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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Five Videos Of The Swahili Gospel Song "Nani Kama Wewe" (with Swahili lyrics & English translations)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases five videos of the popular KiSwahili Gospel song "Nani Kama Wewe". These examples showcase the different ways that this Kenyan Gospel song is sung.

Lyrics for Nani Kama Wewi (as sung by Eunice Njeri) are also included in this post.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in these videos, the producers of these videos, and the publishers of these videos on YouTube. In addition, thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

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LYRICS: NANI KAMA WEWE (Who Is Like You)
(Lyrics by Gloria Muliro ft. Man Ingwe & Mercy Linah)
[from] Kenya, sung in Swahili

Ni nani kama wewe (Who is like you) x3
Mungu mkuu (Almighty God) (Repeat)
Kwa neno lako Bwana (By the word of your mouth Lord)
Uliumba dunia na vyote vilivyomo (You created the earth and all in it)
Jina lako Baba, limeinuliwa juu ya yote (Your name Father, is lifted above all others)
Hakuna, hakuna kama wewe (There is no one, There is no one like you)

(Refrain)
Uinuwae wanyonge (You lift the weak)
Wawaketisha na wafalme (And sit them amongst kings)
Hakuna uwezaye tenda ila wewe (No one can do this except you)
Nikitazama maisha yangu (When I look at my life;)
Ulikonitoa Yesu wangu (From where you’ve brought me my Jesus)
Nina sababu ya kusema, ni wewe pekee (I have a reason to say, Only you)

(Refrain)
Nani mwenye uwezo (Who has the might)
Nani mwenye rehema tele (Who has the abundant compassion)
Nani mwenye enzi kama yako (Who has dominion like yours)
Ni wewe pekee (Only you)
Wastahili sifa zote (You deserve all the praise)
Mbinguni na duniani Baba (In heaven and on earth Father)
Twakusujudu, twakuabudu, twakuheshimu (We bow to you, we worship you, we extol you)

(Refrain)
Umetukuka adonai, el shadai (You’re praiseworthy Lord, God almighty)
Mungu mwenye nguvu (Mighty God)
Ni nani mwingine kama wewe (Who else is like you?)
Hakuna wa kulinganishwa na wewe Baba (There’s no one compared to you Father)
Nani kama wewe Baba/Yahweh (Who is like you Father/Yahweh)

Source: https://africangospellyrics.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/nani-kama-wewe-who-is-like-you-lyrics-by/

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FEATURED VIDEOS
These videos are presented in chronological order according to their publishing dates with the oldest dated video given first.

Example #1: Fanuel Sedekia " Nani Kama Wewe "



Wyld Pytch/51 Lex Records, Published on Jun 25, 2013

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Example #2: Neema Cizungu Nelly Nani Kama Wewe



0Wyld Pytch/51 Lex Records, Published on Jun 26, 2013

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Example #3: Eunice Njeri - Nani Kama Wewe {OFFICIAL VIDEO} HD



Eunice Njeri, Published on Sep 20, 2014

My Latest release from the album Nimekubali
Video by Eagles Films
Audio by John Nyika

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Example #4: Gloria Muliro Nani Kama wewe Official Video



Africha Entertainment, Published on Apr 4, 2014

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Example #5: Nani kama wewe Jehovah Mungu by Pastor Faustin Kibukila



Faustin Kibukila, Published on Aug 16, 2014

Nani kama wewe Jehovah Mungu by Pastor Faustin Kibukila
Official video 2014
audio: Alain Maindo

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Similarities Between Hip Hop's Dlow Shuffle & Disney Junior's DJ Shuffle

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post notes the similarities in titles of Hip Hop's Dlow Shuffle and Disney Junior's DJ Shuffle as well as the similarities between portions of the lyrics for the Dlow Shuffle and one version of the DJ Shuffle.

Another similarity between the Dlow Shuffle and the DJ Shuffle is that the "DLow Shuffle" song mentions "do the bunny hop" and the bunny from the Disney Junior series Sofia The First is the lead character in the DJ Shuffle video.

The date for the original YouTube video of the Dlow Shuffle (December 7, 2013) precedes by two months the earliest publicly given date that I've found for Disney Junior's DJ Shuffle (Disney Records to Release DJ SHUFFLE Compilation Ablum
February 25, 2014 http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Disney-Records-to-Release-DJ-SHUFFLE-Compilation-Ablum-20140225). An excerpt of this article is given after in the first video in this post of the DJ Shuffle.

Could these similarities be a just a coincidence?

Here are the videos and lyrics for these two songs [Note: There are two versions of the lyrics for the DJ Shuffle.]

