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Abby Sale 27 Jan 06 - 08:15 AM
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Subject: happy? – Jan 27 (Michael Jackson fire)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 27 Jan 06 - 08:15 AM

On 1/27/1984 25-year-old Michael Jackson was making
a Pepsi Cola commercial when the fireworks used in the
commercial inadvertently set his gerry curl hair on fire.

And the children sang:

        Down by the river-side hanky panky,
        Where the bull-frogs jump from bank to bank
        Said-a ace, Ece, Ice, Oce, Uce, Beetlejuice!
        I Pledge alligance to the flag
        Michael Jackson is a fag.
        Pepsi Cola burnt his butt,
        Now he's drinking 7up,
        7up has no caffiene, now he's drinking Gas-O-Line!

                "Down by the hanky panky" is a very widely known children's rhyme.
                This version transcribed from Internet.
                [thanx Azizi (of Mudcat)]

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Subject: RE: happy? – Jan 27 (Michael Jackson fire)
From: Azizi
Date: 27 Jan 06 - 04:38 PM

There are a lot of versions of this children's rhymes. Few of them mention Michael's Jackson's hairy scare.

Here's another version:

down by the lake with the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jumop from bank to bank
singing fee fi fo fum
ure momma looks like king kong
didley dong i went to school with nothing on
i asked the teacher what to wear
polka dotted underwear
not too big not too small
just the size of dadeland mall (or w/e mall u choose)
posted by ___ at September 18, 2003


On Dec 27, 2004, GUEST, started a thread called "Lyr Req: a big bullfrog jumped into the lake." His post said "This is just the first part of the song. i hear there is alot more but none of my family know it."

I'm taking the liberty to repost Jim Dixon's response to that query:

From: Jim Dixon - PM
Date: 01 Jan 05 - 03:49 PM

This is the song mentioned above, but it probably isn't the song littledaddy1803 wanted.

The sheet music for MAY IRWIN'S FROG SONG may be found at The Library of Congress American Memory Collection. May Irwin (1862-1938) was the performer, not the songwriter.

Charles E. Trevathan, 1896

1. Away down a-yonder in Yankety Yank,
A bullfrog jumped from bank to bank
'Cause there wasn't nothin' else to do.
He stubbed his toe an' in he fell,
An' de neighbors all say dat he went to well,
'Cause he hadn't nothin' else to do.

CHORUS: An' jus' lots uv folks is like dis foolish frog uv mine,
A-runnin' into trouble jus' to pass de time,
An' de devil's allus loafin' 'round heah jus' to grab de kind
Dat nevah hasn't nothin' else to do.

2. When dey buried dat frog, de preacher said,
"De reason why dis young frog is dead,
'Cause there wasn't nothin' else to do.
An' all you frogs jus' a-listen to me:
Yo' bettah stay at home wid yo' family,
When you haven't nothin' else to do."

3. Some frogs I know is pow'ful fond
Uv spendin' dey time in 'nother frog's pond
'Cause dey hasn't nothin' else to do.
But dis consolation de good book brings:
De frog uv dem habits won't wear no wings
'Cause he hasn't nothin' else to do.

4. Now all uv yo' people dat heah dis song,
Yo' knows shy dis po' frog went wrong:
Cause he hadn't nothin' else to do.
You'd bettah keep busy on any kind of pay,
Till de big horn blow on de judgment day.
Den you will hab somethin' else to do.


The first two lines of that song are very similar to the "Down By The Bank of the Hanky Panky" family of children's rhymes. I believe that it is probably the [or one of the] sources of that rhyme.

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