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Jingle bells, batman smells….

longshanks 9 November 2010 74

My 7 year old came home from school the other day and shared this little ditty with us (it’s used to determine who is ‘it’ in a game of tips etc, like eeny meeny miny mo):

Michey Mouse had a house underneath the movies, when the movie started, Mickey Mouse farted, what colour was his gas? (Someone then says a colour, and you spell out the colour.)

Anyway, this sent me back to a rhyme we used to sing way back when I was a kid:

Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin flew away. Wonder Woman lost her bosoms flying TAA.

I’m wondering how localised these little songs are – do they belong to individual schools, or do they spread across cities? Does anyone else have kids using the Mickey Mouse one? And does anyone else remember singing about Wonder Woman somehow misplacing her breasts on a Trans Australian Airlines flight?

Not very deep and meaningful questions, I know, but thought I’d put them out there anyways.


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Holden Caulfield 9:43 am 10 Nov 10

“I want the news, not the weather!”

or

“That’s my name, don’t wear it out!”

p1 9:40 am 10 Nov 10

busgirl said :

Postalgeek said :

as was:

Safeties!

ha ha! My brother used to say that after he farted thinking it meant we couldn’t punch his head in for being such a stinker!!!

A few months ago a ten year old farted, then said “TAXI”. I found this to be an interesting appropriation of a similar expression used by drunk people for a spilt drink.

trix 9:39 am 10 Nov 10

In Auckland, Wonder Woman lost her bosoms on the motorway. Hey!

busgirl 9:16 am 10 Nov 10

Postalgeek said :

as was:

Safeties!

ha ha! My brother used to say that after he farted thinking it meant we couldn’t punch his head in for being such a stinker!!!

astrojax 8:34 am 10 Nov 10

snak-pak parody alive and well in sinney’s western ‘burbs, too, harley! i’d forgotten that…

harley 8:07 am 10 Nov 10

It’s allright for you to sit there and laugh
You haven’t got a snak-pak shoved up your arse.

Bacchus Marsh, Victoria late 70’s, in response to the Snak-Pak tv ad of the day. The ad script escapes me now…

Postalgeek 10:51 pm 09 Nov 10

as was:

Safeties!

Postalgeek 10:50 pm 09 Nov 10

‘It dit dog shit you are not it’ was pretty common

Gerry-Built 10:42 pm 09 Nov 10

I fear The Simpsons has popularised: “Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg, the Batmobile lost its wheel, the Joker got away…”

I also remember “Found a Peanut…” [Higgins Primary, circa late 70s], and now it is stuck in my head…

Gerry-Built 10:36 pm 09 Nov 10

“June Factor” wrote several books of collections of play-yard dittys. You might remember such titles as “All right, Vegemite”, “Unreal Banana Peel”, “Far Out, Brussel Sprout”…

New pocket-sized editions of these came out, with newly coloured illustrations, about 12 months ago. The are available for about $10 at Angus and Robertson’s, as I’m sure they are at any other bigger book store, and probably some smaller ones too…

My 6 Y.O. son loves them…

Postalgeek 10:33 pm 09 Nov 10

On top of old Smokey all
covered in blood
I shot my first teacher
with a 44 slug

I shot her with pleasure,
I shot her with pride
I just couldn’t miss her,
she’s forty foot wide

I went to her funeral,
I wept at her grave
Some people threw flowers,
I threw a grenade

The coffin went up,
the coffin went down
The coffin went plllt!
All over the ground
I looked at the body,
she still wasn’t dead
So I got a bazooka
and I blew off her head

q-hole 10:05 pm 09 Nov 10

Central West NSW, mid-1980s

We always sang:
“Father Christmas lost his knickers flying TAA”

A couple of others that spring to mind:

Captain Cook chased a chook right across Australia,
jumped a fence, split his pants,
and landed in Tasmania.

or the slightly more lewd variation:

Captain Cook chased a chook right across Australia,
hit a rock, cracked his cock,
and landed in Tasmania.

Sticky stare like a bear, I can see your underwear,
is it blue. is it white,
is it full of Vegemite?

screaming banshee 9:39 pm 09 Nov 10

Hercsie said :

On top of old smokey……….anyone?

On top of spaghetti, all covered in cheese, I lost my poor? meatballs, when somebody sneezed.

Buggered if I can remember the rest but it went on for a bloody long time.

Hercsie 8:53 pm 09 Nov 10

#42

Ah British Bulldog – good days indeed!

Hercsie 8:51 pm 09 Nov 10

On top of old smokey……….anyone?

busgirl 7:34 pm 09 Nov 10

Fat and Skinny went bed,
Fat rolled over and Skinny was dead!

busgirl 7:33 pm 09 Nov 10

Pork Hunt said :

Smarty farty held a party,
All the farts were there,
Tutti Frutti dropped a beauty
and all the farts dropped dead…

This was my version:

Arty Farty had a party,
All the farts were there,
Tutti Frutti dropped a beauty,
and all went out for air.

BerraBoy68 6:16 pm 09 Nov 10

Another great right of passage for young boys in the 70’s and early 80’s was playing full-tackle British Bulldog on the oval at school without teachers worrying about you getting hurt! Nowadays the mantra in teh playground is “hands off – feet off”

BerraBoy68 6:13 pm 09 Nov 10

Another variant from the south of Canberra doing the rounds…

Jingle bells, Batman smells,
Robin flew away,
Uncle Billy lost his willy
flying to Bombay

Pork Hunt 5:53 pm 09 Nov 10

Smarty farty held a party,
All the farts were there,
Tutti Frutti dropped a beauty
and all the farts dropped dead…

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