Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Test your 10 year old brain

Would you do it in a house?
Would you do it with a mouse?
Would you so it on a boat?
Would you do it with a goat?

Do what?

We were at the park (adjacent and used by elementary school grades K-6) and written on one of the play structures was that famous and adorable Dr. Seuss rhyme from Green Eggs & Ham. What got to me was the “Do what?” written underneath, in different marker and hand writing. Is it the innocence of a younger child responding to an older one, really not knowing what they are referring to. Are they really asking you if you would eat green eggs & ham? Or like the cynical me figuring it is some asshole of a 12 year old wanting me to think exactly what I did – would I have sex? smoke pot? drink beer? What would I do? Frankly, if I had both a mouse and especially a goat on my boat and in my house I’d simply hire a cleaning service.

This made me think about all the silly little rhymes we had as kids. Either the ones you saw scribbled on the wall in the bathroom stall at camp or school,

Here I sit broken hearted
Paid my dime and only farted
I think next time I’ll take my chance
Save my dime and crap my pants

(or something like that)

or what your 8 year old brain wrote in your friend's autograph book,

Susie, Susie in the tub
Susie’s Mommy pulled the plug,
Oh my goodness, oh my soul,
There goes Susie down the hole!

Does anyone remember anything like this? I have been twisting my brain for 2 days now trying to remember more. Anyone? Willing to share?


Blogger BeachMama said...

If you sprinkle while you tinkle,
Please be a sweeting and wipe the seaty.

There's one I seem to remember a lot... not sure why!?


8:12 AM EDT  
Blogger DaniGirl said...

OMG, Nancy! I swear, just a week or so ago Beloved chanted a version of "paid a dime but only farted" ditty to Tristan and it was the first time I'd heard it in 20 years. I even commented about how I'd forgotten it completely and laughed at the memories it evoked of the Skillet Restaurant bathroom at the local mall when I was about ten years old. And now two references in the same week - it's so weird when that happens!!

How about:
Good night, sleep tight,
Don't let the bedbugs bite,
But if they do, let them chew,
Because they're good for you.

(Ick. No wonder I'm bug-phobic.)

8:49 AM EDT  
Blogger Silver Creek Mom said...

I wanna play but it may have to wait till after I exercise and drink my 2nd cuppa. Morning brain fuzz!

OH Here's on MY hubby BIG hairy He man that he is still says.

Itchy Kitchy Karry Koo
I have a Hairy Bum don't you?


Great BIG Gobs of Grease Grimy Goofer Guts.
Muiltlated Monkey Meat.
Pertified Peilcan Poop.
Oops I forgot my spoon!

Don't ya wanna did right in?

Both of these My hubby sings to the dismay of both MY kids. My kids have taste...My hubby NOPE!

Guess I didn't need a 2nd cuppa Imagine what I woudda come up with If I had?

8:55 AM EDT  
Anonymous carolann said...

I have NEVER even heard the ones you posted...and I come from the EXACT same place as you, right down to elementary school! It must have been the influence of S.M. and L.H. !!
How about these jingles...
I see London, I see France,
I see Nancy's underpants.
Miss Mary Mac, Mac, Mac
all dressed in black, black, black....
Blue bells, cockle shells.....
(I have little girls)
more up your alley...
Beans, beans good for the heart
the more you eat...
OR everyones favorite...for some reason I remember Chris Graham singing this one....
when your on the john and the papers gone,
Tragedy. (which is VERY frustrating when people don't replace the t.p.)

12:12 PM EDT  
Blogger DaniGirl said...

CarolAnn inspired me:

Beans beans the musical fruit,
The more you eat the more you toot,
The more you toot, the better you feel,
Beans beans the magical meal.

12:47 PM EDT  
Blogger Running2Ks said...

Beachmama stole mine! LOL! And now my head is blank :)


Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Robin laid an egg
The batmobile lost its wheel
And the Joker got away

7:34 PM EDT  
Anonymous Barb said...

When walking as kids...

Step on a crack
Break your Mother's back
Step on a line
Break your momma's spine

I'm rubber and you are glue
what you say bounces off me and
sticks to you

And my all time favorite....

I know you are, but what am I?


9:37 PM EDT  
Blogger nancy said...

OMG you gals are terrific!! I had forgotten a bunch of those, what fun!

SHaron - never heard of any of yours though, very original!

9:51 PM EDT  
Blogger Silver Creek Mom said...

LOL they are a Jack Orginal! Although I have heard others say that too.

Now I'll have to teach these to Nathan and see if he will give us a recital. Yeah who am I kidding!

10:17 PM EDT  
Anonymous Barb said...

Teeter Totter
Milk and Water
Wash your Face
In Dirty Water

12:39 AM EDT  
Anonymous andrea said...

When I was in school I came home crying because someone had chanted (to me)

Kindergarten baby,
wash your face with gravy!

Other rhymes I remember are patty cake and skipping rhymes:

Miss Sue, Miss Sue, Miss Sue from Alabama,
Sitting in a rocker, eating Betty Crocker,
Watching the clock go tick … tock…
Ticktock sha-walla walla
A B C D E F G – wash those stains right off of me,
Moonshine, moonshine, moonshine, FREEZE!


Miss Lucy had a baby, his name was Tiny Tim,
She put him in a 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 go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor, Miss Lucy called the nurse,
Miss Lucy called the lady with the alligator purse!

8:36 AM EDT  
Blogger Marla said...

Steve knows far too many of these for a 42 year old man.

I remembered one as

Great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts
mutilated monkey meat
little dirty birdy feet
french fried eyeballs swimming in a bowl of goo and I forgot my spoon


Beans beans good for your heart
the more you eat the more you fart
the more you fart the better you feel
so eat your beans at every meal

(this is a favourite with Josephine)

But if you google "camp songs", you get a bunch of long-forgotten stuff.

We sang a horrible one:

Salvation a-a-army
Salvation a-a-army
Put a nickel in the drum
Save another drunken bum
Salvation a-a-army
Put a nickel in the drum and you'll be sa-a-aved!

Bows with a flourish, and skips off singing

9:43 AM EDT  
Anonymous andrea said...

It's funny how some songs are the same but different:

Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts,
chopped up monkey meat,
perculated birdy feet,
premature piggies swimming in a jar of [something]
and you don't use a spoon but a straw!

7:59 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My brother always said this song to me this way.
Great Big Gobs of gooey grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, little birdys hairy feet, french fried eye balls rolling in a frying pan, but yYOU forgot your spoon. so we gave you a scab sandwich with the puss on top, monkees vomit and camels snot, elephants eyeballs split in two EAT IT Gina It's good for you.

5:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try this:
(Ditty while bouncing a ball or bouncing a ball in a sock or nylon against a wall.)

Hello Hello Hello Sir,
Are you coming out Sir?
No Sir
Why Sir,
Because I got a cold Sir.
Where did u get your cold Sir?
At the North Pole Sir.
What were you doing there Sir?
Catching Polar Bear Sir.
How many did u catch Sir?
None Sir.
Why Sir?
Because I forgot my gun Sir.
Where did you forget your gun Sir?
Behind the kitchen door Sir.
What was it doing there Sir?
Gaurding my underwear Sir.
Good Bye, Good Bye, Good Bye, Sir.
See you next July Sir.
If you do not die Sir.
Good Bye, Good Bye, Good Bye, Sir.

Ta dah - JD

9:44 PM EDT  

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