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Azizi Playground Rhymes And Recorded Songs (4) RE: Playground Rhymes And Recorded Songs 13 Jan 12


Chubby Checker's "Hooka Tooka" is an example of a recorded song that was based on or inspired by a children's rhyme. Taj Mahal's, Dave Van Ronk's and others recording of "Green Green Rocky Road" are based on a closely related children's song.

Here's a link to a text analysis post that I published about that rhyme:

http://cocojams.com/content/text-analysis-hooka-tooka-soda-cracker

Here are lyrics to that song:

GREEN GREEN ROCKY ROAD
(Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman)

The following version was copyrighted in 1961 by Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman and appears in the Sing Out! reprints. The notes say the song was collected from the children of Lilly Chapel School in York, Alabama and is found in "Negro Songs From Alabama" by Harold Courlander.

When I go by Baltimore,
Ain't no carpet on the floor.
Come along and follow me.
Must go down to Galilee
singin' Green, green rocky road
Promenade in' green
Tell me who ya love,
Tell me who ya love.

Hooka, tooka , soda cracker,
Does your mamna chew tobacker?
If your mama chew tobacker,
Hooka, tooka soda cracker.
singin' Green, green rocky road
Promenade in' green
Tell me who ya love,
Tell me who ya love.

If you seem me comin' fast,
Sweep the yard and cut the grass;
Girls who kiss are bound to fall,
Boys who kiss will soon tell all.

Singin' Green, green rocky road
Promenade in green
Tell me who ya love,
Tell me who ya love.

Ya better tell me honey
Tell me who ya love
Ya better tell be baby
Tell me who ya love
Oh can't ya tell me who ya love,
Ya better tell me who ya love.

From http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=27047 ; green green rocky road by rich r; October 28, 2000


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