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Children's Games

by Tom Rasely

A collection of children's songs for adults.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Three Blind Mice
2:20 $0.99
2. Fantasia on London Bridge
1:56 $0.99
3. Froggy Went a-Courting
2:14 $0.99
4. Muffin Man
2:08 $0.99
5. Frere Jacques
2:22 $0.99
6. Itsy Bitsy Spider
2:32 $0.99
7. Caprice on Row Your Boat
2:03 $0.99
8. Pop Goes the Weasel
3:06 $0.99
9. Lavenders Blue
2:42 $0.99
10. Mulberry Bush
2:03 $0.99
11. Skip to My Lou
2:02 $0.99
12. This Old Man
2:18 $0.99
13. Yankee Doodle
2:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Three Blind Mice: Rhyme by Thomas Ravenscroft, 1609? May refer to Queen Mary I blinding and executing three Protestant bishops. The rhyme only entered children's literature in 1842.
Fantasia on London Bridge: AKA: "My Fair Lady" or "London Bridge.” It deals with the depredations of London Bridge in the 17th century and attempts to repair it.
Froggy Went A-Courting: The earliest known version was published in 1549. The Scottish Queen Consort, Mary of Guise, at the urging of Henry VIII, sought to marry her daughter “Miss Mousie” Princess Mary, (later Mary Queen of Scots) to the 3 year old French Prince Louis, the "Frog".
Muffin Man: The Muffin Man delivered many fresh foods, including the bread product we know as English muffins. Drury Lane is a thoroughfare bordering Covent Garden in London. (NB: the Drury Lane Theatre is where the musical “Cats” was created; they did not serve muffins during the intermission.)
Frere Jaques: This French pastiche could be about a friar who is urged to wake up and sound the bell for the matins. Or it could refer to the 17th century lithotomist Frère Jacques Beaulieu. Or perhaps it was written to mock Dominican monks for their sloth and comfortable lifestyles.
Itsy Bitsy Spider: A finger game describing the adventures of a spider, is possibly an allegory of the struggle of the lower classes. A 1910 California version used the line: “blooming, bloody” instead of "itsy bitsy".
Caprice on Row, Row, Row Your Boat: This is the quintessential round, or simple canon. It is featured in “Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” – 1989.
Pop Goes the Weasel: In June, 1852, a boat named "Pop Goes The Weasel" competed in the Durham Regatta. Later that year, the song came to prominence as a social dance in England.
Lavender’s Blue: The earliest surviving version of this song is (circa 1672) was named Diddle Diddle, sung to the tune of "Lavender Green." The lyrics celebrated sex and drinking.
Mulberry Bush: Historian R. S. Duncan suggests the song originated with female prisoners at HMP Wakefield. The song has parallels in Scandinavia and the Netherlands.
Skip to my Lou: A popular American partner-stealing dance from the 1840s. It was also a popular lyrical game in Abraham Lincoln's youth in southern Indiana and Kentucky
This Old Man: During the Potato Famine, Irishmen (Paddy) became tinkers selling pots and knick-knacks door to door. The “old man” refers to a similar character who played knick-knack on spoons hoping an audience would throw a few pennies. An earlier title is "Jack Jintle".
Yankee Doodle: The earliest lyrics came from a 15th century Middle Dutch harvest song. The term Doodle first appeared in the early 17th century, possibly derived from the Low German dudel, meaning "playing music badly", or Dödel, meaning "fool" or "simpleton". The Macaroni wig was an extreme Rococo fashion in the 1770s and became slang for being a fop.



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