Three, Six, Nine
DESCRIPTION: "Three, six, nine, the goose drank wine." The monkey "chewed tobacco on the street car line" or "got tangled in a telephone line." "The line broke, the monkey got choked, And they all went to heaven" in a row boat/luxury boat," or all but the billy goat.
EARLIEST DATE: 1927 (Fauset)
KEYWORDS: wine playparty animal bird
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond)) US(So)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Opie-Game 135, "Three, Six, Nine" (2 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Patricia Shehan Campbell, Songs in Their Heads (New York, 1998 (copyrighted material limited preview "Digitized by Google")) p. 43, ("Three, six, nine, The goose drank wine") (1 text)
Arthur Huff Fauset, "Negro Folk Tales from the South (Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana") in The Journal of American Folklore, Vol. XL, No. 157 (Jul 1927 (available online by JSTOR)), #VII.3 p. 293 ("Once upon a time, the goose drank wine") (1 text)
NOTES [57 words]: Somewhat similar is "Hopalong Peter": "...the duck drank wine, The goose played the fiddle on the pumpkin vine."
See Shirley Ellis's 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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