Popeye the Sailor Man
DESCRIPTION: "I'm Popeye the sailor man, full stop, I live in a caravan, ..." He opens a door and falls through the floor, or when he goes swimmin' he kisses the women, or slept with Queen Mary, or slept with his granny and tickled 'er fanny ....
EARLIEST DATE: 1973 (Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: playparty sailor
FOUND IN: Britain(England(Lond,North))
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Opie-Game 146, "Popeye the Sailor Man" (4 texts, 1 tune)
ADDITIONAL: Onwuchekwa Jemie, editor, Yo' Mama: New Raps, Toasts, Dozens, Jokes, and Children's Rhymes from Urban Black America (Philadelphia, 2003 (copyrighted material limited preview "Digitized by Google")) p. 107, "Popeye the Sailor Man" (1 text)
NOTES [118 words]: Opie-Game: "Recordings in the 1980s show that the punctuation endings are going out of favor, and the song is now often ornamented only by the ending 'Too too' or 'Poo poo!', an echo of the tugboat whistle in the original cartoon song written by Sammy Lerner in 1932."
Lerner's lyrics began "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man, I'm strong to the finisch 'Cause I eats me spinach I'm Popeye the Sailor Man." The "toot, toot" was a sound effect (source: "Popeye the Sailor Man" on the National Institute of Health, Department of Health & Human Services (NIEHS) Kids' Pages site).
I'm sure Popeye lived in "a garbage can" and had no punctuation in Brooklyn in the 1940s, just as in Jemie. - BS
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