Continuing a look at children’s playground rhymes. In this article, we look at more broad Scottish rhymes of the early 20th Century, which were popular not just in Blantyre, but throughout Scotland as a whole. There are probably many different versions of these. Hopefully this will remind some people of a certain age of their school years.
Ally Bally, Ally Bally Bee,
sittin oan yer mammies knee,
Greetin’ fur a wee bawbee,
tae buy some coulter’s candy.
Beewbaw babbity, babbity, babbity, beebaw babbilty,
a lauddue ur a wee lassie.
Ah widnae hiv’ a lassie o’, a lassie o’ a’ lassie o’,
Ah widnae hiv a lassie o’,
Ah wid rather hiv’ a wee lauddie.
Oh dear, whit can the matter be,
Jenny McLafferty’s locked in the lavatory,
She’s been ther fae Monday tae Saterday
Jenny’s sae lang at the fair.
Bobby Shafto’s gone tae sea,
He’ll come hame an’ marry me,
waitin’ faithful, here ah’ll be,
Bobby, Bobby Shafto.
No last night, but the night before,
Three wee monkeys came tae the door,
Wan wi’ a penny, Wan wi’ a drum.
An wan wi’ a pancake stuck tae its bum!
Can you remember anymore childhood rhymes to add to this?
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Helen Lawson Taylor Not last night but the night before 3 wee monkeys came to the door one with a fiddle one with a drum. and one with a pancake stuck to its bumper..
When I played balls
Stoatin two balls of a wall while singing a rhyme
‘Maria Viola semolina creamola ‘