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bumbleberry [Dec. 5th, 2007|12:28 am]
Roy Janik

My brain is imploding.

There are a lot of songs that we learn as kids that stick with us, or at least with me... and every so often they float to the surface unbidden...

You know, the Itsy Bitsy Spider and so forth.

Earlier, this song came to my mind and I sang it...

One, Two, Three O-Larry.
I spy Mr. Cherry
sitting on a bumbleberry
eating chocolate pie!

It just occured to me that this song makes no sense, really, so I decided to look it up online to learn other verses.

Apparently, it doesn't exist.

Is it some crazy Janik family song? Did I make it up when I was 3?

Anyone ever heard it, or something like it?

[User Picture]From: jefpeanutbutter
2007-12-05 07:12 am (UTC)
This is a song I learned as a kid that nobody else ever seems to have heard before:
Love is like a magic penny
Hold it tight, and you don't have any
Lend it, spend it, you have so many
They roll all over the floor!

This is a song I wrote when I was 18:
I pack heat
And I eat
My sandwich in the street
I take it blow
By Blow
Like Larry, Curly, Moe

But no, can't say as I've heard your bumbleberry song.
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[User Picture]From: dameaux
2007-12-05 01:42 pm (UTC)
I know I make up songs all the time in my kids' classes, usually 5 minutes before the lesson starts. Kids catch on quick, and I hope I'm the cause of the same confusion in their future ( ^o^) (^-^ )/
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[User Picture]From: moregankira
2007-12-05 02:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah.... I think you found a special song.
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[User Picture]From: mynde
2007-12-05 03:23 pm (UTC)
crazy janik song, definitely
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[User Picture]From: avalonsmorgaine
2007-12-05 03:37 pm (UTC)
I think I heard the first line on a Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon. I always wondered what the rest of the song was.
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[User Picture]From: orangepaisley
2007-12-05 07:48 pm (UTC)

Easter Egg!

It's like a hidden track on a DVD...only it's in your brain!

Seriously, though: I believe it's the beginning of a very old playground jumprope song. It's "One, Two, Three O'Leary" -- O'Leary part refering to the cow that "jumped" and/or kicked the lantern that started the famous Chicago fire.

Can anyone confirm this?
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[User Picture]From: orangepaisley
2007-12-05 07:54 pm (UTC)

Re: Easter Egg!

It's probably this Irish nursery-rhyme: One, Two, Three O'Leary

One, two, three O'Leary,
Four, five, six O'Leary,
Seven, eight, nine O'Leary,
Ten O'Leary children.

"Ten O'Leary children are tucked snugly in bed -- but not for long! One by one they bounce out of bed...and the fun continues, even as Dad gets ready to go to his nighttime job while trying to settle his little ones down once more."

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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2007-12-05 08:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Easter Egg!

Nursery rhymes and folk songs and how they get passed around and changed is amazing.

Thanks to your hints, I found another variation online, much closer to the one I remembered:


One, two, three O`Leary ,
I saw me Aunty Mary ,
Sitting on the Lavortory ,
Eating chocolate biscuits .

and this one:

One, two, three O’Leary
I saw Wallace Beery
Sitting on his bum-bah leerie
Kissing Shirley Temple.

and countless others... references to it in New Zealand, California, England, etc...
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2007-12-05 09:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Easter Egg!

It sounds like it was sung to some sort of ball-game, too.
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