I Shoo Shiwawa
DESCRIPTION: The boys on the football team love a girl. They ask how her father/boyfriend is. He died last night from eating raw fish. A player demonstrates how he died [Opie-Game:"one girl falls into the other girl's arms"]
EARLIEST DATE: 1983 (Opie-Game)
KEYWORDS: love death food playparty
FOUND IN: Britain(England(South))
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Opie-Game, p. 480, ("I know a little Dutch girl") (1 text)
NOTES: Opie-Game: "An amalgam of 'I Am a Pretty Little Dutch Girl', whose tune it uses, 'O Susie Anna' [for the name of the Dutch girl and chorus], and a quadruple 'Hi tiddley i ti' ending."
As David Rowan points out, the action in the Opie-Game text also goes with another text, "I Shoo Shiwawa": "How was your boyfriend, all right? Down in the fish shop, last night. What did he die of? Raw fish. How did he die then? Like this....'" In this version the Dutch girl becomes an English girl, and her name changes from "Hi Susie Anna" to "I Shoo Shiwawa." (Source: David Rowan, "Have Children Really Forgotten How to Play?" at the DavidRowan site, reprinted from the (UK) Times Magazine, Saturday, May 21, 2005). - BS
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