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Monday, August 15, 2022

"Dibango Dibanga" By Bello Falcao (YouTube Official Video, Two TikTok Compilations, & partial English translation)


BelloFalcaoVEVO, May 20, 2022  
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Total # of views as of August 15, 2022 at 9:40 AM ET = 6,714,128.

This video does an excellent job of following the song's lyrics.

Here's an explanation for this song from this discussion thread:

Nio_pochita👺, August 2022
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The lyrics are talking about a boy who love to make music and everyone like his music old, young, kids, woman,man ect except a pretty woman that doesn't so he's doing everything to make this one girl like it".

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Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases the official YouTube video of the Ivory Coast dance song "Dibango Dibanga" by Bello Falcao. This post also showcases two TikTok compilations of that song.

In addition, this pancocojams post also presents the original lyrics for "Dibango Dibanga" as well as a partial English translation of this song's lyrics.

A few comments from the discussion thread of that song's official YouTube video are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Bello Falcao and all those who are associated with this song and its official YouTube video. Thanks also to all those who are featured in the TikTok compilations that are included in this post and thanks to their publishers on YouTube.Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.

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SHOWCASE VIDEO #2 - Dibango Dibanga - BEST TikTok Challenge Dance Compilation



Billyman, May 22, 2022
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The tempo for this Tikok of this Ivory Coast dance song [and the one given immediately below] is faster than the original tempo of that song. ****
SHOWCASE VIDEO #3: 
Bello Falcao - Dibango Dibanga 😍 (Tiktok Compilation)



Festival TikTok, June 1, 2022

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LYRICS - DIBANGO DIBANGA

(written and performed by Bello Falcao)

Eeehhh yaaa
C'est le bello falcao
Je vais me proo

Allez bouger le dibango, dibango, dibango
Allez danser le dibanga, dibango, dibango
Dibango, dibanga, dibango, dibanga
Dibango, dibanga, dibango
Venez danser le dibango, venez danser le dibanga
Venez danser le dibango, venez danser le dibanga, dibanga

Je vous avais dit au départ c'est l'histoire du ptit Moustapha
Qui fait danser les mamans, les papas d'Abidjan Paris jusqu'à Dakar
Mais y a cette jolie fille qui n'écoute jamais sa musique
Y a cette jolie fille qui n'écoute pas sa musique

Allez bouger le dibango, dibango, dibango
Allez danser le dibanga, dibango, dibango
Dibango, dibanga, dibango, dibanga
Dibango, dibanga, dibango

Venez danser le dibango, venez danser le dibanga
Venez danser le dibango, venez danser le dibanga, dibanga

Je dis Moustapha ne dors pas à cause de la petite qui ne danse pas
Il a même casser sa guitare ahhh!!

Il a fait des mélodies mais la petite ne veut pas danser
Il a fait des mélodies mais la petite ne veut pas danser

Allez bouger le dibango, dibango, dibango
Allez danser le dibanga, dibango, dibango
Dibango, dibanga, dibango, dibanga
Dibango, dibanga, dibango
Venez danser le dibango, venez danser le dibanga
Venez danser le dibango, venez danser le dibanga, dibanga

Aya yaa la go m'a protégé ayaya la go m'a protégé
C'est le diban- dobanga, dibango-banga baa gobanga
Dibango dibanga pardon faut pas dire à ton gars keh
Gnaga tu es mousso pour un gars parce qu'il a doungba dibanga
On demande c'est l'enfant de qui ça? La go est ta mousso ou ta tchiza?
Ce sont les piki-kimin qui enjaille ça onhh
Oun ka ta kretete kouta kouta

On descend à gauche dibango
Allons à droite dibanga
On avance ensemble dibango
A chacun sa cible
C'est pour danser le dibango
Venez danser le dibango
Tout le monde dibango dibanga
Dibango et puis dibanga

Aya yaa

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These lyrics are found several times in the official YouTube discussion thread for the "Dibango Dibanga" video. This comment was posted by 
k3r!ck, July 2022

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PARTIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION - DIBANGO DIBANGA
(written by Bello Falcao)

Eeehhh yaaa
It's the Bello Falcao
I'm gonna upgrade

Come on dance the dibango, dibango, dibango
Come on dance the dibango, dibango, dibango
Dibango, dibanga, dibango, dibanga
Dibango, dibanga, dibango
Come on dance the dibango, come on, dance the dibanga
Come on dance the dibango, come on, dance the dibanga

At the begining, I told you that it was the story of lil Moustapha
Who makes mothers, fathers dance from Abidjan, Paris to Dakar
But but there is this pretty girl who never listens to his music
There is this pretty girl who doesn't listen to his music

Come on dance the dibango, dibango, dibango
Come on dance the dibango, dibango, dibango
Dibango, dibanga, dibango, dibanga
Dibango, dibanga, dibango
Come on dance the dibango, come on, dance the dibanga
Come on dance the dibango, come on, dance the dibanga

I say Moustapha doesn't sleep because of the girl who doesn't dance
he even broke his guitar ahhh!!
I created songs but the girl doesn't want to dance
I created songs but the girl doesn't want to dance

Come on dance the dibango, dibango, dibango
Come on dance the dibango, dibango, dibango
Dibango, dibanga, dibango, dibanga
Dibango, dibanga, dibango
Come on dance the dibango, come on, dance the dibanga
Come on dance the dibango, come on, dance the dibanga

Aya yaa the girl protected me ayaya the girl protected me
It's the diban- dobanga, dibango-banga baa gobanga
Dibango dibanga, please don't tell to your guy that
Gnaga you are mousso for a guy because he has doungba dibanga
We ask whose child is this ? The girl is your mousso or your tchiza?
These ones are piki-kimin who bring fun onhh
Oun ka ta kretete kouta kouta

We oo down to the left dibango
We go to the right dibanga
We move forward together dibango
To each his own target
It's for dancing the dibango

Come on dance the dibango
Everybody dibango dibanga
Dibango then dibanga

-from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSOBnmOjX7A, Dibango Dibanga Lyrics [comment] posted by Charlee Mack, August 2022
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This is the same translation of the Ivory Coast song "Dibango Dibanga" that is given by Google translate, except that Google translate didn't give any results for the last word in the third line of this song and didn't give any results for the word "enjaille". 

The words that have no results for Google translate French to English aren't from the French language. My guess is that these words are from Nouchi. An excerpt from a pdf about Nouchi is found in the discussion thread for this pancocojams post.

Please help give the complete English language translation for this song.

What language/languages are the words that weren't translated by Google translate from French to English? What do those words mean and were the English words that Google translate gave correct?  

Additions and corrections are very welcome.

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Here are definitions for two words in that song that weren't translated by Google translate. Those words may be from Nouchi.

Enjaille/enjailment 
Google translate didn't give an English translation for the word "enjail". 
Here are two definitiond for that word:

https://definedictionarymeaning.com/topic/132650/enjaillement

Tina Feb 15, 2020
"West African version of [enjoyment] - involving [African food], [African music] and/or alcohol

 Having a good time, typically at a gathering (friends and/or family"

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https://hinative.com/questions/416040
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Question about French (France)

What does enjaillement mean?

leleah, 6 May 2016

 French (France)

The feeling of joy. (but it's like old school-ish). It comes from the English "enjoyment" "

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tchiza = mistress 
from https://www-africatopsuccess-com.translate.goog/tchiza-le-fleau-qui-arrange-et-derange-en-afrique-centrale/?_x_tr_sl=fr&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc

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Since "tchiza" means "mistress", my guess is that "mousso" means "wife".

