Date of Performance/Collection: 03/23/2019
Primary Language: English
Cinderella Jump rope rhyme
Cinderella dressed in yella
Went downstairs to kiss a fella
By mistake she kissed a snake
How many doctors did it take
The informant use to sing this song while playing double dutch jump rope with her girl friends at recess. She said she originally learned the song from her mother but her friends had already heard of it before she brought it up to them. They would sing the song and then count how many times the girl playing double dutch could jump over the rope.
The informant is a student in Southern California and grew up Laguna Beach where she attended a public school in a nice area.
At first glance, this song seems like a catchy jingle to play jump rope to, but this rhyme has much deeper historical, misogynistic roots. The jingle was originally created to discourage young girls from being sexually promiscuous. Because Cinderella “kissed a fella,” she was attacked by a snake. Additionally, the song embodies this underlying concept that people may not always be what they seem. When Cinderella thought she was kissing a man, she was actually kissing a snake. Snakes are typically representative of a deceptive trickster in folklore. In the Judeo-Christian faith, for example, the snake tricked Eve into eating the forbidden fruit.