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FEATURED VIDEOS (WITH LYRICS)
Example #1: The Dlow Shuffle



OutWest Chicago, Published on Dec 7, 2013
"The Dlow Shuffle"

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LYRICS: DLOW SHUFFLE

Bop to the left
Bop to the right
Bop to the left two times
Bop to the right
Bop to the left
Bop to the right two times
[x3]

Now hop, hop [x2]
Do the Charlie Brown then make yo' legs flop

Turn up! [x12]
Ay' what's up
This ya' boy Dlow
Bop King of Chicago
I got a new dance for y'all
It's called the Dlow Shuffle
Shoutout to Kemo
Ay' we got this boppin' sh&t* goin' crazy right now
I need everybody, I mean everybody to
Turn Up! [x5]

Let's get it

[Verse:]
Bop to the left
Bop to the right
Bop to the left two times

Bop to the right
Bop to the left
Bop to the right two times

Now hop, hop [x2]

Do the Charlie Brown then make yo' legs flop
I said do the Charlie Brown then make yo' legs flop

Bunny hop [x4]

Now do the shuffle now (Dlow!)
Do the shuffle now (Dlow!)
I said do the shuffle now (Dlow!)
Do the shuffle now

Now take baby steps
Take baby steps

Kemo Walk [x2]
You can do it by yourself

Now stomp like you mad
Stomp like you mad
Stomp like you mad
I said stomp like you mad

We gon' hop to the right
Hop to the left
Take it all around (Take it all around)

Do yo' dance
Do yo' dance
Gon' break it down

Now throw some bows' at em'
Throw some bows' at em'

Now touch on yo' body like you need a sweater

Turn up!
[End of Verse]

Now I just showed y'all how to do the dance
So this time
I need everybody to turn up
Let's go
5, 6, 7, GO

[Repeat Verse 2x]

*This word was fully spelled out in the lyrics.
Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dlow/thedlowshuffle.html

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Example #2: DJ Shuffle | Disney Junior

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disneyjunior, Published on Mar 13, 2014

Do the DJ Shuffle on Disney Junior!
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Information about the DJ Shuffle album:
From http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Disney-Records-to-Release-DJ-SHUFFLE-Compilation-Ablum-20140225
" "DJ Shuffle," the first-ever Disney Junior music compilation album will be released by Walt Disney Records on TUESDAY, MARCH 18. (2014) [The album] Showcas[es] the new Disney Junior anthem, "DJ Shuffle," performed by meme master Parry Gripp ("Do You Like Waffles?")...

The "DJ Shuffle" album will become available for pre-order on TUESDAY, FEBURARY 25 on HYPERLINK .... A multi-platform event celebrating the music of Disney Junior begins TUESDAY, MARCH 11 with the debut of the "DJ Shuffle" music video on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. Also beginning March 11, parents/caregivers can submit videos via the HYPERLINK ...Disney Junior Facebook page of their child performing popular songs from hit Disney Junior series. The videos will be highlighted across Disney Junior and DisneyJunior.com/DJShuffle, with some chosen to air on Disney Channel and Disney Junior during a special programming event in April featuring new music-filled episodes and culminating with a family night sing-along."...

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LYRICS: DJ SHUFFLE (Version #1)*

Robot to the right.
Robot to the left.
Roll it out.
Hop to it.
That’s how it’s done.

Ah, come on everybody and get out of your chair.
I want to see you jump around
with your hands in the air.
You can hop up and down
or Loopity loo
‘cause the dj shuffle
is all about you.

Robot to the right.
Robot to the left.
Roll it out.
Hop to it.
That’s how it’s done.

We gonna have a party
In your living room.
You make up the dance
Just do what you like to do
Wham!
Ka-Blam!
We want to see you smile.
Uh-Huh
Get Wacky
Get Silly
Yeah. Everybody freestyle.

Go Go Go Go Go Go
Go Go Go Go Go Go
Oh Yeah!

[autotune portion heard at various parts of the song and at the end]
D D D D
Oh Yeah!
D D D D
Oh Yeah!
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Transcription by Azizi Powell from the video. Additions and corrections are welcome.

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Example #3: DJ Shuffle Sing Along | Disney Junior

disneyjunior Published on Apr 18, 2014

Sing along to the DJ Shuffle on Disney Junior!

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LYRICS: DJ SHUFFLE (version #2)*
Ah, come on everybody
And get out of your chair.
I want to see you jump around
with your hands in the air.
You can hop up and down
or Loopity loo
‘cause the dj shuffle
is all about you.

Do the DJ Shuffle
Do the DJ Shuffle
Do the D D D D
J J J J
DJ Shuffle
Do the DJ Shuffle
Do the D D D D
J J J J
DJ Shuffle
Do the DJ Shuffle

We gonna have a party
In your living room.
You make up the dance
Just do what you like to do
Wham!
Ka-Blam!
We want to see you smile.
Uh-Huh
Get Wacky
Get Silly
Yeah. Everybody freestyle.

