Johnsons Had a Baby, The

DESCRIPTION: "Johnsons had a baby, They called him Tiny Tim, They put him in a bath tub To see if he could swim." He eats a bar of soap. A doctor and nurse are called and a lady with an alligator purse or a big black hearse.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1949 (McIntosh)
KEYWORDS: playparty baby doctor
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South)) US(MW)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Game 147, "The Johnsons Had a Baby" (1 text)
Carey-MarylandFolkloreLife, pp. 79, "(no title)" (1 text)
McIntosh, pp. 102-103, "(I had a little monkey)," "(Mother, mother, I am ill)" (2 texts)
ADDITIONAL: Peter and Iona Opie, _I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth_, #77, "(Mother, Mother, I Am Ill)" (1 text, with the first few lines of this song although the ending is different)

Roud #13502
cf. "I Am a Pretty Little Dutch Girl" (tune, per Opie-Game)
cf. "Oh Dear Mother" (some lines: "Doctor, doctor will I die?")
NOTES [58 words]: See Sandburg, American Songbag pp.378-379 and the other "Bang Away, Lulu (I)" songs, Roud #8349. I think this is too much a game song to be lumped with bawdy #8349 (even so innocent a version as Sandburg's). - BS
And I agree, and have filed accordingly. Roud also files some of the lyrics in McIntosh with Roud #4835. The whole thing is a mess. - RBW
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File: OpGa147

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