Caroline Pink (and other Nonsense Rhymes)

Song Cycle by Nicholas Maw (1935 - 2009)

Word count: 429

1. Speak roughly to your little boy [sung text checked 1 time]

Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes;
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases.

I speak severely to my boy,
[I]1 beat him when he sneezes;
For he can thoroughly enjoy
The pepper when [he]2 pleases!

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Note: this is a parody of David Bates' "Speak Gently."
1 or "And"
2 or "ye"

Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

2. How doth the little crocodile [sung text not yet checked]

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!

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Note: a parody of Isaac Watt's Against Idleness and Mischief

Researcher for this text: Barbara Miller

3. The woodchuck [sung text checked 1 time]

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.

If he could.
But he can’t.

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Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

4. Three young rats [sung text checked 1 time]

Three young rats with black felt hats,
Three young ducks with white straw flats
Three young dogs with curling tails,
Three young cats with demi veils,
Went out to walk with two young pigs
In satin vests and sorrel wigs,
But suddenly it chanced to rain
And so they all went home again.

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Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

5. Ching, ching, Chinaman [sung text checked 1 time]

Ching, ching, Chinaman,
How d'you sell your fish?
Ching, ching, Chinaman,
Six bits a dish;
Ching, ching, Chinaman,
Oh! That's too dear;
Ching, ching, Chinaman,
Clear out of here!

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See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ching_chong [Wikipedia] for background on this derogatory jumping-rope chant.


Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

6. I'll sail upon the Dog‑star [sung text checked 1 time]

I'll sail upon the Dog Star,
And then pursue the morning,
I'll chase the moon 'till it be noon,
But I'll make her leave her horning.

I'll climb the frosty mountain,
And there I'll coin the weather;
I'll tear the rainbow from the sky,
And tie both ends together.

The stars pluck from their orbs, too,
And crowd them in my budget!
And whether I'm a roaring boy,
Let all the nations judge it.

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Researcher for this text: Virginia Knight

7. Oh, dear me! [sung text checked 1 time]

Oh, dear me! Mother caught a flea,
Put it in the teapot and made a cup of tea.
When she put the milk in the flea came to the top;
When she put the sugar in the flea went pop!

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Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

8. Caroline Pink [sung text checked 1 time]

Caroline Pink,
She fell down the sink,
She caught the scarlet fever,
Her Husband had to leave her.
She called in Doctor Blue,
And he caught it too,
Caroline Pink from China Town.

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Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson

9. Well, I never [sung text checked 1 time]

Well, I never,
Did you ever,
See a monkey dressed in leather?
Leather eyes,
Leather nose,
Leather breeches to his toes.

No we never,
Didn’t ever,
See a monkey dressed in leather?
Leather eyes,
Leather nose?
No leather yes,
Or leather nose!
Or leather breeches to his toes?
Not even leather breeches to his toes!

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Researcher for this text: Mike Pearson