

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(and then I have no idea what came next and not even sure the above is correct.)

ALSO AS A KID WE SANG THIS IS THE SCHOOL YARD
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A frog went walking on a summers day
Ah Hum, Ah Hum
A frog went walking on a summers day,
He met miss Mousey on the way
Ah Hum, Ah Hum, Ah Hum, Ah Hum, Ah Hum, Ah Hum Ah Hum, Ah Hum
He said Miss mousey will you marry me
Ah Hum, Ah Hum
He said Miss mousey will you marry me,
we'll live together in the apple tree
Ah Hum, Ah Hum, Ah Hum, Ah Hum Ah Hum, Ah Hum

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Is there any more to this song - I heard a longer version on the ABC once but didn't have time to stick the video in. (laugh copyright)

Thanks for your help in combatting my Alzheimers.

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#29059 - 07/10/05 04:47 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
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For some bizarre reason, the schoolyard version of 'English Country Garden' has been going through my head today. Anyone else sing this?

What do you do
If you have to go t'the loo
In an English country garden?
Pull down your pants
And fertilise the plants
In an English country garden!


In what was considered an even more vulgar version, we sometimes sang "pull down your pants/and paralyse the ants". Classy stuff!

And on a similar theme, there was...

Oh dear, what can the matter be?
Three young ladies locked in the lavatory
They stayed there from Monday to Saturday
Nobody knew they were there.


What was it with these lavatorial songs?

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#29060 - 07/11/05 04:36 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
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We sang "pull down your pants and paralyse the ants" and then it continued:

Then get a leaf and wipe your underneath
In an English country garden


Then get a spade and bury what you've made
In an English country garden!


I can't decide whether it's deplorable or admirable that our version was so concerned with both personal and public hygiene!

Regarding the "teacher hit me with a ruler", our version went:

Glory, glory hallelujah!
Teacher hit me with a ruler
So I hit her back
With a cricket bat
And she ain't going to hit me any more!


Cricket bats, unlike tanks or M-64s, were fairly familiar items in our primary school...

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#29061 - 07/11/05 07:13 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
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Speaking of "schoolyard versions" of songs, I remember one that was to the tune of Alouette:

Aggravation, aggra-aggravation
Aggravation, here's how to play this game
First you take a bowling ball
Then you roll it down the hall
Hit your dad
Then he's mad
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Suffocation, suffo-suffocation
Suffocation, here's how to play this game
First you take a pillowcase
Then you wrap it 'round your face
Go to bed
Then you're dead
Whoa-oh-oh-oh

Drown-ing, drowning drowning drowning
Drown-ing, here's how to play this game
First you take a garden hose
Then you shove it up your nose
Turn it on
Then you're gone
Whoa-oh-oh-oh


Morbid, but we loved it as kids.

Then there are the songs where you "almost" swear but don't quite:

Miss Lucy had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell
When Lucy went to Heaven
The steamboat went to -

Hello operator
Please give me number nine
And if you disconnect me
I'll kick you from -

Behind the yellow curtain
There is a piece of glass
When Lucy sat upon it
She hurt her little -

Ask me no more questions
I'll tell you no more lies
The boys are in the bathroom
Doing up their -

Flies are in the city
The bees are in the park
The boys and girls are necking
In the D-A-R-K dark


And I remember a fragment of another one:

Peter Murphy had a dog
And tied him to a rock
Along came a bumblebee
And stung him in the -

Cocktail, ginger ale
Ninety cents a glass
And if you do not like it
You can shove it up your -

Ask me no more questions...


Does anyone else remember those?

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#29062 - 07/11/05 10:54 PM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
JaneJ
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Ask me no more questions
I'll tell you no more lies...


I vaguely remember this...

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#29063 - 07/12/05 04:06 AM Re: Miss Mary Mac, All Dressed In Black
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To end we always sang

Ask no questions tell no lies
I saw a policeman pulling up his
flies are a nuisance
fleas are worse
and that is the end of my complicated verse


So suave, so mature...
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