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


In a related subject, here's a text analysis that I write of a children's foot stomping that was inspired by a 1991 recorded bubble gum rap song "Playground" by ABC (Another Bad Creation)

PLAYGROUND (foot stomping cheer)
All: I've fallin. I can't get up.
I've fallin. I can't get up.
Smack, Jack! Homie don't play that.
Kick off your shoes (or "Put up your dukes")
And let's get loose!
All except the soloist whose is indicated by the first letter of her name or nickname:
Kick it "T", Kick it T! Kick it T!
Bust it "T", Bust it "T", Bust it!
Swing it "T", Swing it "T", Swing it!
Soloist: I swing my beat at the playground!

(Repeat the entire rhyme with next soloist, andcontinue repeating in this manner until every one in the group has had one turn as the soloist). The beat used for this cheer is stompstomp clap stompstomp clap.
-African American girls ages 7-12 years old; Lillian Taylor Camp (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, early 1990s; collected by TMP); "http://cocojams.com/content/foot-stomping-cheers-0">http://cocojams.com/content/foot-stomping-cheers-0

Text Analysis:

"Playground" is a dance style foot stomping cheer that demonstrates the creative way that children's folk rhymes and cheers are created from a number of different mass media sources. That cheer has the same tune as the 1991 hit rap song "Playground" by ABC (Another Bad Creation), a group of young African American teenage boys.
ABC's "Playground". In addition, that foot stomping cheer uses the title of that recorded song and includes lyrics from that song, beginning with "Kick off your shoes and let's get loose".

However, that foot stomping cheer also includes lines from other sources. The lines "I've fallin' and I can't get up" are from a low budget television commercial for security telephone equipment for the elderly. That commercial featured an elderly woman falling down and then saying those exact words. In a weird way, that commercial struck some people's funny bone.

"Smack, Jack. Homey don't play that" was the signature lines of "Homie D. Clown", a character created by comedian Damon Wayans on the innovative comedy television show "In Living Color". Unable to find any other job after being released from prison, Homie worked as a clown at little children's birthday parties. But Homie had no aptitude for leading children's party activities and no patience with the little children's constant questions. At regular intervals in the party, when children asked Homie questions, he would smack them with a plastic baseball bat. Also, Homie would refuse to perform expected "clown" activities at those children's paries. For instance, if a child asked him to make shapes out of balloons, Homie would smack him or her with his baseball bat and say "Homie don't play that". "Homie don't play that" became an African American vernacular. That line means that it's unthinkable for you to do what you've been asked to do (it's against your essential nature).

In the context of this foot stomping cheer, "Bust it!", "Swing it!", and "Kick it!" all mean "Show us how well you dance."

"She kicked her beat" means that the girl danced really well.


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