Go Go Go Go Go Go
Go Go Go Go Go Go
Oh yeah

Do the DJ Shuffle
Do the DJ Shuffle
Do the D D D D
J J J J
DJ Shuffle
Do the DJ Shuffle
Do the D D D D
J J J J
DJ Shuffle
Do the DJ Shuffle
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*This is my transcription of the words that were superimposed on the video screen. Additions and corrections are welcome.

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All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to the composers of these songs as well as the producers and publishers of these songs on YouTube.

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Visitor comments are welcome.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Playground Rhymes That Include Names Of Famous People (Part II)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series that presents some examples of English language playground rhymes that include the name of actors singers, or other famous people. This post features playground rhyme examples in this category whose titles begin with M-Z.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/08/playground-rhymes-that-include-names-of_30.html for Part I of this series. Part I features playground rhymes examples whose titles begin with A-L.

The online sources for these rhymes are given after the examples.
Information about these famous people can be found on their Wikipedia page. However, when just the first name is used for a celebrity, I've added a brief statement about that celebrity.

Examples of rhymes that include a name or names of politicians are purposely omitted from this post. Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/08/playground-rhymes-that-include_87.html for a pancocojams post that showcases examples of that category of playground rhymes that include names of famous people. Those rhymes may also include the names of other famous peoples who aren't politicians.

Although no performance activity is specified for most of these rhymes, I believe that most of these examples are either hand clap rhymes or jump rope rhymes.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those whose examples are quoted in this post.

This post isn't meant to be a comprehensive collection of English language playground rhymes that include names of famous people. In most cases, I'm only showcases one version of these rhymes.
However, all of these rhymes have multiple versions

In order of appearance in these examples*, the names of famous people that are featured in this post are Elvis Presley, Betty Grable, Dianna Ross, Jackie Chan, Charlie Chaplin, sabrina, Shirley Temple, Sonia Heeney, Liberace, Marilyn Monroe, The Jackson Five, James Brown, and the Beatles.
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*This collection (Part I and Part II) includes more than one rhyme example for Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Betty Grable, Shirley Temple, James Brown, Bobby Brown, and Michael Jordan.

From my online collecting, my sense is that the celebrity whose name is mentioned the most in playground rhymes is Michael Jackson, followed by Elvis Presley. However, my guess is that Michael Jordan (and perhaps also Bobby Brown) are mentioned in the "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky rhymes because those names were mistaken for Michael Jackson.

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FEATURED EXAMPLES
Note: These examples are presented in alphabetical order based on the rhymes' titles (usually the first few words of there first line.) The titles are written in capital letters.

The famous person's name that is included in each example is given in italics.

M, N
MY NAME IS ELVIS PRESLEY
My name is Elvis Presely Im a movie star
I walk like a hippy and i wear a bra
My bras 2 big soo i wear a wig
Thats why they call me sexy pig!!!!!
-Clo xx, http://marykweinhagen.hubpages.com/hub/Recess-is-BACK-Hand-Clapping-Games">http://marykweinhagen.hubpages.com/hub/Recess-is-BACK-Hand-Clapping-Games, retrieved by Azizi Powell in 2013

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MY NAME IS MCNAMARA
My name is MacNamara.
I am the leader of the band.
My wife is Betty Grable. (* Movie actress, circa 1940 *)
She is the fairest in the land.

Oh, she can dance and she can sing
And she can show a leg.
The only thing that she can't do,
She cannot boil an egg.

Source: Abrahams (1969)
http://mudcat.org/jumprope/jumprope_display_all.cfm

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MY NAME IS DIANA ROSS
I remember something like

My name is Diana Ross I'm a movie star
With the see through knickers and a ten foot bra.
-Jenni S, http://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/children-parenting-190/general-parenting-192/434766-playground-clapping-rhymes-your-childhood-all.html, Playground clapping rhymes from your childhood, 05-10-14

O, P
OH TIS OUR COUNTRY BE
here's a version of God Save the King that [my daughter and son] proudly made up a few years ago:

Oh, tis our country be
I went to Italy
To see the king
His name was Jackie Chan
He smells like garbage can
He lives like a mouse
In the fat guys house

He fought with girls in court
He got a trial sport
He smells like an oil can
He's Jackie Chan

(They have no more idea what "trial sport" means than we do, but they liked the sound of it.)

