Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go Upstairs

DESCRIPTION: "Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs, Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers, Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight, Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light." "Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around, Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground." Etc.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1949 (McIntosh-FolkSongsAndSingingGamesofIllinoisOzarks)
KEYWORDS: nonballad
FOUND IN: US(MA,MW,SE) New Zealand
REFERENCES (7 citations):
Sutton-Smith-NZ-GamesOfNewZealandChilden/FolkgamesOfChildren, p. 110 ("I had a teddy bear dressed in green)," "(Teddy bear, teddy bear. look at the sky)" (2 texts); p. 111, "(Ladybird, ladybird, drop your purse)" (1 text)
McIntosh-FolkSongsAndSingingGamesofIllinoisOzarks, p. 104, "(Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around)" (1 text)
Sackett/Koch-KansasFolklore, p. 225, "Teddy Bear" (1 text)
Byington/Goldstein-TwoPennyBallads, p. 116, "(no title, filed under Rope Jumping)" (1 text)
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, (Joan McCaskill, collector), "Rope-Skipping Games", Vol. 1, No. 1 (Jun 1948), pp. 10-11, "(Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)" (1 text)
NorthCarolinaFolkloreJournal, Teri John, "A Collection of Jump Rope Rhymes," Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Apr 1973), p. 16, "" (Teddy Bear, teddy bear, Come in the door)" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Gwenda Beed Davey and Graham Seal, _A Guide to Australian Folklore_, Kangaroo Press, 2003, p. 235, "(no title)" (1 short text, in the entry on "Skipping")

Roud #19238 and 19264
NOTES [16 words]: This is one of the few traditional games I seem to remember, very vaguely, from my own youth. - RBW
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