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Is this wierd??

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Gracie123 Sat 17-Oct-09 11:36:16

We live/work in a junior school and generally I try not to be too judgey of other peoples parenting, but this struck me as really wierd...

We were visiting DH during recess, and one of the girls was playing a game with DS where he would start to run away and she would grab him into a bear hug. He was giggling insanely and loving it, but then I realised what she was singing. It went along the lines of:

'Snatch the baby, snatch the baby,
make the baby mine
snatch the baby, snatch the baby,
keep him for all time'

She's only in yr3 and when I asked her if she made it up she said mummy her mum used to sing it when she was little.

Is it just me or is that a wierd song to sing to a kid?

Dalrymps Sat 17-Oct-09 11:38:45

hmm it is a bit weird, not a song i've ever heard but I suppose it could just be a sort of regional rhyme or something?!

Gracie123 Sat 17-Oct-09 11:40:01

just sounds a bit kidnapperish.

Dalrymps Sat 17-Oct-09 11:45:32

Erm, yes it does... An odd song. Maybe someone will come along who will have heard of the song and can explain it's origin <hopeful> . Otherwise I don't want to think where it cmae from!

BertieBotts Sat 17-Oct-09 11:46:42

Did you see the recent thread on playground rhymes? They are all bloodthirsty and disturbing, or obsessed with knickers grin

I wouldn't worry about it

Gracie123 Sat 17-Oct-09 12:05:12

I didn't see that thread. Anyone got a link to it?

IneedacleanerIamalazyslattern Sat 17-Oct-09 12:07:39

It is a bit wierd but I don think you are over thinking it.
It sounds like a daft little rhyme just like all the knicker loving playground rhymes that was sung along to a game just like you desscribe.

PixiNanny Sat 17-Oct-09 12:09:10

What an odd song! I can see why it sounds dodgy, but can also see it as completely innocent for littlys

seeker Sat 17-Oct-09 12:21:03

Think of words to Rock-a-by Baby, or Oranges and Lemons. Or of that thing about scraping people off runways like dollops od strawberry jam.

I wouldn't worry!

Gracie123 Sat 17-Oct-09 13:24:21

scraping people what????

I am completely out of touch!

InSync Sat 17-Oct-09 13:25:36

There's loads of old rhymes like that. My DD loves this very disturbing one that's in her nursery rhyme book:

Dvaey Davey dumpling
Boil him in a pot
Sugar him and butter him
And eat him while he's hot

purepurple Sat 17-Oct-09 13:29:49

My MIL is from the north east and has a wealth of the same sorts of rhymes.
The one that stands out is about boiling a baby's head and making him into gingerbread hmm

seeker Sat 17-Oct-09 14:57:38

Gracie123 - wait til you have a Brownie or a Cub!

Gracie123 Sat 17-Oct-09 19:04:08

I also live in the north east. I wonder if that's why. I only moved here a short time ago and I'm sure we didn't sing those songs in the south...

Tombliboobs Sat 17-Oct-09 19:08:43

Just think of 3 blind mice rhyme! Though InSync's Davey Davey, sounds as if it was from the same song book as snatch the baby grin

Jajas Sat 17-Oct-09 19:12:13

Rockabye baby the baby falls out of a tree doesn't! Bit like Hans Christian Anderson, all very blood thirsty and speak of stranger times (no health and safety back in them thar days grin!)

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