12 Jun 2009

Nonsense Rhymes.

I don't know quite where it came from but, as I was sitting, a 'nonsense rhyme' that my nana taught us as children came to mind. It's the only such rhyme I know but surely other people know of similar ones so please get your thinking caps on and let me know if you have any.

One find day in the middle of the night
Two dead men got up to fight.

Back to back,
They faced each other.
Drew their swords
And shot each other.


My (naughty?) little sister has just reminded me of this rhyme, another one of Nana's that I'd forgotten all about.

One night, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn't there.
He wasn't there again today,
Oh how I wish he'd go away.


Apparently she remembers it so well as it gave her nightmares for weeks afterwards.

22 comments:

Erika Baker said...

One was blind and the other couldn't see
So they chose a dummy for a referee
A blind man went to see fair play
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"

A paralyzed donkey passing by
Kicked the blind man in the eye
Knocked him through a 9 inch wall
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all

A deaf policeman heard the noise
And came to arrest the 2 dead boys
If you don't believe this story's true
Ask the blind man, he saw it, too!

Petty Witter said...

I like this one Erika. It will take much longer to learn then mine though.

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Erika Baker said...

Petty
It's the continuation of yours.

Petty Witter said...

Erika, As my nana would say "Well, I'll go to the foot of our stairs!!" I didn't know that.

Erika Baker said...

I didn't until I googled it :-))

Petty Witter said...

I've just been learning about the 'search engine', Erika. To think you can put in any word and find all that information.

Erika Baker said...

Yes, it's brilliant, isn't it. If you want to find a whole phrase, put in in inverted commas, otherwise it finds you paragraphs that contain the words you're looking for but not necessarily in the right order.
In this case, I highlighted your whole rhyme and just copied it into the search engine, and it came up with a link that contained the continuation.

If you google with the text of the "man who wasn't there" rhyme you get to a website with lots of variants on the theme.
http://www.emule.com/2poetry/phorum/read.php?7,153809

Petty Witter said...

Thanks for that, Erika. Everyone always said what a wonderful thing the internet was but I obviously needed to find that out for myself & now there's no stopping me though I still have a lot to learn - live links and cutting & pasting are next on my list.

Grandmère Mimi said...

Petty, we said the "One night, upon the stair...." thingy, too, except that we said "Yesterday" instead of "One night".

Ruth G said...

Me mam used to sing this to us- though I use the word 'sing' very loosely, but here it goes-
'bluebells are bluebells 'cos bluebells are blue'
'blue sky smiling at me, nothing but blue sky do I see'

Petty Witter said...

Good to see you've joined us again Ruth. Never heard this one before -another to google. Aren't I getting good!!

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