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Friday, December 16, 2011

Fudge Fudge Call The Judge - Twins & Triplets In Playground Rhymes

Edited by Azizi Powell

[This post is dedicated to my twin, with love.]

Most of the English language playground rhymes about twins that I've been able to find are those from the "Fudge Fudge Call The Judge" family. "Fudge Fudge Call Judge" is usually considered a jump rope (skipping) rhyme. Most, but not all, of the rhymes in this family reflect the fact that children aren't always pleased to welcome a new sibling into their family.

Alternatively, some examples of "Fudge Fudge Call The Judge" rhymes document girls' concerns about their future child bearing experiences and/or the baby's father's* reaction to the birth of a child or children.

Other examples of "Fudge Fudge Call The Judge" rhymes serve as a way of predicting information about the jumpers' future offspring (such as whether the jumper will give birth to one child, or twins, or triplets; what gender the child or children will be; how many pounds the babies will weigh, and/or the first letter of the child's name or children's names.)

*It's interesting to note that in the "Fudge Fudge Call The Judge" rhymes the baby's father is usually referred to as "her boyfriend" and not "her husband". Also, the only reaction which is noted is that the baby's father is "going crazy". While it's true that the word "crazy" is a near rhyme for "baby", the words "lazy" and "hazy" are also near rhymes for "baby" and those two words are never used in those rhymes."

Visit this discussion thread I started in 2009 about the playground rhyme "We Wear Our Hair In Curls" for different parental reactions to their daughter getting pregnant: http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=123101&messages=62.

Warning: While they contain no profanity, some examples of "We Wear Our Hair In Curls" rhymes are much more sexually explicit than "Fudge Fudge Call The Judge" rhymes.

UPDATE: November 22, 2014:
It occurs to me that the description of the baby as "bald headed" may be a put down [insult] just as I believe it is in the "yo bald headed granny" rhymes. Those and the "fudge fudge call thee judge" are the only examples of rhymes that I'm aware of that refer to anyone with a bald head. A pancocojams post about this insult and other African American hair insults will be published ASAP.

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Here are a few text (word only) examples of "Fudge Fudge Call The Judge". These examples are given in no particular order.

FUDGE FUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #1)
From my eleven-year-old daughter come these jump rope rhymes. She says they don't sing them, they are more of a chant than a song. They do this at school during recess.

Fudge, fudge, call the judge, (Sally's*) having a baby.
Wrap it up in toilet paper, send it down the elevator,
What shall it be?
Boy, girl, twins, triplets, boy, girl, twins, triplets...
(repeat until jumper misses)
*substitute jumper's name
-Jon W; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=4300#23452 Cinderella Dressed In Yella; 3/10/1998

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FUDGE FUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #2)
There was one extremely long one I knew with very complicated gestures/clapping, but I can't remember all of it ...

[something something something]
That's how nice neighbors can be
Fudge, fudge, fudge
I called the judge
[something about the singer's mother being pregnant]
If it's a boy, I'll give it a toy
If it's a girl, I'll give it a curl
If it's a twin, I'll give it a spin
Wrap it up in toilet paper
Send it down the elevator
First floor, STOP
Second floor, FREEZE
Third floor, you better watch out,
Before I give you a SQUEEZE!!

(Then each player tries to grab the other by the wrists. The successful grabber wins.)
-sparkofcreationlhttp://linguaphiles.livejournal.com/4327510.html#comments; 2/20/2003

Editor:
Note that this rhyme appears to have been played while doing handclaps.

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FUDGE FUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #3)
the jump rope song goes like this.......................

fudge, fudge!
call the judge!
_______'s havin a baby,
_______'s goin crazy!
wrap it up in toilet paper,
send it down the elevator.
boy, girl, twins, triplets?
repeat until jumper screws up, and that is what she supposidly had, lol!
-lexy; Whee Blog (website no longer viable); June 24, 2005

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FUDGE GUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #4)
Fudge, gudge, call the judge!
[girl's name] Is having a baby!
Hey boyfriend's going crazy!
Wrap it up and toiliet paper,
Send it down the elevator.
what will it be?
A boy?
A girl?
Twins or aliens?
A boy?
A girl?
Twins or aliens?
[Jumprope game. Player jumps until they mess up. Whatever they land on is what they have.]
-Liz again. ; Whee Blog (website no longer viable); April 12, 2005

Editor: "gudge" is probably a typo for the word "fudge".

