Tag Archives: rhyme


Miss Mary

Background The informant, Chase, is the brother of the interviewer. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois where he currently resides.  Context Chase tells the interviewer about a childhood rhyme they would sing on the playground. Transcript  “So this rhyme you would sing to your friends on the playground. It was always funny as kids because… Continue Reading »

Dutch/Tulip Festivals Supporting Schools in Redlands, California (and Related Rhyme/Song)

Informant Context: Meryl is a descendent of Dutch immigrants who immigrated to America around the 1850s. After living in Michigan, she relocated to Redlands, California, where she attended and later taught at a school supported by the Christian Reformed Churches in the area. The school held annual Dutch/Tulip Festivals as fundraisers. Meryl participated in these… Continue Reading »

Sana, sana, colita de rana – a Spanish children’s rhyme

Spanish: Sana sana colita de rana si no sana hoy sanara mañana Translation: Heal, heal, little tail of the frog. If you don’t heal today, you’ll heal tomorrow. Full translation AG: This is something that parents tell their children basically, when they complain about something hurting or something going wrong. It rhymes, too, which is… Continue Reading »

Lemonade, Crunchy Ice

Main Piece: The informant recited a rhyme that she remembered from elementary school.  “Lemonade (clap, clap, clap) Crunchy ice (clap, clap, clap) Sip it once (clap, clap, clap) Sip it twice (clap, clap, clap) Lemonade, crunchy ice, sip it, once sip it twice Turn around, touch the ground Freeze” The informant explained after one girl… Continue Reading »

Ms. Lucy Nursery Rhyme

Context: The informants are brothers A, 19, and B, 15. This transcription was taken from an argument between the brothers over the “correct” words to the nursery rhyme about “Ms. Lucy.” The nursery rhyme is used mostly as a schoolyard game, sometimes accompanied by a hand-game the brothers tell me, but in their argument they… Continue Reading »