Edited at 2010-02-28 08:59 pm (UTC)
i thought it was run run get the gun, gosh darn it he's all done
I've been googling the poem all afternoon and I've found a zillion variations, none which matches my versions exactly.
really? Google told me it's from a book of poems published in 1990, except I it was taught to me by my grandfather in the early 80's.
does it say where from the three stooges it comes? like, what episode?
googling the first two lines just got me a million results with a million different variations, but no explanation of either poem's origins.
ty for the links, but there's nothing about where they come from, that's kinda what I'm looking for
You should re-read your questions. These links have TONS of similar poems. I answered your second question, not your first.
When I was little, my uncle and I would do the following call and response style:
Uncle: Shave and a haircut...
Me: two bits!
Uncle: What does a cow have?
Me: Four tits!
So is it inappropriate? Yeah. But is it hilarious? Quite very.
isn't the first one the song that obama was singing while he nabbed that poor, innocent fly?
A third one, courtesy of Rocky and Bullwinkle:
Spider, spider on the wall,
Have you got no brains at all?
Don't you know that wall is plastered?
Come down from there, you little... spider.
haha I remember this one from when I was little, too. XD
Listen, listen, cat's pissin'
Where? Where? Under the chair.
PFFAHAHAHA My dad used to say this to me all the time. Made me laugh my toddler-aged butt off.
Never heard of either of them.
Neither is necessarily inappropriate, if the child's parents have a sense of humour and are interested in developing the child's language skills (rhyme, description, rhythm, and most importantly a sense of fun in language). (If they do not have that sense of humour, then use poems by Edward Lear or Hilaire Belloc instead - same general appeal, same principles, less potentially offensive). Had I children, I'd use them (your examples) quite happily.
I wouldn't repeat them at the preschool where I teach, but that's only lowest-common-denominator caution - every household varies.
Edited for grammar fail.
Edited at 2010-02-28 10:14 pm (UTC)
Dunno, but my sister and I used to recite these to each other all the time:
Willie saw some dynamite,
Couldn't understand it quite;
Curiosity seldom pays:
It rained Willie seven days.
Willie pushed his sister Nell.
In the family drinking well
She's there yet, because it kilt her -
Now we have to buy a filter.
i wouldn't teach the first solely because of the 'don't you got no' line. i wouldn't want to teach/encourage poor grammar - 2 is young enough to get confused.
i also don't find the gun/cat correlation amusing or appropriate at all, but that's probably from personal experience. i don't have a problem with the 'naughty' words, though. kids will hear them anyway.
Yes...pissin' and god damn are not appropriate things to teach little kids.