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FUDGE FUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #5)
fudge,fudge,call the judge(name),having a baby, her boyfriends going crazy, how many babys will she have,1,2,3,4.... what kind of babys will she have,boy,girl,twin,triplets....what will their names be(start with a and go on until they stop on a letter and then pick the name.kepp on doing it until you cover all the babys names)
Source: http://www.homeschool.co.uk/resource/jump-rope/baby.html ; Dec 03 2005

Editor:
This example doesn't include any concerns about the birth of the baby/babies, i.e. there's no mention of "boyfriend's going crazy" or "wrap the baby up" and "throw the baby away".

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EXAMPLES THAT DON'T MENTION TWINS

JUDGE JUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #1)
Judge, Judge call the judge momma's got a brand new baby
It ain't no boy, it ain't no girl, it's just a plain ol baby
1st floor stop: (trap the jump rope with your feet) second floor stop: (trap the jump rope with your feet) third floor kick it out the door (run out)
Now there is no b a b y!
Source: http://www.homeschool.co.uk/resource/jump-rope/baby.html ; 2006

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FUDGE FUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #2)
In Michigan City, Indiana, in the late 50's at our Catholic grade school we jumped rope to:

Fudge, Fudge, Call the Judge
Momma's got a newborn baby
It isn't a girl
It isn't a boy
It's just an ordinary baby

Wrap it up in tissue paper
Send it down the elevator
First floor-push
Second floor-Push
Third floor- Kick 'em out out the door
Momma doesn't want that baby anymore
-Guest, Mary;
http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=99131&messages=9 Fudge, Fudge Call The Judge; Feb. 11, 2011

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FUDGE FUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #3)
We played a ball bouncing game to this.

Fudge Fudge call the judge
Momma's having a baby
It isn't a boy; it isn't a girl
It's just a plain old baby.
Wrap it up in tissue paper.
Send it down the escalator.
How many pounds did the baby weigh?
Close your eyes and I shall say:
(with eyes closed and bouncing ball under leg)
One
two
Three...until you miss.
Sinsull, http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=99131&messages=9 Fudge, Fudge Call The Judge; July 9, 2011

Editor: Notice that this is described as a rhyme chanted while bouncing a ball.

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FUDGE FUDGE CALL THE JUDGE (Example #4)
Back in the 50s in Flint, MI. We chanted while jumping rope:
Fudge, fudge. Call the judge.
Mama's gonna have a new born baby.
Wrap it up in tissue paper.
Send it down the elevator.
First floor - miss.
Second floor - miss.
Third floor - kick it out the door. (kicking motion)
That's the end of the baby (Run out from swinging rope)
- dulcimer42, http://www.mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=99131&messages=15 , August 1,2013

Editor: Notice that this is described as a jump rope rhyme.

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RELATED RHYMES
Here are two closely related playground rhymes:
Neither rhyme includes the "fudge fudge call the judge" line. The first rhyme mentions wrapping up the babies and throwing them away, but the babies are wrapped up in tissue paper instead of "toilet paper":

CALL THE ARMY CALL THE NAVY (Example #9)
Call the Army, call the Navy
(name)'s gonna have a baby.
Wrap it up in tissue paper,
send it down the elevator,
(Rope turned double time)
Boy, girl, twins, triplets, boys, girls, twins, triplets, etc
Source: http://www.homeschool.co.uk/resource/jump-rope/baby.html

Editor: Note that in this example, the baby is wrapped up in tissue paper and not toilet paper.

