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Thread #102055   Message #2113078
Posted By: GUEST
27-Jul-07 - 10:16 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Subject: RE: Folklore: Play Ground Hand Jives
Hi All,

In Brooklyn, in the late 50s and very early 60s:

All the girls in France
Do the hula hula dance
And the way they shake
Is enough to kill a snake
When the snake is dead
They put roses on his head
When the roses die
They put 1959.
(I recall doing this to hula-hooping)

"Dutch Girl"
I'm a little Dutch girl dressed in blue
Here are the things I'm taught to do
Salute to the captain
Bow to the queen
Turn my back on the US Marines
(No idea what this meant)

"Checkoslovakia" (A circle clapping game)
Checkoslovakia, boom, boom, boom
Now, Yugoslavia, boom, boom, boom.
Let's get the rhythm of the hands (clap clap)
We've got the rhythm of the hands (clap clap)
Let's get the rhythm of the feet (clap clap)
We've got the rhythm of the feet (clap clap)
Let's get the rhythm of the eyes (clap clap)
We've got the rhythm of the eyes (clap clap)
Let's get the rhythm of the number nine (clap clap)
We've got the rhythm of the number ... (clap clap)
(Then you count one at a time by fives starting with 5 until someone is out.)


"Miss Lucy"
Miss lucy had a baby
She called him Tiny Tim
She put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim
He drank up all the water
He ate up all the soap
He tried to eat the bathtub but it wouldn't fit down his throat
Miss Lucy called the doctor
Miss Lucy called the nurse
Miss Lucy called the lady with the alligator purse
(something ending in "tion") said the doctor
(something ending in "tion") said the nurse
Operation said the lady with the alligaor purse.
Out came the water
Out came the soap
Out came the bathtub that wouldn't fit down his throat.


Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?
(name) stole the cookies from the cookie jar
Who me? Yes you.
Couldn't be! Then who?
(other name) stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
Etc

"When I Was a Baby"
When I was a baby, a baby, a baby
When I was a baby boom boom boom
It was crying this-a-way
Crying that-a-way
Crying this-a-way
Boom boom boom

(This goes through "child," "teenager kissing," then I think "when I got married" and then "had a baby" then "when my husband died" ending with
When I died, dies, died,
When I dies boom boom boom
It was six feet under, six feet under, six feet under boom boom boom.


There was also some rhyme that had "the bomb" in it in some form but I can't really remember it. I'll have to try harder!