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[Feb. 28th, 2010|03:56 pm]
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Does anyone know where this:

Little fly upon the wall
Don't you got no clothes at all?
No BVDs, no pink chemise...

or this:

Listen, listen, cat's pissin'
Where? Where? Under the chair.
Johnny, Johnny, get your gun!
(I forget the last line)

comes from?

Know any similar poems?

Is it really that inappropriate to teach your 2-year-old nephew these poems?

[User Picture]From: smile_wide
2010-02-28 08:59 pm (UTC)



Edited at 2010-02-28 08:59 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: uhhuhher79
2010-02-28 09:01 pm (UTC)


i thought it was run run get the gun, gosh darn it he's all done
[User Picture]From: foogati
2010-02-28 09:04 pm (UTC)


I've been googling the poem all afternoon and I've found a zillion variations, none which matches my versions exactly.
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[User Picture]From: foogati
2010-02-28 09:04 pm (UTC)


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?
[User Picture]From: withluckysevens
2010-02-28 09:07 pm (UTC)


Googling the first 2 lines in quotes comes back with loads of sites with similar stuff
[User Picture]From: foogati
2010-02-28 09:28 pm (UTC)


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
[User Picture]From: withluckysevens
2010-02-28 10:16 pm (UTC)


You should re-read your questions. These links have TONS of similar poems. I answered your second question, not your first.
[User Picture]From: overandoverture
2010-02-28 09:10 pm (UTC)


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.
[User Picture]From: lost_garnet
2010-02-28 09:15 pm (UTC)


[User Picture]From: foogati
2010-02-28 09:25 pm (UTC)


[User Picture]From: l_a_d_y_l_o_v_e
2010-02-28 09:12 pm (UTC)


isn't the first one the song that obama was singing while he nabbed that poor, innocent fly?
[User Picture]From: elbiesee
2010-02-28 09:43 pm (UTC)


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.
[User Picture]From: overandoverture
2010-02-28 11:10 pm (UTC)


haha I remember this one from when I was little, too. XD
[User Picture]From: kaz_lynx
2010-02-28 10:12 pm (UTC)


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.
[User Picture]From: arjuna_lj
2010-02-28 10:12 pm (UTC)


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)
[User Picture]From: givemethechild
2010-03-01 03:14 am (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.
[User Picture]From: isunova
2010-03-01 03:26 am (UTC)


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.
[User Picture]From: surprisesex
2010-03-01 09:18 am (UTC)


Yes...pissin' and god damn are not appropriate things to teach little kids.