Enjoy.
-electronic message to Azizi Powell from Jacob {who learned this from his daughter Julia, 15, and his son Michael,13}; Arlington, Massachusetts; 3/25/2006

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ONE TWO THREE ALARIE (Example #1)
I taught 17 years in city centre schools and I always kept a sharp ear on the playground. Whenever we had to have indoor recess, I'd get the kids going on those timeless playground chants. Each youngster would get a turn. I swear they used to get some from their grandmothers. How else would you explain this one on 1988?
"One two three alarie
I saw sister Mary
Sitting on a bumblarie
Kissing Charlie Chaplin."
-Guest, http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=81350 I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes, 5/23/2005

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ONE TWO THREE A’ LEERY (Example #2)
Jeannie Robertson, in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1958, sang for us:

One, two, three a'leery,
I saw Wallace Beery,
Sittin' on his bumble-eery,
Kissin' Shirley Temple.
-Sandy Paton, http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=11034 Jazz Lyric '1 2 3 O'Lairy' - Count Basie 1940, [hereafter given as Mudcat: 1 2 3 O'Lairy, 19 May 99

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ONE TWO THREE A’ LEERY (Example #3)
Peter & Iona Opie give the WallaceBeery/ShirleyTemple version in The Lore & Language of Schoolchildren [1959], ch 7: attribd 'Edinburgh c1940; Girl, 14, Kirkcaldy, 1952, for ball-bouncing.'

They also give

One, two, three a-lairy,
My ball's down the airey,
Don't forget to give it to Mary,
Not to Charlie Chaplin.

'... heard recently in Camberwell and Hackney' [districts respectively of S & E London] '... reported as current in Montreal...'
-MGM·Lion, Mudcat: 1 2 3 O'Lairy, 31 Oct 09

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OPEN THE BARNYARD (Example #1)
Open up the barn yard
kick out the hay
cause we're the girls from the usa
turn on the radio what do you here
elvis peresly doing his cheer
hop on ya horses pull out ya guns
bum daddy bum daddy
we're number one"
-Thomara B., cocojams.com cheerleader cheers. 2/23/2007

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THE ELVIS PRESLEY CHANT (Open Up The Barnyard, Example #2)
I'm submitting this on behalf of my 9 year old daughter. She came home from school today, we live in Clovis, NM, with a new chant that I've never heard of before so I thought that you would like to post this. Not sure of the name of it, so she's been calling it the Elvis Presley chant.
It goes:

Open the barnyard,
kick out the hay,
We're the girls from the USA.
Turn up the radio,
who do you hear?
Elvis Presley singing his cheer.
We gotta F-I-G-H-T,
We gotta F-I-G-H-T,
We gotta F-I-G-H-T, (throw out punches into the air as the word is being spelled out each time) We gotta fight, fight, fight, on a Saturday night".
-Alex, cocojams.com cheerleader cheers (Website no longer active), 9/19/2007

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POSTMAN POSTMAN
Postman postman
don't be slow
be like Elvis
Go man! Go!

(and then you do hots 'til the jumper misses)
-Motorgirl (Location: Boston Metro), http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=351152 What hand-clapping and jumprope rhymes do you remember?, 12-25-2005
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My guess is "do hots" means to turn the rope fast.

Q, R

S, T
SABRINA (Example #1)
This was one of the skipping rhymes we sang at primary school in the 1960s, with actions to match. blush

Sabrina, Sabrina, you ought to see Sabrina standing there

With her legs all bare

She does the wiggle woggle and the boys all stare

She swings it, she swings it, she turns around and swings it

One, two, three
-Grossi, http://www.gransnet.com/forums/chat/a1190893-Games-we-played-when-we-were-small [a UK discussion thread], 01-Feb-12
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Sabrina (Norma Ann Sykes (born 19 May 1936), was a 1950s English glamour model who progressed to a minor movie career. According to her Wikipedia page, Sabrina's main claim to fame was her hourglass figure.

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SABRINA (Example #2)
Dancing game
sabrina,sabrina you ought to see sabrina. With hands up there and skirts up there.i'm shirley temple and I got curly hair,i got a dimple and I wear my skirts up there etc.
-Meriel Cr, https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesFriendMagazine/posts/614604875322941 [a UK facebook page], August 25, 2014

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SHIRLEY TEMPLE IS A STAR
On the Shirley Temple rhyme - As a kid growing up in New Zealand (1970's) while waiting in line we used to hear this variant from the girls

"Shirley Temple is a Star, S..T..A..R..
She can do the wibble-wobble, she can do the splits
She can lift her dress right up to her hips!"
At which point they would briefly lift up their skirt (like we boys cared at that age)
-Guest, Jay, http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=81350, I'm Rubber . You're Glue: Children's Rhymes, 3/13/2008

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S0NIA HEENEY SKATES LIKE THIS
sonia heeney skates like this(spin round and catch the ball after spin)
skates like this
skates like this
sonia heeney skates like this
skates(spin) like(spin) this (spin) !!!!!
-GUEST,Ann J Scotland> Mudcat: One-Two-Three-O'Lairy, 25 Jun 09

