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Like I remember? HA! Actually, I didn't really do nursery rhymes. My dad taught me to read when I was 3-4 years old, and I used to spend hours sitting in his lap reading books - like Black Beauty, Heidi, 1001 Arabian Nights, etc. He'd read to me, I'd read back to him. I skipped right by most of the children's books, I think. At least I don't remember them if I ever read them.

When my 2 nieces came along (6 & 8 years after I was born) they used to bring some of these with them, so I guess I did see them!

The one thing I do remember is my granny rocking me in her creaky old rocking chair (that I still have to this day, same creaks!) and singing "Itsy Bitsy spider" to me. Awwwww. :) How I loved her. How I miss her.


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I would have to say Humpty Dumpty only because I was a very active "tom boy" who preferred football's to dolls and I was always have my parents put me back together. (in fact I still have not outgrown the tom boy thing, I am 42 and play men's ice hockey)


Husband Alan dx with LSCLC Jan 10th 2005

God put him on earth just for me.

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hmm, nursery rhyme...I think my favorite was probably itsy bitsy spider.

I also remember loving the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly "I don't know why she swallowed a fly..." pretty morbid, now that I think about it. :lol:

I was also into the hand games - you know, Miss Mary Mack, Miss Lucy, etc. :)

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Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,

Upstairs and downstairs in his dressing gown,

Rapping at the window, crying through the lock,

"Are all the children in their beds,

for now it's eight o'clock?"

I was raised by my grandparents who grew up in Ireland, so I heard a lot of what was popular when they were kids. Not always the same rhymes as here. My mom used to say this one to encourage me on my walk upstairs at bedtime. I heard it every night for a long time, so it sticks in my memory.


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Tom, Tom, the Piper's son

Stole a pig and away he run

The pig was eat and Tom was beat

And Tom went crying down the street.

Tom, Tom, the Piper's son

Learned to play when he was young

But the only tune that he could play

Was 'Over the Hills and Far Away'


Do your ears hang low?

Do they wobble to and fro?

Can you tie them in a knot?

Can you tie them in a bow?

Can you throw them over your shoulder

Like a Continental soldier?

Do your ears hang low?

(and of course, through the years, "ears" were replaced with "boobs"...)

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I guess favorite nursery rhyme was Mary had a little lamb. I also had a favorite song. Maybe some of you will remember I went to the animal fair

I went to the animal fair

The birds and the beasts were there

The big baboon by the light of the moon

Was combing his auburn hair

You should have seen the monk

He jumped on the elephants truck

The elephant sneezed and fell on his knees

And that was the end of the monk the monk the monk

I used to sit on my front porch with my little grandson on my lap and sing that song. For some reason he was afraid when it said big baboon so he would substitute big Racoon :!:

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Mine is interesting. Maybe someone can tell me if they ever heard my version. We have no idea if my dad made it up or not, Brian thinks he did.

My dad used to always say: "Little rabbit foo foo, I don't like your attitude". (I forgot the rest).

Brian said that was a spin-off of the real rabbit one, but I am not sure :)

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