Also, my guess is that "
piki-kimin" means "children" (since "pickaninny" is a West Indian term for child/children).

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THE DISCUSSION THREAD FOR THIS SONG'S OFFICIAL VIDEO 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJo58QN5Mik

Most of the comments in this discussion thread are written in French. Google translate results from French to English are given after those comments.

All of these comments are from May 2022 to August 14, 2022.

These comments are presented in chronological order with the oldest comments given first, except for replies.

Numbers are added for referencing purposes only.

June 2022

1. Cornelia Grace Idongo Ngombi
"J'ai connue le song sur tiktok et je suis venus ici l'écouter entièrement, mais c'est du lourd bravo à l'artiste le song est propre.

L'Afrique le meilleur continent sur terre, mais les dirigeants le gaspillent."
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I knew the song on tiktok and I came here to listen to it entirely, but it's a big congratulations to the artist the song is clean.

Africa the best continent on earth, but the rulers are wasting it."

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2. 
Alfred Botomwito
"Ta chanson bouge le Tiktok. Bravo 👏👏"
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"That song moves on Tiktok. Bravo 👏👏"

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3. 
Ifeaka Kenneth
"I don't understand the language but the hit is fire🔥🔥 🥰🥰"

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4. patrick Agba
"It's language ivory cost / Abidjan"

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5. 
Anglais pour tous MK
"Enfin, après avoir remué Tiktok, le clip est enfin disponible. Bonne réalisation l'artiste, courage à toi💪"
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"Finally, after stirring Tiktok, the clip is finally available. Good achievement the artist, courage to you 💪"

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6. 
Fanny Issouf
"Fréro

Ta un pur talent 🙏🤗

la côte d'ivoire 🇨🇮 est fière de toi"
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"
Brother

Your a pure talent 🙏🤗

the ivory coast 🇨🇮 is proud of you"

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7. 
Jurgen Prince
"Incroyable 🥳🥳🤙 1 millions de vues en 9 jours..Un vrai tube pour l'été 🔥
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Incredible 🥳🥳🤙 1 million views in 9 days.. A real hit for the summer 🔥"

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8. Moubarak Tchagaou
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J’ai eu une pensée à ce géant, cette légende de la musique africaine, Manu Dibango rip Papa🤍"
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"I had a thought of this giant, this legend of African music, Manu Dibango rip Papa🤍"
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From reading the comments in this discussion thread and the Google translate result for this song, it appears that the title "Dibango Dibanga" refer to a particular social dance. That song's singer Bello Falcao may have created this dance and given it that name in honor of the last name of the very popular Cameroonian singer/composer Manu Dibango. Here's some information about Manu Dibango from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manu_Dibango
"Emmanuel N'Djoké "Manu" Dibango (12 December 1933 – 24 March 2020)[2] was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. His father was a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, while his mother was a Duala. He was best known for his 1972 single "Soul Makossa". He died from COVID-19 on 24 March 2020.[3][4]"

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9. jacques tchohou
"Coupé décalé à l'ancienne, C'est le Dibango banga Dibango banga, bango banga... 🔥🔥🔥...
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"It's the [classic] Coupé décalé .  It's the Dibango fear Dibango fear, they fear... 🔥🔥🔥."
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Google translate incorrectly translates the Coupé décalé music/dance as "cut off" and gave "Cut off to the old one" as the result for the first part of that comment.

Click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coup%C3%A9-d%C3%A9cal%C3%A9 for information about Coupé décalé .
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In the context of this comment, the word "fear" may mean something like "in awe of" and/or "really respect [because it is so good".

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10. Gbazou Nicephore Landry
"He is Nigerian but we took him from you and now, he bacame ivoirian 🇨🇮 😂 🤞"

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11. 
Yannick GNANMITCHE
"He's not an Ivorian my guy, he's a Haitian."

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12. Denis Dro, July 2022
" @Yannick GNANMITCHE  Non c'est un togolais d'origine nigeriane, vivant en Côte d'Ivoire."
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"Yannick GNANMITCHE No, he's a Togolese of Nigerian origin, living in Ivory Coast.

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July 2022

13. Maada Rogers
"I don’t understand French but I love this music !!"

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August 2022

14. Djoby Tako
"On ne sait pas si c'est le coupé décalé classique, Makossa, afro beat, mais c'est tout un mélange d'animation saint et surtout sans filtre. C'est la dimension du hit. Rien à dire!!! 

<<C'est le Dibango banga Dibango banga bango banga

(Dibango dibanga) pardon faut pas dire à ton gars que ...>>"
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"We don't know if it's the classic coupé décalé* ,  Makossa, afro beat, but it's a whole mixture of holy animation and above all without filter. This is the size of the hit. Nothing to say!!!

<<It's the Dibango banga Dibango banga bango banga

(Dibango dibanga) sorry, don't tell your guy that...>>
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*Google translate incorrectly translates coupé décalé as “cut-off”.

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15. Tania Dominique
"J'suis Camerounaise et j'aime bien le rythme. Bravo aux artistes pour ce beau rythme 💕💕💕

Ça veut dire quoi Dibango chez vous ? Chez nous au Cameroun Dibango est un nom de famille très" répandu.
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"I'm Cameroonian and I like the rhythm. Congratulations to the artists for this beautiful rhythm 💕💕💕"

What does Dibango mean to you? With us in Cameroon Dibango is a very common surname."
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That discussion thread has no comments that actually resply to that question. One commenter wrote "It's a legend". That reply might refer to the widely popular Cameroonian singer/composer Manu Dibango.  

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16. Nimaga Moctar
"
Une nouvelle étoile j’espère que nous allons prendre soin de lui !!! J’écoute depuis Paris force à toi jeune frère"
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"A new star I hope we will take care of him!!! I listen from Paris force to you young brother"

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17. 
Lionel Nouketcheussi
"According to DBM TV, this amazing song is from Togo!"

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18. PUNABLE
"No he's ivoirien with origin of Nigeria"

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19. Elodie KOUMBA
"
Une tuerie, félicitations 🎊 à Bello Falcao, sans oublier tous les danseurs et danseuses qui ont participé à ce clip ,très belle chorégraphie"
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A killing, congratulations 🎊 to Bello Falcao, without forgetting all the dancers who participated in this clip, very beautiful choreography"
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"A killing"= a form of the African American Vernacular English word "kills" meaning something that (or someone who) does something exceptionally well. That form of "kills" isn't used in the United States. African Americans and other Americans would say "He killed it". 
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20.Tracy African Melanin Doll
"Am from 🇬🇭🇳🇬Am supporting my cousins 🇨🇮🥰😍"
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GHNG= Ghana, Nigeria

CI=  Côte d'Ivoire

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

"My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" ("Boys Are Rotten Made Out Of Cotton") Video, Analysis, & Examples



camille c, Dec 24, 2011

old school hand games from way back.. can u remember any more???.
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"My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" is chanted at 1:37 to 2:04 in this video.

The words for this version of that rhyme are given as Example #2 below. 