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TAKE A PEACH TAKE A PLUM
Shake, shake, shake
Eeny meeny
That's a queeny
Ooh ba Thumbalina
Ah cha ca che Liberace
Oh baby I love you
Yes I do.
Take a peach
Take a plum
Take a piece of bubble gum
No peach
No plum
Just a piece of bubble gum
Oooshe ahshe
Oooshe ahshe
I want a piece of pie
The pie too sweet
I want a piece of meat
The meat too tough
I want to ride the bus
The bus too full
I want to ride the bull
The bull too black
I want my money back
The money too green
I want a diamond ring.
-Barbara Michels, Bettye White, Apples On A Stick, The Folklore of Black Children (Houston, Texas; 1983, p. 17)

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TEMPTATION
Temptation, temptation, temptation/Dick Barton went down to the station/Marilyn Monroe was there/Marilyn Monroe was bare/Temptation, temptation, temptation...
-Brian Grayson, https://www.facebook.com/warren.fahey.10/posts/10151282928191495, October 19, 2012
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"Dick Barton" is the name of a character in the popular British radio series "Dick Barton – Special Agent" (October 1946 to March 1951. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Barton

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The Jackson Five (* musical group, circa 1963 *)
Went to France
To teach the children
How to dance.
A heel and a toe (* Jumper lands on heel and toe *)
And round you go. (* Jumper turns full around *)
A heel and a toe (* Jumper lands on heel and toe *)
And around I go. (* Jumper turns full around *)
Salute to the captain. (* Jumper salutes *)
Bow to the king. (* Jumper bows *)
Turn your back (* Jumper turns other direction *)
On the ugly old queen.

Source: Knapp (1976)
http://mudcat.org/jumprope/jumprope_display.cfm?rhyme_number=245

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TWEEDLEELEE (also known as Rockin Robin)
Tweedleelee
Treetop
Tweedleelee
My Prop
Tweedleelee
Popsicle, popsicle
Your butt stinks
He rocks in the tree top
all day long
huffin and ah puffin
and ah singin his song.
All the little birds on Jay Bird street
Love to hear the bird go
Tweet Tweet Tweet!
Rockin Robin
Tweet Tweetdalee
Rockin Robin
Tweet Tweetdalee

I went downtown
To get ah stick of butter.
I saw James Brown
layin in the gutter. (or “poopin in the gutter”)
I saw a piece of glass
stuck up his butt.
I never saw a Black man
run so fast.
Mama's in the kitchen
cookin rice.
Daddy's outside
shootin dice.
Brother's in jail
raisin bail.
Sister's on the corner
Selling FRUIT COCKTAIL.
Rockin Robin
Tweet Tweetdalee
Rockin Robin
Tweet Tweetdalee
-African American girls and boys ages 6-13 years old; Pittsburgh, Pa, 1999, collected by Azizi Powell

U, V

W, X,
WE THREE BEATLES
We three Beatles of Liverpool are
George in a taxi, Paul in a car,
John on a scooter parping his hooter
Following Ringo Starr.
-Guest, Suffolk Miracle; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=115214, Famous People in Children's Rhymes; 10/13/2008
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The British Rock band "The Beatles" consisted of George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr

Y, Z

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This concludes Part II of this series.

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Playground Rhymes That Include Names Of Famous People (Part I)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part I of a two part series that presents some examples of English language playground rhymes that include the name of actors singers, or other famous people. This post features playground rhyme examples in this category whose titles begin with A-L.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/08/playground-rhymes-that-include-names-of_54.html for Part II of this series. Part II continues with playground rhymes examples whose titles begin with M-Z.

The online sources for these rhymes are given after the examples.
Information about these famous people can be found on their Wikipedia page. However, when just the first name is used for a celebrity, I've added a brief statement about that celebrity.

Examples of rhymes that include a name or names of politicians are purposely omitted from this post. Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2015/08/playground-rhymes-that-include_87.html for a pancocojams post that showcases examples of that category of playground rhymes that include names of famous people. Those rhymes may also include the names of other famous peoples who aren't politicians.

Although no performance activity is specified for most of these rhymes, I believe that most of these examples are either hand clap rhymes or jump rope rhymes.

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

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those whose examples are quoted in this post.

This post isn't meant to be a comprehensive collection of English language playground rhymes that include names of famous people. In most cases, I'm only showcases one version of these rhymes. However, all of these rhymes have multiple versions.

