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Thread #81350   Message #1492483
Posted By: Azizi
24-May-05 - 11:03 PM
Thread Name: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Pogo,

Is this the rhyme you were thinking of?

Down, down baby
Down by the roller coaster
Sweet, sweet baby
I'll never let you go.
Shimmy shimmy coco pa
Shimmy shimmy pow!
Shimmy shimmy coco pa
Shimmy shimmy pow!
Grandma, Grandma sick in bed.
Called the doctor and the doctor said,
Let's get the rhythm of the head.
Ding dong.
Let's get the rhythm of the hands
Clap, clap.
Let's get the rhythm of the feet
Stomp, stomp.
Let;s get the rhythm of the
Hot dog.
Put it all together and what do you get?
Ding-dong, clap, clap. Stomp, stomp. Hot dog.
Say it all backwards and what do you get?
Hot dog. Stomp, stomp. Clap, clap. Ding dong!

-snip-

There are multiple versions of this rhyme {and there are multiple versions of most children's rhymes, for that matter}. Alot of children around Pittsburgh, Penn. call this rhyme "Down Down Baby", but it is also called "Shimmy Shimmy Co Co Pa" {or some similar sounding word at the end like "Pop" or even Puff".

"Grandma, Grandma sick in bed" is a very old rhyme that is found in African American secular slave songs. That rhyme is also recited alone or with in combination with other verses.

Btw, in the "Down, Down Baby" rhyme, a hip shaking motion is usually performed for the phrase "Hot dog".

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Wheee! Blog
has a great thread on schoolyard rhymes, including multiple versions of "Miss Susie Had A Steamboat"; "Down On The Banks Of The Hanky-Panky" and "Miss Lucy Had A Baby" {Tiny Tim}*

Check it out!

* This rhyme hasn't been posted yet in this thread, but I KNOW someone remembers it and will post it, right?   



Azizi