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Edited by Azizi Powell

Latest Revision - August 14, 2022

This pancocojams post showcases a YouTube video that includes the hand game "My Mother & Your Mother" (also known as "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" and/or "Boys Are Rotten Made Out Of Cotton", or other titles.

This post includes my analysis of the basic structure and content of examples of "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" rhymes.  A small number of examples from this family of  rhymes are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, recreactional, and folkloric purposes.

Thanks to all the two young women who are featured in this video. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.
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Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2021/09/sosos-esoso-and-similar-beginning.html for the closely related pancocojams post entitled "My Mother And Your Mother Live Across The Street" Hand Clap Rhymes That Begin With "SOSOS", "Esoso" Or Similar Letters."

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MY ANALYSIS OF THE RECREATIONAL RHYME "MY MOTHER & YOUR MOTHER LIVE ACROSS THE STREET"
Based on the number of online examples of this rhyme, "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" is a widely known English language children's rhyme.

Considering When This Rhyme Was First Chanted/Popularized   
I don't know when "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street was first chanted, but my guess is that it was composed in the United States in the 1980s as an updated version of the early 19th century rhyme "What Are Little Boys Made Of". 
Here's a portion of the United States version of that rhyme (from https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=1421)

"What are little boys made of?... Frogs and snails,/ And puppy-dogs' tails"...

What are little girls made of?....Sugar and spice, And 
And all that's nice"...
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Click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_Are_Little_Boys_Made_Of%3F for information about the "What  Are Little Boys Made Of" rhyme and the words to that rhyme.

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In her 2008 book Children's Folklore: A Handbook Elizabeth Tucker wrote that "Humorous lines distinguishing girls from boys were very popular in the 1980s and 1990s, reflecting girls’ awareness of  changing gender roles." 
 https://www.google.com/books/edition/Children_s_Folklore_A_Handbook/0pFxDwAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=boys+are+rotten+made+of+cotton+earliest+example+of+rhyme&pg=PA56&printsec=frontcover

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In contrast to the focus on girls being "sugar and spice and everything nice", the girls' verses in "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" refer to girls going being sexy, powerful, and more intelligent and knowledgeable than boys.

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The reference to "Pepsi" in the "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" reinforces my belief that this rhyme was composed in the 1980s as that decade is known for its Pepsi-Coke soda wars.

Furthermore, my guess is that the "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" rhyme was modeled after the "choosing it" ("counting out") rhyme "My Mother  & Your Mother Were Hanging Out  Clothers". The wording of that rhyme is very consistent until the last line.

Here's the first portion of that rhyme:

My mother and your mother were hanging out clothes.
My mother punched your mother right in the nose.
What colour was the blood?


The person who is pointed to randomly says a color. The color is spelled out and the person chanting continues the rhyme and ends with a line such as "and you are it" or "you are not it" (depending on whether this chant is used to choose "It" or to count out people in the group until the last person remaining is it.)

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"Hanging out clothes" means to use wooden clothespins as fasteners for just washed clothes on outdoor clotheslines so that the clothes could dry. 

I remember chanting "My Mother * Your Mother Were Hanging Out Clothes" during my childhood in Atantic City, New Jersey in the 1950s. However, I didn't know about the "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street " rhyme until my pre-teen nieces and their friends recited a version of that rhyme for me in 2006.


Click https://everything2.com/title/My+mother+and+your+mother+were+hanging+out+clothes for some information about and an example of "My Mother & Your Mother Were Hanging Out Clothes". Also, click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN39mL1bR28 for a sound file of that rhyme.

The Basic & Expanded Structure/Content Of This Rhyme
A small number of examples of "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" begin with an introductory portion that is made up of the letters "sosos" or (less often) the letters "xoxox" or the letters "esso". Each of these letters are separately pronounced. My sense is that children chant this rhyme (and most other recreational rhymes by rote memory and don't concern themselves with what each line of the rhyme means. However, in spite of the fact that I've only come across one example of this rhyme that begins with "xoxox" (Example #11 below), my guess is that letters "sosos" is a folk processed form of "xoxox" which initially served the same purposes as their colloquial abbreviations for "hugs and kisses". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugs_and_kisses 

It appears that most examples of "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" begins with those words as a preface to several subsequent verses that favorably compare girls to boys. 
Many of the "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" examples that I've come across online contain the address 18-19 Blueberry Street and the first two comparison verses i.e. "Boys are rotten / Made out of cotten" "Girls are sexy / Made out of Pepsi". It's usally only after those lines that small changes occur in that rhyme. In its basic structure the rhyme then ends with lines that are composed of internal rhyming words and an end word rhymes with "You". i.e.
"Itsy Bitsy soda pop
Itsy bitsy boo
Itsy Bitsy soda pop  
A boy loves you".

However, like many contemporary (1970s and on) English language children's recreational rhymes (and it appears to me, particularly African American contemporary children's recreational rhymes), some versions of "My Mother & Your Mother" include verses of certain other independent (stand alone) children's recreaional rhymes. Those verses are combined with the basic form of "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street"  instead of the internal rhyming portion of the basic form of that rhyme. 

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PANCOCOJAMS EDITOR'S NOTE
Around 2006, I took my pre-teen nieces Mimi and Dee Dee and two of their girlfriends who were the same ages to get pizza. The girls were helping me put on a rhyme and cheer demonstration later that day. When we ordered pizza I asked the girls what they wanted to drink, and each one said "Pepsi". I said something like "You guys really like "Pepsi" and one of my nieces said "It's because of the rhyme.". I said "Which rhyme?" and all of the girls recited the 'Girls drink Pepsi to get more sexy" line. i asked what rhyme that line came from and that was the first time I found out about the rhyme "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street".

That incident is an example of the real life influence of recreational rhymes on children's everyday attitudes and perspectives.

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PANCOCOJAMS EDITOR'S QUESTIONS
I've no idea where the 18-19 Blueberry Street address came from, but wonder if "Blueberry"  was lifted from the popular R&B song "Blueberry Hill" ("I Found My Thrill On Bulberry Hill").

Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxZ5iVhQ6iI for a YouTube sound file of Fats Domino singing "Blueberry Hill". Also, read Example #6(and the note given after it ) for comments about the frequently used 18 19 Blueberry Hill address in these "My Mother & Your Mother Live Across The Street" rhymes. 

When and how did this rhyme become so widely known before the Internet? Was it featured in a television series or a children's book or record of children's rhymes? 

Why do you think this rhyme is (or was) so widely known in the United States?

Is it also widely known in other English speaking nations?

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SOME EXAMPLES OF "MY MOTHER & YOUR MOTHER LIVE ACROSS THE STREET"

These examples are given without titles. Numbers are added for referencing purposes only. 

1.
My mother your mother live across the street
1819 Blueberry street
Every night they have a fight
and this is what they say

Boy's are rotten
made out of cotton
Girls are handy
made out of candy
Boys go to Jupiter
to get more stupider
Girls go to Mars
to get more candy bars
Boys drink whiskey
to get more frisky
Girls drink Pepsi
to get more sexy

Icky Icky soda pop
Icky Icky you
Icky Icky soda pop
a boy loves you
1...2...3...4...
-Author: Bluejeenz1, https://www.scrapbook.com/poems/doc/27001.html
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This is the most commonly structure of this rhyme that I've found. 

