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Jacob W. Haller

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Jan 3, 2004, 11:24:28 PM1/3/04
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My sister and her husband recently had their first child, and they spend
much of the time they spend with him singing to him. It's very nice.
They sing a lot of old folky songs like the ones I remember from my own
youth, such as 'Hush, Little Baby'.

However, 'Hush, Little Baby' is a long song with many verses and words,
and if you haven't sung it much before it is easy to get lost along the
way to 'And if that horse and cart falls down / you'll still be the
sweetest little baby in town'. Which is fine; the folk tradition is
based on this sort of invention, the words were clearly improvised to
begin with, and the newly improvised lyrics, including as they do words
like 'fart', are usually more entertaining than the original anyway. IF
IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR BO DIDDLEY, IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ANYONE!

There is one pitfall with this approach, however, that isn't present if
you stick to the lyrics as usually sung. I speak, of course, of the
infinite loop. Here are some lyrics from a version I heard my
brother-in-law sing earlier this evening:

'Hush little baby, don't say a word
Papa's gonna buy you a mocking bird

If that mocking bird don't sing
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring

If that diamond ring turns brass
Papa's gonna buy you a looking glass

If that looking glass gets broke
Papa's gonna buy you a billy goat

If that billy goat won't pull
Papa's gonna buy you a cart and bull

If that cart and bull turns over
Papa's gonna buy you a dog named Rover

If that dog named Rover goes over
Papa's gonna buy you another dog named Rover

If that other dog named Rover goes over
Papa's gonna buy you a third dog named Rover

If that dog named Rover goes over
Papa's gonna buy you a ... um ... this is the fourth Rover now, right?'

This performance kept me and my sister in hysterics for quite a few
minutes, but perhaps you had to be there.

-jwgh

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Dean Lenort

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Jan 4, 2004, 11:40:02 AM1/4/04
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On Sat, 3 Jan 2004, yo...@jwgh.org (Jacob W. Haller) wrote:

> If that dog named Rover goes over
> Papa's gonna buy you a ... um ... this is the fourth Rover now, right?'

I'm pretty sure that when you get to the fourth one you're supposed to
change it to "Papa's gonna take you outside to look for cloud animals"

It does sort of break down in that there isn't a purchase involved as the
ownership of clouds by private citizens was outlawed by Jimmy Carter, but
the kid (unless it were some sort of baby-type person) should have really
been sick of the song by this point anyway.

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Mercutio Jones

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"Jacob W. Haller" <yo...@jwgh.org> wrote in message
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We have an interesting variant on the "Hush Little Baby " with our sprats.
Because the eldest child is now 8 and has been insisting on the same two
bedtime songs since birth "Hush Little Baby " has now turned into a call and
response as follows;

me:Hush little baby don't eat a worm
Mama's gonna buy you a pachyderm

child:A responsible parent wouldn't buy a baby an elephant.

me:If that pachyderm won't sing

child:do you really expect an elephant to sing?

me:Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring

child : what use does a baby have for a diamond ring? They'd probably
swallow it.

me:If that diamond ring turns brass

child:then you got taken

me : Mama's gonna buy you a looking glass
And if that looking glass gets broke

child:seven years bad luck

me: Mama's gonna buy you a billy goat

child:what good is a goat? What's it gonna do pull a skate board? It
probably stinks anyway.

me: If that billy goat won't pull

child: Poor goat , I wouldn't pull either if I was him.

me:Mama's gonna buy you a cart and bull.

child:Where would we keep a bull around here anyway?

me: If that cart and bull turn over

child: So is the bull stuck on his back like a turtle?
That would be funny a bull on his back with his legs waving in the air. So
you can't fix the cart?
If the cart is broken you should put that in the song.

me:Mama's gonna buy you a dog named rover

child:Rover is a stupid name for a dog , I like to name dogs after meat
.Hambone is a good name for a dog.

me: If that dog named Rover won't bark

child : then he's probably a basenji

me:Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart

child:Again with the cart? Can't you just reuse the one from the bull?

me:If that horse has a nervous breakdown ...

child: <loud imitation of a horse having a nervous breakdown>

me:you'll still be the prettiest little baby in the town.

Is it any wonder her other bedtime song is Warren Zevon's "Rolland the
Headless Thompson Gunner"?

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clan...@nf.sympatico.ca

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"Mercutio Jones" <lawt...@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> "Jacob W. Haller" <yo...@jwgh.org> wrote in message
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> > My sister and her husband recently had their first We have an


interesting variant on the "Hush Little Baby " with our sprats.
> Because the eldest child is now 8 and has been insisting on the same two
> bedtime songs since birth "Hush Little Baby " has now turned into a call
and
> response as follows;
>
> me:Hush little baby don't eat a worm
> Mama's gonna buy you a pachyderm
>
> child:A responsible parent wouldn't buy a baby an elephant.
>
> me:If that pachyderm won't sing
>
> child:do you really expect an elephant to sing?
>
> me:Mama's gonna buy you a diamond ring
>
> child : what use does a baby have for a diamond ring? They'd probably
> swallow it.
>

DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!

>
> me: If that cart and bull turn over
>
> child: So is the bull stuck on his back like a turtle?
> That would be funny a bull on his back with his legs waving in the air. So
> you can't fix the cart?
> If the cart is broken you should put that in the song.
>

You have trained the child well, Obi-Wan. A fine Kibologist will he/she
make.

