Date: Wed, 4 Sep 1996 19:30:44 -0900
From: Chris Coolidge ccoolidg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOOSE.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: pop goes the weasel
On Sat, 31 Aug 1996, M. Lynne Murphy wrote:
i'm about to embark on my career in radio, on an south african
broadcasting corp. write-in language show, "word of mouth", in which
i will get to fight off the prescriptivist english speakers here who
are worried that other people are ruining their language (i can't
imagine anyone's going to take an american seriously on this). (maybe
it won't be a career if it goes badly!) i've just been faxed the
topics i have to research for this batch of shows, and will probably
bother you all more than once with queries if i find my reference
sources lacking, but here's one off the top.
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.
Third line: The monkey thought is was all in fun
Alternative second verse
A penny for a spool of thread
A penny for a needle
That's the way the money goes, etc.
(Why on earth do I remember these things?)