 My guess is that the lines "Girls are dandy made out of candy" and "Girls go to Mars to be superstars" are earlier forms of the lines that are given in this version. 

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2.

My mother your mother live across the street
1819 blueberry street
every night they had a fight
and this is what they said to me

boys are rotten made out of cotton

girls are sexy made out of Pepsi

boys go to jupiter to get more stupider

girls go to mars
to be superstars
Rumble tumble strawberry shake
Rumble tumble strawberry shake
rumble tumble strawberry shake
FREEZE
-camille c, Dec 24, 2011,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0KMFSj-FrQ&ab_channel=camillec 
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This is my transcription of the video that is embedded in this pancocojams post.
Additions and corrections are welcome.

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3. 

my mother your mother was wrong lmao:

my mother your mother lived down the sreet 18 19 marble street and every night they had a fight, this is what they said all night.

girls are sexi made out of pepsi

boys are rotten made out of cotton

girls go to mars to get more bras

boys go to jupiter to get more stupider

incy wincy lolly pop incy wincy woo incy wincy lolly pop i love you!
-Gabriella Casuscelli, 2015,  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0KMFSj-FrQ&ab_channel=camillec 

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4.
From https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1993-01-31-tm-825-story.html "SCHOOL DAYS : The Attack of the Dumb-Boy Jokes" by Amy Ephron, Jan 31, 1993
..."Outside the window, I hear her 6-year-old sister playing skip rope to this rhyme:

Boys are rotten, made out of cotton.
Girls are dandy, made out of candy.
Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider.
Girls go to college to get more knowledge .

 

It degenerates after that into:


Boys drink whiskey to get more frisky.
Girls drink Pepsi to get more sexy .”…
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That article continues with fragments of certain other recreational rhymes.

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5.

My mother your mother lived across the street
Eighteen nineteen Blueberry Street
Everytime they had a fight
This is what they said

Boys are rotten
Made out of cotton
Girls are handy
Made out of candy
Boys go to Jupiter
‘Cause they’re more stupider
Girls go to college
To get more knowledge
Boys drink beer to get more fear
Girls drink Pepsi to get more sexy

Inky binky soda pop, inky binky boo
inky binky soda pop a boy loves you
-https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/9780470773567.app2 , Hanley School Jump Rope Rhymes. Appendix B, Jump Rope Rhymes [Los Angeles, California]

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6. 

In [email address] @haverford.edu wrote:

my mother, your mother live across the street
18 19 blueberry street
when they meet they have a fight
and this is what they say to me

boys are rotten made out of cotton
girls are dandy made out of candy
boys go to jupiter to get more stupider

girls go to mars to be movie stars.


clickety, clockety soda pop.

 

OK, the one I remember went like this...

 

My mother your mother live across the way,

East 24th St., East Broadway
And every time they have a fight this is what they say:

Lady lady turn a round, round, round,
Lady lady touch the ground, ground ground,
Lady lady tie your shoe, shoe, shoe,
Lady lady that's enough of you!

I wonder how much of this stuff gets changed according to where one
lived, etc. F'rintance, I used to live on East 24th St. in Brooklyn,
so that's what we sang, but I was never quite clear if the words
weren't really East 34th St. (a more well-known Manhattan St.). So,
did the person who contributed the last rhyme above live on 1819
Blueberry street? Just wondering...
-Marianne Jablon, Apr 5, 1997,3:00:00 AM to betp [aol email adress], https://groups.google.com/g/rec.arts.books.childrens/c/KqUfjV4xxzc?pli=1
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Here's a reply to this comment in that same discussion thread:

Cheryl Gastaldo, Apr 5, 1997
"nope. never even heard of a blueberry street!! but someone might have
and then taught the rhyme to someone else and so on till i learned it (not
that it stopped with me...).

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7.

I heard it like this:

My mother you mother live across the street
1819 Mulberry street
When they get to talkin' this is what they say
Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider
Girls go to college to get more knowledge

Icky icky soda pop
Icky icky poo
icky icky soda pop
I love you
-The Mahoneys, Apr 6, 1997, 4:00:00 AM, 
https://groups.google.com/g/rec.arts.books.childrens/c/KqUfjV4xxzc?pli=1

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8.
Its something [like]

my momma your momma live across the street 1819 bluehill st and every night they had a fight and this is what it sounds like boys are rotten made out of cotton girls are sexy made out of Pepsi boys are stupider they're from Jupiter  girls goto Mars to get more bras trumble trumble strawberry shake trumble trumble strawberry shake or something like that lmao!

-michelle sousa, 2021 [comment], https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-NKrzvqz_I&t=2s&ab_channel=Geneas, published by Geneas "90s hand games (part 2}", published by Geneas, March 28, 2020
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I reformatted that comment to distinguish the comment from the rhyme itself. I also added the  word "like" in brackets & written in italics as that word clarifies what I think is meant by the words "its something".

Here's a reply to that comment from Nicole Steward, 2021
"@michelle sousa  now you must be born around 86. Because that is almost exactly how we did it almost I was looking for you one and found all these new ones I've never even heard of. Wanted to focus my 3yr old triplets on something they can do together."

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9. 

Might as well throw my version out there:
My mama
Your mama
Live across the street
18-19 blueberry street
Every time they have a fight
This is what they say
Boys are rotten made out of cotton
Girls are sexy made out of Pepsi
Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider
Girls go to college to get more knowledge
Boys take a bath to get more math
Girls take a shower to get more power
Itsy Bitsy soda pop
Itsy bitsy boo
Itsy Bitsy soda pop
A BOY LOVES YOU!

 

MAKES NO SENSE but it was the jam at recess lol

NUDIVA85, Aug 06 2009, http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/childhood-songs-or-rhymes_topic205958_page10.htm [This link is no longer active.]


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10. 

esso esso esso ess
my mother
your mother
lived across the street
18, 19 strawberry sweet
every night they had a fight
and this is what they say all night
boy are rotten, made out of cotton
girls are sexy, made out of pepsi
boys go to jupiter to get more stupider
girls go to mars to be film stars
ramma ramma PUSH
ramma ramma CLAP
ramma ramma FREEZE IT  (thats when you strike your best pose and freeze)
-Derri - Aug 06 2009,  

http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/childhood-songs-or-rhymes_topic205958_page10.htm [This link is no longer active.]

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11.

XOXOXOX  
My mother and your mother
live across the street
eighteen nineteen Blueberry Street
Every night about half past five
they have a fight
and this is what they say

My mother your mother lives down the street

18, 19 Marble Street and every time they have a fight

This is what they tell me:

“Boys are rotten, made out of cotton

Girls are sexy made out of Pepsi

Itchy witchy lollipop, the boys like you, shampoo

Bull dog bull dog hanky panky

Fee fie foe thumb

Pass it to the last one.
 Boys are rotten
made out of cotton.
Girls are dandy
made out of candy
Boys that are beautiful
to get more stupider.
Girls that are wilder
To get more milder.
Boys drink beer
To get nowhere.
Girls drink Pepsi
To get more sexy.
-African American girls and boys (ages 6-12 years); Millview Acres; Clairton, PA, 1999, collected by Azizi Powell.
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This is my transcription of this rhyme. "XOXOX" is the first line that is chanted in this rhyme. .

