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Posted By: Azizi
02-Nov-08 - 03:06 PM
Thread Name: Children's rhyme: When Susie Was A Baby
Subject: RE: Children's rhyme: When Susie Was A Baby
Here's another example of "When Susie Was A Baby" from http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=15316



When Susie was a baby, a baby Susie was she went a cry, cry, cry, cry
(rubs eyes)

When Susie was a toddler, a toddler Susie was she went a scribble,
scribble, scribble, scribble (scribbling action)

When Susie was a child, a child Susie was she went a 'whyyyyyy?
whyyyyyy? whyyyyy? whyyyy?' (pouting)

When Susie was a teenager, a teenager Susie was she went a 'ooh, ahh,
I lost my bra, I left my knickers in me boyfriend's car' (waving hands
in a camp manner)

When Susie was a married, a married Susie was she went a 'aahh,
unnnnggggghh, aaaahhhhh, unnnnnngggggh' (sex noises and actions)

When Susie was a mother, a mother Susie was she went a bake, bake,
bake, bake (rolling pin action)

When Susie was a grandma, a grandma Susie was she went a knit, knit,
knit, knit (knitting action)

When Susie was a skeleton a skeleton Susie was she went a (silence)
-Subject: Re: school song ; Answered By: grimace-ga on 12 May 2002

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The person who answered this question about this "school song" described him/her self as a teacher in England; grimace-ga wrote that "When Susie Was A Baby" probably "shared a common ancestor" with "Miss Susie Had A Baby". grimace-ga also indicated that "Miss Susie Had A Baby" was "similar in metre to Taffy Was A Welshman".

The Digitrad has this version of Taffy was a Welshman . There are other versions of that rhyme on this Mudcat thread: thread.cfm?threadid=94344#1830016, including this example:

"Taffy was a Welsh man, Taffy was a thief.
Taffy came to my house and stole a lump of beef.
I went to Taffy's house, Taffy was in bed.
So I picked up a chopper, and chopped of his head."

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Also, see John MacKenzie's 29 Apr 08 - 05:22 AM for a probably source for "Miss Susie Had A Baby". And each of these rhymes can probably traced back to the bawdy "Bang Bang Lulu" rhymes.