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Thread #102055   Message #2090799
Posted By: Azizi
30-Jun-07 - 07:55 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Subject: RE: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Oops!

I made a mistake in the example that I wrote of the children's parody of "I Believe I Can Fly".

Here's the real words to that example:

The 2nd example that you posted Natasha is a parody of that record. Here's a very similar one that I collected in 1999 from school age African American boys in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

I believe I can fly.

I got chased by the FBI. (or "I'm being chased by the FBI").

It's all because of those collards greens

that I ate with those chicken wings.

I believe I can soar.

See me running through that open door.

I believe I can fly.

I believe I can fly.

I believe I can fly.

-snip-

This song uses the same tune and phrasing as the R. Kelly song.
For instance, the word "door" is elongated to dor-or-or".