In order of appearance in these examples*, the names of famous people that are featured in this post are Betty Boop, Charlie Chaplin, Betty Grable, Christopher Columbus, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Brown, Miley Cyrus,
Georgie Best, Ginuwine, Elvis Presley, Jackie Gleason, Chris Brown, James Brown, and Lizzie Borden.
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*This collection (Part I and Part II) includes more than one rhyme example for Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Betty Grable, Shirley Temple, James Brown, Bobby Brown, Sabrina, and Michael Jordan.

From my online collecting, my sense is that the celebrity whose name is mentioned the most in playground rhymes is Michael Jackson, followed by Elvis Presley. However, my guess is that Michael Jordan (and perhaps also Bobby Brown) are mentioned in the "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky rhymes because those names were mistaken for Michael Jackson.

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FEATURED EXAMPLES
Note: These examples are presented in alphabetical order based on the rhymes' titles (usually the first few words of there first line.) The titles are written in capital letters.

The famous person's name that is included in each example is given in italics.

A, B
APPLES ON A STICK
apples on a stick,ganna make me sick,ganna make my heart go 246 246, not cause im dirty,not cause im clean,not cause ya kissed a boy behind a magizine,hey girls wannah have some fun here comes justin bieber with his pants un done,close your eyes and count to 10,when your finished, you got to kiss your boy friend
-alexis, https://losemyway.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/hand-clapping-games/ Hand Clapping Games, January 8, 2012

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BETTY BOOP
Betty Boop isn't she cute?
All she can eat is vegetable soup.

Sources: Emrich & Korson (1947)
Abrahams (SFQ) 23, (1963), 198
quoted in Jump-rope Rhymes: A Dictionary by Roger D. Abrahams[Google Edition], page 16

C, D
CHARLIE CHAPLIN WENT TO FRANCE
Charlie Chaplin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance
First he did the Rumba
Then he did the twist
Then he did the Highland Fling,
And then he did the splits.


There's also "Betty Grable went to France,/To teach the soldiers how to dance." (The rest is the same.)

Source: "An Australian version of the Charlie Chaplin Skipping Song, as sung at Salisbury Primary School in Brisbane, Australia in the mid 1950s" quoted in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipping-rope_rhyme

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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS
Christopher Columbus
Sailed the ocean blue
In fourteen hundred
And ninety two.

Christopher Columbus
Was a very brave man.
He sailed the ocean
In an old tin can.

Source: Abrahams (1969)
http://mudcat.org/jumprope/jumprope_display_all.cfm

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DOWN BY THE BANKS OF THE HANKY PANKY (Example #1)
My friends play it like this:

Down by the bank by the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jumps from bank to bank
We're sayin ep op ep op op
skiddle diddle kernal pop!
I pledge alligence to the flag
Micheal Jackson makes me gag
Coca Cola messed him up
now we're drinking 7up
7up has no caffine
now we're drinking gassoline
Gassoline not good for you
now we're drinking Mt. Dew
Mt. Dew fell off the Mt.
now we're drinking from a fountain
The fountain broke
and now we're back to drinking coke
-Guest, http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=94034, Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky, [hereafter given as Mudcat: Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky], 17 Mar 08
-snip-
There are LOTS of examples of (what I refer to as) the "Michael Jackson versions" of "Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky". Those examples often include another word that rhymes with "gag", including the offensive word "fag". Some other examples are "Michael Jackson stinks so bad", "Michael Jackson sings so bad", "Michael Jackson is a drag", "Michael Jackson dances rad", and even "Michael Jackson is my dad". Read the comment after Example #7 about the use of the word "fag" in these rhymes.

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DOWN BY THE BANKS OF THE HANKY PANKY (Example #2)
Down by the river
To the hanky pank
Where the bullfrog jumps
from bank to bank
saying E I O U
Your mama stinks and so do you
So ding dong ping pong
Your daddy smells like king kong.
Michael Jackson went to town
Dr. Pepper brought him down
Coca Cola brought him up
Now he's drinking 7-Up
7-Up with no caffine
Now we're talking Billy Jean
Inky Binky Bonky, Daddy had a Donkey
Donkey died
Daddy cried
Inky Binky Bonkey
-Guest ,ME!,Mudcat: Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky, 6/25/2008

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DOWN BY THE BANKS OF THE HANKY PANKY (Example #3)
Here is the one
I know:

Down by the banks of the hanky Panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
with an a e i o u
Michael jordan went to town
coca cola shot him down
Mountain dew shot him up
now were talkin 7 up
7 up has no cafene
now were talkin billie jean
billie jean went down the street singin
doo a dilly dilly dum dilly do
singin do a dilly dily dum dilly do
-Guest,Jenny, Mudcat: Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky, 08 Apr 09

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DOWN BY THE BANKS OF THE HANKY PANKY (Example #4)
That is the version that I know...