Clairton, Pennsylvania is a located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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12.

My mother, your mother live(d) down the street,
18, 19 Marble Street,
And every time they had a fight
And this is the way they told me.
Boys are rotten made out of cotton,
Girls are sexy made out of Pepsi,
Itchy-witchy lollipop, itchy-witchy poo,
Itchy-witchy lollipop, boys love you,
Shampoo,
That is not true,
Channel 2.
-https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/lals/research/projects/language-in-the-playground-project/publications/lip70.pdf
NZ Playground Language Clapping Games, ©Laurie and Winifred Bauer 2002 [link no longer active]
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"NZ" = New Zealand

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13.

My mother your mother lived down the street,
18, 19 Marble Street
And every night they had a fight
And this is what they told me.
Girls are rotten made out of cotton
Boys are sexy made out of Pepsi,
Incey-wincey spider,
Incey-wincey woo,
Incey-wincey spider,
I love you.
-https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/lals/research/projects/language-in-the-playground-project/publications/lip70.pdf
NZ Playground Language Clapping Games, ©Laurie and Winifred Bauer 2002 [link no longer active]
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"NZ" = New Zealand

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14. 

My mother your mother lives down the street

18, 19 Marble Street and every time they have a fight

This is what they tell me:

“Boys are rotten, made out of cotton

Girls are sexy made out of Pepsi

Itchy witchy lollipop, the boys like you, shampoo

Bull dog bull dog hanky panky

Fee fie foe thumb

Pass it to the last one.
-https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/lals/research/projects/language-in-the-playground-project/publications/lip70.pdf
NZ Playground Language Clapping Games, ©Laurie and Winifred Bauer 2002 [link no longer active]
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"NZ" = New Zealand

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15.

My mother your mother live across the street
18, 19 blueberry street
every time when it is night
the kids come out and start to fight:
Boys are rotten made outta cotton,
girls are sexy made out of pepsi,
boys go to jupiter to get more stupider,
girls go to college to get more knowledge.
Wrap it up in toilet paper, send it down the escalator.
1st floor stop by your mama,
2nd floor stop by your papa,
3rd floor said you better watch out for the s s the t t the o o the p p spellssss stop.

(And they pause to see who moves first)
-Guest KLC (East Harlem, New York City, New York); http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=63097 "Folklore: Do kids still do clapping rhymes?", July 11, 2008


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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Names Of Cities, States, And/Or Nations In Examples Of English Language Children's Recreational Rhymes


Edited by Azizi Powell

Latest Update: August 13, 2022

This pancocojams post presents a small collection of English language children's recreational rhymes that include the names of cities, states, and/or nations.

Additional examples of some of these rhymes are found in other pancocojams posts on children's recreational rhymes and elsewhere online.

The content of this post is presented for folkloric, recreational, and educational purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

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RHYME EXAMPLES
Rhymes in this collection are given under the first letter for their title or the first letter of the first word in the line that begins that rhyme. 

Italics are used for the first time that the name of a particular city, state, or nation is mentioned in each rhyme.  

A , B
ALL THE GIRLS IN FRANCE (Fragment)
All the girls in France
Do the hoochie koochie dance
And they don't wear pants
When they do the hoochie dance...
- Azizi Powell's memories of childhood in Atlantic City, New Jersey in the 1950s
-snip-
Read the "There's A Place In France" examples below.

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A MY NAME IS
A my name is Alice
And my husband's name is Arthur,
We come from Alabama,
Where we sell artichokes.

B my name is Barney
And my wife's name is Bridget,
We come from Brooklyn,
Where we sell bicycles.

C my name is _________
And my husband's name is ___________
We come from __________
Where we sell ___________.

(Continue throughout the alphabet)
-Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher,https://buyjumpropes.net/resources/jump-rope-rhymes-songs-buyjumpropesnet/

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A SAILOR WENT TO SEA (Example #1)
A sailor went to sea sea sea To see what he could see see see But all that he could see see see Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea

A sailor went to China** To see what he could China But all that he could China Was the bottom of the deep blue China **every time you say China, put your hands together and bow.

A sailor went to Texas*** to see what he could Texas but all that he could Texas was the bottom of the deep blue Texas! *** Every time you say Texas, move your right arm around in the air, like twirling a lasso

A sailor went to doo-wop, doo-wop,**** to see what he could doo-wop, doo-wop, but all that he could doo-wop, doo-wop, was the bottom of the deep blue doo-wop, doo-wop!!! **** Every time you say doo-wop, doo-wop, shake your butt like you're dancing."
-Aug 12 2003, https://archive.homeschool.co.uk/jumprope-songs/sailor.html
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This example is reformatted to enhance it's readability. 

The suggested action for China may be considered stereotypical, but it's a big improvement over the offensive slant eye gestures that are said to accompany the word "China" in some versions of this children's rhyme.

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A SAILOR WENT TO SEA (Example #2)
(Australian Version)

Action Song

1. A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
To see what he could see, see, see,
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

2. A sailor went to chop, chop, chop
To see what he could chop, chop, chop,
But all that he could chop, chop, chop
Was the bottom of the deep blue chop, chop, chop

3. A sailor went to knee, knee, knee
To see what he could knee, knee, knee,
But all that he could knee, knee, knee
Was the bottom of the deep blue knee, knee, knee.

4. A sailor went to toe, toe, toe
To see what he could toe, toe, toe,
But all that he could toe, toe, toe
Was the bottom of the deep blue toe, toe, toe.

5. A sailor went to Timbuktu
To see what he could Timbuktu,
But all that he could Timbuktu
Was the bottom of the deep blue Timbuktu. 
https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=58
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Timbuktu is a city in Mali, West Africa. 

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN WENT TO FRANCE
Benjamin Franklin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.
First the heel, and then the toe,
Spin around and out you go.
-Adele Greil, https://buyjumpropes.net/resources/jump-rope-rhymes-songs-buyjumpropesnet/

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Betty, Betty stumped her toe
On the way to Mexico.
On the way back
She broke her back
Sliding on a railroad track.
Source: Abrahams (1969)
- https://mudcat.org/jumprope/jumprope_display_all.cfm

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C, D

Charlie Chaplin came to Duluth       
To have a dentist pull his tooth.
First he hollered then he yelled
Then he pulled the emergency bell.

Charlie Chaplin has big feet.
Thinks he owns the whole darn street.
If that street were made of glass
Charlie would fall and break his ---
Don't get excited. Don't get alarmed.
Charlie would fall and break his ARM!

Charlie Chaplin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.

Charlie Chaplin washing up
Broke a saucer and a cup.

Charlie Chaplin went to war.
When he came back
His pants were tore.

Source: Abrahams (1969)
https://mudcat.org/jumprope/jumprope_display_all.cfm
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Duluth is a city in Minnesota, USA.