> me:Mama's gonna buy you a dog named rover
>
> child:Rover is a stupid name for a dog , I like to name dogs after meat
> .Hambone is a good name for a dog.
>

The dog was named meatwise!

> me: If that dog named Rover won't bark
>
> child : then he's probably a basenji
>
> me:Mama's gonna buy you a horse and cart
>
> child:Again with the cart? Can't you just reuse the one from the bull?
>
> me:If that horse has a nervous breakdown ...
>
> child: <loud imitation of a horse having a nervous breakdown>
>

Send WAVs now.

--
Clans
WalMARK - Always low standards. Always.
Then -- hey, wait, Mark, you're not Paula - Kibo

No. I likes me some pigmeat. - stephenls


James Vandenberg

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Jan 5, 2004, 5:15:56 AM1/5/04
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clan...@nf.sympatico.ca wrote:
> DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER BAD YUMMY.

> The dog was named meatwise!

MEATWISE HAMGEE!

Ja-with-taters!-mes
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Kevin S. Wilson

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On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:

>DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!

You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.

--
Kevin S. Wilson
Tech Writer at a University Somewhere in Idaho
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Zixia

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Quoth the Kevin S Wilson:

> On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>
>>DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!
>
> You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
> who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.

Geez, DON'T BOGART THE BAT, DUDE.

HA HA HA! Nah, I'm just kidding. You guys are all right!

No further resolutions were harmed in the making of this post.

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clan...@nf.sympatico.ca

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> On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>
> >DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!
>
> You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
> who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
>

That's bad for me right?

Jacob W. Haller

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<clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:

> "Kevin S. Wilson" <res...@spro.net> wrote in message
> news:8ngjvvgt0voohf64l...@4ax.com...
> > On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
> >
> > You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
> > who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
> >
> That's bad for me right?

It depends. Do you like bats?

Mercutio Jones

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>
>
>
> "Kevin S. Wilson" <res...@spro.net> wrote in message
> news:8ngjvvgt0voohf64l...@4ax.com...
> > On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
> >
> > >DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!
> >
> > You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
> > who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
> >
> That's bad for me right?
>
Only if you take issue being hit repeatedly with a bat.
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clan...@nf.sympatico.ca

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> <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> >
> >
> >
> > "Kevin S. Wilson" <res...@spro.net> wrote in message
> > news:8ngjvvgt0voohf64l...@4ax.com...
> > > On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
> > >
> > > >DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!
> > >
> > > You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
> > > who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
> > >
> > That's bad for me right?
> >
> Only if you take issue being hit repeatedly with a bat.
>

That normally costs me a week's pay from Terry Autism's girlfriend

Jeremy D. Impson

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Jan 5, 2004, 8:06:33 PM1/5/04
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On Mon, 5 Jan 2004 clan...@nf.sympatico.ca wrote:

> "Kevin S. Wilson" <res...@spro.net> wrote in message
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> > On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
> >
> > >DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!
> >
> > You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
> > who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
> >
> That's bad for me right?

Yes, but this one was pretty good.

--Jeremy

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Jeremy D. Impson

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On Mon, 5 Jan 2004, Jacob W. Haller wrote:

> <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>
> > "Kevin S. Wilson" <res...@spro.net> wrote in message
> > news:8ngjvvgt0voohf64l...@4ax.com...
> > > On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
> > >
> > > You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
> > > who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
> > >
> > That's bad for me right?
>
> It depends. Do you like bats?

This one was better.

Paula

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On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 13:03:20 -0700, Kevin S. Wilson <res...@spro.net>
wrote:

>On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>
>>DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!
>
>You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
>who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.

Hey, we could have more Terry's' or even half KoalaGuy back or
something. Everything is relative, mang.

Paula
Fortunately, not everyone is my relative, as the ones I've got are bad
enough.

Kevin S. Wilson

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On Tue, 06 Jan 2004 01:06:33 GMT, "Jeremy D. Impson"
<jdim...@acm.spam.org> wrote:

>On Mon, 5 Jan 2004 clan...@nf.sympatico.ca wrote:
>
>> "Kevin S. Wilson" <res...@spro.net> wrote in message
>> news:8ngjvvgt0voohf64l...@4ax.com...
>> > On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>> >
>> > >DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!
>> >
>> > You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
>> > who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
>> >
>> That's bad for me right?
>
>Yes, but this one was pretty good.
>

Yeah, I thought so, too. (I almost appended a "PS: That's not a Good
Thing [tm]" to my post.)


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Joseph B. W. Shane

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Jacob W. Haller wrote:

> <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>
>
>>"Kevin S. Wilson" <res...@spro.net> wrote in message
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>>>On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>>>
>>>You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
>>>who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
>>>
>>
>>That's bad for me right?
>
>
> It depends. Do you like bats?
>
> -jwgh
>

Depending upon where this is going,
I probably will *not* like it.

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that would have been lost
without Bugs Bunny.

Joseph B. W. Shane

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Mercutio Jones wrote:

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>>
>>
>>"Kevin S. Wilson" <res...@spro.net> wrote in message
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>>
>>>On Mon, 05 Jan 2004 02:38:12 GMT, <clan...@nf.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>DIAMONDS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS BAD YUMMY!
>>>
>>>You know the game where you read part of a post and then try to guess
>>>who wrote it, without peeking? I'm batting 1000 on you so far.
>>>
>>
>>That's bad for me right?
>>
>
> Only if you take issue being hit repeatedly with a bat.

silly bunt

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