What's Little Babies Made Of?
DESCRIPTION: "What's old women made of?... Reels and jeels and old spinning wheels, And that's what old women are made of." "What's little boys made of?... Piggins and pails and puppy dogs' tails." "What's little babies made of?... Sugar and..."
EARLIEST DATE: 1844 (Halliwell, according to Opie-Oxford2)
KEYWORDS: nonballad children
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber)) US(Ap,SE) New Zealand
REFERENCES (11 citations):
GreigDuncan8 1709, "What Folk Are Made Of" (6 texts, 4 tunes)
Greig #150, pp. 1-2, "Fat Folk's Made o'" (3 texts)
SharpAp 227, "What are Little Boys made of?" (2 texts, 2 tunes)
Sharp/Karpeles-80E 79, "What's Little Babies Made Of?" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownIII 143, "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" (1 text)
Lomax-ABFS, pp. 303-304, "What Folks Are Made Of" (1 text, 1 tune)
Sutton-Smith-NZ, p. 134, "(Little boys are made of slugs and snails)" (1 text)
Opie-Oxford2 76, "What are little boys made of?" (2 texts)
Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #320, pp. 175-176, "(What are little boys made of?)"
Jack, p. 230, "What Are Little Boys Made Of?" (1 text)
Dolby, p. 151, "What Are Little Boys Made Of?" (1 text)
cf. "Song of All Nations" (concept)
cf. "I'll Kiss Ye Yet" (tune, per GreigDuncan8)
NOTES [45 words]: The notes to The Annotated Mother Goose say that this has been attributed to Robert Southey, but also say that no supporting evidence has been offered. It does note that the first published version, Halliwell's, describes only what little boys and girls are made of. - RBW
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