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OohBridget Tue 10-Dec-13 06:35:18

At this -1 minute 50 in.

The duck threw him down the stairs for not saying his prayers?!

..I thought dd was watching wheels on the bus!

DoJo Tue 10-Dec-13 09:26:09

Link doesn't work for me, but I am intrigued...!

talkingnonsense Tue 10-Dec-13 09:27:36


talkingnonsense Tue 10-Dec-13 09:28:03

Is it goosey goosey gander? Nursery rhyme?!

COCKadoodledooo Tue 10-Dec-13 09:36:23

The link just takes me to a rather twee version of Old McDonald that's only 1min 18 seconds...

ShylaMcClaus Tue 10-Dec-13 09:50:48

That nursery rhyme used to terrify me as a child. The DC loved it hmm

OohBridget Tue 10-Dec-13 10:05:00

yes goosey goosey gander hmm

about the man who wouldn't say his prayers.

DD just went all wide-eyed. And I just thought, Surely I didn't actually just hear that?!

DustyBaubles Tue 10-Dec-13 10:07:19

He does get thrown down the stairs, somehow I hadn't ever realised it was a duck doing the throwing.

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 10-Dec-13 10:09:48

What about poor Humpty Dumpty?

ShylaMcClaus Tue 10-Dec-13 10:10:50

This illustration from a Ladybird book was probably the reason I didn't like it.

No sanitised nursery rhymes in the seventies grin

NoComet Tue 10-Dec-13 10:12:26

And what is he doing 'in my lady's chamber'

Always sounded dodgy!

I always added "So he put himself together again" to Humpty Dumpy, I hated the idea of leaving him in pieces.

ShylaMcClaus Tue 10-Dec-13 10:13:49

Mrs Pumpkin Eater should LTB angry

flipchart Tue 10-Dec-13 10:14:29

Ha! I remember sitting on my grandad's knee over 40 years ago with him singing this to me.

You have made me cry!!!

Theas18 Tue 10-Dec-13 10:15:14

There I met an old man who wouldn't say his prayers
So I took him by the left leg and threw him down the stairs!


Glad my kids were pre u tube ! It's not scary on a twee CD for the car or in a book even (though I'm glad didn't't have THAT ladybird version!)

diddl Tue 10-Dec-13 10:17:04

It's "I" who throw him down the stairs, isn't it?

Goosey, Goosey Gander
Whither shall I wander
Upstairs & downstairs
And in my lady's chamber

There I met an old man
who wouldn't say his prayers
So I took him by the left leg
And threw him down the stairs

The stairs went crack
The old man broke his back
And all the little ducks went
"quack quack quack"

What was the old man doing in the lady's chamber??!!

diddl Tue 10-Dec-13 10:17:38

Oops, bit slow there!

OohBridget Tue 10-Dec-13 10:30:05

Shyla shock

That is sinister!

KirstyJC Tue 10-Dec-13 10:34:04

I always thought it was about a prostitute - my lady - and a client who didn't pay ie say his prayers. Not sure where I got the idea from and goodness only knows what they were doing with ducks.....hmm

Katz Tue 10-Dec-13 10:38:48

Google provides these explanations for various nursery rhymes.

Topaz25 Wed 11-Dec-13 00:36:43

Katz, that's interesting but disturbing. The origin of Mary, Mary Quite Contrary is really horrible too, I used to like that as a child.

ShylaMcClaus Wed 11-Dec-13 00:56:34

Katz, that link is fascinating!

JollySantersSelectionBox Wed 11-Dec-13 01:07:02

I can just see a Damon Hill lookalike farmer doing a dance with 3 animals in a not very profitable farm.

Little Red Riding Hood was also quite adult, and I remember the "Here does the chopper to chop off your head" was also about losing your virginity (Maidenhead).

BillyBanter Wed 11-Dec-13 01:15:07

Re: Pop goes the weasel. The Eagle pub is my local and has left me poverty stricken a number of times.

missingmumxox Wed 11-Dec-13 01:15:18

Diddl I have just fucking screen captured that as you are the first person in my 43 years who knows that last line! (Apart from my mum and gran both deceased nearly 20 years! My aunts, uncles even my own brother has denighed it's very exsistance.
I have even googled it and it doesn't appear anywhere thank you thank you thank you xxxx

JollySantersSelectionBox Wed 11-Dec-13 01:17:10

Comes. Not does. Although that sounds even seedier now.

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