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Thread #71574   Message #1225960
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
15-Jul-04 - 07:49 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Rude Rhymes & Bawdy Songs.
Subject: RE: Folklore: Rude Rhymes & Bawdy Songs.
Ed Cray, in his introduction to "The Erotic Muse," gives examples of a child's bawdy rhymes. The girl, pointing to her breasts, genitals and buttocks, chants:

Milk, milk, lemonade,
Around the corner where fudge is made.

and:
My bonnie lies over the ocean.
My bonnie lies over the sea.
My father lies over my mother,
And that's how I came to be.

Children's bawdy rhymes are not well represented in published literature, having been ignored by Opie, Baring-Gould and the like, and perhaps would be worth exploring in a thread, but "adult" material is so well-covered by the volumes of Randolph and Legman, Cray and others that it is hard to make original contributions.