Date: Wed, 4 Sep 1996 13:04:45 -0400
From: Elizabeth Gibbens gibbens[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NYTIMES.COM
Subject: Re: pop goes the weasel
It's "The monkey said it was all in fun/...."
At 11:02 AM 8/31/96 PDT, you wrote:
--- On Sat, 31 Aug 1996 09:28:41 -0400 "M. Lynne Murphy"
104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA wrote:
can anyone fill in the 3rd line of the version of "pop goes the
weasel" that appears below (this is the one i learned as a kid):
all around the mulberry bush
the monkey chased the weasel
da-da da-da da dadada da
pop! goes the weasel.
also, i'd be interested to hear other versions of the song. the host
of the show has supplied this one:
half a pound of tuppenny rice
half a pound of treacle
that's the way the money goes (not enough syllables?)
pop goes the weasel
and if anyone knows what "pop goes the weasel" refers to, i'd be
happy to hear.
Reading the subsequent posts, there may be some scrambling of verses. But to
answer a couple of questions:
"That's the way the money goes" was part of my childhood version, with "money"
spaced out as muh-uh-nee. This fits in with the origins of the ditty. My
understanding is that it came from the hatters trade (though it may have been
cobblers). A weasel is one of the tools of the trade, and "pop" is slang for
pawning something. The "mulberry bush" may refer to a fondness for gin.
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