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank
with an a, e, i, o, u. bang bang
micheal jordan went to town
coca cola shot him down
now were talkin 7up
7up with no caffein
now were talking billy jean
billy jean went down the street singin
do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do
singin do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do

<3 -Guest,SaeraLove, Mudcat: Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky, 03 Nov 09 -snip- Although this example is almost the same as the one above it, I'm including it in this collection for the folkloric record because, to date, I've only found those two examples of this rhyme that mentions Michael Jordan. **** DOWN BY THE BANKS Of The HANKY PANKY (Example #5) in Rochester, NY it goes like this down by the bank of the hanky pank; where the bullfrogs jump from bank to bank; saying E-I-O-U; yo momma stank and so do you; so ping pong donkey kong martin luther king jr;
mickey mouse bought a house;
donald duck messed it up;
he couldn't pay the rent;
so he got kicked out;
O-U-T;
out

we would do process of elimination by eliminating whoever got to the letter -T they we would start over the song until we got to the last person
-Guest, Guest , May 6, 2011

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DOWN BY THE BANKS Of The HANKY PANKY (Example #6)
I learned it like this:

Down by the banks of the hanky panky
where the bullfrog jumps from bank to bank
saying e, i, o, u, chilly willy ding dong
lets play a game of ping pong,
i pledge alligence to the flag
Michael Jackson dances rad,
coca cola bust it up,
now were talking 7 up,
7 up has no caffiene,
now were talking billie jean,
billie jean ran out of sight,
now were talking bobby brown
had a big frown
-marymuch, http://www.youtube.com/all_comments?v=ZC8INeM0w5A, November 2011

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DOWN BY THE BANKS Of The HANKY PANKY (Example #7)
Down by the banks of the hanky panky
Where the bullfrogs jump from bank to banky
Singing Eeep Op Eeep Op
Skiddle diddle eep op op
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Miley Cyrus makes me gag
Miley Cyrus came to town, Coca Cola shot her down
Dr. Pepper drink it up, now we're drinking 7-Up
7-Up has no caffeine, now we're drinking gasoline
Gasoline ran out of fuel, now we're drinking Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew fell off the Mountain, now we're drinking from the fountain
Fountain broke, now we're drinking PLAIN-OLD-DIET-COKE
-Guest, Mudcat: Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky, March 20, 2012
-snip-
Most of the "I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag" mention Michael Jackson. However, since that Pop artist's sudden death in June 2009, I've found a few other examples of this rhyme that substitute another celebrity's name for Michael Jackson. It appears to me that the celebrity who is named in this insult rhyme is usually someone who is disliked by fans of a particular music genre. Here's a comment from a blogger in that "Origins: Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky" Mudcat thread about the substitution of another celebrity's name for Michael Jackson's name:
"Sadly we really did and still do sing the line about Michael Jackson being a fag. In elementary and middle school we also had a similar rhyme ("I pledge allegiance to the flag and Michael Jackson is a fag. He used to play with little toys but now he plays with little boys.") and I can remember saying it at a very young age, before I had any idea what a 'fag' was. It was meant to be innocent and not offensive to anybody. Also, since Michael Jackson's death (may he R.I.P.) many people have substituted Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus for Michael Jackson or changed that line to "Michael Jackson makes me gag". My particular group of friends has done both ("Lady Gaga makes me gag") and I think it's kind of a nice modern version of the song." Guest,guest-Mandi, age 14
Date: 24 Dec 10 - 12:08 AM

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DOWN BY THE BANKS Of The HANKY PANKY (Example #8)
Down by the banks of the hanky panky.
Where the bullfrog jumps from bank to bank. Say As Es Is Os ees I did it.
Bing Bong your daddy smells like King Kong.
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Michael Jackson makes me gag.
Coca-cola burnt him up
Now we're talkin 7 up
7 up has no caffeine
Now we're talking Billy Jean
Billy jean went out of style.
Now we're talking Bobby Brown.
B-o-b-b-y B-r-o-w-n went out of town
GUEST,amy in Kentucky,Mudcat: Down By The Banks Of The Hanky Panky, 01 May 14

E, F

G, H
GEORGIE BEST
Georgie Best
Superstar
Walks like a woman
And he wears a bra
The bra's too big
He wears a wig
And that's why they call him
A sexy pig.
-http://www.odps.org/glossword/index.php?a=term&d=3&t=360 Seedy Songs and Rotten Rhymes - the poetry of the playground

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HOLLYWOOD GOES SWINGING
Both girls: Hollywood.
Hollywood.
Hollywood goes swingin.
Hollywood goes
Swingin.
Swingin for the good times.
Swingin for the bad times.
Soloist #1: My name is Teneisha
and I’m number 9.
I’m kickin it with Ginuwine.
If you ever see me on the street,
you better speak.
“Long time, no see.”
Sexy as I wanna be.
Some hittin me high.
Some hittin me low.
Some hittin me in my-
Don’t ask what.
Other girl: What?
Soloist #1: My b u t t b u t t butt.
That’s what.
-Teneisha (10 years) and Antoinette (11 years), African American girls, East Hills section of Pittsburgh, PA; 1998; collected by Azizi Powell, 1998
-snip-
"Ginuwine" is the stage name of one of R&B's top artists during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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HEAD AND SHOULDERS, BABY ONE TWO THREE
Remember this one?

