My Mummy Told Me
DESCRIPTION: "My Mommy told me" she would buy a rubber dolly if I was good. "Don't you tell her," or someone/Auntie told her "I kissed a soldier"; she won't buy me a rubber dolly.
EARLIEST DATE: c.1910 (Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: courting playparty mother
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Opie-Game 134, "My Mummy Told Me" (2 texts, 1 tune)
Mississippi John Hurt, "Rubber Dolly" (on MJHurt04)
NOTES: Andrew Kuntz's Fiddler's Companion site: "According to Bronner (1987), 'Rubber Dolly' was first collected as an Anglo-American children's game with the following words or variants (which may have come from a music-hall song of the 1890's)."
Among the recordings is "My Wubba Dolly" by Ella Fitzgerald (1939, Decca 91839-A) (source: the Ella Fitzgerald site).
Opie-Game: .".. may have been given a boost by Shirley Ellis's pop version [Congress 234, according to the Shirley Ellis discography on the Spectro Pop Express site], 'The Clapping Song', 1965 [which includes the 'Rubber Dolly' verse and 'Three, Six, Nine', among others]." - BS
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