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN WENT TO FRANCE
Charlie Chaplin went to France,
To teach the ladies the hula dance.
First on the heels,
Then on the toes,
Around and around and around you go.
Salute to the Captain,
Bow to the Queen,
Touch the bottom of the submarine.
-Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher, 
https://buyjumpropes.net/resources/jump-rope-rhymes-songs-buyjumpropesnet/

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E, F
ENGINE ENGINE NUMBER NINE (Example #1)
Engine, engine number nine,
Going down Chicago line,
If the train goes off the track,
Do you want your money back?
Yes, no, maybe so!
-
https://www.mamalisa.com/?t=es&p=4143 [Jump Rhyme Rhyme]

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ENGINE ENGINE NUMBER NINE
Engine, Engine number nine,
Coming down the Chicago line
Please tell me the correct time, the correct time is what?
-lloyd64, 30, 00; https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=20909 Children's rhymes and playground songs [Singing game]
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Here's the comment that was written with this example:
"
As kid on the Chicago streets our favorite games were Buck, Buck and Engine, Engine Number Nine.

Engine, Engine Number Nine……

Everyone sits in a circle with hands folded into a fist. The leader (Engine) would say a rime as he tapped each fist….

Engine, Engine number nine,
Coming down the Chicago line
Please tell me the correct time, the correct time is what?

Some one would call out a number, the leader would count out the number by tapping the fists. If the leader landed on one of your fists, you had to take it out of the game by putting it behind your back. The leader would then start over again.

Engine, Engine number nine,
Coming down the Chicago line
Please tell me the correct time, the correct time is what?

This would continue until only one fist was left this became the new Engine."

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G, H

GIRLS GO TO COLLEGE [Fragment of "My Mother And Your Mother Live Across The Street]

4 little girls bouncing on a trampoline next door:

'Girls go to college to get more knowledge

Boys go to Jupiter to get more stupider

Mum goes to Mars, to get a bigger vase

Dad goes to Spain, to get a bigger brain'.
https://twitter.com/lissakevans/status/1101807713170919424?lang=en ; Lissa Evans
@LissaKEvans, ·Mar 2, 2019


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HERE WE GO ZOODIO [singing game]
Here we go Zoodio, Zoodio, Zoodio
Here we go Zoodio,
All night long.

Step back, Sally, Sally, Sally
Step back, Sally
All night long.

To the front to the back to the s-s-side, to the s-s-side
To the front to the back to the s-s-side

I looked out my window and what did I see
I saw a big fat man from Tennessee 
I bet you five dollars I can beat that man
I bet you five dollars I can beat that man

To the front to the back to the s-s-side, to the s-s-side
To the front to the back to the s-s-side

Walkin' through the alley, alley, alley
Walkin' through the alley
All night long.
-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoodio


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HOLLYWOOD ROCK SWINGING
Hollywood rock swinging 
Hollywood rock swinging

My name is Aniesha
I'm number one
My reputation is having fun
So if you see my just step aside
'Cause mighty Aniesha don't take no jive

Hollywood rock swinging
Hollywood rock swinging

My name is Katrina
I'm number two
My reputation is me and you
So if you see me just step on back
'Cause mighty Katrina don't take no slack

Hollywood rock swinging
Hollywood rock swinging

My name is Natasha
I'm number twelve
My reputation is ringing that bell
So if you see me just step aside
'Cause mighty Natasha don't take no jive
-Barbara Michels, Bettye White, editors, Apples On A Stick, The Folklore of Black Children; (Coward-McCann, Inc, 1983, p.14)
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No rhyme categories or performance descriptions is given for this example. However, I've collected foot stomping cheer examples and hand clap examples of "Hollywood Swinging". 
-snip-
Hollywood is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles, California.

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horsey horsey dont you stop
just let your feet go clippity clop
let your feet got swish and your tail go round
gailey up to london town.
- GUEST, 29 Nov 09, https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=20909 [Ball bouncing rhyme]

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I, J

I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL (Example #1)
I am a pretty little Dutch girl,
As pretty as pretty can be,
And all the boys around the block
Go crazy over me.
My boyfriend's name is Billy,
He comes from good ole Philly,
With a cherry on his nose
And ten fat toes,
And that's the way my story goes.
My boyfriend gave me peaches,
My boyfriend gave me pears,
My boyfriend gave me fifty cents
And kissed me on the stairs.
I gave him back his peaches,
I gave him back his pears,
I gave him back his fifty cents
And kicked....him....down.....the.....stairs!
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https://www.facebook.com/109490367471306/posts/pretty-little-dutch-girlthe-lyrics-of-the-song-vary-considerably-british-version/112343993852610/; version 2, retrieved August 11, 2022
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"Philly" is a nickname for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


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I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL (Example #2)
I am a pretty little Dutch girl,
As pretty as pretty can be, be, be,
And all the boys on the baseball team
are chasing after me, me, me.
My father came from England,
My mother came from France, France, France.
My boyfriend came from the USA
to teach me how to dance, dance, dance.
My boyfriend gave me apples,
My boyfriend gave me pears, pears, pears.
My boyfriend gave me fifty cents
and kissed me up the stairs, stairs, stairs.
I gave him back his apples,
I gave him back his pears, pears, pears.
I gave him back his fifty cents
and kicked him down the stairs, stairs, stairs.
...with a pickle on his nose and 3 sore toes,
that's the way it goes, goes, goes.
https://www.facebook.com/109490367471306/posts/pretty-little-dutch-girlthe-lyrics-of-the-song-vary-considerably-british-version/112343993852610/; variation #5, Western Canada, 1960s, retrieved August 11, 2022

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I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL (Example #3)
I am a pretty little Dutch girl
As pretty as pretty can be
and all the boys in my hometown
are crazy over me
My boyfriend's name is Chico
he came from Puerto Rico
with a rubber nose
and 28 toes
and this is how my story goes
One day as I was walking
I heard my Chico talking
to a pretty little girl
with strawberry curls
and this is what he said to her
I L-O-V-E love you
I K-I-S-S kiss you
I K-I-S-S kiss you
in the D-A-R-K dark dark dark
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https://www.facebook.com/109490367471306/posts/pretty-little-dutch-girlthe-lyrics-of-the-song-vary-considerably-british-version/112343993852610/; variation #7,retrieved August 11, 2022

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I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL (Example #4)
I am a pretty little Dutch girl
As pretty as pretty can be
And all the boys around the block
Are crazy over me.
My boyfriend's name is Harry.
He comes from Paris, France
With turned up toes and a pimple on his nose
And this is the way my story goes.
My boyfriend gave me apples,
My boyfriend gave me pears.
My boyfriend gave me fifty cents
And took me to the fair.
One day as I was walking
I heard my boyfriend talking
To a pretty little girl with a strawberry curl
and this is what he said to her:
I L-O-V-E, love you.
I K-I-S-S, kiss you.
I K-I-S-S, kiss you
On your F-A-C-E, face, face, face.
I gave him back his apples
I gave him back his pears
I gave him back his fifty cents
And threw him down the stairs.
I threw him over London.
I threw him over France.
I threw him over [substitute wherever here]
And he lost his underpants.
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https://www.facebook.com/109490367471306/posts/pretty-little-dutch-girlthe-lyrics-of-the-song-vary-considerably-british-version/112343993852610/; variation #8, retrieved August 11, 2022