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The second related rhyme doesn't mention wrapping up the babies and throwing them away:

OH MY BABY JUST KICKED (Example #10)
Oh My Baby Just Kick
Oh my baby just kick, oh my baby just kick
time for the baby to come,time for the baby to come
is it a girl? is it a boy? is it a twin? is it a triplet? (pick a boy or a girl)
it's a _____ !
how many mouths? how many years?
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11...... (pick the mouth or year)
What letter should the name start with?
A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z
(pick a letter)
And i name ______(pick a name)
and that's my baby
-Guest,my baby; http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=4300 Children's Street Songs; 1/17/2005

Editor: “mouths in line 5 is almost certainly a typo
for “months".

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VIDEO
I haven't yet found any YouTube videos of children jumping rope or doing any other activities while chanting "Fudge Fudge Call The Judge". Unfortunately, chanting while jumping rope or bouncing balls appear to be rarely done nowadays. :o(

However, I did find a video in which a young girl is reciting a variant form of the fudge fudge call the judge rhyme. In the beginning of the video, believe that the words the girl chants are:
"Fudge fudge call the judge
Gary’s* havin a baby
Sponge Bob’s getting crazy
How many babies do they got
They are crying
Color white and blue
Is it 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
3, 2, 1"

* See update comment.

-snip-

From then on, the words of the rhyme are more difficult for me to decipher. The words appear to be made up on the spot which is a creative exercise in & of itself. Here's that video:

Fudge,Fudge,Call the Judge!



Joshua AwsomeOne, on Jul 9, 2011
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Update: 1/14/2012

Here's a comment that I received in response to my query to the video uploader:

@azizip171 she told me the lyrics were based on the show SpongeBob, so what you thought was mary, was really gary, since i THINK he's a character in that show
- MULTIAWSOMEONE

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Note: A girl in another video of this rhyme prefaces her example by saying that she does this while she jumps rope. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccX3E7kB1Ig.

And in another video of this rhyme a girl pantomines the words along with her little brother. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7AqdCoLqjs

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6 comments:

  1. I know:

    Fudge Fudge Call the judge,
    Mamma's hav'n a baby.
    Not a boy
    Not a girl
    Just a plain ol' baby
    It better not cry
    It better not scream
    Or 'ill kick it into the
    washing machine.
    Up and Down she blowsssssss.
    Fudge Fudge call the judge,
    Mamma's hav'n a baby
    It's a boy
    Its's a girl.
    (Clap Clap Clap)
    She got twins and a big ol' chin.

    REPEAT ENTIRE ONCE MORE THEN SING:

    She got one, two, three little ones 4, 5, 6, little ones (And so on.)

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  2. Hi Emma! I appreciate your adding an example of "Fudge Fudge Call The Judge". That's one I've never read or heard before.

    I've added it to this page of my Cocojams collection of English language playground rhymes: http://cocojams.com/content/handclap-jump-rope-and-elastics-rhymes.

    Thanks!

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  3. Fudge fudge call the judge (insert name) is having a baby her boyfriend is going crazy girl/boy/twin/triplets. Do this until the jumper messes up and what kid it lands on it is what there having

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    1. Anonymous March 18, 2013, thanks for sharing the example of "Fudge Fudge" that you know.

      Since you wrote "Do this until the jumper messes up", it sounds like this was sung while jumping rope. Is that how you play/played it?

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  4. I was in elementary school in the Bronx in the early 2000s. We sang it like this:

    Mama's having a baby
    Papa's going crazy
    If it's a boy, I'll give it a toy
    If it's a girl, I'll give it a curl
    Then wrap it up in toilet paper
    Send it down the escalator
    SECOND FLOOR!
    Stop! Take it easy
    FIRST FLOOR!
    Stop! Take it easy
    S-S (slap hands twice)
    T-T(slap hands twice)
    O-O(slap hands twice)
    P-P(slap hands twice)
    Spells STOP!

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    1. E. Correa, thanks for sharing that example of "Mama's Having A Baby".

      Thanks also for including demographics!

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