Here We Go Up (Hey My Kitty)
DESCRIPTION: "Here we go up, up, up, up, up, Here we go down, down, downy; Here we go over and over and over, And here we go round, round, roundy." "O, my kitty, my kitty, my kitty, O my kitty my dearie, Never was such a kitty as this, Never so far nor neary."
EARLIEST DATE: 1740 (Tea-Table Miscellany, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: nonballad animal lullaby
FOUND IN: US(NE,SE) Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Lyle-Crawfurd2 203, "Here We Go Up, Up" (1 text)
Linscott, pp. 209-210, "Here We Go Up" (1 text, 1 tune)
Morris, #231, "Hey. My Kitten" (1 text, 1 tune)
Opie-Oxford2 288, "Hey, my kitten, my kitten" (1 text)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #560, p. 228, "(Oh my Kitten a Kitten)"
Montgomerie-ScottishNR 51, "(Hey my kitten, my kitten)" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Allan Ramsay, The Tea-Table Miscellany: or, A Collection of Choice Songs, Scots and English (in two vols) (London, 1788 (seventeenth edition) ("Digitized by Google")), Vol. I, pp. 439-440, "The Nurse's Song" ("Hey! my kitten, a kitten") (1 text)
NOTES: Linscott claims this is a lullaby. The second verse, perhaps; the first seems more like a rhyme a parent would use while swinging a child through the air. In Opie-Oxford2, the "My Kitten" verse stands alone. Possibly the two should be split Especially since the Opies find several other sorts of verses tacked onto the "My Kitten" rhyme. - RBW
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