Childhood songs and rhymes

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neleh_22
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Post by neleh_22 » Fri Mar 03, 2006 1:22 am

Anyone remember these

Last night there was murder at the fish shop
a wee dug stole a haddie bone
a big dug tried tae take it aff it
and I hit it wae a tottie scone
I ran tae tell my auntie Sara
my auntie Sara wisnae in
I looked through a hole in the windae
and I shouted Sara are you in
Her teeth were lying oan the table
Her wig was lying oan the bed
I nearly burst my sides wae laughing
when I saw her screwing aff her wooden leg


Helen

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I had a little monkey and his name was sonny jim
I put him in the water to see if he could swim
he drank all the water and ate all the soap
and he died last night with a bubble in his throat
Whitelaw,Hall,Kennedy,Gorman,Folan McLaughlan

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Post by joette » Fri Mar 03, 2006 9:17 am

:lol: Yep & the Singing Kettle do a lovely version of Murder in the Chip shop.In fact they do lots of the childhood songs & rhymes we all grew up with.I've just chucked a couple of their videos in the bin too-DVD's have superceded them.
Researching:SCOTT,Taylor,Young,VEITCH LINLEY,MIDLOTHIAN
WADDELL,ROSS,TORRANCE,GOVAN/DALMUIR/Clackmanannshire
CARR/LEITCH-Scotland,Ireland(County Donegal)
LINLEY/VEITCH-SASK.Canada
ALSO BROWN,MCKIMMIE,MCDOWALL,FRASER.
Greer/Grier,Jenkins/Jankins

nelmit
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Re: Childhood songs and rhymes...

Post by nelmit » Fri Mar 03, 2006 12:05 pm

Tusker wrote:I don't think it qualifies as a street song, as I never heard it chanted throughout my childhood, or sung by any child outside our immediate family. It's just a silly wee song that my very favourite and dearly-loved Uncle Nat taught me 50 years ago, and I've often wondered if that wonderful man made it up himself, heard it somewhere, or perhaps learned it at his father's knee.... I never did ask, and it's too late now, as he passed away years ago -- but not without teaching me the joy of laughter, and the love of a good joke. Without a doubt, I take my sense of humour from him. I still miss the kindest and best Uncle in the entire world and think about him with a smile when his wee song springs to mind.....I can guarantee, that somewhere in Scotland, there are some of his descendants still singing this wee song. I know there is, in Canada....

Uncle Nat's Wee Song

Mah mammy says Ah've tae go
Wi' mah daddy's dinner-oh
Breid an' totties, stewin' steak
wi' a wee bit currant cake.

Ah went tae the river - couldnae get acroass
Peyed ten bob fur an auld blin' hoarse.
Jumped oan it's back - it's bones gave a crack
Ah played mah fiddle tae the boat came back.
The boat came back, we aw jumped in
The boat capsized an' we aw fell in.

In loving memory of my Uncle Nat Reynolds
My Mum in Law used to sing it to my sons when they were wee.
She also sang a bit in the middle -

He is a fisherman
He caught a wee bit trout
Said I to the trout
Does your mother know you're out?

Singing don't be weary
Try and be cheery
Don't be weary
'Cos we're all going home.

(This chorus was repeated at the end)

Regards,
Annette M

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Re: Childhood songs and rhymes...

Post by Tusker » Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:58 pm

nelmit wrote:
My Mum in Law used to sing it to my sons when they were wee.
She also sang a bit in the middle -

Regards,
Annette M
Annette -- That's the VERY first I've run into someone who recognised it, other than my cousins etc. I wonder where it actually came from? Obviously my Uncle Nat didn't write it (unless he did so in colloboration with your Mum in Law :D ) -- so where did THEY pick it up?....H'mmmm Was your Mom in Law related to anyone named Reynolds? :) It certainly wasn't a well-known song like "Coulters Candy" or one of my Mom's favourites when I was a kid.....

"Wee chookie burdie lo, lo, lo
Laid an egg on the windae so (sill)
The windae sill began tae crack
Wee chookie burdie said 'Quack! Quack! Quack!' "

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Post by pinkshoes » Fri Mar 03, 2006 5:04 pm

My grannie used to do the burdie song too, but her version went

Wee chookie burdie to lo lo
Laid an egg on the windae sole
The windae sole began to crack
Wee chookie burdie roared an' grat

Strange how you remember these things so clearly (I could only have been three or four). On the other hand, if you asked me what I'd had for tea yesterday ... maybe we remember the really important stuff :roll:

Pinkshoes

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Post by Thrall » Tue Apr 18, 2006 1:04 am

DavidWW wrote:
At the risk of thread drift, who would like to identify the very famous Italian opera (male) aria where the subject appears to be "elephants' ears" ?? !!!............

David
I´m afraid that I give up; I don´t know about all you other opera buffs, but I feel we´ve had time enough. Have talked to tenor, discussed it with a repetiteur, and had someone look at the libretto without any joy. Can´t sleep at night. Give us a break, David for pity´s sake...... :cry: :cry: :cry:

A most despondent "Thrall"

Make it easier next time, please.... :wink:

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Post by mallog » Tue Apr 18, 2006 8:30 am

neleh_22 wrote:Anyone remember these

____________________________________________

I had a little monkey and his name was sonny jim
I put him in the water to see if he could swim
he drank all the water and ate all the soap
and he died last night with a bubble in his throat
This made me remember

Not last night but the night before three wee monkeys came to the door
One with a trumpet ?, one with a gun and one with a pancake stuck to its bum !
Anderson, McAlpine, Blue - Argyll
Dunn Fife /ML
Coutts, McGregor - Perth/Govan
Glen, Crow, Imrie - Angus
Scott & Pick ML
Mason - Co Down

pinkshoes
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Post by pinkshoes » Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:37 pm

Mallog I think the wee monkeys who came to my door had a fiddle and a drum, but the third definitely had a pancake :lol: :lol:

Years since I heard that!

Pinkshoes

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Post by mallog » Wed Apr 19, 2006 9:49 am

Thanks Pinkshoes :lol: :lol:
Was I having a senior moment ? We got there in the end. :lol:
Anderson, McAlpine, Blue - Argyll
Dunn Fife /ML
Coutts, McGregor - Perth/Govan
Glen, Crow, Imrie - Angus
Scott & Pick ML
Mason - Co Down

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Post by ninatoo » Wed Apr 19, 2006 1:32 pm

The song which began this thread....

"Oh Mr Googelly,
Come tae bed alang wi' me
And I'll gae ye a cuppa tea
Tae keep yer belly warrum"

I dound a reference to it in The Winter Sparrows by Mary Rose Liverani (GREAT book by the way)....so my Mum wasn't the only one who knew the song after all! :D

Nina
Researching: Easton ( Renfrewshire, Dunbarton and Glasgow), Corr (Londonderry and Glasgow), Carson (Co. Down, Irvine, Ayrshire and Glasgow), Logan (Londonderry and Glasgow)

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