Em Pom Pee
DESCRIPTION: "Em pom pee para me Para moscas,..., Acca dairy, so fairy ... Poof poof!"
EARLIEST DATE: 1965 (Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: nonsense playparty
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Opie-Game 142, "Em Pom Pee" (3 texts, 1 tune)
NOTES: Opie-Game, quoting a Liss woman: "They say they learnt it at school, and they say it's French -- but it's complete nonsense." - BS
When I looked at it, I thought of a Latin phrase beginning "In Pompeii," but that works for only a few words.
John Patrick tells me, "I have found versions of this song from the US, UK, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Germany, Sweden and Portugal. The 'Gin Gan Goolie' version was a minor hit for the group "The Scaffold" in 1969 which may account for the spread of the song world wide."
He also notes versions "I Paula Taska," "Qui Qua Quo" (Latin again...), "Oh, Nicodemo," "A Ram Sam Sam," "Ging Gang Goolie, and "Kin Kahn Koolie," with a different being used for "Sarasponda" (the only one of these I've ever met). Most of these I cannot verify, but obviously a counting-out rhyme with nonsense words can easily evolve. - RBW
Last updated in version 3.6
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2016 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.