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Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket

Mo the caller 21 Dec 05 - 08:56 AM
GUEST 20 Dec 05 - 05:59 PM
GUEST,Murray on Saltspring 17 Jun 05 - 02:48 AM
gnomad 16 Jun 05 - 02:06 PM
Highlandman 16 Jun 05 - 12:28 PM
Mr Red 16 Jun 05 - 09:15 AM
Highlandman 16 Jun 05 - 01:22 AM
Cool Beans 15 Jun 05 - 04:41 PM
Highlandman 15 Jun 05 - 01:33 PM
dick greenhaus 15 Jun 05 - 12:19 PM
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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: Mo the caller
Date: 21 Dec 05 - 08:56 AM

Gnomad's verse "grandma's pussy cat" was around in London too in the late 40s


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: GUEST
Date: 20 Dec 05 - 05:59 PM

Neenana, knock at the door
Whose there?
Granpa.
Whaddya want?
A glass of beer.
Where's your money?
In my pocket.
Where's pocket?
In my pants.
Where's your pants?
I left them home.
Get outta here ya bad boy!

That's how my granpa would sing it to my sister and me. :)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: GUEST,Murray on Saltspring
Date: 17 Jun 05 - 02:48 AM

This is the entry in my collection of "bairnsangs". I thought I sent this in to the Digitrad DB, but perhaps not.


        Far are ye gaein'? Across the gutter.

        Fat for? A pund o' butter.

        Far's yer money? In my pocket.

        Far's yer pocket? Clean forgot it!


- That "Fa" by the way = General Scots "Wha". [Aberdonian dialect]
        
Source of quote is:
        Jean C. Rodger, Lang Strang (1948), 13, from Forfar, c. 1910. Cf. Ritchie Golden City (1965), 48, counting-out from Edinburgh, "Who's there?/ Tiny Tiny Bear", etc. [See Opies Lore and Language of Schoolchildren (1959), 10, a fascinating (and all too rare) series of comparisons covering two and a quarter centuries, the earliest specimen being lines from Henry Carey's satire Namby Pamby, 1726: "Now he acts the Grenadier,/ Calling for a Pot of Beer:/ Where's his Money? He's forgot:/ Get him gone, a Drunken Sot."]


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: gnomad
Date: 16 Jun 05 - 02:06 PM

Rat-a-tat-tat (door knocking gesture)
Who is that?
On-ly Grandma's pu-ssy-cat.
What d'you want?
A pint of milk.
Where's your money?
In my pocket.
Where's your pocket?
I for-got it.
Oh you si-lly pu-ssy-cat!

Kids set of call and answer "game" from my childhood (UK, northern). Hard to reproduce the rhythm on the page, quite stacatto (sp?) though.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: Highlandman
Date: 16 Jun 05 - 12:28 PM

Thanks, Mr. R - what you have there is different enough to suggest that the underlying shtick predates both versions. I still can't quite remember the start of the one I learned.
-HM


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: Mr Red
Date: 16 Jun 05 - 09:15 AM

This sounds remarkably like the part of a Pace Egging song wot I collected from an old Folkie who used to live in Acrrington (Church and Oswoldtwistle to be precise)

The words can be found on the songs pages of cresby.com look for collected songs "I'm a Paper Lad".

A couple who come from there but are maybe in their 50's told me I had not got the words right but take that as the folk process. I have tried to get their version - I am hopeful.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: Highlandman
Date: 16 Jun 05 - 01:22 AM

No, no, that wasn't quite it...
I've mixed it with another nonsense chant.
The beginning is something like


Knock at the door.
Who's there?
Grandpa.
Whaddya want?
A glass o' beer
    etc.

Are we getting closer?
-HM


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: Cool Beans
Date: 15 Jun 05 - 04:41 PM

Thank you, Highlandman! I do remember "Whaddya want? A glass of beer." And I think you're pretty close on "Knock knock. Who's there."


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: Highlandman
Date: 15 Jun 05 - 01:33 PM

As taught me by a bachelor uncle:
I'm not too sure about the first four lines, but the rest was seared into my impressionable little mind.

Knock, knock-
Who's there?
Open the door,
Walk in.
Whaddya want?
A glass o' beer.
Where's your money?
In my pocket.
Where's your pocket?
In my pants.
Where's your pants?
At home.
Get outta here, ya dirty bum!

Chanted in a repetitive minor-third pattern (like nya-nya-nya-nya-nya)
-HM


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Subject: RE: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 15 Jun 05 - 12:19 PM

When I was child (some 70 years ago), we chanted the same thing, with the added ending for the last line,
"... you dirty bum."


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Subject: Folklore: Where's your money? In my pocket
From: Cool Beans
Date: 15 Jun 05 - 12:09 PM

Where's your money?
In my pocket.
Where's your pocket?
In my pants.
Where's your pants?
I left them home.
Get out of here!

Anyone know how this bit of comedy begins? When my cousin and I were about 5 we marched up and down the boardwalk at Coney Island chanting this until a man threw a glass of water at us (well, not the whole glass, just the water). That was about 50 years ago and I'm still traumatized. I think my cousin's all right, though.


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