Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
DESCRIPTION: "Heads, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes (x2) And eyes and ears and mouth and nose And heads, shoulders, knees and toes."
EARLIEST DATE: 1961 (source: Wikipedia)
KEYWORDS: nonballad campsong
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Averill-CampSongsFolkSongs, pp. 171, 394, 417, 516, "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" (notes only)
cf. "Tavern in the Town" (tune)
NOTES [59 words]: Averill-CampSongsFolkSongs, p. 171, appears to say that this was written in 1883. This, however, appears to be a reference to the tune, (the Rudy Vallee version of) "Tavern in the Town." I can't find any really early printings of the words, but it was well enough known that they inflicted it upon me in elementary school, probably in the late 1960s. - RBW
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