Mudcat Café message #1750146 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #81350   Message #1750146
Posted By: Azizi
30-May-06 - 01:58 PM
Thread Name: I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Subject: RE: I'm Rubber. You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
Hello, Guest Spain!!

Thanks for posting a date for that U-G-L-Y rhyme. I thought that it was recited by children before that Wildcat movie, and your information appears to confirm that.

Here's another verse to that "Tweedleelee" or "Rockin Robin" hand clap rhyme:

I went downtown to get a stick of butter
I saw James Brown poopin * in the gutter
He had a piece of glass
stuck up his butt **
I never saw a Black man run so fast

Rockin Robin
Tweet Tweeleelee
Rockin Robin
Tweet Tweeleelee

* also recited as "laying" in the gutter

** also recited as "ass";I'm told that some children selff-censor this word in front of adults and substitute the word "butt"; however I don't believe that is always the case; some children believe the real word is "butt" even though it doesn't rhyme


"Rockin Robin"/"Tweeleelee" {or a similar name}appears to be very widely known by children, youth, and adult [women probably more than men] from the mid or late 1970s on [the date corresponds to The Jackson's recording of Rockin Robin]. Besides for my [adopted] home area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the geographical attributions of the examples I've collected are Erie, PA; Cleveland, Ohio, Pittsburgh, New York City, Connecticut; West Virgina, Washington D.C., and Georgia. Except for a Latina woman in New York City, and a Filipino/White woman in West Virgina, all of the informants who gave me their racial/ethnicity information [or who I observed performing this rhyme] have been African American.

I'm interested in knowing if this rhyme is well known among
non-African American populations.