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I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL (Example #5)
I am a pretty little Dutch girl, As pretty as can be, And all the boys around the block are crazy over me, me, me. My boyfriend's name is Chaim, He comes from yerushalayim, With a pickle up his nose and three black toes, And this is how my story goes. One day when I was walking, I saw my boyfriend talking To a pretty little girl with a strawberry curl And this is what he said to her: I L-O-V-E love you, I K-I-S-S kiss you. And he fell in the lake, And he swallowed a snake, And he came out with a bellyache.
https://www.facebook.com/109490367471306/posts/pretty-little-dutch-girlthe-lyrics-of-the-song-vary-considerably-british-version/112343993852610/; variation #9, retrieved August 11, 2022
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yerushalayim is a form of the name "Jerusalem". Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

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I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL (Example #6)
I am a pretty little Dutch girl, as pretty as pretty can be be be. And all the boys in the baseball team, go crazy over me me me. My boyfriends name is Steven, He comes from New Zealand. With five fat toes and a pimple on his nose, And this is how my story goes. One day when I was walking, I heard my boyfriend talking. To a pretty little girl with strawberry curls, and this is what he said to her: "I LOVE love you and I KISS kiss you" So jump in the lake and swallow a snake, and come out with a belly ache.
https://www.facebook.com/109490367471306/posts/pretty-little-dutch-girlthe-lyrics-of-the-song-vary-considerably-british-version/112343993852610/; variation #12, retrieved August 11, 2022
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This version is from Australia.

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I AM A PRETTY LITTLE DUTCH GIRL (FRAGMENT; Example #7)
my boyfriend's name is patty
he lives in cincinatti
with forty-eight toes and a pickle on his nose
this is how my story goes:

one day i saw him walking when he was also talking
to a pretty little girl with strawberry curls and this is what he said to
her:

i L-O-V-E love you
i K-I-S-S kiss you
and if you ever move away i'll M-I-S-S miss you

i kicked him over london,
i kicked him over france
i kicked him over U-S-A and saw his purple underpants!
Miss Farrar, quoting maggie, email address, 
Apr 3, 1997, https://groups.google.com/g/rec.arts.books.childrens/c/KqUfjV4xxzc?pli=1

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I DON'T WANT TO GO TO HOLLYWOOD
Shame, shame, shame, I don't want to go to Hollywood no more, more, more. There's a fake Michael Jackson at the door, door, door. Grabbed me by the hips, kissed me on the lips, I don't want to go to Hollywood no more, more, more SHAME!

- unsigned comment added by 74.194.118.238 (talk) , 27 July 2014; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AClapping_game/Examples

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I DON'T WANT TO GO TO MEXICO 
Shame Shame Shame
I don't want to go to Mexico no more more more
There's a big fat policeman at the door, door, door.
He will pull you by the collar
Make you scream and holler
I don't want to go to Mexico no more.
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Geneas, Nov 4, 2018 "90s Hand games!; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zEcsIfe6lU&feature=emb_logo

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IN THE LAND OF OZ
In the land of Oz
Where the ladies where no bras
But the men don’t care
'cuz they wear no underwear
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-Trigonal_Planar Guest, Feb 03, https://boards.straightdope.com/t/whats-the-real-name-of-that-theres-a-place-in-france-song/155487/13
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"The Land Of Oz" is a colloquial name for the nation (and continent) of Australia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_Australia

This example is a version of "There's A Place In France". A few examples of that rhyme are found below.

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I SEE  (Example #1)
I see Germany, I see France
I see somebody's underpants
-Bev and Jerry, 21 May 2005, https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=81350 I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes
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Bev and Jerry wrote "We were both brought up in Cleveland, Ohio (but we got over it). We remember saying and hearing this in elementary school in the late 1940s and early 1950s."
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I remember chanting (with no accompanying movements) "I see London / I see France / I see [insert a name] underpants" in the 1950s in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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INSIDE OUTSIDE [elastics jumping] Example #1
England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Inside
Outside
Puppy dogs tails
-geekgroupie42, 2021 [comment], https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag9Ou0YpD0o "Elastics... The Next Level - Suzy & Friends, published by TreehutTV, Oct. 13, 2017

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INSIDE OUTSIDE [elastics jumping] Example #2
My friends and I say

England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Inside, outside, inside, on
-Caitlyn Allira, 2019 [comment] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lEmfq_NDlU "LaunchPad Elastics: Game 1", published by ausgymnastics, June 29, 2017
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I reformatted this example to separate the contributor's comment from the words that are actually chanted.  

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INSIDE OUTSIDE [elastics jumping] Example #3
I remember we use to say

 “England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Inside, Outside, Monkey’s Tails”
-Nicole Trifunovic, 2021 [comment] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lEmfq_NDlU "LaunchPad Elastics: Game 1", published by ausgymnastics, June 29, 2017
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I reformatted this example to separate the contributor's comment from the words that are actually chanted.  

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INSIDE OUTSIDE [elastics jumping] Example #4
We say

England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales,
inside, outside, scales
-Abbi O'Conner, 2019 [comment] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lEmfq_NDlU "LaunchPad Elastics: Game 1", published by ausgymnastics, June 29, 2017
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I reformatted this example to separate the contributor's comment from the words that are actually chanted.  

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INSIDE OUTSIDE [elastics jumping] Example #5
In Northern Ireland we tend to say

England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Inside, Outside, on the British Rails 
-Doyle The Chocolate Lab [comment] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lEmfq_NDlU "LaunchPad Elastics: Game 1", published by ausgymnastics, June 29, 2017
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I reformatted this example to separate the contributor's comment from the words that are actually chanted.  

That discussion thread also has examples that end with "jump on the rails", "on the British scales" "on the Briitsh Isles", "twist and out" and other endings. 

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I SEE (Example #2)
I see London,
I see France,
I see someone's underpants.
Are they blue?
Are they pink?
I don't know but they sure do stink!
-Jessica,  February 07, 2007,  http://hunsford.blogspot.com/2007/02/childhood-sayings.html

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I SEE (Example #3)
I see London, I see France,
I see (xxx)s underpants,
Not too big, not too small,
Just the size of Montreal (or just the size of cannonball, Berlin Wall, etc.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipping-rope_rhyme

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K, L

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M, N
“M-I crooked letter
Crooked letter I
Crooked Letter
Crooked letter I 
Humpback humpback I 
Mississippi
!”
- https://www.care.com/c/11-catchy-jump-rope-rhymes/

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MISS SUSIE HAD A STEAMBOAT (Example #1)
Miss Susie had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell,
Miss Susie went to heaven, The steamboat went to...
Hello operator, please give me number nine,
And if you disconnect me, I'll chop of your...
Behind the fridgerator, there was a piece of glass,
Miss Susie sat on it, and broke her little...
Ask me no more questions, tell me no more lies,
The boys are in the bathroom, zipping up their...
Flies are in the meadow, bees are in the park,
Miss Susie and her boyfriend, are kissing in the...
D-A-R-K, D-A-R-K, dark, dark,
Dark is like a movie, A movie's like a show,
A show is like a TV set, and that is all...
I know I know my ma, I know I know my pa,
I know I know my sister, with the 80 meter bra!
My mom was born in England, My dad was born in France,
I was born in diapers, I couldn't fit in pants.
My mom is Godzilla, My dad is King Kong,
My brother is the stupid one, who made up this dumb song!
http://www.inthe80s.com/rhymes.shtml Children's Rhymes From the Eighties

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MISS SUE FROM ALABAMA (Example #1)
Miss Sue! *clap clap*
Miss Sue! *clap clap*
Miss Sue from Alabama
Her real names Suzyanna
Sittin in a rockin chair
Eatin Betty Crocker bread
Watchin the clock go
Tick tock tick tock Banana rock!
Tick tock tick tock Banana rock!
A-b-c-d-e-f-g Wash them spots right offa me!
Moocha Moocha Moocha Freeze!