Head and shoulders, baby One Two Three
Head and shoulders, baby One Two Three
Head and shoulders, Head and shoulders
Head and shoulders, Head and shoulders
Baby One Two Three

Round the world, baby One Two Three
Round the world, baby One Two Three
Round the world, Round the world,
Round the world, Round the world,
Baby One Two Three

(Then we'd do an Elvis Presley verse while pretenting to play guitar and shake hips and wobbly legs. Next was Jackie Gleason)

Then we'd do the whole ensemble

Head and Shoulders, Round the world
Elvis Presley, Jackie Gleason
Baby, One Two Three
-http://www.streetplay.com/discus/ Streetplay.com Discussion: Girl Games: Clap & rhyme / tongue twisters / word games: Clap and Rhyme: Archive through June 8, 2000

I, J
I'M A PRETTY FIRST GRADER
I am a pretty __ first grader
As pretty as can___ be be.
My boyfriend's name is__ Chris Brown
He lives in Ala__bama.
One day when I was___walking
I saw my boyfriend __ talking
To the ugliest girl in the whole wide world.
And this is what he said.
I K-I-S-S
I M-I-S-S miss you.
I L-O-V-E love you.
ABCDEFG
Get your black hands off of me.
I K-I-S-S Kiss you!
-Naijah S. (African American female, 9 years old; Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; January 14, 2011; Collected by Azizi Powell 1/14/2011
-snip-
The __ means to pause one beat.

I asked Naijah if the line "get your black hands off of me" meant that people weren't happy about being Black. She quickly said "I love my Black heritage".

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I DON'T WANT TO GO TO HOLLYWOOD
shame shame shame,
i don’t wanna go to hollywood no more more more,
theres a fat michale jackson
at the door door door,
he grabbed me by the hips,
kissed me on the lips,
i don’t wanna go to hollywood no more more more
-Shasta, http://losemyway.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/hand-clapping-games/ No More 3x5's Hand Clapping Games; August 12, 2010
-snip-
I've placed this example under the letter "I" because I believe that "shame shame shame" are introductory words (and perhaps also commentary about the story told in the playground rhyme) and not the title of the rhyme.

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I LOVE COFFE I LOVE TEA
I love coffe I love tea

I love Chris Brown and he loves me

I met my boyfriend at the candy store He brought me ice cream He brought me cake
He brought me home with a bellyache Momma Momma I feel sick Call the doctor quick quick quick Docter Docter will I die Count to five and you will be alive

12345 I'm alive 678910 I'm dead again
-shima, http://www.streetplay.com/discus/, March 13, 2007 - 12:32 pm

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I WENT TO A CHINESE RESTAURANT (Example #1)
My daughter, who is eight, is still doing clapping rhymes, though the ones she does are different from the ones I did in the 50s and 60s. (These, by the way, are in England). The one she seems to do mostly is:

I went to a Chinese restaurant
To buy me a loaf of bread, bread, bread.
He wrapped it up in a five pound note
And this is what he said, said, said:

My name is
Elvis Presley,
Girls are sexy
Sitting in the back seat
Drinking pepsi.

Where's your father?
Died in a fishtank..Last night
What did he die of?..Raw fish.
How did he die..Like this.

On the "Like this" they pull a strange face as of somebody dead. She says there are various versions of the rhyme. We used to do the first bit, but not the bit beginning with "Elvis Presley"
- MBSLynne [location-United Kingdom] Do kid still do clapping rhymes?’ 9/21/2003

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I WENT DOWNTOWN TO SEE JAMES BROWN
And the James Brown one:

I went downtown to see James Brown
I gave him a nickel to buy me a pickle
The pickle was sour, so he gave me a shower
The shower was cold, so he gave me a bowl
The bowl was cracked, so he gave me a snack
Now I want my money back, Jack
-bettingonalice, Octoblog (website no longer active), January 1, 2007

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K, L
LIZZIE BORDEN
Lizzie Borden took an axe
She gave her mother forty whacks
After she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.
Lizzie Borden got away
For her crime she did not pay.

Source: quoted in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipping-rope_rhyme

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This concludes Part I of this series.

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