*literally freeze on the last clap,
try to stay still longer than your friend
-darlenevil; cocojams.com, 2/1/2005
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Cocojams was the name of my cultural website. Some content from that website is found on my pancocojams blog and/or on my cocojams2 blog.

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MISS SUE FROM ALABAMA (Example #2)
Miss Sue, Miss Sue, Miss Sue from Alabama, Alaska, Nebraska
Sitting in a rocker, eating Betty Crocker,
Watching the clock go
Tick, tock, tick, tock, banana rock(sometimes we said "around the clock" instead of "banana rock")
Tick, tock, tick, tock, banana rock
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, wash those  boy germs off of me
Mooshka, mooshka, mooshka 
FREEZE!
-
 Bijlee » 2012-11-20, 5:00, Re: Childhood Rhymes, https://forum.unilang.org/viewtopic.php?t=39100

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MISS SUE FROM ALABAMA (Example #3)
ms sue clap clap clap ms sue from Alabama Alaska Nebraska she was sitting in her rocking chair chewing on her under ware watching the time go tick toc tick toc banana rock tic toc tick toc banana rock abcdefg wash these kittens off of my mushka mushka mushka freeze icky icky donkey daddy had a donkey donkey died daddy cried icky icky donkey
-Jennifer Lofgren, 2018; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNkxEU3OFbU[comment]
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This comment started with the words "Me and my friends go" 

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MISS SUSIE HAD A STEAMBOAT
Miss Susie had a steamboat,
The steamboat had a bell.
Miss Susie went to heaven,
The steamboat went to $&#/$&

Hello operator,
Please give me number nine.
And if you disconnect me
I’ll chop of your /&$#%$

Behind the frigerator
There was a piece of glass.
Miss Mary sat upon it.
It went right up her "%"$(=

Ask me no more questions,
Please tell me no more lies.
The boys are in the bathroom,
Zipping down their "$%$&/&

Flies are in the city,
The bees are in the park.
Boys and girls are kissing
In the D-A-R-K
D-A-R-K D-A-R-K dark dark dark

Dark is like a movie,
A movie’s like a show.
A show is like a TV screen,
And that is all I know

I know I know my mother,
I know I know my pa.
I know I know my sister
With the forty acre bra.

Brother’s like a sister,
A sister’s like an aunt.
An aunt is like a relative
Who likes to rave and rant.

I wish I had a nickel
I wish I had a dime
I wish I had a boyfriend
Who kissed me all the time!

My Ma gave me a nickel
My Pa gave me a dime.
My Sister gave me a boyfriend,
Who'd kiss me all the time

My Ma took back the nickel,
My Pa took back the dime.
My Sister took back her boyfriend,
and gave me Frankenstein!

He made me wash the dishes,
He made me wash the floors,
He made me wash his underwear,
So I kicked him out the door

I kicked him over London,
I kicked him over France.
I kicked him to Hawaii,
where he learned to Hula dance!

My mothers like Godzilla,
My fathers like King Kong.
My sister is the stupid one
That taught me this dumb song.

Hello operator,
Please give me number ten.
And if you disconnect me,
I’ll sing this song again!
https://www.nurseryrhymes.org/miss-susie-had-a-steamboat-hello-operator.html

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MY MOTHER GAVE ME A NICKEL

My mother gave me a nickel
My father gave me a dime
My sister gave me a boyfriend
His name is Frankenstein/to kiss him all the time.
He made me wash the dishes
He made me wash the floor
He made me wash his underwear
So I kicked him out the door.
I kicked him to Los Angeles
I kicked him to Japan
I also kicked him everywhere
without his underwear.
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/9780470773567.app2 Hanley School Jump Rope Rhymes; Appendix B, Jump Rope Rhymes [jump Rope Rhymes in Downtown Los Angeles]

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My soup, my soup
My soup from California
Sitting in a rocket
Eating chocolate waiting for the Time to go
Tic tic cicawawa tic tic cicawawa
A b c d e f g
Gummy bears are chasing me

One is red
One is blue
One is peeing on my shoe
I'm running running for my life
Cause the red one has a knife
CACHING"
- The Colour English, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-svfUMX3BM [comment]

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MY YOUNG MAN
My young man has gone to France,
To teach the ladies how to dance.
When he comes back,
He'll marry me,
And we'll dance the polka 1 2 3
1 2 3, 1 2 3,
We'll dance the polka 1 2 3.
https://buyjumpropes.net/resources/jump-rope-rhymes-songs-buyjumpropesnet/

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O, P

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Q, R

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S, T

So so suck your toe
All the way to Mexico.
While you're there
Cut your hair
And don't forget your underwear.
-Jessica, February 07, 2007 http://hunsford.blogspot.com/2007/02/childhood-sayings.html
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This example was prefaced by this comment: "Someone just mentioned one I haven't heard in twenty-five" years:

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TEXACO MEXICO
Texaco Mexico [Turners turn rope]
Went over the hill [Jumper jumps into the moving rope]
Where far away [Jumper jumps]
And they do some splits, splits, splits [Jumper executes splits]
And they turn around round round [Jumper turns around]
And they touch the ground, ground, [Jumper touches the ground]
And they do some kicks, kicks, kicks [Jumper does kicks]
And they pay their taxes, taxes, taxes [Jumper slaps hand of turner]
And they get outa town, town, town [Jumper moves out of the rope]
And they jump back in, in, in [Jumper jumps back into the rope]
And that’s the end, end, end [Jumper jumps out of the rope]
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/pdf/10.1002/9780470773567.app2 Hanley School Jump Rope Rhymes; Appendix B, Jump Rope Rhymes [jump Rope Rhymes in Downtown Los Angeles]

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THERE'S A PLACE IN FRANCE (Example #1)
There’s a place in France,
Where the naked ladies dance.
There’s a hole in the wall,
Where the men watch it all.
But the men don't care,
'Cuz they chew their underwear,
And the underwear they chew
Costs a dollar ninety two.
https://everything2.com/title/There+is+a+place+in+France

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THERE'S A PLACE IN FRANCE (Example #2)
There’s a place in France
Where the naked ladies dance
But the men don’t care
Cause they don’t wear underwear

Circa 1975, central Minnesota.
-chique, Feb. 2003, https://boards.straightdope.com/t/whats-the-real-name-of-that-theres-a-place-in-france-song/155487/9

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THERE'S A PLACE IN FRANCE (Example #3)
There’s a place in France
Where the alligators dance
The one couldn’t dance
So they kicked him in the pants
The pants next door
Cost a dollar forty four
Plus tax.
-racer72, Feb 2003 https://boards.straightdope.com/t/whats-the-real-name-of-that-theres-a-place-in-france-song/155487/9

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U, V

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W, X
wee sam a pice in jam
went to london in a pram
the pram broke
what a joke
wee sam a pice in jam
- GUEST, 29 Nov 09, https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=20909 [Ball bouncing rhyme]

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Y, Z

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